The River Of Life

Q. In Ezekiel 47:3-5 are the water depths symbolic/prophetic or were listing the ankles, knees, loins, and unfordable simply a standard of measure? I don’t know why but somehow as I read it I got an image of the statue of Nebuchadnezzar. Any help is always appreciated. God bless.

A. From a casual reading of Ezekiel 47:3-5 we might conclude that the river is getting deeper as Ezekiel wades into it. This would be typical of rivers which are often deeper in the middle than along the shore. But notice how Ezekiel is being led eastward along the River. That’s the direction of the river’s flow toward the Dead Sea. The different depths are meant to show that the river is gaining in depth in the direction of its flow, as if the volume of water is somehow increasing. This defies the laws of hydrology, showing the river to be of supernatural origin, as are the trees that line its banks.

This same river is mentioned in Revelation 22:1-2 where it’s called the River of the Water of Life.

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