River, Trees, Land Inherited, Ezek 47-48

In Ezekiel 47-48 we will study the river coming from the throne of God, the trees lining the river, the land inherited initially by the tribes of Israel, and the city where the Lord will dwell, during his millennial reign.

The waters that issued out from under the threshold of the house, 47:1-5.  

These are seen in Rev 22:1-2.  These waters flow out of the east gate on the right side (southward) and progressively get deeper the further they flow from the sanctuary, 47:3-5.

The trees on the bank of the river, 47:6-7, 12. 

These trees on both sides of the river are seen in Rev 22:2.  They are the tree of life.  Each month they bring forth new fruit, twelve manner of fruits each year.  It appears that there will be twelve nations according to the number of the children of Israel, Deut 32:8, and each nation will come in their month to eat of the trees.  The fruit is for their meat and thee leaves are for medicine for the healing of the nations.

The waters that issued out toward the east country, 47:8-11.

Where these waters flow, the rivers will be healed and fish will live in abundance. There will be many kinds of fish for the fishers to catch in nets, 47:10.  The two places mentioned, Engedi and Eneglaim, are on on the shores of the Dead Sea.  Thus, the waters in the Dead Sea will be healed, 47:9, and only the miry places and marishes will be given to salt, 47:11.

The border of the land inherited, 47:13-23.  

The description of the borders are the initial land grant given to Abraham, Gen 12:7, 13:14-15.  Eventually Israel’s possessions will go all the way to the Euphrates River, Gen 15:18-21; Deut 1:7-8.

The land inherited by the twelve tribes, 48:1-29.  

From north to south the tribes will inherit in this order: Dan, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Ephraim, Reuben, Judah, then the 25,000 reeds for the oblations, v.8-20, the prince’s portion v.21-22, Benjamin, Simeon, Issachar, Zebulon, and Gad.

The image below describes the oblations and the prince’s portion.

The circumference of the city and its gates, 48:30-35.  

The city measures 4,500 reeds on each side, 48:15-16, or 18,000 reeds round about, 48:35.  In addition the city is surrounded by suburbs measuring 250 reeds on all sides, 48:17.  There are three gates on each side of the city, 48:31-34.  North: Reuben, Judah, Levi.  East: Joseph, Benjamin, Dan.  South: Simeon, Issachar, Zebulon.  West: Gad, Asher, Naphtali.  Manasseh and Ephraim are not named on the gates.  Joseph stands for them.  And Levi is named, which is the tribe that doesn’t inherit in the land.

City called The Lord is there, 48:35.  

Because this is where he will be during his millennial reign.  See Zech 8:20-23.

To study the prior lesson, see Prince’s and Peoples Ordinances. This is the final lesson in this series.