MF Blume
February 27, 2000 pm

John 7:37-39   In the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet [given]; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)


Today let us look at two Old Testament prophets who foresaw the series of events when Jesus came to Israel and they rejected Him.

In Ezekiel 1, we read of Ezekiel's vision of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ezekiel 1:26-28  And above the firmament that [was] over their heads [was] the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne [was] the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so [was] the appearance of the brightness round about. This [was] the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw [it], I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

Ezekiel saw one sitting on the throne who was golden or amber-coloured from His loins upward and with the appearance of fire from His loins downward.

Ezekiel called this picture "the glory of the Lord."

So whenever we read of the "glory of the Lord" in the visions of Ezekiel, as He wrote of it coming into the temple and leaving the temple, we are to think of the first chapter's description of the glory of the Lord.  JESUS.

As we move on into chapter three we read the following:

Ezekiel 3:17  Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
Israel is given warning by the mouth of Ezekiel.
Ezekiel 4:1-2  Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, [even] Jerusalem: And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set [battering] rams against it round about.
He was instructed to make a likeness of Jerusalem on a tile, and act out a siege against it. Israel defiled the temple. During Jesus' ministry, time came to fulfill Zechariah's prophecy that the King would come riding in on the colt, the foal of an ass.
Zechariah 9:9  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he [is] just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
Then Jesus went into the Temple and found them caring less about His arrival. The temple was defiled. Jesus is seen again in Ezekiel 8.
Ezekiel 8:2  Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward, fire; and from his loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the colour of amber.

Ezekiel 10:18  Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims.

The glory leaves the Temple. Notice this sequence of events. This was a foreshdaow of Jesus leaving the temple and going to the Mount of Olives. In speaking of the temple defilement, just before Ezekiel saw the glory of Jesus leave the temple, he was told that God would put His Spirit into the people, and give them one heart. It is the era of the New Testament salvation of Christ wherein God puts HIs Spirit into us.
Ezekiel 12:2  Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they [are] a rebellious house.
How many times have you read Jesus' words to this very effect?
Matthew 13:13-14  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
Following these early chapter in Ezekiel, are rebukes and words of judgment.

His voice was like many waters.

Jesus said that the PROMISE of the FATHER would be given once Jesus ascended to the Father.
Luke 24:49  And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
What was the Promise of the Father Jesus would send?
Acts 1:4-5  And, being assembled together with [them], commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, [saith he], ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

Ezekiel's follows the same chronological events that occurred when Jesus was rejected by Israel, and cursed destruction upon their city and temple, and was crucified.

He told the disciples in John 7:37-39 that rivers of living water would be with Him for those who would come to Him who were thirsty.

This last portion of scripture shows John referring to Isaiah's prophecy of seeing Jesus Christ's glory. Notice that Isaiah wrote the following:
Isaiah 6:1  In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
Isaiah saw the Lord's glory. Isaiah foretold all of this when He saw God's glory. THere is the same heavenly TEMPLE that Ezekiel saw in Chapter 43, into which the GLORY OF THE LORD ENTERED. Notice that Ezekiel saw the glory (JESUS) enter a temple, and Isaiah saw JESUS sitting on the throne in the temple. And that is why we then read in Ezekiel 47....
Ezekiel 47:1-5  Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house [stood toward] the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south [side] of the altar. Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side. And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters [were] to the ankles. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters [were] to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters [were] to the loins. Afterward he measured a thousand; [and it was] a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.
Notice that waters issued out from the THRESHOLD of the house. Ezekiel described the glory of God in his first chapter as JESUS, if you compare that with Revelation 1:13-15. That is the reason Peter preached on the day of Pentecost, when 120 received the baptism of the Holy Ghost and said,...
Acts 2:16-17  But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
POUR OUT my Spirit. Isaiah 6:3  And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, [is] the LORD of hosts: the whole earth [is] full of his glory.

Isaiah SAW HIS GLORY (John 12:41), and the GLORY OF THE LORD was Jesus (Ezekiel 1:26-28 & Revelation 1:13-15).

Isaiah saw Heaven ready to downpour the glory, and the doors anxiously awaited the GLORY TO FLOW THROUGH THEM, and shook. At the banks of this River were many trees. These trees had leaves that were for medicine. This same picture is seen here:
Revelation 22:1-2  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations.
This is speaking about what we have right now! Jesus said we could come to Him and drink rivers of living water. The "river of water of life" in John 7 is "RIVERS OF LIVING WATER" in Revelation 22.


The trees are the saints of God! John called it a single TREE, whereas Ezekiel called them TREES (plural). After seeing the River of Life flowing in Revelation 22:1, we read at the end of this same chapter, words for he that is thirsty TO COME NOW and take of the water of Life freely. I am already drinking from the rivers of living water!

Praise God for the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.