Ezekiel 47:9 Where Life Is

Ezekiel 47:9 (KJV)
And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.

There is no question in my mind that this passage has to do with a future Temple, either in the Millennial Kingdom or else the eternal one. (I think both are referenced at different points.) I am interested in the healing effects of the waters. Everything, “whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live.”

Everything:

  • Trees
  • Fruit
  • Fishes
  • Fishermen

The point is that this water springs from the Temple. Life comes from the touch of God. Just as the trees find life in the waters of a nearby river and fishes find life in the fresh flowing waters into their habitat so in eternity all life finds its life flowing from God. 

The same is a truth today. Life, real life, abundant life springs from God and springs from Him as He is found in His house. Those who dwell in the house of God can become like an ever-growing river, bringing life wherever they are found. Those whose relationship with God is outside His house tend to drain life rather than refreshing it from those they touch. 

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Ezekiel 47:9 Where Life Is

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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