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1″He led me back to the entrance of the Temple, and I found that water was issuing from below the platform of the Temple—eastward, since the Temple faced east—but the water was running out at the south of the altar, under the south wall of the Temple. 2Then he led me out by way of the northern gate and led me around to the outside of the outer gate that faces in the direction of the east; and I found that water was gushing from [under] the south wall. 3As the man went on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and led me across the water; the water was ankle deep. 4Then he measured off another thousand and led me across the water; the water was knee deep. He measured off a further thousand and led me across the water; the water was up to the waist. 5When he measured yet another thousand, it was a stream I could not cross; for the water had swollen into a stream that could not be crossed except by swimming. 6″Do you see, O mortal?” he said to me; and he led me back to the bank of the stream.”

7As I came back, I saw trees in great profusion on both banks of the stream. 8“This water,” he told me, “runs out to the eastern region, and flows into the Arabah; and when it comes into the sea, into the sea of foul waters, the water will become wholesome. 9Every living creature that swarms will be able to live wherever this stream goes; the fish will be very abundant once these waters have reached there. It will be wholesome, and everything will live wherever this stream goes. 10Fishermen shall stand beside it all the way from En-gedi to En-eglaim; it shall be a place for drying nets; and the fish will be of various kinds [and] most plentiful, like the fish of the Great Sea. 11But its swamps and marshes shall not become wholesome; they will serve to [supply] salt. 12All kinds of trees for food will grow up on both banks of the stream. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail; they will yield new fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the Temple. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”      Ezekiel 47/1-12 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Commentary:

In the first years of my punishment for guilt by the hand and power of G-d as His righteous servant described in Isaiah 53 He gave me incredible visions that served as story lines for what we did and what we talked about during that time.

The most involved was water in the Temple and it is a good example of how G-d would use any (and all when it was said and done) of the stories of the Tanakh and the New Testament to teach me the scripture and use it in my daily life for chastisement, punishment, bruising and crushing.

One summer as I was being prepared suitable for G-d’s purpose He had me quit working and I was living on my last dollars at a weekly hotel outside of Houston in a rural area. G-d was cutting me off from the world of material things and association with society to fulfill the prophecy of being cut off and taken from the world of Isaiah 53/8. I was in his grasp every moment of every day my every move at his direction, listening and talking to Him.

This writing is of a vision based on a story of a vision by Ezekiel. G-d taught me through much mental duress and anguish how to prepare for a vision in a meditative state of mind. It takes an hour or more and you cannot let yourself fall asleep.

One night after I had read Ezekiel 47/1-12 discussing every line of these verses with G-d I had a vision of entering the Temple gate on the east side, the Temple as I have seen it in pictures rebuilt though the sacrificial altar in front was not there. I am looking directly at the entrance in the front just inside the walls and from beneath the doors water is pouring out and flowing down the steps. I looked down and see my bare feet are in water up to my ankles.

The next day I went to the Addicks Dam Reservoir just outside the city limits. The rain had been coming down hard filling the reservoir which is usually just a dry low area of land with levy’s to keep the water from the city.

G-d had me take off my shoes which was unusual and head to a path that went up and over the levy which is about 30 yards high in walking distance and into a barren forest.

Following the path I came to an easement for electrical lines some 50 to 75 yards across and going off into the distance as far as I could see both ways. It was filling with water. As I stepped forward I looked down and saw my feet immersed in water just as in my vision except that instead of stone it was grass beneath my feet.

I turned to the right as I came to the center of the easement and the water was now knee high. I worried about stepping on something sharp and cutting my feet. I kept walking and every hundred yards or so the water was deeper and deeper, the easement dropping as I went along. It was slow walking and we were talking about many different things all around me and the scripture also.

I could see up ahead a large electrical tower. There was a mound of grass in front of it raised up above the water. When I reached it the water was chest high. I rested on the mound and then G-d told me to follow the easement to the left. It was miles to the next levy which I could not even see. I started wading down the easement and the water was soon over my head. I was very cold and tired. G-d told me to turn around and start back.

As I was heading back and the water was only knee deep G-d told me to leave the easement and head into the forest. Walking where He was guiding me I went into a field of thorn vines and stickers. G-d told me to ignore the pain and to keep walking until finally with bloody feet and ankles and shins I told Him I could go no further.

G-d told me to continue on and my anger at that overwhelmed me and I thrashed around further entangling myself in thorn vines until again I could not move. As the anger lessened I carefully pulled myself free and stepped into a clear area and kept going. It was getting dark. G-d had me continue on in aimless directions in and out of thorns and stickers.

G-d finally relented and directed me to the levy path and my car. This punishment of walking barefoot through thorns and stickers was for me. My self will and hot temper needed a lot of refinement. This is by no means the only way G-d has and is refining me. It is a seemingly endless and varied process.

How Ezekiel’s vision and my vision and the story of my day in the flooding reservoir and fields of thorns and stickers are to be interpreted with a meaning for this day of G-d speaking to His prophets again has not been told to me. If G-d does not explain a vision in a story they are not much use for prophecy or even the fulfillment of prophecy. Some visions are just for a good story.

Today G-d has taught me much more on the matter of the water flowing from the Temple.

I am the righteous servant of G-d of Isaiah 53 and I am Elijah. G-d has descended from heaven to dwell with man again. He has cleansed my soul and spirit with these waters so that I can make the many righteous by my knowledge of Him and all that He has taught and revealed to me of the scripture and of heaven.

To reconcile the Jewish people to Judaism. To remind them of their covenant with G-d and for them to be mindful of the teachings of G-d He spoke through Moses.

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