The river

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 RevivalThey 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

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The Te Waihou River, NZ

Related posts:

Salus per Aquam, Healing through waters

Come to the River



The signs, and seeing eye to eye

After teaching me about living water, the Lord gave me a sign to look out for – Aquarius, the water bearer.  I hasten to add, I do not believe in the zodiac, or follow horoscopes.  God’s the one who set the signs in the sky.  


The sun is in Aquarius typically between January 20 to February 19.   He gave me the sign because it worked with the scene, a desert and living water.   It also set  the scene, pointing to a time in a future not yet arrived at.

The Lord has used the sign of the man with the water pitcher before.  He’s done it with the disciples.

The disciples were guided to the place where they were to have Passover, by a man carrying a pitcher of water.  Luke 22:10

So by copeter-and-john-with-the-man-carrying-waterntext, and from experience, I associate the sign of the man carrying the water pitcher with guidance.

How did Jesus know the man would be there, at that moment?  God promises “He will guide us with his eye”.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: I will guide you with my eye.”  Psalm32:8

Now I want to differentiate between God’s eye – which guides us, and Lucifer’s eye (the eye of Horus), which tracks us.  Lucifer can only be in one place at one time, so he uses technology to do his spying.  You can see the eye plastered all over the place – movies, billboards, music, the US dollar bill, and now even the Sydney Harbour Bridge on New Year’s eve 2013.   It’s hardly subtle.

Which brings to mind the scripture;

 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!  Matthew 6:22

I have added a post about the eye that is evil on my other blog;  Don’t allow the eye to fool the mind.

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The Helix Nebula in Aquarius – “The eye of God”

God isn’t manipulative.  He doesn’t want enslave us in a “New World Order”.  On the contrary, He brings freedom.  For Him, the most important symbol is the cross, because He wants to save us.

You have to look for the sign of His eye, but it’s there if you want to find it.  The Hubble telescope is revealing signs and wonders in the heavens, things that our Grandparents could only have dreamed of.

The eye is the Helix Nebula.  They call it “the eye of God” … and its located in the sign of Aquarius.

“May you and God see eye to eye.  May He instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: and may He guide you with HIS eye.”

Salus per Aquam, Healing through waters

Te Waihou River

Te Waihou river, meaning “new water”

Christmas for us in NZ is in the summer, and its usually when we do our travel.  In the same Christmas holiday where I discovered the Te Waihou River with its sapphire blue water, mentioned in my post ‘Come to the River‘, I also discovered the unique spa town about three hours south of where I live called “Te Aroha”.

Aroha is the Maori word for love, and Te Aroha means ‘mountain of love or ‘loved one‘.

Mokena Geyser

The Mokena Geyser at Te Aroha

The domain where the hot springs are was decked out in the fashion of the European Spas in the 1880’s, and it hasn’t changed.   The Te Aroha Hot Springs Domain is a unique place, the only complete Edwardian Domain in New Zealand, and the site of the Mokena Geyser, a geyser of hot soda water … the only one of its kind in the world.

It comes up from a depth of 70 meters and plays every 40 minutes.  It was named after the Maori chief, Mokena Te Hau, an early Christian convert who gifted the land to us.  His memorial Cairn is next to the No.8 Drinking Fountain, where you can drink the soda water for free.

The water is nice to drink, naturally carbonated without the sugar or preservatives.  Coke’s not the real thing, THIS is the real thing.  The pools are nice too.

The word ‘Spa’ is an acronym for Salus per Aquam or healing through waters.

In order for this unique fountain to be found at the Spa, it needed two things – a gift to the people from a chief, and for the people who discovered the healing power of the water to have enough faith in it to dig a bore 70 meters down to find the well.

There is a another great gift of water, a gift of God mentioned in the Bible.  All you need is faith to find it.  The scene is Jacob’s well in Samaria.  When Jesus met the woman at the well, He said;

‘If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water’.

‘Sir’, the woman said, ‘you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get the living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself?’

Jesus answered ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’  John 5:15

A great chief has given us a great gift, living water.  There is only one place in the world where it can be found.  All you need is to do to get this living water is to ask Jesus for it.

The water He gives is even better than the soda water at Te Aroha.  He will satisfy your thirsty spirit, and it well up within you to eternal life.  Its the ultimate spa gift, a gift of Aroha (love) from the King.  I hope you have received or will receive this gift of God for yourself.

Come all who thirst, come to the water.

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.  
Revelation 22:17  


wellI spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land.  Psalm 143:6

We have to watch what we thirst for.  We can thirst for attention, love, approval, if we’re not given that as children, we’ll seek it somewhere.  God wants us to seek it from Him.  I sought it from somewhere else, Ishmael to be exact, and God certainly made sure I knew He wasn’t pleased.

In fact, He sounded jealous.

The story is told in Chapter 47 Why drink water from the River?

A jealous God?  Why?  Are we really that important to Him?  Yeah.  Look at the cross.  He has invested everything in us.  Oprah turned from Him because “it didn’t sit right in her spirit that he was a jealous God”.  That’s where Oprah got it wrong.  He wasn’t jealous OF her, He was jealous FOR her.

The Lord wants us to thirst for HIM.

“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink”  He asks.  He was jealous because He wanted me to look for Him in the desert.

 Jesus told the woman He met at the well, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”  John 4:10

He is the only one who can promise us that “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give will never thirst.   The water that I shall give will become a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”  John 4:13

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Come to the River

Te Waihou River walkway

Te Waihou river

The Te Waihou River walkway follows a river of intense blue and green water, so crystal clear you can see the trout in the bottom of the river.

Te Waihou means “new water” (“Wai” water, “Hou” new).  So pure it doesn’t need treatment, it is the water supply for the local town of Putaruru,  The water is also bottled and sold around NZ.

I walked the path gazing at the unbelievable clarity and colour of the river, glad that I had found the place.

He leads me beside the still waters. Psalm 23:2.

Dust if you must stones

Memorial at end of walkway

At the end of the path there is a memorial to a wife and mother who died young.  Set in a circle of stones is a poem “Dust if you must.”  It’s about what is important in life.  The last verse speaks of returning to dust.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go (and go you must)
You, yourself, will make more dust.

Dust if you must

“Dust if you must”

It echoes the curse that God was forced to pronounce on Adam; “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”  Genesis 3:19

But there will come a day where there will be no more death, no more returning to dust.  When the King returns.

Here’s a short video clip of the Te Waihou river walkway.  Come travel along this beautiful river for 2 minutes.

The river reminds me of the new water that will flow from the throne of the King, a crystal clear river that appears and reappears in the Bible.

The prophet Zechariah wrote in that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name.  In that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter.  Zechariah 14.

In the book of Revelation we read the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, will flow from His throne down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river will stand 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.  Revelation 22:1-2

The prophet Ezekial wrote the water gets progressively deeper every 457.2 meters, or 500 yards.

“Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar.  He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side.

And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles.  Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees.

Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed.  He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river.  Ezekial 47:1-6

The water will flow toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea.

Right now, we have the Dead Sea at the lowest elevation on Earth, bordering Jordan to the east and Israel to the west.  The land gets hardly any rain, due to the rain shadow effect of the Judean Hills.  It’s one of  the saltiest bodies of water on Earth.  The water flows in from the Jordan river, but it doesn’t flow out.

Ezekial wrote that when it empties into the sea, the salty water there will become fresh. There will be a great number of trees on each side of the river, fruit trees of all kinds.  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.  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.  Ezekiel 47:1-12

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The river also speaks of the spirit of God.  Jesus said “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”…

The river is there in the Kingdom, with all of it’s beauty, and all of it’s clarity, and it’s different depths.  It will flow from the city where the King will have His throne.

And there will be no more death or crying, or laments about returning to dust.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.  Revelation 21:4

Jesus, the great I AM