Yesterday the Lord showed me
the meaning of trees.
Today I will see how rivers
run through the scripture.
The scripture says,
“A river watering the garden flowed from Eden;
from there it was separated
into four headwaters (or branches).”
Scripture tells us
the names of the branches,
but it does not name
where the water flows from -
the main source of life.
But it does say,
"the river that waters the garden."
"the river that flows from Eden."
The Word of God is everywhere
Listen to this -
“Then the angel showed me
the river of the water of life,
as clear as crystal, flowing
from the throne of God and of the Lamb”
This is the river that always gives hope!
This is the river that quenches
all that is dried up.
“Let anyone who is thirsty
come to me and drink.
Whoever believes in me,
as Scripture has said,
rivers of living water
will flow from within them.”
Moses tells us the names of the headwaters.
“The name of the first is the Pishon;
it winds through the entire land
of Havilah (Southwest Arabia) where there is gold.
The name of the second river is the Gihon;
it winds through the entire land of Cush,
from Egypt to Ethiopia.
The name of the third river is the Tigris;
it runs along the east side of Ashur,
also known as Northern Iraq.
And the fourth river is the Euphrates -
but no location is given to it.
Why is there no location
assigned to the Euphrates?
it’s the longest river in Western Asia.
It starts in Turkey, part of Javan,
that also contained Greece, and runs through
the great city of Babylon in Iraq,
and then empties into the Persian Gulf.
The Euphrates River
is not a place I want to be
when the Day of the Lord finally comes.
Much is foretold about this river
in the revelation of Jesus’s return
according to John:
“Saying to the sixth angel
who had the trumpet,
“Release the four angels who are bound
at the great river Euphrates.”
And from the Euphrates,
“the four angels who had been kept ready
for this very hour and day and month and year
were released to kill a third of mankind.
The number of the mounted troops
was twice ten thousand times ten thousand.
I heard their number.
The horses and riders I saw in my vision
looked like this:
Their breastplates were fiery red,
dark blue, and yellow as sulfur.
The heads of the horses resembled
the heads of lions,
and out of their mouths came fire,
smoke and sulfur.
A third of mankind was killed
by the three plagues of fire,
smoke and sulfur
that came out of their mouths.
The power of the horses
was in their mouths and in their tails;
for their tails were like snakes,
having heads with which they inflict injury.
The rest of mankind
who were not killed by these plagues
still did not repent
of the work of their hands;
they did not stop worshiping demons,
and idols of gold, silver, bronze,
stone and wood
idols that cannot see or hear or walk.
Nor did they repent of their murders,
their magic arts,
their sexual immorality or their thefts.”
“The sixth angel poured out his bowl
on the great river Euphrates,
and its water was dried up,
to prepare the way for the kings from the east.
And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon
and out of the mouth of the beast
and out of the mouth of the false prophet,
three unclean spirits like frogs."
For they are demonic spirits, performing signs,
who go abroad to the kings of the whole world,
to assemble them for battle
on the great day of Almighty God.
“Behold, I am coming like a thief!
Blessed is the one who stays awake,
keeping his garments on,
that he may not go about naked
and be seen exposed!”
Now, I know that all of this can sound really scary,
and many of you might be afraid -
but this is part of understanding
what is heavenly.
To understand scripture
and have a healthy perspective of God
we must understand who He is
and who we are.
The physical world that we see all around,
will one day shrivel up and die.
Just like the barren fig tree!
But in its place will be
a new earth and a new Heaven
for us live eternally.
Imagine how beautiful it will be
when Eden is restored.
“On each side of the river
stood the tree of life,
bearing twelve crops of fruit,
yielding its fruit every month.
And the leaves of the tree
are for the healing of the nations.
No longer will there be any curse.
The throne of God and of the Lamb
will be in the city,
and his servants will serve him.
They will see his face,
and his name will be on their foreheads.
There will be no more night.
They will not need the light of a lamp
or the light of the sun,
for the Lord God will give them light.
And they will reign for ever and ever.”