About ten years ago I had a memorable dream. I was wading into a clear river holding my Bible in one hand and the Kingdom story in the other. The river got deeper and deeper until I was waist deep.
I’m not sure what it meant, but I know when God wants to tell me something. Looking in my Bible, I was reminded of the river in Ezekiel which seemed to fit my dream.
Ezekiel 47 describes a river that flows from a future Temple in the Millenial Kingdom that goes from ankle deep, to knee deep, to waist deep, to a river deep enough to swim in. A real river, a future river, the river of life. A river where the trees on both banks will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Ezekiel writes, “where the river flows everything will live.”
I have heard revival being compared to a river. I think it’s great that people want more of God, they want this river. But be discerning.
NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) author Rick Joiner wrote about a river in ‘Epic Battles of the Last Days,’ saying “This River of Life is coming to His church. This River is going to overflow all of its present banks. None of the dikes erected to keep it in place will be able to restrain what is coming, No stronghold can stand before this River. You are called to be a part of it, and no evil will stand before you as you flow with Him.”
That’s a bold claim. His statement is at odds with the Assemblies of God Statement on Revival. They compare the Holy Spirit to a mighty river, and the Scriptures to the banks of that river. Great harm occurs when the river overruns the banks, but that the river does great good when it stays within the banks.
My advice is come to the river, but test the water. Is the river flowing within the banks of Scripture?
“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1
“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16