by George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
Studying and searching the Bible for its hidden truths and revelations is truly an exciting and rewarding experience. Jesus revealed a truth when He told His followers:
"He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in Him." John 6:56
The multitude who tried to understand this with their carnal, religious mind turned away and departed from Jesus. It was then Jesus spoke the truth of His Word:
"It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life." John 6:63
The words Jesus spoke were Spiritual words, or His words gave Spiritual insight to those who would walk into eternal life. Jesus spoke Spiritual life to the multitude, yet their carnal minds thought Jesus was speaking of cannibalism by physically eating His flesh and drinking His blood.
It has been nearly two thousand years since Jesus spoke these words, yet man is still trying to understand God's Word with their educated, carnal mind. It is the Spirit that quickens (makes alive) the living Word of God. The flesh can profit nothing when trying to understand the deeper revelations of God.
Today much confusion reigns in the church as to the validity of the Old Testament. By the Holy Spirit we know there can be no clear understanding of the New Testament without a thorough understanding of the Old Testament. The prophet Isaiah gave us wisdom when he asked the question:
"Whom shall He teach knowledge? And whom shall He make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts." Isaiah 28:9
Isaiah asked the question, "Whom shall He teach knowledge?" The answer is simple, "He will teach knowledge to those who have been weaned from the milk of God's Word, and are partaking of the Spiritual things of God." The breast represents the organized church system with their man-made doctrines and creeds. Isaiah revealed God can only teach knowledge to those who have grown to the point where they can partake of the Spiritual things of God.
"For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little." Isaiah 28:10
Only those who are Spiritually able to put precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little, and there a little in the Word of God are able to obtain knowledge and understanding of God's Word. Jesus gave us Spiritual knowledge and understanding when He asked the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well to give Him a drink of water. The Samaritan woman, assuming Jesus was a Jew, asked Him:
". . . How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans." John 4:9
Jesus' answer is still not understood by those who only have carnal understanding of the Word.
"Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water." John 4:10
Jesus stated, " . . . if thou knewest the gift of God." Most never ask the question, "Who or what is the gift of God?" The gift God was revealing to the woman of Samaria was the living water. Jesus was the gift of God to the world who would restore man to his created place in Him. Jesus informed her that if she knew who the gift of God was, she could ask Him for living water.
The Samaritan woman represents the church in the earth today who only has a carnal understanding of what Jesus spoke. The Samaritan woman (the church system) could only reply:
". . . Sir, Thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?" John 4:11
Knowing Jesus' had no physical utensil to draw out the physical water in the well, she wondered where Jesus was going to get the water He was speaking of:
"Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:" John 4:13
Jesus informed her that whoever drinks of the physical water will thirst again. How like the religious system of today. They only know how to partake of the physical water of the Word because they have no Spiritual anointing upon the Word. The physical water will not satisfy their thirst for God, so they must go back week after week to hear the same dry message, because they thirst again. Only the Spiritual understanding of the Word will satisfy our thirst for God. Jesus informed her:
"But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give Him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give Him shall be in Him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14
The Spiritual Word of God will become a well of water springing up in each of those who have matured in the Word of God. We must be drawn from the breasts (the mother church), and weaned from the milk (only a carnal understanding). We must learn the skill of putting precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little, there a little if we are going to obtain wisdom and knowledge.
"The woman saith unto Him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw." John 4:15
Many today, like the woman at the well, want the living water, but like the woman at the well, they ask every question except the important one. The question the woman should have asked is, "How do I get to know the gift of God?" As we understand this portion of Scripture, and put line upon line, it becomes clear that the gift of God and the living water are one. The prophets of old were given insight into this fact. The prophet Jeremiah revealed:
"For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of living water, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water." Jeremiah 2:13
God's people today have also committed two evils. The first evil is they have forsaken the fountain of living water. The fountain of living water is the anointed Word of God. We need to realize the Anointer and the Word are one. When we come to this understanding, then we can understand the following Scripture:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1
The book of Genesis begins with "in the beginning God." Adding line upon line, we know by the book of John that the Word was in the beginning and the Word was God, John 1.1 We also know by putting line upon line, that Jesus was the Word in the beginning:
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:14
Jesus, the Word, came in the flesh to redeem mankind from his sinful nature. He was full of grace and full of truth, which is the Spirit of Truth (the Holy Spirit). Continuing to put line upon line, John gave us further insight into the identity of the Word:
"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." I John 5:7
We have the added understanding from this verse that there are three that bear record in heaven (the Spiritual realm):
The Word (Christ Jesus)
The Holy Ghost
These three are ONE. There are not three in the Godhead. All three are the Godhead. These are one. The Father is Christ Jesus, and Christ Jesus is the Holy Spirit. All three are summed up in the term "Christ Jesus our Lord."
Christ Jesus is the fountain of living water the church system has forsaken, and they have hewn out broken cisterns that can hold no water. We need to understand a cistern has no natural source of water. If the man-made walls of the cistern are not sealed, the water leaks out. What a perfect explanation of the man-made religious system in the earth today. Because their walls have not been sealed by the Holy Spirit of Truth, their religious systems cannot hold the truth of God's Word. This is why Paul wrote to Timothy speaking of the organized church system.
"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." II Timothy 3:5
When the church system denies the power, they are denying the Holy Spirit's presence in their midst. They only have a form of godliness in their broken cistern system. Paul's instructions to God's people is to turn away from these. He did not admonish Timothy to try to convert them from the error of their ways, he simply stated for them to get away from their hypocrisy.
Jeremiah continued to explain the fountain of living water:
"O Lord, the hope of Israel, all that forsake Thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living water." Jeremiah 17:13
Those who only have a form of godliness will be ashamed when they find out they did not get to know the gift of God.
Jeremiah declared, "Those who depart from me shall be written in the earth." The word written means "to inscribe or engrave." Those who depart from God will not have their names written in the Lamb's book of life. Rather their names will be inscribed or engraved in their tombstones. The only remembrance of them will be what is written on their grave stone which remains on the earth. These will have no eternal life, because they have forsaken the fountain of living water. Drinking of this water is our only hope of eternal life. The prophet Zechariah also spoke of the living water:
"And it shall be in that day, that living water shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be." Zechariah 14:8
The living water flows from Jerusalem, the true place of worship. As God related to His ancient people,
". . . Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put My name forever," II Kings 21:7.
Today God's chosen people are His New Jerusalem, whom He has redeemed from the world and has placed His name in them forever. These living waters flow from the throne of God to touch all who know the gift of God.
As Zechariah stated, half flow toward the former sea, and half toward the hinder sea. Seas in the Bible represent people or peoples. The word former means "those who were before." The former sea is God's ancient people, Israel. The word hinder means "those following, or latter." God's hinder sea is composed of His new covenant people, Spiritual Israel. God's glorious anointed Word is for both His Israels. God has not forsaken His ancient people. In reality, they have forsaken Him. But if they are to come back to their former place in God, they must come by way of the cross, through the blood of Jesus.
God's living waters are for all His creation, but only those who drink continually of this living water will live forever. The prophet Ezekiel clearly saw the river of living water which flows from the throne of God.
"Afterward He brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar." Ezekiel 47:1
Ezekiel was shown this river of living water which flowed under the door of the house of God. The river flowed eastward toward the New Day which is coming upon the earth.
"Then brought He me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.
And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, He measured a thousand cubits, and He brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles." Ezekiel 47:2-3
The man with the line in his hand is our risen, glorified Christ. With this line He measured a thousand cubits. The cubit is the measurement of man. Man measures time by years. Peter informed us:
"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." II Peter 3:8
So the thousand cubits the man with the line measured was the first thousand year day after the ascension of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
When we apply Spiritual understanding to what was revealed by the Spirit through Ezekiel, we discover the people of the first millennial day only had understanding of the Word up to their ankles. Their understanding of God's Word was only superficial and carnal. They did not have the Bible as we know it today. They only had parts and pieces of the Old Testament, and part of the letter written by the early apostles. They only had what was given to them, and what they were allowed to have. Because of this, their knowledge of God was very limited.
"Again He measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees." Ezekiel 47:4
The man with the line measured another thousand cubits, and the water came up to the knees. The knee is the symbol of reverence and humility. The knee represents our walk in God. If we are to walk with God, we must first learn to reverence Him. When Jesus disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, His first words in His prayer were:
". . . Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by Thy name . . ." Matthew 6:9
The word hallowed means "to separate from profane things, or to hold the name of God above anything on the earth, to reverence, to hold in awe." If our prayers are to be answered, then we must know who we are praying to. Without total reverence for our God, then our hearts are not pure.
The knee is what we bow in humility before our God. The apostle Paul knew the importance of humility before God. By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul knew:
"That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth." Philippians 2:10
Paul was relating that God's whole creation will bend their knees before their Creator. Heaven is the Spiritual realm. Everything in the Spiritual realm will bow their knee to the name of Jesus. The earth is the flesh realm. All flesh will bow their knees to Jesus. The things under the earth is everything God gave His creation man dominion over, which is the animals, birds, and fish. All creation will bow before their Creator. James informs us:
"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up." James 4:10
Paul's statement was positive. When we look at what James related, it is from the negative point of view. It says if we do not humble ourselves in the sight of God, then we will not be raised up to live in His sight.
When the man with the line measured the second thousand cubits, the water came to the knees. The second thousand years after Jesus' death is the day in which we live. We live in the second day since Jesus ascended off the earth. When the Pharisees came to Jesus and told Him Herod was planning to kill Him, Jesus revealed a truth we all need to consider:
"And He said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected." Luke 13:32
The day and tomorrow Jesus spoke of are the two days of the church age. The church's job was to set the captives free. They were to accomplish this by casting out demons and healing the sick and afflicted. This the church system has failed to do. They no longer believe in healing, and they certainly do not want to deal with the demonic realm.
God began to move mightily in the nineteenth and twentieth century to get His people to walk before Him and learn His ways. In the last two hundred years, there have been mighty revivals and moves of God to let His people see and understand His glory and power. God is preparing a people who will walk into the third day.
Paul was one who felt trapped in the time frame he lived. Paul was caught up to the third heaven (the presence of God) and saw God's glory, majesty, and power. He heard things from God he could not repeat. But all through his writings, Paul gave us hints of what we could expect of our God. In his second letter to the Corinthians, he revealed a mystery the church has yet to realize or walk into:
"For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life." II Corinthians 5:4
Those like Paul, who have seen the glory and the power of God that is yet to be revealed, truly feel trapped in their tabernacle (temporary dwelling place). We know this tabernacle will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, and this mortality will be swallowed up of life. The word mortality means "subject to death." This tabernacle which is subject to death will be replaced when we become the temple of God. Temples are made of permanent materials of gold, silver, and living stones.
Now is the time we are to allow the living water of God's Word to prepare us for the change from tabernacle to temple. When the living waters change our walk, then we know the living waters have come to the knees and done their work, which will ready us for the next age.
The man with the line measured again:
" . . . Again He measured a thousand, and brought me through: the waters were to the loins." Ezekiel 47:4
The loins are the reproductive part of the body. They are also the symbol of strength in action. When the man measured this third thousand cubits, it was to reveal the third day when, as Jesus stated:
". . . the third day I shall be perfected." Luke 13:32
The word perfected means "to make perfect, to complete, to finish, to bring to an end." Those who allow the living waters to cover the reproductive part of their bodies will be strengthened by the Word, and will perfect Christ in their lives. Before we can put Christ in our lives, we must die to self, self-rule, and self-exaltation. Few have found this secret of life. Paul was one who understood dying to self. As He stated, "I die daily," I Corinthians 15:31. Paul also revealed to the churches at Galatia:
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Paul knew to live the Christ life he must live by the words of Jesus which state:
"For whosoever will save His life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it." Matthew16:25
If we try to save the self-life we now live, we will lose it in the day of judgment. This is the day we must lose our self life, and put on the life of Christ. When Jesus spoke about being perfected the third day, He was not speaking of Himself, He was already perfect (sinless). No sin was found in Him. He was speaking of being perfected in His saints. Paul understood this when he wrote his second letter to the Thessalonians:
"When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe in that day." II Thessalonians 1:10
Christ will be perfected in each of our lives in that day. What day is He speaking of? He is speaking of the third day. As we come to the true understanding of Jesus' words through Spiritual revelation, we know Jesus spoke of His body as Himself. He is the head of the body. The head and the body are one. We can be assured Christ is not going to put His head on an impure body. His body must be perfected. Jesus spoke to the church which is His body:
"That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word," Ephesians 5:26
Christ will cleanse His body (the church) by the living water which is the Word. Why must we be cleansed by the Word?
"That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." Ephesians 5:27
We must be cleansed by the washing of water by the Word, so Christ can present to Himself a living church without spot or wrinkle, holy and without blame. The church is His body. No man can claim any part of His body. They can only become part of it. The beloved John recorded Jesus' words as to how we are to become part of His body:
"I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandmen." John 15:1
Jesus declared Himself to be the true vine. In studying grape production, we know the vine does not produce the fruit. The branches which grow from the vine produce the fruit. Jesus revealed His Father to be the husbandman, or the vine dresser. In the natural, the vine dresser chooses two of the best vines to produce the branches. The two vines God chose to produce the fruit of the Spirit in our lives are Jesus Christ, who is our Saviour --- and Christ Jesus, who is our anointing, power, and strength.
"Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit." John 15:2
Jesus declared the husbandman will cut away every branch who does not bear fruit. The fruit Jesus is speaking of is not how many we have led to the Lord. Those belong to God. The fruit Jesus is speaking of is the twelve fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is the only fruit we can bear for the vine dresser.
As Jesus related, those who bear the fruit of the Spirit in their lives, are the ones who will be purged. The word purgeth means "to cleanse of all filth and impurities, to cut away all things that hinder the growth and perfection of the fruit bearer." He does this so the Holy Spirit can bring forth more fruit in our lives. John declared how this pruning process takes place:
"Now ye are clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you." John 15:3
This cleansing process can only happen through God's Word. Without this cleansing power in our lives, we would be cut out of the body as unfit fruit producers. Those who are preparing their lives now to be part of the third day ministry are allowing the Word of God to wash them thoroughly with the living water. The prophet Hosea informed us:
"After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight." Hosea 6:2
It is after the first day (the water coming to the ankles), and after the second day (the water coming to the knees), that Christ will revive His body in the third day. The word revive means "to have life, to live forever, to be made alive, to be restored to life." God created man to be an eternal being. The third day is when we will return to our created place in Him. Hosea continues:
"Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." Hosea 6:3
Only those who follow on to know the Lord will be revived in the third day. Today many can only claim, "I am saved." These have no fruit of the Spirit evident in their lives. These will not be part of the third day. Only those who have not tried to save this life, and are living the life of Christ have this promise. By Paul's inspired revelation we know:
". . . Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, He is none of His." Romans 8:9
If there is no fruit of the Spirit in their lives, then they are not any part of Him. Hosea continues:
". . . He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." Hosea 6:3b
The early and latter rain are the double portion outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The prophet Joel was shown the third day:
"Be glad the, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month." Joel 2:23
The children of Zion are those who will make up God's Holy City, the New Jerusalem which is the bride of Christ. These are those who have received the former rain in moderation, and will receive the former and latter rain in the first month of the New Day. As Paul related:
"And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body." Romans 8:23
Paul knew the firstfruits of the Spirit could not redeem the body. The adoption of the body will be when we receive the early and latter rain anointing in the first month of the third day. The early and latter rain will come upon those who are emersed in the living water of the Word up to their loins.
In ancient days, men wore robes. Because of this, it was hard to work or run, or fight, so they would take the hem of their robes and tuck it in their waist band. This made the robe more like pants, which did not hinder the feet. This was called girding up the loins. In Paul's letter to the Ephesians, he proclaimed the armor of God. One part of the armor was truth:
"Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;" Ephesians 6:14
If we are to have our loins girt about with truth, we should know what truth is. John recorded Jesus' words when he spoke:
"Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy Word is truth." John 17:17
God's Word is truth. As stated before, Jesus was the Word in the beginning, and the Word was made flesh. When Jesus stood before Pilate, Pilot asked:
". . . What is truth?" John 18:38
Truth was standing before Pilate, yet he did not recognize Him. Today many do not recognize the Truth because they do not know the gift of God. Jesus informed His disciples who the Truth is:
"And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." John 14:16-17
Jesus was our first Comforter. The second Comforter is Christ Jesus which is the Spirit of Truth. After Jesus' ascension off the earth, He came on the Day of Pentecost as the Anointing, or as Christ Jesus, the risen, glorified Christ. This is why He stated:
"Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come." John 16:13
When the Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost, it was to guide us into all truth. When those who call themselves by His name deny the Holy Spirit, they have denied the truth. Or, as Paul related, they deny the power.
As Paul gave us insight, when our loins are girt about with truth, we will know we are up to our loins in the living water of God's Word. When we are girded about with God's truth, we know nothing can hinder our walk in Him, and nothing can remove us from His promises.
The prophet Daniel also was shown this river of life:
"Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river. And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by Him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when He shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished." Daniel 12:5-7
The man clothed in linen is the same man Ezekiel saw who had the line in his hand, and who John saw on the Isle of Patmos. It is Christ Jesus our Lord.
When Daniel asked the man in linen how long before the end of the wonders, the man Christ Jesus declared it would be for a time, times, and half a time, or three and one-half years. This is the time of the great tribulation, or God's judgment upon the earth. Only the green trees who are planted with their roots deep in the river of living water will escape this time. God is trying to heal His people.
A great truth was revealed to Daniel when the man in linen spoke:
" . . . for a time, times, and an half: and when He shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished." Daniel 12:7
This great truth is revealed in the three and one half years when God will scatter the power of His holy people. To understand this we must look at the words of Jesus when He stated:
"But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matthew 24:37
If we read the tenth chapter of Genesis, we discover all Noah's grandchildren and great-grandchildren became great nations. Speaking of the times ahead, Isaiah gave us the assurance of our heritage:
"Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified. A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time." Isaiah 60:21-22
The man with the line was not through measuring:
"Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over." Ezekiel 47:5
We know the third day is the thousand year day called the millennium, but there is a day beyond the millennium. This will be the eternal day. When the man measured this period of time, the waters became a river to swim in. The living Word of God will become a raging river in the lives of those who are baptized totally into the Word of God. These will be completely immersed in His will. Ezekiel was not the only prophet God showed this eternal day. Isaiah was also shown this day:
"They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." Isaiah 11:9
God's water will truly cover the sea of people who remain after God's judgment is poured out upon this wicked and evil generation. Those who remain will not hurt nor destroy in all His holy mountain. What is His holy mountain? God's holy mountain is Mount Zion, His New Jerusalem which is His people who will make up His Holy City. These will have complete knowledge of the Lord. They will not be like Paul who cried out ". . . that I may know Him." Philippians 3:10. Instead these will be the people Paul described in his letter to the Corinthians:
"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." I Corinthians 13:12
The word glass should have been translated "mirror." When we look into a mirror, we see a reverse image. Paul stated now we only see through a glass darkly which means "obscurely, or as a riddle." But the day is coming when we will no longer see an obscure, reverse image of God. We will see Him face to face, or exactly who He is and what He is. We will "know Him as He is."
We need to understand God's living Word is flowing out to all people who want to get into the river of life. The knowledge of the Lord is His living Word, the river that flows from the throne of God. Isaiah proclaims the earth is full of the knowledge of the living Word. What earth is he speaking of? He is speaking of our bodies, which is the earth that will be full of the knowledge of the Lord. This is the river God showed Ezekiel that man could swim in. Just as the waters cover the sea, we will be immersed in the anointed Word of God which will produce eternal life in each of us.
The prophet Isaiah revealed another truth, proclaiming, "They shall not hurt, nor destroy in all My holy mountain." God's holy mountain is His holy city, New Jerusalem. In that eternal day, there will be no wanton destruction of God's glorious creation. After man sinned, God informed Adam:
"And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered." Genesis 9:2
Man has feared the beasts of the earth ever since he was driven from the garden. God also put the fear of man in the beasts. But God has promised this will not be so in His eternal day:
"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den." Isaiah 11:6-8
God's intended purpose from the beginning was to bring back His creation man into His created place in Him. Man will no longer hurt nor destroy in all God's holy mountain. We will not fear the beasts, and the beasts will not fear man. Once we are enlightened to God's intended purpose for man, then we can understand His Word in a much richer, clearer way. Isaiah again revealed God's intended purpose:
"There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of My people, and Mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them. And it shall come to pass, that before they call I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, saith the Lord." Isaiah 65:20-25
God's eternal day will be the day of God's total fulfillment of His promises made down through the eons of time to His creation. When the man with the measuring line was done,
". . . he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river." Ezekiel 47:6
God caused Ezekiel to return to the brink or edge of the river. This is where each of us is standing today. We know we need to get into the river of living water. The question arises,
"Do we want to get in up to our ankles where we only have a carnal understanding of the Word,
or do we want to get into the water up to our knees where the Word can alter our walk,
or are we looking forward to the day ahead where the water will be up to our loins?"
From there we can become part of the eternal day when the waters of the river will cover us (a river to swim in), and we will see Christ as He is, because we will be as He is, I John 3:2
"Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other." Ezekiel 47:7
When Ezekiel came to the bank of the river, he witnessed trees on both sides of the river of life:
"Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed." Ezekiel 47:8
The water flowed toward the east country. The direction east always means "the New Day." The New Day is the millennial day. This will be the day when this river will flow down into the desert (the dry places) to reach out to those who have allowed the life-giving water of God's Word to dry up in their lives.
From there, this life-giving water will flow down to the sea. The sea represents the multitude of people. God's living Word is for everyone, but as Joel declared, ". . . the multitude is still in the valley of decision," Joel 3:14. Those whom the waters touch will be healed (made alive).
"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 everything shall live whither the river cometh." Ezekiel 47:9
Everything the waters touch will have life in God's eternal day. God promised Ezekiel there would be a multitude of fish. The word multitude was not translated by itself. It was translated with the word great which means "many great fish." One of the terms God uses to describe His people is the word fish. Jesus used the word fish in His parable of the net:
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just," Matthew 13:47-49
The net cast into the sea of people is the Word of God. When it was full, or when the fullness of the ages come, the net will be drawn to shore where the good will be put into vessels. These vessels are their changed bodies which Paul spoke of in First Corinthians Fifteen.
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed," I Corinthians 15:51
This is when our mortal bodies will put on immortality, and our corruptible bodies will become incorruptible. Jesus related, the bad will be cast away. A popular teaching today is all will be saved. If this teaching is true, then we must deny the words of Jesus, who stated the bad will be cast away. Another false teaching Jesus exposed here is the teaching of the rapture which teaches the saved will be taken and the wicked left. By Jesus' words we know the wicked will be severed (separated) from among the just. The great fish Ezekiel spoke of will remain to rule and reign with Christ, not in heaven, but right here on planet earth. Ezekiel continues:
. . . because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh." Ezekiel 47:9b
Whatever this water touches will be healed, and live. The living water is the only life on earth. There is no life outside of God. He holds all life in His hands.
Jesus spoke about the good fish and the bad fish. The good fish were touched and healed by the living water, but what of the bad fish? We must know the Word of God is prophetic as well as historical. Ezekiel spoke of those of whom the living water did not touch:
"But the miry places thereof and the marshes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt." Ezekiel 47:11
The miry places are swamps. Swamps have no outlets. The water stagnates in the swamp, and begins to stink. Those who refuse to be touched by the living water are murky, stagnant, and are a stink in God's nostrils --- and as Jesus gave us insight, they will be cast away. The marshes are as cisterns or pools of water. Cisterns and pools can only depend on natural rain. They have no living source, so when the natural water fails them, they have no Spiritual foundation to fall back on.
As Ezekiel explains, these are given to salt. Salt water will make one sick. It cannot be used for anything. Those who have refused the living water will be as salt water, good for nothing in the sight of God.
As stated before, God's Word is prophetic as well as historical. Ezekiel gave us insight into what God has planned for those who are immersed in the river of life:
"And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine." Ezekiel 47:12
Ezekiel was shown the same revelation of the river of life that Jesus showed to John on the Isle of Patmos. Let's compare these two revelations:
"And He shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." Revelation 22:1-2
When Ezekiel was on the bank of the river of living water, he saw trees. These trees were for food. Then he stated, these tree's leaves would not fade, wither, or be consumed. The word consumed has a dual meaning. One meaning is "it would not be eaten." The other meaning is "it would not be exhausted or run out." Jesus revealed to John that these trees of life were on both sides of the river. These trees of life bear twelve kinds of fruit, and yield their fruit each month.
Both Ezekiel and John were shown these trees would produce food or fruit every month. It should be clear to all that these trees do not produce physical fruit. These trees produce Spiritual fruit, or the twelve fruit of the Spirit.
We need to ask, "Did Jesus show John Himself as being the Tree of Life? Did He show John the Father as being the Tree of Life?" No, He showed John those who were planted by the river of life, whose roots go down deep into the river, the Word of God, who have the twelve fruit of the Spirit coming forth in their lives every month. Both Ezekiel and John were shown these trees would produce food or fruit every month.
We need to identify who these trees of life are. An unknown Psalmist revealed this secret:
"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." Psalm 1:1-3
These trees planted by the living waters of life are those who delight in the Word of God and meditate in the Word day and night. These do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly. They only hear the voice of God. These trees of life bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in their lives.
The Psalmist writes, ". . . his leaf shall not wither." The prophet Ezekiel stated, ". . . whose leaf shall not fade". These are saying the same thing. These trees were green trees. Jesus spoke about the green tree. When Jesus was being led to the cross, he turned to them and said:
". . . Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?" Luke 23:28 & 31
The green trees are those who are planted by the living waters, whose leaves do not wither or fade. If they crucified Jesus, who was a green, living tree, what can the dry trees, those whom the river of life has not touched expect? The prophet Jeremiah was shown these same trees planted by the living water:
"Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit." Jeremiah 17:7-8
As Jeremiah stated, these trees shall not cease from yielding fruit. Ezekiel proclaimed these trees bring forth fruit according to his month. Jesus revealed these trees will produce fruit every month. There are twelve months and there are twelve fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, lowliness, patience, and righteousness. These trees of life will produce these twelve fruit in their lives continually. These fruit of the Spirit will have become their life.
Ezekiel stated, ". . . the leaf thereof for medicine." Jesus stated, ". . . the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." When we look at a tree what do we see? We do not see the branches, we only see the leaves. The leaves tell us what kind of tree we are. When the world looks at us what do they see? Do they see the fruit of the Spirit which is the life of Christ? As Paul related to the Colossians:
"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:" Colossians 1:27
The riches of God's glory is the Christ (the Anointing) which is in us. Ezekiel stated the leaves were for medicine. Jesus related these leaves were for the healing of the nations. The only thing that will heal the nations is when they witness the glory of Christ in a people. Just as leaves are the glory of the tree, so Christ in us is our glory. When our roots are spread out in the living water, then the Christ in us will be seen by all who pass by. We can become that river of life in the earth today. The beloved John recorded Jesus' words:
"He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." John 7:38
The important part of Jesus' words we want to partake of here is ". . . he that believeth on Me as the Scripture hath said." We are not to believe what man or his religious systems have said. We are to believe as the Scriptures hath said. Only out of the Scriptures will the life-giving words flow. Only those who are planted with their roots going deep into the living water of life will believe on Christ Jesus as the Scripture hath said.
God has great and mighty things planned for those who are planted by the living water, whose whole desire is to become His Tree of Life. Just as He had longsuffering while Noah prepared the ark, I Peter 3:20. today He is longsuffering while He is waiting for a people to come forth who are without spot or wrinkle, holy and without blame.
God cannot bring His Kingdom on the earth, until He has a people who have His Kingdom in their earth. God is waiting for a people who will bring forth the fruit of the Spirit for all the world to see.
If our roots are not spread out in the living water, then the days ahead will be very difficult. Every knee will bow. We need to ask, "Will our knees bow in fear or reverence?"
The following is an outline of the contents of this book
for Further Discussion
From Tabernacle to Temple
Washing of the Water by the Word
The Vine Dresser and the Pruning Process
Returning to our Created Place in our Creator
The Early and Latter Rain
The Double Portion
Zion, God's Holy City, the Body of Christ
Jesus our First Comforter
Christ Jesus the Second Comforter
A Time, Time, and Half a Time
God's Eternal Day
Our Changed Bodies
The Twelve Fruits of the Trees of Life
1. Isaiah 28:9-10 tells us how we are to study God's Word. Explain: p 2 - 3
2. What woman in the Scriptures represents the church in the earthy today who only has a carnal understanding of Jesus' words? p 3 - 4
3. To mature in God's Word, we must be weaned and drawn from what? p 4 - 5
4. List the three places we can be in the River of Life:
5. Which time era in history only had Spiritual understanding of God's Word up to their ankles? p 10
6. What time era in history does the second millennial day represent? p 12
7. The today and tomorrow Jesus spoke of represents what two days? p 12
8. The knee is the symbol of what two things? p 10
9. Before we can put Christ in our lives, what must we do? p 14
10. In what day will Christ be perfected in our lives? p 15
11. Why must we be cleansed by the washing of the water of God's Word? p 16
12. What are the two vines God chose to produce the fruit of the Spirit in our lives? p 16
13. God's holy mountain, Mount Zion, His New Jerusalem is Spiritually represented by what? p 24
14. The river flowing from the throne of God is His living Word. When Isaiah speaks of the earth being full of the knowledge of the living Word, what earth is He speaking of? p - 24
15. Describe those who refuse to be touched by the living water, Ezekiel 47:11. p 30 - 31
16. Describe God's people who are Spiritually represented by the trees planted by the life-giving waters of life. p 33
17. List the twelve fruit of the Spirit: p 34
18. What has been God's intended purpose from the beginning? p 26
19. We are not to believe what man or his religious systems have said. How then are we to believe? John 7:38 p 35
20. Do you only want to get in up to our ankles where you only have a carnal understanding of the Word,
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give