May 11, 2020
Flow River, Flow !
In the sixth century BC, God gave the
prophet Ezekiel a special vision of a
special river. A very special river. A
river like none you have ever seen
It is a river of God. It “issued out
from under the threshold” of God’s
“house” (v. 1), so God Himself is its
Source. It springs from Him, its very
headwaters are the very Godhead! It is a
river of God’s manifest presence. It
emanates from the “house” where God’s
presence, the Shekinah glory, manifests
and dwells in the most holy place.
Wherever it flows, God’s normally
concealed and undetected presence
spontaneously manifests and flows.
It is a
river of life. “Everything shall live
where the river cometh,” noted the
prophet (v. 9). Wherever this river
flows, life flows with pulsating
vitality, breath, moisture, and growth.
It is a river of fruit. When it touches
the waters, they bring forth “a very
great multitude of fish” (v. 9), and
when it flows through the land, the land
produces fruit-bearing trees (vv. 7,
12). It is a river of healing. When it
touches the Dead Sea, its excessively
salty waters are “healed” and become
fresh again (v. 9). It is a growing
river. The farther it flows, the deeper
and more powerful it becomes (vv. 3-5).
It is a faithful river. Its waters never
fail to flow. It is so regular and
dependable that fishermen depend on it
regularly for their catches (v. 10) and
farmers harvest new fruit monthly from
the trees it constantly waters (v. 12).
It is a
miraculous river. The things it does
surpass the laws and power of nature. It
produces awe-inspiring signs and wonders
that supersede precedent, reason, and
science. It is a river of God’s Word.
The keynote Psalm reveals streams of the
Spirit run through the scrolls of
Scripture. Thus, the believer planted in
daily Bible study (Ps. 1:2) is like “a
tree planted by the rivers of water”
(Ps. 1:3); every new insight imparts new
living water and spiritual energy. And
everything true of the river of God is
also true of the Word of God.
It is a river of the Holy Spirit. In a
direct reference to Ezekiel’s vision,
Jesus said this river symbolizes
believers baptized in the Holy Spirit:
“He that believeth on me, as the
scripture hath said, out of his
heart shall flow rivers of living water.
But this spoke he of the Spirit, whom
they that believe on him should receive”
(Jn. 7:38-39). Thus, the Spirit-filled
Christian is a channel through which the
river of the Spirit touches, fills, and
changes others. As Ezekiel’s river
flowed from God’s temple, so the river
Jesus spoke of flows from our bodily
temples, for “Your body is the temple of
the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 6:19).
It is a river of revival. Ezekiel saw
this river flow through the dry,
lifeless Arabah and into the salty, dead
waters of the Dead Sea - and suddenly
they revived! Life and fruit appeared in
places previously dead and barren (vv.
8-9). This river is prophetic. Ezekiel
saw it in a vision foretelling things to
come in the Day of the Lord.
It is a river of very small beginnings.
When he first crosses it, it is very
shallow, only “to the ankles," or,
figuratively speaking, insignificant,
weak, seemingly without potential,
utterly ignorable. Yet it is a river
that ends in greatness. After a time,
Ezekiel said it became “a river that
could not be passed over” (v. 5), or one
that could not be ignored nor overcome.
No one laughed at this river now; its
size, swiftness, tree-lined banks, and
abundant fish commanded attention. And
no one could walk over it. Indeed, if
any dare try it, they, not this river
with its powerful current, would be
Finally, it is an unchanging river. Like
the God from whom it flows, it is “the
same yesterday, and today, and forever”
(Heb. 13:8). It has flowed in ages past,
it flows now, it will flow the rest of
our lives, and it will flow forever,
unchanged in characteristics, unaltered
in works, undiminished in power,
uninterrupted in regularity. But
questions need to be answered.
Why did God give Ezekiel this vision?
Why did Ezekiel record it for posterity?
To foretell the coming Day of the Lord?
Yes, of course, but what is God trying
to tell us today? Why did Jesus so
directly and prominently refer to this
He wants this river - of God, of His
presence, of life, of revival, of the
Word, of the Holy Spirit - to flow into
us and through us. Every day. Wherever
He sends us. Whatever He has us doing.
Whatever our circumstances. Whatever our
blessings or adversities.
Every wondrous truth in Ezekiel 47 can
be a daily reality in every abiding,
obedient, Word-loving, Spirit-filled,
Spirit-led Christian. And church. And
ministry. And mission. From small
beginnings we may grow to great
fruitfulness; though once easily walked
over and ignored, we may become
indomitable overcomers, spiritually
undefeated in every conflict and
unignorable because of the thriving
life, energy, joy, grace, truth, love,
works, and fruits of Jesus’ character
manifesting increasingly through us!
we seek God, we may drink from this
river, because it is ever-faithful,
always there, always accessible, always
the same, never diminished, always ready
to refresh, revive, reinspire, and
reform us into the Image of its Source.
Every day we drink of it, it will flow
through us again, afresh, and with more
power, bringing God’s presence,
discipling “trees of righteousness”
through us, producing more traits of the
Spirit and works of the kingdom,
releasing miraculous physical and
spiritual healings, spawning awesome
revivals, and creating wondrous,
unexpected divine life and fruitfulness
in “Arabah” Christians long dry and
“Dead Sea” churches long lifeless and
Thus, Ezekiel’s vision is a prophecy. It
is speaking to not just the Day of the
Lord but also this day of the Lord. God
wants the special river Ezekiel saw to
produce a special work in us in these
last days of the Church Age. A very
special work. A work like none we have
ever seen in our lifetime or in Church
May we seek the Source of this river
until we become deep, wide channels of
it, and of Him. Meanwhile, let us all
pray, all over the earth, all speaking
with one voice, “Flow river, flow!”