God apportions an inheritance for us all. But what about what He has promised to Israel. Today we see the river of life flowing from the Millennial temple eastward and into the dead sea – which will then become alive. Ezekiel also describes the Millennial land boundaries.
Ezekiel 47: Water Flowing from the Temple
1 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.
2 Then he brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate that faces toward the east; and behold, the water was trickling out on the south side.
3 Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep.
4 Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep.
5 Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through.
6 And he said to me, "Son of man, have you seen this?" Then he led me back to the bank of the river.
7 As I went back, I saw on the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other.
8 And he said to me, "This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, and enters the sea; when the water flows into the sea, the water will become fresh.
9 And wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes.
10 Fishermen will stand beside the sea. From Engedi to Eneglaim it will be a place for the spreading of nets. Its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea.
11 But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt.
12 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."
Division of the Land
13 Thus says the Lord GOD: "This is the boundary by which you shall divide the land for inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel. Joseph shall have two portions.
14 And you shall divide equally what I swore to give to your fathers. This land shall fall to you as your inheritance.
15 "This shall be the boundary of the land: On the north side, from the Great Sea by way of Hethlon to Lebo-hamath, and on to Zedad,
16 Berothah, Sibraim (which lies on the border between Damascus and Hamath), as far as Hazer-hatticon, which is on the border of Hauran.
17 So the boundary shall run from the sea to Hazar-enan, which is on the northern border of Damascus, with the border of Hamath to the north. This shall be the north side.
18 "On the east side, the boundary shall run between Hauran and Damascus; along the Jordan between Gilead and the land of Israel; to the eastern sea and as far as Tamar. This shall be the east side.
19 "On the south side, it shall run from Tamar as far as the waters of Meribah-kadesh, from there along the Brook of Egypt to the Great Sea. This shall be the south side.
20 "On the west side, the Great Sea shall be the boundary to a point opposite Lebo-hamath. This shall be the west side.
21 "So you shall divide this land among you according to the tribes of Israel.
22 You shall allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the sojourners who reside among you and have had children among you. They shall be to you as native-born children of Israel. With you they shall be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.
23 In whatever tribe the sojourner resides, there you shall assign him his inheritance, declares the Lord GOD.
1 "These are the names of the tribes: Beginning at the northern extreme, beside the way of Hethlon to Lebo-hamath, as far as Hazar-enan (which is on the northern border of Damascus over against Hamath), and extending from the east side to the west, Dan, one portion.
2 Adjoining the territory of Dan, from the east side to the west, Asher, one portion.
3 Adjoining the territory of Asher, from the east side to the west, Naphtali, one portion.
4 Adjoining the territory of Naphtali, from the east side to the west, Manasseh, one portion.
5 Adjoining the territory of Manasseh, from the east side to the west, Ephraim, one portion.
6 Adjoining the territory of Ephraim, from the east side to the west, Reuben, one portion.
7 Adjoining the territory of Reuben, from the east side to the west, Judah, one portion.
8 "Adjoining the territory of Judah, from the east side to the west, shall be the portion which you shall set apart, 25,000 cubits in breadth, and in length equal to one of the tribal portions, from the east side to the west, with the sanctuary in the midst of it.
9 The portion that you shall set apart for the LORD shall be 25,000 cubits in length, and 20,000 in breadth.
10 These shall be the allotments of the holy portion: the priests shall have an allotment measuring 25,000 cubits on the northern side, 10,000 cubits in breadth on the western side, 10,000 in breadth on the eastern side, and 25,000 in length on the southern side, with the sanctuary of the LORD in the midst of it.
11 This shall be for the consecrated priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept my charge, who did not go astray when the people of Israel went astray, as the Levites did.
12 And it shall belong to them as a special portion from the holy portion of the land, a most holy place, adjoining the territory of the Levites.
13 And alongside the territory of the priests, the Levites shall have an allotment 25,000 cubits in length and 10,000 in breadth. The whole length shall be 25,000 cubits and the breadth 20,000.
14 They shall not sell or exchange any of it. They shall not alienate this choice portion of the land, for it is holy to the LORD.
15 "The remainder, 5,000 cubits in breadth and 25,000 in length, shall be for common use for the city, for dwellings and for open country. In the midst of it shall be the city,
16 and these shall be its measurements: the north side 4,500 cubits, the south side 4,500, the east side 4,500, and the west side 4,500.
17 And the city shall have open land: on the north 250 cubits, on the south 250, on the east 250, and on the west 250.
18 The remainder of the length alongside the holy portion shall be 10,000 cubits to the east, and 10,000 to the west, and it shall be alongside the holy portion. Its produce shall be food for the workers of the city.
19 And the workers of the city, from all the tribes of Israel, shall till it.
20 The whole portion that you shall set apart shall be 25,000 cubits square, that is, the holy portion together with the property of the city.
21 "What remains on both sides of the holy portion and of the property of the city shall belong to the prince. Extending from the 25,000 cubits of the holy portion to the east border, and westward from the 25,000 cubits to the west border, parallel to the tribal portions, it shall belong to the prince. The holy portion with the sanctuary of the temple shall be in its midst.
22 It shall be separate from the property of the Levites and the property of the city, which are in the midst of that which belongs to the prince. The portion of the prince shall lie between the territory of Judah and the territory of Benjamin.
23 "As for the rest of the tribes: from the east side to the west, Benjamin, one portion.
24 Adjoining the territory of Benjamin, from the east side to the west, Simeon, one portion.
25 Adjoining the territory of Simeon, from the east side to the west, Issachar, one portion.
26 Adjoining the territory of Issachar, from the east side to the west, Zebulun, one portion.
27 Adjoining the territory of Zebulun, from the east side to the west, Gad, one portion.
28 And adjoining the territory of Gad to the south, the boundary shall run from Tamar to the waters of Meribah-kadesh, from there along the Brook of Egypt to the Great Sea.
29 This is the land that you shall allot as an inheritance among the tribes of Israel, and these are their portions, declares the Lord GOD.
The Gates of the City
30 "These shall be the exits of the city: On the north side, which is to be 4,500 cubits by measure,
31 three gates, the gate of Reuben, the gate of Judah, and the gate of Levi, the gates of the city being named after the tribes of Israel.
32 On the east side, which is to be 4,500 cubits, three gates, the gate of Joseph, the gate of Benjamin, and the gate of Dan.
33 On the south side, which is to be 4,500 cubits by measure, three gates, the gate of Simeon, the gate of Issachar, and the gate of Zebulun.
34 On the west side, which is to be 4,500 cubits, three gates, the gate of Gad, the gate of Asher, and the gate of Naphtali.
35 The circumference of the city shall be 18,000 cubits. And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The LORD Is There."
Things to think about…
1.Literal or spiritual? Has to be both as you read Ezek 47:1-12. We know that the dead sea is still dead. So this period is still in the future. Fish will once again fill this body of water and the dead sea will become a place of life and healing, similar to what we see will happen eternally in the new heavens and new earth of Revelation, Rev 22:1-5. The stream will flow out from under the new temple. We are told that the mountain will split in two, elsewhere we are told the city will be split into three parts, Rev 16:19. This event could certainly allow the fault line which is under the temple mount to allow the water which is presently there to flow out.
2.The promises given to literal Israel were not fulfilled as Israel entered Canaan in the time of Judges. The land was not fully conquered. But here we see the land is fully conquered and the people of Israel and sojourners are living in peace, Ezek 47:13-23. Jew and Gentile will live in this land together in peace. This can only be possible through Christ unifying Israel through the gospel. Pray that Christ unites both the Jew and the Palestinian and that they both see the true Messiah.
3.Note here in Ezek 48 that the three tribes of Gad, Reuben and Manasseh all are on the same side of the Jordan as the other tribes, unlike when they inherited Canaan initially, where they were all on the east side separated from the other tribes by the Jordan. Here it is not the case. Even the Levites get a portion of land, whereas they were scattered among the tribes and Cities of Refuge initially. Here, neither is required. Gad inherits land in the south all the way across to the Nile and the Mediterranean Sea. How do you see this happening with the present political/religious state of affairs? Will it be possible? I believe it will be attempted by a false Messiah, but completed by the true Messiah.
4.How do we know that these events may perhaps extend into a Millennial setting? Have a look at 48:35 – the name of the city shall be "The Lord is there". We know that where Christ's people gather, He is also there, but here there is a specific area of land that has this designated title. We know God is everywhere, but this will be a residing place. Christ needs to be residing in our hearts. He cannot be a nebulous out there somewhere. He must reside within you. I trust this is the case in your life. Where two or three are gathered there Christ is, but here as in His earthly ministry our Lord Jesus will literally walk the land again.
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Sunday morning's message on "Endure hardship as discipline" from Heb 12:7-11.
1.How did you reconcile a tough period in your life? Did you see the Lord's hand behind the circumstances? Explain.
2.Consider these verses in Hebrews and what Luke said on Sunday. Explain how the Lord has disciplined you in your life.
3.How do you speak into the life of someone who is going through a tough time when you know that they love the Lord and are honouring Him in the way they live. How do these verses apply?
4.Pray that the Lord's people grow stronger regardless of the outward circumstances and that we all grow in a greater knowledge of the Lord.
1.Darrel Ponter out of hospital but will be on pain management. A number of others not well – Steve Hawkins, Scott Dunn, Andre Scheepers – pray for healing and peace.
2.More fires flaring this week in SE Qld, and NSW. Pray who have suffered loss from the fires – Stanthorpe, Gold Coast hinterland, Bunna Burra. The Sunshine Coast also suffered loss this week.
3.Pray for drought breaking rain.
4.NSW parliament they have passed the lower house to decriminalize abortion laws. Likely to be passed in the upper house. Another very sad day in Australia. But keep praying.
5.More Sunday school teachers
6.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.
7.Next Sunday's messages. "Why should we consider the Bible as the Word of God" in the morning, "Christ's Millennial temple" Ezek 40-48 – Axiom 6pm.
8.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.
9.Church finances to meet our expenses.
10.Recharge – Pray for someone to take over Recharge.
11.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.
1.Rain earlier this week – thankyou Lord.
2.All the work done at the Working Bee – thankyou.
3.Praise the Lord for our fire fighters and emergency services
4.Praise God for people being healed from flues and colds.
5.Those who serve on our worship teams and ministry teams.
6.Ministry of God's Word on Sunday.
7.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.
8.A number considering baptism.
1.Aitchison group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.
2.Playpatch – Back this week. Carly Backwell leads this ministry.
3.Recharge – Finished for 3 Fridays.
4.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children.
5.Ross and Karen Goltz's 40th wedding anniversary being celebrated at CBC this Sunday after the morning service. Please bring a plate to share.
6.Andre preaching in the morning of the 29th Sept. John Molhoke preaching at Axiom on the Incarnation of Christ.
This month's catechism question...
Q. 4. Repeat the Lord's Prayer.
A. Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Bible Reference – Matt.6:9-13.
"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3