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Living Waters

"And for the house of Israel there shall be no more a brier to prick or a thorn to hurt them among all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. Then they will know that I am the Lord God. Thus says the Lord God: When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and manifest My holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they shall dwell in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob. And they shall dwell securely in it, and they shall build houses and plant vineyards. They shall dwell securely, when I execute judgments upon all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. Then they will know that I am The Lord their God." (Ezekiel 28:24-26 RSV)

River Living Waters From Where The Lord Rules

After The Return Of Jesus Christ, two kinds of "living waters" are going to flow from Jerusalem, one of literal fresh water which will give new life to a (now nearly) physically-dead Dead Sea, the other "living waters" of the Holy Spirit which will give new life to a (now nearly) spiritually-dead world.

New life to the Dead Sea:

"On that day His feet shall stand on The Mount Of Olives which lies before Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two [see Earthquake!] from east to west by a very wide valley; so that one half of the Mount shall withdraw northward, and the other half southward ... On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea [i.e. the Dead Sea, or The Salt Sea] and half of them to the western sea [i.e. The Mediterranean Sea]; it shall continue in summer as in winter. And The Lord will become King over all the earth; on that day The Lord will be one and His Name one." (Zechariah 14:4,8-9 RSV)

"Then he brought me back to the door of the Temple [see Temples]; and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the Temple toward the east, for the Temple faced east; and the water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the Temple, south of the altar. Then he brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me round on the outside to the outer gate, that faces toward the east; and the water was coming out on the south side."

"Going on eastward with a line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water; and it was ankle-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water; and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water; and it was up to the loins. Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen; it was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. And he said to me, "Son of man, have you seen this?"

"Then he led me back along the bank of the river. As I went back, I saw upon the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other. And he said to me, "This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah; and when it enters the stagnant waters of the sea, the water will become fresh. And wherever the river goes every living creature which swarms will live, and there will be very many fish; for this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. Fishermen will stand beside the sea; from Engedi to Eneglaim it will be a place for the spreading of nets; its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea. But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt. And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing." (Ezekiel 47:1-12 RSV)

The "Living Waters" of The Holy Spirit, giving new life to humanity:

"For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your descendants, and my blessing on your offspring. They shall spring up like grass amid waters, like willows by flowing streams." (Isaiah 44:3-4 RSV)

"Jesus said to her, "Every one who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (John 4:13-14 RSV)

"On the last day of the Feast, the great day [i.e. the 8th day of The Feast Of Tabernacles], Jesus stood up and proclaimed, "If any one thirst, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.'" Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in Him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified." (John 7:37-39 RSV)

"You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, The Lord, am your God and there is none else. And My people shall never again be put to shame. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even upon the menservants and maidservants in those days, I will pour out My Spirit" (Joel 2:27-29 RSV)

"And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; yea, and on My menservants and My maidservants in those days I will pour out My Spirit; and they shall prophesy." (Acts 2:17-18 RSV)

Fact Finder: Can anyone enter the Kingdom of God without the water (i.e. Baptism) and the Holy Spirit?
John 3:5, Mark 16:16


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This Week's Bible Quiz

1. What was the only sign that Jesus said would be that He was the Savior?

2. What was Judas Iscariot paid for betraying Jesus Christ?

3. How did Judas Iscariot die?

4. On what Biblical holy day was Jesus Christ sacrificed?

5. What is the name of the place where Jesus was arrested?

6. What was the name of the high priest to whom Jesus was taken?

7. Who was forced to carry Jesus' cross after He had been beaten so badly that He couldn't carry it Himself?

8. Were others crucified with Jesus?

9. What was the name of the man who buried Jesus' body in his own tomb?

10. Did Jesus rise from the dead, exactly as He said that He would?

For the answers to this May 21 2002 quiz, see the Bible Quiz Answers Page


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