Ezekiel 47:1-12 “Then he brought me back to the door of the temple, and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar ... As I went back, I saw on the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other … 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.”
The water of life pouring out from the throne of God and the Lamb symbolizes life. The 12 fruits each month of the year continually symbolizes eternity. The healing of the nations symbolizes peace. So, we will experience eternal life and eternal peace! This passage also speaks to the restoration of all that was lost to us in the Garden of Eden. The effects of the curse are reversed! We are able to see God, which speaks to both the physical and spiritual transformation that takes place in us:
1 Corinthians 15:42-49 “So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus it is written, ‘The first man Adam became a living being’; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.” 1 John 3:2 “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.”
What should our response to all of this be?
- We worship God, and Him alone (22:9), but we also recognize that the Lamb is God. He is the Alpha and Omega (22:13), just like the Father (Isaiah 48:12).
- We need to be overcomers. Revelation is a call to continue to be faithful (22:11).
- The invitation to the kingdom is out there. Will you believe (22:17)?
- We need to heed what God says, and not seek to reinterpret or change His Word (22:18-19).
- Even though we know that it’s going to happen and that it’s going to happen soon, we still pray for the return of Christ (22:20).