The River of Jerusalem

The Psalms are prophetic. Matthew 13:35 speaks of what was written by “the prophet,” and then quotes Psalm 78:2. My pastor has been studying Psalm 46, which I never realized was about the Millennial Kingdom. Verse four of this Psalm speaks of a river which makes the City of God (the location of the holy place of the tabernacles) glad. The name “City of God” is only found one other time in the Bible, in Psalm 87:2-3.

“The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O City of God.” – Psalm 87:2-3
This passage clearly refers to Jerusalem.

How many rivers are there in Jerusalem today? If you look at a map, you will see that there are none. And yet the Prophet Joel foretold a fountain that will come forth from the House of the Lord. (Joel 3:18) The Prophet Ezekiel confirms this by prophesying a stream that will issue from the House of God. The further you go, the deeper the river becomes. Ultimately, the river from the House of God causes the Dead Sea to become fresh and fish will live in it. Fishermen will spread their nets at Engedi. (Ezekiel 47:1-12) Today Engedi stands by the Dead Sea, and there are no fish there.

Pastor Lowman recently discovered an article that described a river that has been found beneath the City of Jerusalem in 2011. Israel is constructing a high-speed rail line between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Because of the difference in elevation, at Jerusalem the rail line will be underground. In preparation for the underground rail terminal, a huge cavern was discovered beneath the city. It is a karstic cavern, caused by water dissolving the limestone beneath Jerusalem. Currently, the river is just barely existent, but this may be the source of the river prophesied in the Bible.

Also, beneath the City of David is the Gihon Spring. It, too, is currently just a trickle of water. Historians report that at one time this spring gushed up into the Temple that was built above it with enough volume to wash away the blood of countless sacrifices made there. Perhaps the Gihon Spring and the newly-discovered underground river are, or will be, connected.

If you think that it is improbable that a spring could provide the amount of water prophesied in Ezekiel, consider Wakulla Spring in northern Florida. This spring is the source of the Wakulla River, and provides 200-300 million gallons of water per day. It has been recorded on one occasion to gush as much as 1.2 billion gallons per day.

“There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved:” – Psalm 46:4-5
The Psalm continues by describing how when the Lord speaks, the earth melts, how He will bring desolation on the earth, and how He will bring an end to wars. Along with the river, this has not yet occurred, but will happen when the Lord returns as described in the Revelation 19:11-21. This will usher in the Millennial Kingdom. I can’t wait! Praise His name!

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