Summertime is fast approaching and in some places the weather feels like it is already here. With summer come activities that have to do with the water, swimming, boating, slip n’ sliding, squirt gun fights, you name it, if it has to do with water, most people are all in. Our God created the times and seasons, He is fully aware of what season it is in the spirit and in the natural, for that I am so thankful, because He is inviting us to go for a swim.
In Ezekiel 47 there is a trip in the spirit that Ezekiel takes to a temple of which water is flowing out of it. At first sight of this water, Ezekiel notes in verse 2 that it is only a trickle, but then his guide, leads him along the journey of this river about 1/3 of a mile and he invited Ezekiel to pass through the ankle deep river. The guide leads him along for another 1/3 of a mile and they come to a place where the river is now knee deep, so they pass through. As they travel another 1/3 of a mile, they come to a river that is waist deep, but they still are able to pass through. But as they continue along on their journey another 1/3 of a mile, they get to a place in the river, according to verse 5, that Ezekiel could not pass through, for the waters had risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over or through. (Selah)
In the early 2000’s there was a popular teaching about the river of God that came forth and brought all kinds of worship songs about the river of God and called us to evangelism, all birthed out of this chapter of Scripture. As I was reading this today, I could not help but remember those sermons and songs, but it is a new day and so I began to intercede for understanding in regards to this portion of Scripture and this is what I learned.
The river flows down from the temple. The mouth of the river never changes, nor does the direction of the rivers flow, but the level of water does. I asked the Lord what the river represents and He told me it is revelation knowledge. He said when you first get saved, there is a bubbling up inside of you and it’s like a trickle of the word of God, for you know nothing about the Bible, other than some stories you heard in Vacation Bible School, or John 3:16 which you saw on a bumper sticker, or the sermon that you just listened to that caused you to finally yield to salvation in Jesus Christ. But as you journey along with the Lord, you will come to revelation that is ankle deep and as you pass through that revelation, you continue on your journey until you come to knee deep revelation. For those who read their Bible, who engage in a desire for a deeper relationship with God, this is sounding familiar.
Then as we journey along in our walk with God, being led by the Spirit, we come to a place where the Word is waist deep. It is hard to cross a waist deep body of water without some work, it is the same in the Word of God. Jesus said to His disciples after talking about eating His body and drinking His blood, He said, do you want to leave to? Peter said, where can we go, for you have to words of eternal life (John 6). Then we are pressing in, listening, loving, growing, still hungry for more and we come to a place in our journey, where the river of revelation has risen to a place where we cannot pass over, so what do we do? We go for a swim!
There are some people that are at the river of revelation, you see how this is a descending revelation into the deep things of God and the more we are on this journey, the deeper the waters get. If you are not experiencing the fear of the Lord, you are not at this level of revelation. But we press on in the journey, for when we step into swim, we are taken down stream and into the Dead Sea and the waters are made fresh. There is a level of revelation God is inviting us into that we cannot control anymore, either we swim or we stay on land, this revelation you cannot cross over or pass through, you must jump in and let it take you where it wants to go. Are you ready for a swim?