In Exodus 17, when Moses took his rod to smote the rock and out of it came the living water that saved the Israelites dying of thirst, he was a fulfilling a prophetic picture, or what’s called a ‘type,’ of the broken humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ at Calvary out of which life was going to come.

“When they wanted water again and Moses went back to that rock, he couldn’t go into the Promised Land because he’d smote the rock a second time,” explains Jordan. “Isn’t that a strange thing to keep a guy like Moses out of the Promised Land?! I mean, wouldn’t you think he would have needed to commit some big terrible sin to be forbidden entrance into the Promised Land?! He’d already been told to hit the rock once. What he did the second time was he violated the type. He contradicted the type.

“What he did when he smote it, when he should have spoken to it only—Christ is smitten once for all. The second time, as Hebrews 6 says, ‘If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.’ God said those people can’t be renewed to repentance.

“What Moses did was make the mistake of crucifying the Lord again and just violating that type, that picture, cost him entrance into the Promised Land. I mean, this stuff can be serious, folks.”

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John 7: 38 says, “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”

The two symbols of the Holy Spirit are living water and a river. “This is because you can have water in different forms; you can have water as dew, as rain. Here it’s living water in the sense it is flowing,” says Jordan.

Water represents the effectiveness and efficiency of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The living water represents the life that’s in Christ, the life the Messiah will provide.

Jeremiah 2:13 says, “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”

The fountain is sort of like an artesian well; it flows naturally, you can’t stop it,” says Jordan. “A cistern is a bucket you hold water in, but their bucket’s got a hole in it. They’ve forsaken God and they got buckets that can’t hold water. That’s a description of the spiritual condition the nation is in. But who is the fountain of living water? He is; He’s the source.

 

“What Christ is doing when He talks about out of His belly will flow living water, He’s literally reaching back into Jeremiah, taking a symbol, an emblem of the Holy Spirit’s ministry in Israel under the new covenant right out of the book of Jeremiah, describing what they’ve forsaken.”

Jeremiah 17:13, “ O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.”

“He’s the starting point out of which this water is going to flow and when that kind of water flows, it becomes a flood,” says Jordan. “A flood is an excessive amount. It’s beyond expectation. And it goes out to bless the earth, to bless those who receive it.”

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Jordan says he once wrote down every verse in the Bible about rivers. Rivers start out in Genesis 2. There are four of them in Eden. The name of each one is given and each one has a specific relationship to the land.

“The better known rivers include the Nile, the Euphrates, the Tigris, the Jordan. There’s the rivers of Babylon and Chadar, and every river in the Bible has something specific, something special connected with it. There’s a spiritual identity connected with it.”

Rivers are used to represent spiritual truth. Psalm 1 says the godly man “shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

Jordan says, “One of the things a river does in the Bible is help a godly man produce fruit. Well, isn’t that exactly what the Holy Spirit does? He produces the fruit of the spirit.”

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Rivers are often used in Scripture to demonstrate the mission of the Spirit of God. Isaiah 48:18 says, “O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:”

Jordan says, “The peace of God comes from your faith wresting in the truth of God’s Word, which then allows the Spirit of God to produce the fruit of love, joy, peace.

 

Isaiah 41:17-18 says, “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
[18] I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.”

Jordan says, “He’s going to quench the thirst of the thirsty, meaning He’s going to satisfy the hearts of Israel. You see the descriptions there that kind of match John 7?

 “Look at Psalm 36:8 and Psalm 42:1. The blessings God gave Israel will flow Israel out to the needy and it will be like a river and it will be like when someone comes and drinks of the river and is satisfied and finds peace. You can go on and on and on with it.”

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One of the most interesting rivers in the Bible is found in Ezekiel 47. By way of description, Ezekiel tells us that “when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ancles.
[4] Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.
[5] Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.
[6] And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river.
[7] Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.
[8] Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.”

Jordan explains, “Notice he’s going to measure the waters. You remember those verses in Paul he talks about the measure of every part? And how we’re members of the body? The example here in Ezekiel is of edification. There’s a strange parallel between the ministry of the Holy Spirit and what you see in this river here.”

Verse 3 says “the waters were to the ancles” and then they go deeper to the knees and then to the loins, or up to the waist.

“It’s actually easier to walk in water up to your waist then it is water that is knee-deep; that’s a strange thing,” says Jordan. “He keeps going right into the ‘waters to swim in.’

“You remember in Luke 5 when Jesus tells His disciples to launch out in the deep? He sends them fishing. That’s actually an allusion back to this chapter here. Don’t be satisfied with the ankle-deep water; don’t be satisfied with the knee-deep water and don’t be satisfied with the waist-high water. Launch out where you got to swim, where your feet can’t touch the bottom. Where you’re suspended and held up by the water.

“You say, ‘But I’m suspended because I suck air into my lungs, because I don’t float so good.' But that’s okay because you know another emblem of the Holy Spirit in the Bible? Wind and breath.

“Notice it says ‘at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.’ The water produces some fruit here; it’s productive. There’s some trees growing by it. It says ‘the waters shall be healed.’

“You remember that verse in Revelation he talks about ‘for the healing of the nations’? A river is not an end in itself. A river has a termination place. A river terminates in the sea. Ecclesiastes 1 talks about what comes up, goes down and goes right back to the sea. The water cycle.

“The sea in the Bible is a picture of the nations of the earth. Unorganized humanity. ‘The wicked are like the troubled sea.’ In Daniel 7, he sees those beasts come out of the sea. In Revelation 13, the Antichrist comes out of the sea. He comes out of the nations.

“This river in Ezekiel, when it goes out, what happens to the water? It’s the healing of the nations. The next verse says ‘there shall be a very great multitude of fish.’ You remember Jesus talked about that dragnet of fish, about going out and catching the fish? The dragnet parable in Matthew 53 represents the nations of the earth. They’re out there ‘harvesting’ the nations.

“Ezekiel 40-48 is talking about the Millennial Kingdom, specifically about the restructuring of the land of Palestine and how at the Second Advent the topography of that land is completely changed. That’s why there will be all the earthquakes and such in the land from the Mediterranean all the way to the Euphrates River, which is the land grant God gave Abraham.

“In Ezekiel, the land is parceled out to the tribes of Israel. So they’re going to fill up that land, and in the middle’s going to be the priest portion, and in that priest portion they’re going to build a temple and sanctuary. Involved in that is going to be a river that flows out of the sanctuary.

“The rivers in Scripture, when they’re laid out, often describe the ministry that the Spirit of God produces and all of this stuff. When you take a passage like this, and plug it into John 7, you begin to say, ‘Ooh, wow, there’s more to John 7 than just some words!’ The rivers of living water flowing out of those people is capturing a whole concept of the emblem of the Holy Spirit as water, as rivers flowing.

“One of the fascinating things in all this is where this water comes from. Look at the end of verse 12. It says this river ‘shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary.’

 “That’s where the waters come from. Back in verse 1 he brings me to the house and they come out from the altar. Now what do you do on the altar in the sanctuary? You offer a sacrifice. Where did that water come from in Exodus 17? It came from the smitten rock. Where does the water come from here in Ezekiel? It comes from the sacrifice.

“The only way they’re going to get the Spirit of God to work in Israel, or in you, is through the Crosswork of Jesus Christ because God’s justice won’t give perfect life--which is what the Spirit imparts--to anyone who doesn’t have perfect righteousness.”