There’s a Restoration Day Coming to Israel Ezekiel 33-48, cont’d.
Ezekiel 40-48 Israel’s Adoration During the Millennium, cont’d.
Ezekiel 47-48-A Vision of the New Land
Ezekiel 47:1-12-The River that Provides Life to the Land
Ezekiel is shown a river flowing from under the Temple and to the east. It started small (:2) and grew larger (:5). There are trees along it (:7). Because they are watered by this river they will provide multiple crops all year long (:12). Those creatures that live near the river will thrive (:9a). Eventually, the river will flow into the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is currently seven times more saline than any other body of water in the world. Nothing can live in it. However, the water from this river will change its composition so that many different species of fish will live in it and fisherman will practice their trade in the area of Engedi, which is located on the middle of the western shore, (:8-10). There will still be salt marshes along the shores of the Dead Sea that will provide salt (:11). These marshes will be in the area of Eneglaim…near the location where the Dead Sea scrolls were found.
The 1,040 square kilometers Dead Sea, located between Israel and Jordan, is famous for its highly saline (salty) waters. The oceanic waters are 3% to 4% saline while the salinity of the Dead Sea is 33.7%. That enables a person to keep himself floating on the surface of the water without the fear of being drowned. No aquatic life is possible here. Besides, no water flows out of this sea in the form of any river. On the contrary, the Jordan River that flows into the Dead Sea continuously keeps adding its fresh water to it and yet its salinity instead of decreasing keeps rising.
In spite of the River Jordan adding its fresh water into it along with the 7.6 centimeters annual rainfall, the reason for the daily increasing salinity of the Dead Sea is evaporation. The rising mercury levels up to 50 degree Celsius lead to evaporation of nearly 55% of the total amount of water present in the sea which can neither be substituted by the water from River Jordan or the rainfall. The salinity of the Dead Sea which was once 27% has now rose to 33.7%. According to the statistics in 1970, its water level was 395 meters lower compared to other oceans while today the figure is 423 meters. The water level in the Dead Sea decreases by 1 meter annually while the salinity on the other hand keeps on increasing.
Ezekiel 47:13-23-The Boundaries of the Land
47:13-20 The northern border of Israel’s land will run from the Mediterranean north of Tyre to a point near Damascus (vv. 15-17); the eastern border will be formed by the Jordan River and the Dead Sea (v. 18); the southern boundary will run from a little below the Dead Sea to the brook of Egypt (v. 19…); and the western border will be the Mediterranean. This particular area will be allotted to the Israelites for their residences, though apparently they will control all the land from the Nile to the Euphrates (cf. Gen. 15:18).
The Ryrie Study Bible, footnote on Ezekiel 47:13-20, p. 1302
Ezekiel 48:1-35-The Division of the Land among the 12 Tribes
Ezekiel 48:1-7-Seven tribes will be given land to the north of the Temple area: Dan, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Ephraim, Reuben, and Judah.
Ezekiel 48:8-22-Another description of the sacred land appointed for the Temple (:8), the priests (:10-12), the Levites (:13-14), the city (:15-20), and the prince (:21-22).
Ezekiel 48:23-29-Five tribes will be given land to the south of the Temple area: Benjamin, Simeon, Issachar, Zebulun, and Gad.
Ezekiel 48:30-34-There are three gates on each of the four sides of the city. Each one is named after one of the tribes of Israel (Levi is included, verse 31, and Joseph represents Ephraim and Manasseh, verse 32).
Ezekiel 48:35-The name of the city will be…"The LORD is there" (Jehovah Shamah).
Prayer: Father, I so look forward to that day. To the day when Jesus returns and establishes His kingdom on earth. Not just His kingdom in our hearts…but His kingdom in this world. The river described here is a picture of You. You give life to everything that You touch. Please Lord…let me drink deep and long…from You.