Good morning!

Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord. (Ezekiel 37:13-14)

God is gracious and full or mercy.   God restores His people and gives His hope that cannot be removed by any means on earth.   He even opens our life as if it were graves and brings His people out of from the graves.   God puts His Spirit on His people, to be filled with the Holy Spirit.   God settle His people on His land, and will be with His people forever.   This is the message spoken by God, who created heaven and earth.  The One, who spoke, is faithful, and He will sure do it.    What a comforting message it is!  Ezekiel received this very message in his vision.  

Through his vision, God took Ezekiel to the land of Israel, where the Israelites used to live till they were taken by Babylon to the current exile in Babylon as captives.   God put down Ezekiel on a very high mountain.   From there Ezekiel could see the south side of the city.   As God brought Ezekiel nearer to the city, Ezekiel was able to see a man whose face shone like bronze standing beside the city gate.  The man was holding in his hand a linen measuring cord and a measuring rod.   He said to Ezekiel, “Son of man, watch and listen. Pay close attention to everything I show you. You have been brought here so I can show you many things. Then you will return to the people of Israel and tell them everything you have seen.”

Then the man took Ezekiel, and showed the temple in the city.  It was not the original temple in which the Israelites used to worship God.  The original temple was utterly destroyed by Babylonians.   What Ezekiel saw was a new temple.   The man was measuring the temple.  Amazingly, the new temple had the exact dimension of the original temple built by Solomon.  

After measuring the temple, the man brought Ezekiel back to the entrance of the Temple. There Ezekiel saw a stream flowing east from beneath the door of the Temple and passing to the right of the altar on its south side. 

Then the man was taking Ezekiel down the water stream from the temple door.   He measured off a thousand cubits (about 1,750 feet, or about 530 meters), and then led Ezekiel through water that was ankle-deep.  He measured off another thousand cubits and led Ezekiel through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led Ezekiel through water that was up to the waist. He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that Ezekiel could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross.   The man asked Ezekiel, “Son of man, do you see this?”    Ezekiel was silent because he could not find a proper word to answer.   However, it was true that being completely submerged in the deep water from the temple was an amazing experience.   It was comforting and renewing his spirit, which was not anything like on earth.   

The man took Ezekiel back to the bank of the river.  Then the man said to Ezekiel, “This river flows east [from the temple] through the desert into the valley of the Dead Sea. The waters of this stream will make the salty waters of the Dead Sea fresh and pure.  There will be swarms of living things wherever the water of this river flows. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will become fresh. Life will flourish wherever this water flows. Fishermen will stand along the shores of the Dead Sea. All the way from En-gedi to En-eglaim, the shores will be covered with nets drying in the sun. Fish of every kind will fill the Dead Sea, just as they fill the Mediterranean. (Ezikiel 47:8-10) 

The water from the holy temple spiritually renewed Ezekiel.   The same water flowed down through the dry desert and into the valley of the Dead Sea.   No living things were there in the Dead Sea.   Miraculously, as the water from the temple touches the dead and salty water, it turned into a fresh and pure water.  Living things were getting back to the Dead Sea, and the Dead Sea was filled with fish.   Wherever the water flowed, it revived the dead to life.   Fishermen came back to the Dead Sea that fishermen used to completely abandon.  The shores were covered with nets drying in the sun.   What a beautiful scene that Ezekiel saw!   Where death used to be were filled with all kinds of live fish, and fishermen.    

The man, then, saw the trees on both sides of the banks of the river.  Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing. (Ezekiel 47:12)

All kinds of fruit bearing trees started growing on the river banks.   The leaves would never wither because the river continuously renewed.   Nor no fruit fail to ground again because the trees got the water from the life-giving river.   The fruit were for food for His people and the leaves for healing for the Israelites, who were suffering and completely lost their hope under their harsh exile in Babylon as captives. 

God, who are full of mercy and love, sent this amazing vision to His people through Ezekiel:  God soon would rescue and revive them with His renewing power that could change the entire Dead Sea into a place for all kinds of fish and fishermen.   The desert was also turned into a life-producing and healing land.   The trees on the both river banks produced various fruits for food and leaves for healing.  This was the message given by God.  

God, who is our Ever-Loving Father, still sends the same message to those who are suffering and lost hope.  Please come to Him and drink from Him.  All who come to Him will be comforted and renewed in Him.  This is our hope and our faith.  Praise God, who is always faithful, because He has no rotating shadow around Him, and He is infinitely patient.   Yes, He will surely revive and renew His people with His unfailing mercy and unfathomable grace in the Love of Jesus Christ on cross.   Amen!

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. (Revelation 22:1-2)

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