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I encourage you, above all else, to meditate on the scriptures and surrounding scriptures and allow the Lord Himself to speak to you through His Word and Spirit.


Revelation

I was reading through the book of Ezekiel, and I came to the chapters where Ezekiel is shown visions of the temple of God. I was meditating on the scripture that speaks of the river that flows through and out of the Temple - cleansing the Dead Sea - with trees on each side, bringing healing with its leaves and a prosperous crop every season. I began to think about Hebrews, how it explains how the Temple on earth is a representation of the Temple in heaven, which caused me to shift my focus to the last chapter of Revelations, where it, too, has a river of living water flowing from the Temple, and it too, has Trees of Life that produce each month, and leaves that bring healing to the nations in New Jerusalem. Then I thought of Eden... which also had a river... Eden, which also had a Tree of Life, trees also used for food and for medicine. And lastly, I was meditating on John 7, which he speaks of us having a river that flows through our hearts.


While meditating on these scriptures, the Lord reminded me that He is the One who Was, Who Is, and Is Still to Come. I felt the Lord say: I WAS - in EDEN (Gen 2), I AM - in YOU (John 7), and I AM STILL to COME - in New Jerusalem (Ez. 47/Rev 22). I see the LORD doing a full circle to make all things come together for good, and for His plans and purpose to be completed.


The Lord's original intent was to create Heaven on Earth in Eden. . . Through Christ's death and resurrection, His original intent is revived in the Body of Christ, in our bodies - His temples. And one day, if we take heed to wash our robes, we will be permitted into the gates of New Jerusalem (Rev 22:14).


The Lord has impressed on my heart so heavily to keep the Temple of my heart clean, so it will be like I never left the Temple of My Lord (Ps. 27:4).


Prayer

Lord, create in me a clean heart, and renew a loyal spirit within me. Keep Your Presence in the Temple of my heart and pour into this Temple more of You! Come and Consume every part of my heart. Your love is an all consuming fire. Come and be the Lord of Ezekiel, where you are seen as amber and flaming fire. Come and be the Lord of Revelations, the One with eyes of fire. Come and purify this Temple with Your fire! Increase my reverence, fear and awe of You that I may willingly yield to Your voice. I know that You do not look for sacrifices done by human strength, You look for a broken and repentant spirit. Keep my Temple sensitive to Your voice and promptings. Lord, draw me inward to Your sanctuary, that I may operate with uninterrupted communion with You. Lord, You alone are worthy to receive all the glory, honor, and power, for You created all things and by Your will they exist. Cultivate all that You have made me for to please You alone. Amen.


Scripture References:

Revelation 1: 8 | "I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.”


Genesis 2: 4-8. This is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth. The Man and Woman in Eden When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For the LORD God had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil. Instead, springs came up from the ground and watered all the land. Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A river flowed from the land of Eden, watering the garden and then dividing into four branches.


Ezekiel 47: 1-12 | In my vision, the man brought me back to the entrance of the Temple. There I saw a stream flowing east from beneath the door of the Temple and passing to the right of the altar on its south side. The man brought me outside the wall through the north gateway and led me around to the eastern entrance. There I could see the water flowing out through the south side of the east gateway. Measuring as he went, he took me along the stream for 1,750 feet and then led me across. The water was up to my ankles. He measured off another 1,750 feet and led me across again. This time the water was up to my knees. After another 1,750 feet, it was up to my waist. Then he measured another 1,750 feet, and the river was too deep to walk across. It was deep enough to swim in, but too deep to walk through. He asked me, “Have you been watching, son of man?” Then he led me back along the riverbank. When I returned, I was surprised by the sight of many trees growing on both sides of the river. Then he said to me, “This river flows east through the desert into the valley of the Dead Sea. The waters of this stream will make the salty waters of the Dead Sea fresh and pure. There will be swarms of living things wherever the water of this river flows. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will become fresh. Life will flourish wherever this water flows. Fishermen will stand along the shores of the Dead Sea. All the way from En-gedi to En-eglaim, the shores will be covered with nets drying in the sun. Fish of every kind will fill the Dead Sea, just as they fill the Mediterranean. But the marshes and swamps will not be purified; they will still be salty. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow along both sides of the river. The leaves of these trees will never turn brown and fall, and there will always be fruit on their branches. There will be a new crop every month, for they are watered by the river flowing from the Temple. The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing.”


Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations. No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever. Then the angel said to me, “Everything you have heard and seen is trustworthy and true. The Lord God, who inspires his prophets, has sent his angel to tell his servants what will happen soon.” “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book.” I, John, am the one who heard and saw all these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me. But he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers the prophets, as well as all who obey what is written in this book. Worship only God!” Then he instructed me, “Do not seal up the prophetic words in this book, for the time is near. Let the one who is doing harm continue to do harm; let the one who is vile continue to be vile; let the one who is righteous continue to live righteously; let the one who is holy continue to be holy.” “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life. Outside the city are the dogs—the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers, and all who love to live a lie. “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star.” The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. And I solemnly declare to everyone who hears the words of prophecy written in this book: If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book. And if anyone removes any of the words from this book of prophecy, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book. He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people.


John 7:37-39 | "On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds,“Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”(When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)


Psalm 27:4 | The one thing I ask of the LORD— the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.

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