Then he brought me back to the door of the temple, and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar. Then he brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate that faces toward the east; and behold, the water was trickling out on the south side.
Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through.(Ezekiel 47:1-5) ESV
This passage is about the temple in Jerusalem of the Millennial Kingdom. If a river of water issues forth from under the threshold of the temple which becomes a river too big to swim across, where does the water come from?
We conclude, from a complex process of systematic deduction, that the water up-wells from a place in the interior of the Earth which we’re going to call the new deep. The Millennial Kingdom hydrological cycle is a reestablishment of the original condition of the earth, when Eden was at plateau at the top of a mountain that filled the whole Earth.
A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.(Genesis 2:10-14) ESV
The Earth’s original hydrological cycle will be rebuilt, or at least something similar in principle. In the Millennial Kingdom water will flow from Jerusalem east and west to water the Earth and to heal the waters of the seas.
Ezekiel goes on to describe how the waters which issue forth from the temple will heal the land and the sea which had been devastated by the plagues of the tribulation. The polluted water will drain into the Earth where it’s purified and desalinated before up welling again at Jerusalem.
Within the Earth the magma plumes will act as anodes and cathodes in the process of electrolysis. This will remove all harmful minerals and compounds. Finally pure water will flow out from a spring beneath the temple in Jerusalem, the top of the mountain that fills the whole Earth. This is how we can understand another enigmatic passage.
Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me.(Psalms 42:7) ESV
Once again we will see deep calls to deep, although this time it will be from the temple at Jerusalem. We can also show how application of the physical reality of a hydrological cycle allows us to understand this passage:
The waters made him great, the deep set him up on high with her rivers running round about his plants, and sent out her little rivers unto all the trees of the field.(Ezekiel 31:4) KJV
The new deep will literally water the whole surface of the Earth. Hopefully it should become clear that there is a broad narrative of scripture: things on Earth are patterned after things in the heavens and history is cyclical. Old Testament prophets saw events in their own time which foretold of what was to come in such a way that the language they used applied to both.
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|1||March 7th – How did the sea return to the great deep?|
|2||November 25th – The Mount of Olives|