I can’t say that I have had many visions but dreams I’ve had. Most of them are pretty weird and almost none of them had any intelligible meaning. Ezekiel’s vision of a river flowing from the temple is easier to understand. The river of God begins in Eden the presence of God and flows into the garden of mankind. The river is Gods healing, redeeming presence flowing into the world. It is a picture of His purpose to bring heaven to the earth again. The river in the garden divided into four because God wanted all the earth to be touched with the water of Life. The prophet Ezekiel reminded Israel who were captive in Babylon, that just because they couldn’t see Gods goodness didn’t mean He isn’t good and just because they couldn’t see a good ending for their situation didn’t mean that God wasn’t planning one. God told Ezekiel that His river would flow into the earth and bring life to the dead. “ 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. It shall be that fishermen will stand by it ….for spreading their nets” (Eze 47:9 -10) This river began to flow into the lifeless desert of people’s hearts when the blood and water poured from Jesus’ side.
Notice wherever the river goes it brought life and healing to multitudes of fish, talking about people. At the same time, fishermen were casting their nets over the fish now already made alive. The river of the Holy Spirit makes people alive to the gospel but we are to throw the net. The river is flowing out from the temple, not into the temple. The rivers impact is greater the further it flows from the Church. Who knows if the river has been flowing in your street last week or through your school or workplace and made some people alive? They only need the net to be cast. I’m hoping the people at my gym and in my street will be saved but hope is not a strategy. A net is something intentionally and skillfully woven to catch fish. We don’t know who God has made alive to the gospel yesterday or since we talked to them last. Part of my strategy now is to say with a smile to as many people as possible during a conversation, that I’m a Christian and it is my job to get people to heaven. Then ask them if they have got their “ticket.” Some have told me they are already believers but some have been made alive by the River and ready to follow Jesus.
Friend, the River of Life has been flowing over your friends, neighbours and workmates- throw out your net.