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Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 11:36 AM

This is why I love the OT

The more and more I spend in the OT, the more I realize how incomplete my picture of the NT is without understanding the OT. Check this out -

Ezekiel 47, after a long vision on the new temple of the Lord, he describes a river flowing from the temple (emphasis added)

Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7As I went back, I saw on the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other. 8And he said to me, "This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, and enters the sea;[b] when the water flows into the sea, the water will become fresh.[c] 9And wherever the river[d] goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea[e] may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. 10Fishermen will stand beside the sea. From Engedi to Eneglaim it will be a place for the spreading of nets. Its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea.[f] 11But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt. 12And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing."
Now, look at Revelation 22 -
1Then the angel[a] showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life[b] with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Is that awesome or what?!

Now here's the rub. Ezekiel 47 references clearly to a temple, and a temple with very specific dimensions (see the earlier chapters). But Revelation 21 states very clearly - "22And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb."

So does this refer to two separate occurrences or just one? Is it plausible that what Ezekiel describes as a temple is actually the city in Revelation? There are measurements for both... I wonder if anyone's ever tried to compare them...

haha, whoa


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