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Insight – A River of Living Water

Ezekiel 47: 1-12  selected portions…NKJV

“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.  He brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gateway that faces east and there was water running out on the right side.  The man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits and the waters measured ankle deep.  Again he measured a thousand cubits and the water came up to my knees, again he measured a thousand cubits and the water came up to my waist.  Again he measured a thousand and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim.  The water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley and enters the sea.  When it reaches the sea, it’s waters are healed.  Every living thing wherever the rivers go, will live.  There will be a very great multitude of fish, but the swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt.  Along the bank of the river; on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, their fruit will be for food and their leaves for medicine.”

Water is often likened to the Holy Spirit.  The East is often thought of as the birthplace of civilization, the possible location of the Garden of Eden.  It is also the place where Biblical history takes place.

With that in mind, I share this insight with you:

Water.   [the Holy Spirit outpouring from the throne of God]

It comes from the right and flows East.   [Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father, His legal position after the cross]

Ezekiel was brought out from the North side.  [God’s throne is “on the sides of the north”]  The “man” [angel] then took Ezekiel East.  [Israel is East where life on Earth began and where it will all end.

The “man” measured a thousand cubits and the water was ankle deep. [babes in Messiah] Then it was measured again a thousand cubits and it was knee deep and then waist deep. [children of God] Again a thousand cubits and it was a river.  [the mature sons of God]

Each of these measurings can be considered to be coinciding with moves of the Holy Spirit in the Earth.

The waters flow to the sea.  [The sea is often thought of as mankind]  Wherever the waters go there is healing.  Healing is needed when something is sick or diseased.  Because of war and natural disasters preceding and during the seven year period when God deals with the natural seed of Abraham, there will be much destruction and devastation.

Trees with fruit and leaves is referred to also in the book of Revelation for the healing of the nations.

The First outpouring on the Day of Pentecost came upon the disciples/apostles of Jesus.  The first generation church had only an ankle deep outpouring, in that it only touched a few people in the known world.

The Second outpouring of the Holy Spirit coincided with the first and second great awakenings, which touched many nations and many people and swept many into the Kingdom of God.  These would be the waist deep people and where we still are today, this is often called the “Church Age”.  [having gone through the “Dark Ages” where the adversary stole truth from the Body of Christ, God began to restore what was lost.  Martin Luther was used, as were others to restore Salvation by Faith to the Body of Messiah. then subsequently, the remainder of what was lost to the kingdom of darkness, began to be restored.]

The third and final awakening is imminent and will sweep through the whole world touching every nation and tribe with the truth of the gospel.  There will not be one who will not have an opportunity to choose TRUTH.  [Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, the only way to the Father God]  There will be a great harvest of souls for the Kingdom of God.

If people do not choose the TRUTH, God will give them up to believe the lie; they will be deceived and enter into the kingdom of darkness which is already judged and headed for destruction.

When Messiah Yeshua, Jesus, comes to set up His Earthly Kingdom, He will deal with rebellion against the Kingdom.  For it is written that He must rule until all things are put under His feet and then He will turn the Kingdom over to His Father, Yahweh, God.

There will be an interim period of 1000 years after the “Church age” ends and the seven year period when God begins to work again with the natural seed of Abraham is over, where Messiah rules from Jerusalem as the absolute ruler of the world.  By the way, It is His by inheritance, His Father gave it to Him.

If this sounds close to another religion, it is.  There is real and there is counterfeit.  I was trained in the banking business to know the difference between the false and the real.  We studied the real, not the counterfeit.  When we got a counterfeit bill we instantly knew it was not real. Selah!

Thank you Father God for your plan for Earth and her inhabitants.  You are good.  Thank you that you are a God of mercy and judgment.  You are the righteous judge of all.  May your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.  Amen!

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Mandy’s Song

She looked as fragile as a butterfly, but she was tough, hardened by years of abuse from people in her world, people that she should have been able to trust.

Dripping wet she only weighed 100 pounds, she had hair as brown as corn silk and her eyes were as blue as the sky.  She always had a smile for everyone, it lit up the world around her.

You would not think of her as beautiful, perhaps not even pretty, but there was something about her, everyone said it, though no one could put their finger on just what it was.

Her name was Mandy.  She came from a long line of drug addicts, not the illegal kind, but the kind that the doctor prescribed.  Once every year she got so sick she had to be hospitalized because she just couldn’t handle life anymore.  In a way, it was a ploy to get the attention that she craved.

Mandy was no different from her mother before her, or her grand-mother, they were all addicted.  Oh, it wasn’t the kind that made you a walking zombie, it was just enough for you to be to be stable and able to sleep at night.  Legal, accepted by the world.  Naturally, she did not think of herself as an addict and, of course, no one but those closest to Mandy even knew that she was taking drugs every day.  But, she knew she needed the drugs to survive.

But there was more to Mandy than the abuse she suffered in her young life or the drugs she needed to live each day, Mandy had a different spirit in her.  She knew she was unusual, even children and animals were drawn to her like a magnet.  She would only look at them and they would run to her.  God had prepared her, He had set her up to become His child.

I met Mandy a few years ago and in a very short time she became like a daughter to me.  On a lovely spring day, a year after we met, I introduced her to the only one who could heal a sin sick soul, she met Him and His peace flooded her life.

I wished that I could have had a daughter, but I had been blessed with four boys.  Somehow, with Mandy in my life, that void was filled.  We were dear, dear friends.

Our relationship was so close that when the incident happened, I was shocked to my core.  I had never had to deal with the loss of one so dear, especially one in the prime of their life.  The day it happened, morning came like every other day.  That afternoon, I felt like, “How could this be?  How could life just go on as if nothing happened?”

By the way, I believe in God,  I believe that He is “our Father in Heaven”,  I believe that He is the ultimate good and that He has a Son and His human name was Yeshua, we call Him Jesus.  I also believe that Jesus is the only way to God and that He made the way through His death and resurrection.  I not only believe this mentally, but I believe it experiencially.  I have had the privilege of seeing Jesus twice.  As a result, the peace and love that I live in is tangible to me and to others.

Having said that, I want you to know, dear reader, that the shock of losing Mandy sent waves of hurt crashing against my soul that nearly took me under.

I was sitting in the sun porch of my home, the sunlight was streaming in from the west, I had my sweet cat, Katie, on my lap, a glass of sweet tea and the book, “Make Fear Bow”, by Gary Whetstone in my hand…life was good.

The phone rang.  When I picked it up I heard words I never thought I would hear.  “This is the sheriff’s department, Mandy Larson has just had an accident and your name was on a slip in her purse, are you a relative?”  I was taken aback, but quickly answered that I was not.  “What happened?”,  I asked.

“Miss Larson was crossing the bridge on Interstate 85 when the bridge collapsed.  Her car was among those in the center and it fell along with a piece of the bridge into the water.  Divers were deployed as soon as we could get there.  Miss Larson’s body was found in her car.  I am sorry ma’am.”

I hung up the phone, I was in free fall.  I felt numb.  What should I do?  I turned to my “Abba”, my Daddy, He  has always been there for me.  “My God, why?  How could this be, Lord help me.  This is just not possible.  Mandy, was so young, surely You were not finished with her yet? ”   I sobbed, my heart breaking for my loss.

After what seemed like an eternity, but was actually about 15 minutes, I began to feel God’s peace envelop me.  Presence of mind returned and I began to wonder what would happen next.

As you can imagine, the collapse of the I85 bridge over the Missehaga river made headline news all over the nation.  Many people lost their lives that day, many families lives were changed never to be normal again.  Husbands lost their wives, wives their husbands and children their parents, it was devastating!

The shock waves continued for days, and those who knew Mandy were stunned to think of the horror she must have experienced when this happened.  Imagination runs wild in tragedy.

I asked the Lord if He would let me know how Mandy felt and how she was now.  In His kindness and love for me and my loss He gave me a dream that I want to relay to you.

I found myself in a garden, the most beautiful garden I had ever seen.  Some of the colors were like we have on earth, but more brilliant, deep and rich than any I had seen, there were other colors that I had never seen on earth.  The smell was “Heavenly”  (smile) and there was the most beautiful music coming from everything.  It seemed like a park, in a way, and yet was a garden, it is hard to explain.

Anyway,  I was taking in the wonder of it all when I saw someone come walking toward me and I recognized that it was Mandy.  I ran to her and embraced her.  She looked beautiful, radiant.  We sat down on a lovely garden bench and began to talk.

Mandy told me that when she felt the car shake and began to fall, she was terrified and fear began to engulf her.  The car hit the water hard and the next thing she knew she was in Heaven.  Jesus told her that her neck broke at that point and he had angels right there to take her to Heaven, so she never experienced the horror of drowning.  Thank you Lord!

She encouraged me that she was wonderfully happy and free at last from the heaviness of things of earth and that I would be with her soon.  I woke up from this dream with God’s peace and the assurance that Mandy was fine.

God is so good!  I hope to spend the rest of my time on this planet thanking Him and telling of His love for people.

I hope you know Him, whom my soul loves.  He is a friend that is closer than a brother, as the scripture says.  He will be with you in all of the trials, tests, troubles and temptations of life, if you will ask Him to come in.

This story is a composite of many people and many experiences.  I hope you enjoyed it!

Lovingly,

Joy