Ezekiel 46:19–47:12 (NKJV)
19 Now he brought me through the entrance, which was at the side of the gate, into the holy chambers of the priests which face toward the north; and there a place was situated at their extreme western end. 20 And he said to me, “This is the place where the priests shall boil the trespass offering and the sin offering, and where they shall bake the grain offering, so that they do not bring them out into the outer court to sanctify the people.”
21 Then he brought me out into the outer court and caused me to pass by the four corners of the court; and in fact, in every corner of the court there was another court. 22 In the four corners of the court were enclosed courts, forty cubits long and thirty wide; all four corners were the same size. 23 There was a row of building stones all around in them, all around the four of them; and cooking hearths were made under the rows of stones all around. 24 And he said to me, “These are the kitchens where the ministers of the temple shall boil the sacrifices of the people.”
The priests were to be instructed as to where the meat would be boiled and the priests would bake the bread from the grain offerings. They would live off the offerings, once they were given to God. This demonstrates the system whereby the offerings and tithes of the people supply the provision for the priesthood.
47 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. 2 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.
3 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. 4 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. 5 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. 6 He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river.
This is a well-known passage, describing a river that would flow from the temple toward the east. As Ezekiel’s guide took him further down this river, it got deeper and deeper until it was too deep to walk through. Many use this as a comparison to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. However, there is very little said here about what it represents. This description may refer to God’s presence, or His healing, or His love or forgiveness. Either way, it shows that whatever God chooses to give, it will be great and glorious, and more than one can handle alone.
7 When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. 8 Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. 9 And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. 10 It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. 11 But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt. 12 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, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”
This passage would suggest that the river represents healing, for sure. The river will support much life, and will water the trees which will provide fruit and healing substances. Men will eat from the river as they fish, and from the trees, as they harvest fruit. Some speculate that the river, running east, will eventually reach the Dead Sea, and that it will be healed, because everywhere the river will flow, the waters are healed. This is an end-times thought, as the Dead Sea will be brought back to life in the time of the coming of Christ.
What is more applicable for the reader, though, is the fact that when proper worship is restored in a nation, a church, or an individual’s life, healing takes place. Healing of wounds, healing of families, healing of bodies, even, can be seen as an outgrowth of truly worshipping God and making Him a priority. Worship Him and be healed!