Ezekiel 47: 1-13
Vision of the temple waters.
The Lord has come to his temple (Mal.3:1) which in reality he did in the flesh (Matthew 21:12) but more importantly into the midst of his church by his Spirit so that they have communion with him, enjoy all spiritual privileges and carry out their ministry. That the increase of this temple kingdom being built should be worldwide is alluded to often in the Old Testament and here it is envisioned as a growing stream, one absolutely unnatural in its progression, that restores life to all it touches. Listen to Fairbairn, “This stream of life, flowing from the dwelling-place of God, images the regenerating efficacy of his grace and word upon a dead world.” It is an ever-growing stream just like the tiny seed that grows into a mustard tree. It no doubt is the same stream John sees issuing from God’s throne in Revelation 22:1-2 and to my mind is a picture of the life-giving Spirit of God that Christ says shall overflow from every regenerate heart (John 7:38-39).