The Reigning Christ Recovering the Earth by Watering

“He will drop like rain upon mown grass, / Like abundant showers dripping on the earth. (Psalm 72:6)

.And He will have dominion from sea to sea / And from the River unto the ends of the earth.”  (72:8)

Seeing a Vision of How Christ Recovers the Earth by Watering

From Psalm 72,  I enjoyed a fresh vision of how Christ will recover the earth. He will do it not mainly by judging, but by watering. I particularly enjoyed the banner for this message:

At His second coming,
Christ will take possession of the earth
And will establish God’s kingdom on earth,
Spreading the kingdom by Himself as the flowing river,
Recovering the earth by watering,
And satisfying the thirsty ones with living water.

This summary of Psalm 72 is consistent with the revelation of God’s economy throughout the Scriptures. That is, in Genesis 2:10 a river went forth from Eden to water the garden. In Revelation 22:1, a river proceeded out of the throne of God and of the Lamb to reach all twelve gates of the holy city,New Jerusalem. In between, we can see the repeated emergence of the river through the Psalms (Psalm 46:4), the prophets (Ezek. 47:1-7), and throughout the New Testament (John 4:14; 7:38).

The Application of the Vision by Keeping Ourselves in the Divine Stream

How does such a vision affect us today? If we see that God’s way to take possession of the earth is by watering, we would endeavor to be where this water is, that is, in the divine stream. Such a divine flow is not merely something for our personal enjoyment, but a matter of God’s move on the earth by watering to recover the earth for His dominion.

The flowing of the divine stream is one throughout the Bible. You can never see in the Bible where God had more than one flow. We must be in this divine stream, keep ourselves in this stream, and be deeply immersed in this stream. We must ask ourselves,  Am I in this stream? And, if so, how deeply am I in this stream (Ezek. 47)?

How we deal with the application of the vision of Christ recovering the earth by watering and flowing will determine our spiritual future and may be the deciding factor of what status will be in the kingdom in the coming age.

May the Lord grant us all such a heart with His mercy that we may really dive into this one divine stream and remain in this stream until we meet the Lord.

“Lord Jesus, grant us a fresh vision to see how you gain the earth by watering. May we be those daily receiving your watering by drinking you as the fountain of living waters. May we also be those daily flowing you out to water others. Grant us to see the one divine stream from Genesis to Revelation and to keep ourselves continually in this divine stream to fulfill your eternal economy and to bring you back.” 

My inspiration for this post was taken from The Ministry of the Word, Vol. 15, No. 7, July 2011, Crystallization-Study of the Psalms (1), Message 12 and The Holy Word for Morning Revival, Crystallization-Study of the Psalms, Volume Two, Week 12 and The Divine Stream by Witness Lee.

Heaven or the New Jerusalem—Is there a Difference?

“And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Rev. 21:2)

 Fundamentally Different, Not Just a Matter of Semantics

Many people unintentionally, mistake the New Jerusalem for heaven. When I was a child, I remember singing a song that says:

“I’ve got a mansion just over the hill top
 in that bright land where we’ll never grow old
and some day yonder, we’ll never more wander,
but walk those streets that are paved with gold.”

 I may have gotten a few words wrong, but the gist of the song is pretty clear.  That is, that we’re going to heaven—“to that bright land where we’ll never grow old” and “walk those streets that are paved with gold.” However, in aspiring to heaven,  the writer was, in referring to golden streets,  addressing an attribute of the holy city, New Jerusalem.

In the many years since my childhood days of singing that song, I’ve never once read in the Bible where it says that heaven has golden streets. However,  Revelation  21:21, in speaking of the New Jerusalem, does say “the  street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.” You can see from this illustration, the thought of heaven having golden streets,  is just one example of the confusion of heaven and the New Jerusalem.

Well, someone may say, “Aren’t they one and the same—heaven and the New Jerusalem? I say heaven. You say New Jerusalem. It’s all about the same.” However, the opening verse I referenced points to a distinction. In Revelation 21:2 it says that the holy city, New Jerusalem is coming down out of heaven. This verse directly indicates a difference, for the New Jerusalem to come down out of heaven indicates that the two expressions are not synonymous.

Then what is the distinction?

Heaven, God’s dwelling (1 Kings 8:50), the place of His throne (Isa. 66:1), and the place where Christ ascended physically after His resurrection (Acts 1:9-11)  is no doubt a physical place. However, the New Jerusalem is not a physical place “to which we go” but the greatest sign in the entire Bible (see Rev. 1:1) signifying, God’s spiritual, eternal building of divinity and humanity.  It is the eternal, consummation of all God’s work in humanity throughout the ages, a mingling of God and man to be the mutual dwelling place for both God and all His redeemed people for eternity. Continue reading

Come and Drink the Living Waters!

Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters!

This cry in Isaiah 55:1 expresses the high gospel, revealing God’s heart’s desire toward man, that is, that God Himself is the living waters for man to drink, and be filled with in order to express God in His rich, overflowing life.

“And a river went forth from Eden to water the garden, and from there it was divided into four branches.” (Gen. 2:10)

“And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street.” (Rev. 22:1)

God’s Intention—Concerning the River of Water
of Life Revealed from Genesis to Revelation

The Bible reveals that the God of the universe is a flowing God. He desires to flow out as the water of life to reach man, enter into man, and fill man with Himself so that man might express Him, the God who is life. We can see this divine flow beginning in Genesis 2 (v. 10) and continuing throughout the entire Bible until it reaches its consummation in the river of water of life flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb in the New Jerusalem in Revelation 22 (v.1).

Man’s Fall—By Forsaking God
as the Fountain of Living Waters

However, God’s eternal intention to be life to man was frustrated by Satan, through the serpent’s deceiving man in Genesis 3. Thus man, created by God to express Him, became fallen, sinful, corrupted and deadened. What was the unique factor of man’s fall? It was that man forsook God Himself, the unique fountain of living waters (Jer. 2:13). Leaving God as His unique source of life, man became independent from God, choosing knowledge rather life. Hence, man lost God as his enjoyment and resorted to many vain replacements for God, “broken cisterns,” which could never satisfy man.

“For My people have committed two evils: / They have forsaken Me, / The fountain of living waters / To hew out for themselves cisterns, / Broken cisterns, / Which hold no water. (Jer. 2:13)

God’s Salvation—By Drinking of the Living Waters:
God in Christ as the Spirit

Yet, God’s intention could not be deterred. God in His wisdom flowed into humanity in the Person of His Son, Jesus Christ. In Christ, the living waters reached man. In John 4, Jesus told an immoral Samaritan woman,

“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall by no means thirst forever; but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into eternal life.” (John 4:14)

Then, through Christ’s death, not only was sinful man redeemed, but the water of life embodied in Christ, flowed out. On the cross, Christ’s side was pierced and immediately there flowed out two substances—“blood” and “water”—“blood” for redemption and “water” for life-imparting (John 19:34). His was not only a redeeming death, but also a life-releasing death. Through Christ’s death, this divine flow was released. Christ was the reality of the rock, smitten for us (Exo. 17:6), that the living water might flow out to become our spiritual drink (1 Cor. 10:4).

But it was not until Christ entered into His resurrection, becoming “a life-giving Spirit” (1 Cor. 15:45) that He became truly “drinkable.” For before His death the Lord Jesus cried out saying,

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes into Me, as the Scripture said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water. But this He said concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed into Him were about to receive for the Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.” (John 7:37b-39) Continue reading