From the Throne to the Nations

River_Sunset“Come to the River” is another Housefires song we’ve been singing at our church lately.  There have been a lot of songs written about this River “whose streams make glad the city of God” (Psalm 46:4), but I can really feel the invitation of God on this one. I trust you will, too.

In Ezekiel 47:1-12, God showed the prophet a river flowing from the throne of God and out to the nations. To save space I won’t print the whole passage out here. You can read it for yourself.

Beloved, this is NOT a prophecy reserved for the sweet-by-and-by or some other time. The Spirit is calling us NOW! This is the River that’s flowing in and through you right now, whether you realize it or not. It is the Spirit of God given to us and living in us.

Let’s see if we can interpret the symbols in Ezekiel 47:1-12:

Water – Jesus promised those that are thirsty would have living water flowing out from their innermost being (John 7:37-39). The water is the Holy Spirit.
Trees – WE are the trees! We are those RECEIVING THE FLOW of God’s river of life. (See Psalm 1:3; 92:12-15).
Fish – The fish often represent people prophetically in Scripture.
Fishermen – Those who preach the Good News. Jesus said He would make us “Fishers of men.”
Sea – This one takes some explaining. In the ancient world, the sea was regarded as a symbol of the troubled powers of nature, disordered by the fall.  It was seen as a place of evil, turbulence. When Jesus calmed the sea He was doing something profoundly prophetic, as well as allaying His disciples’ fears (Mark 4:38-40). This is also why there is no sea, prophetically speaking, in the New Heaven and New Earth (Rev.21:1).

We should notice that the farther this River flows away from the Sanctuary, the deeper the water gets, and wherever this River goes there is healing and deliverance.

What we can take away from this is that the further out in the world you get, the brighter you will shine and the more miraculous you will see.

Another thing to notice is that these “trees” bear fruit every month. This speaks of our life in Christ under the New Covenant (bold type added):

“By the river on its bank, on one side and on the other, will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail. They will bear every month because their water flows from the sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing.” (Ezek.47:12 NASB)

This is probably why Jesus cursed the fig tree that wasn’t bearing fruit, even though it wasn’t the season for it (Mark 11:13, 20-24). He was prophetically pointing to a New Covenant reality. When we’re walking by faith in the Spirit, we bear fruit in ALL seasons.

But we can only do this by being in the River! Our fruit is because this water flows from the sanctuary. Our effectiveness is found in living in this River.

Dearly beloved River People of God, you’ve been called to let this River flow out of you and to the nations. Because there is healing in Him, there is healing flowing in and out of you. Learn to work from rest in this River.

So come, receive the invitation to let your life flow from the River!

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”  But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:37-39 NKJV)

And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. (Rev.22:17 NKJV)

Come to the River

Written by Tony Brown, Pat Barrett, Nate Moore and Dave Dalton
© 2014 Housefires. Lions Den Family, Barrett Daddy Music (ASCAP)
Nate Moore (BMI) David Dalton (BMI)

Come to the water
All who are thirsty
Come and drink
Come to the table
All who are hungry
Come and feast

Those who are weary
Those who are needy
Come receive

Come to the River
Come to the River
Taste and see

Oh, oh my soul
Thirsts for You
You alone

I will taste and see that you are good (x3)
Good to me


About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 41 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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6 Responses to From the Throne to the Nations

  1. Heidi Viars says:

    so good … I just read Isaiah 55:1 … I pray God would continue to open our hearts to His amazing abundance of provision … thanks for this gracious and love-filled reminder, Mel!

  2. Cindy Powell says:

    Thanks Mel, I needed this today. Sooooo good–love and need that river. This weekend (and always) may you drink your fill of the abundance His house; And may He lead you to drink freely of the river of His delights.(My paraphrase of Psalm 36:8). That’s what I plan to do as well! Thanks for posting. Blessings 🙂

    • Mel Wild says:

      Amen! Yes. I like the way NKJV puts it, “They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.” Drinking in His pleasures and delight meet the deepest longing and need in our hearts. We always need to remember that. 🙂
      You have a blessed weekend in His River, too!

  3. Mark David Vinzens says:

    Too many of us are trying to force our heart into something without focusing on the renewal of our minds. We’re putting the cart before the horse, mistaking the fruit for the root. Our heart change begins with our perspective. We start by setting out mind on things above.

    (Graham Cooke)

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