The Temple And The Water Of Life

In the book of Ezekiel, the bible describes that the living water is flowing out from the temple of God in Jerusalem. The water of life first flows into the Jordan River and later into the Dead Sea. As we can see through the name “the Dead Sea,” the sea was once dead, but as soon as the living water flows into it, it starts to revive again. This is  a amazing description of the power of the living water and the bible says those who wants to have eternal life must also drink from this water. Therefore, we must know what the living water is and what the source of the living water is.

The Water of Life from the Temple Jerusalem

Ezekiel 47:1   The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. 2 He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side….Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7 When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. 8 He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah (or the Jordan River), where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. 9 Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. ….. 12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”

The water from the temple flows into the Dead Sea which has nothing living in it as the name indicates because it contains too much salt in it. Once the water from the temple flows into the Dead Sea, however, the salt water becomes flesh and soon all different sorts of living creatures starts to thrive in the Dead Sea. Literally, the Dead Sea changes into the Living Sea because of the living water from the temple. Again and again the bible says that it is the living water that flows into the sea that gives life to everything in it and even along the banks of the Jordan River many different trees bears fruits every month all throughout the year.

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Map of the Jordan River and the Dead Sea. Can you see any river flowing from Jerusalem to the Jordan river? We should understand this prophecy figuratively.

Here we can see the amazing power of the living water that flows out from the temple. This contains more significant meaning to us who are living in the last days. It is because the prophecy of the water of life from the temple in the Book of Ezekiel was not written for the physical Israelites who lived in the past in the time of the prophet, but it was actually a prophecy given to us who are living in the last days. We can confirm this through a mated prophecy in the Book of Revelation.

Revelation 22:1    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 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. 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.

Here we can see the exact description of the same river we have already seen in the Book of Ezekiel. Therefore, we can see Prophet Ezekiel was not speaking about things of his time, but he was writing prophecies to teach what was going to happen in the future, especially in the last days. In this sense, we come to know that things in the book should not be interpreted physically, but all of things must be understood in the figurative level.

The Reality of Temple

If we try to understand the prophecy of Ezekiel in the literal sense, we cannot put many things together because they do not make sense at all. First, does the temple Jerusalem represent the physical temple in Jerusalem? If then, the water from the temple must be physical water too. But as we already know, there is no river flowing from the temple into the Jordan River. And moreover, the Temple of God itself does not exist in our present time because it was destroyed by the Roman army around 70 AD.

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The Solomon Temple. What is the reality of the temple?

Therefore, we must understand these things figuratively. Then what is the reality of the temple? According to the bible, the reality of the temple is God himself.

John 2:19   Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” 20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body.

The temple is originally built as God’s dwelling place and when the temple was established, God started to dwell among his people by putting His Spirit in the temple. Even though God fills up the whole universe, God loved his people and wanted to give them salvation by teaching them and leading them through his commands and laws. For that purpose, God established sanctuary or temple and started to dwell among his people in Spirit.

2 Chronicles 6:18    “But will God really dwell on earth with humans? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!

But this physical temple was given as copy and shadow until the time of the reality of the temple would be revealed. Then what was the reality of the temple? As we have already seen above, Christ himself was reality of the temple, God’s dwelling place. 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ, who was God himself came down to this earth to dwell among his people to teach his people and to give them salvation.

John 1:14   The Word (God) became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The Word or God himself became flesh and made his dwelling or his temple among his people. It was Christ Jesus. But what was the temple or the dwelling of God he established on this earth when he came in the flesh? It was his body because the Spirit of God was dwelling in the body of Christ and that is why he called his body the temple of God. Through this we can see the body of Christ was working as temple.

The Reality of the Water of Life

Now we could understand that the reality of the temple was Christ, God who came as man in the flesh. If Christ is the Temple Jerusalem, Christ must have given the water of life according to the prophecy because the temple in the prophecy was the source of the water of life that gives life to everything that accepts the living water. Then was the Christ the source of the water of life just like the prophecy?

John 4:13  Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Through this we can see that he was truly the reality of the temple in the prophecy of Ezekiel which gives the living water to the world so that they can have life. Then what we need to understand is what is the living water which was flowing out from the temple? 2000 years ago Jesus was not the one who was giving out the physical water to the people which could give them eternal life, which would have been easier for everyone to understand his teaching and many might have accepted Jesus and received eternal life.

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The Jordan River flowing into the Dead Sea. Thousands of years the river was flowing into the Dead Sea, but the Dead Sea is still dead. What is the living water that gives life to everything?

But just like everything else in the bible, he was not speaking in the literal way. Just like all other teachings of God, Jesus was using physical things to teach us spiritual things. Just as water is essential for our life, through this water Jesus wanted to teach us the spiritual water that is essential for our spiritual life, eternal life. Then what was the spiritual water coming out from the temple Christ which gives us the eternal life of salvation? According to the bible, the water of live that cleanse our sins and gives us the eternal life is the words of God coming from the Christ.

Ephesians 5:25   Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

According to the bible what is it that cleanses us from stains or blemishes to make us holy and blameless? It is possible when we are washed “water through the word” of God. We can see the words of God are figuratively compared to water, and we can receive the water life and wash ourselves clean when we accept the true words of God. When we are cleansed with the words of God, we can also receive eternal life.

John 6:66   From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. 67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

Apostle Peter boldly testifies that he is the true source of the water of life: How can I leave you my God since you are the one who gives the water of life through the words of God? He knew that Jesus was the true temple of God granting the living water to the peoples of the world and if they left Jesus they could not have eternal life. And with this understanding they could stay with Jesus even though all others deserted Jesus.

The True Temple of God in the Last Days

Then according to the bible who is the true temple of God giving out the water of life to the peoples of the world in the last days? Without knowing the source of the water of life we cannot receive salvation. As we have already seen in the prophecy of Ezekiel, in the last days the world is compared to the Dead Sea. According to the bible, the sea figuratively represents human society.

Revelation 17:15    Then the angel said to me, “The waters (or the sea) you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.

The sea is dead because of the lack of the living water or the true words of God. Some might say what I am saying is wrong because we have the words of God taught by Jesus Christ. That is partly true. 2000 years ago the true temple of God Christ came with the water of life and gave people the true words of God so that they could have eternal life.

But what happened to the truth? Even though Jesus and disciples sacrificed their own lives for the true words of God giving us eternal life, after their death the true gospel started to be corrupted and changed by the work of Satan to fulfill the Parable of Weeds on the field. (Matthew 13:24) Sabbath worship which took place on Saturday was changed into Sunday worship in 321 AD by Roman Emperor Constantine. And the truth of the new covenant of the Passover was abolished in 325 AD in the council of Nicaea held under the command of the same emperor.

Since then, those who wanted to follow the truth were persecuted and driven out into the wilderness and the truth started to be forgotten until only the false words of God was left behind. All the water of life was changed into dirty and unclean water, and people started to fall sick and die spiritually because of the lack of the living water. This is the situation described in the prophecy of Ezekiel and the sea or the human society in the last days without any exception are all dead. Nations, peoples, multitudes, and languages-which means all the world-is dying of the lack of the living water. The water people are drinking cannot give them the eternal life, but rather it gives them more thirst.

In this desperate situation, the bible says the river of the water of life clear as crystal will be open for the people who are thirsty. Then who are the true source of the water of life in the last days? Where should we go to receive the living water?

Revelation 22:17  The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

Who are the source of the water of life? They are the Spirit and the Bride. In the book of Ezekiel they were described as temple of God. It means they must be God who comes down to this earth in the flesh as the reality of the temple, or Christ. Then who is the Spirit? We can easily see the Spirit must be the Second Coming Christ, or God the Father coming down in the last days as man in the flesh as the reality of the temple to give us the water of life. But then who is the bride who is also the source of the water of life? Since she is also the source of the living water we can say she must be a Christ, or God who is coming down as man in the flesh. Let us confirm.

The True Bride, God the Mother

There are so many people who have many different opinions about the bride-such as church, or the angels, or some says the bride is Jesus who is coming in the last days. But rather than following people’s opinions we must listen to the true words of God in the bible. Then who is the bride? According to the bible she is described as the true temple of God who is coming down from heaven to this earth, which would be the dwelling of God in the last days.

Revelation 21:1    Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

The bride is the heavenly Jerusalem Temple, which is coming down to this earth to make a dwelling of God among his people. This has a very significant meaning in it. What is the dwelling place of God? Temple. But who was the reality of the temple? Christ. Then what should this heavenly Jerusalem be? Christ, that is, God who is coming down as man in the flesh. Then is this the Second Coming Christ? It cannot be because the Spirit is the Second Coming Christ who would come to give the water of life.

Then who is the bride? Let us find more about the bride, the heavenly Jerusalem.

Revelation 21:9   One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.

In this description, the bride is the wife of the Lamb. The Lamb is the Second Coming Jesus (John 1:29); and therefore, the wife of the Lamb means the wife of Jesus Christ. In reality, even though he came as man in the flesh, Jesus was God the Father. Then what should we call the wife of Jesus or God the Father? The bride must be God the Mother. Amazingly enough, the bible testifies the heavenly Jerusalem and it shows the heavenly Jerusalem as its true reality, not as copy or shadow? Many might think since it is a temple, it must be a form of building flying down from heaven, or even a spaceship!

But the Bible teaches the true reality of the temple Jerusalem? Then what is the Heavenly Jerusalem?

Galatians 4:26   But the Jerusalem that is above (or in heaven) is free, and she is our mother.

The bible teaches the Heavenly Jerusalem is in reality “our Mother” or God the Mother and she is coming down from heaven in the last days. Why? To make a dwelling among his people. What does it mean then? Just like God the Father made his dwelling among his people by coming down to this earth as man in the flesh in the name of Jesus Christ, God the Mother will come down to this earth now as woman in the flesh and by putting the Spirit of God in the body she will dwell among his people to give them the water of life.

Conclusion

To fulfill the prophecy of the book of Ezekiel and Revelation, God the Father and God the Mother both of them came down to this earth as man in the flesh in the Name of Christ Ahnsahnghong and Heavenly Mother New Jerusalem. As we have seen over and over they are the reality of the temple prophesied in the prophecy of Ezekiel and they are the true source of the water of life. They are calling out to you to “Come” and to “take the free gift of the water of life.” God eagerly wants you to come to them for the eternal life. Our true sanctuary, God the Mother came down to this earth and she is pouring out the living water to all the nations and peoples of the world.

Come to the Spirit and the Bride, who are the true source of the water of life.

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