Ezek. 47:3 ¶ And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles.
Ezek. 47:4 Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist.
Ezek. 47:5 Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed.
This is quite an amazing passage of scripture, Ezekiel recounting one of the many visions he had while in exile on the banks of the Chebar River. This particular vision is a picture of the temple of God with a river flowing out from the threshold. Of course the temple is a picture of Christ and the River is the River of the Spirit of God flowing out from the Lord. An angel guide begins to take Ezekiel out into the River measuring a thousand cubits between each stop. The first stop the River measures ankle deep. This could be interpreted as a Christian being touched by the River and The River having an effect on his walk, how he lives his life. The second stop the River advances to the knees. This could mean that as the believer goes deeper into the River that prayer becomes a normal part of his life. The third stop has the River up to his waste, the actual direction and thrust of the Christian’s life is being influenced by the River of God. The final stop has the River going over Ezekiel’s head. This speaks to us of a life totally taken over by God. The believer’s entire life has been swallowed up, he has now taken on the identity of Christ.
You and I live in the time of the incredible fulfillment of this prophesy. The Spirit is being poured out on all flesh.
Our church, like many others, experienced an incredible touch of the River of God beginning in 1994. Shortly after the visitation began in our church I realized it had been going on in other places for several years and I was clueless. I don’t want to be clueless. Ezekiel’s River is flowing in our generation, wade out into the waters, let Him have more of your life. Soon, you may find yourself swimming in the River of God.