Today, October 17, 2022, is the ‘last day’ of the Feast of Tabernacles. This day holds particular significance for all of us.
Jewish people believe God chose this day to decide the amount of rainfall for Israel in the coming year. Since they are an agrarian society dependent on sunshine and rain to produce a good crop, rainfall is very important. On this eighth day, God called for a special closing gathering His people to recite special prayers for rain.
In Yeshua’s time, the High Priest would draw water from the Pool of Siloam and carry it up to the Temple with a joyous procession. The people would celebrate by singing, dancing, rejoicing, reciting praises from Psalms 113-118 and 120-134, and chanting the Scripture from Isaiah 12:3: “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation (Yeshua).”
On March 17, 2009, the Lord led me to this scripture to tell me more about this day.
John 7:37-39 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” NKJV
In a vision, I see Jesus with a gathering of people around Him. “Don’t go away thirsty,” He says. “There is more, so much more available. Come to Me. Drink of Me and release a never-ending flow of living water, revelation, life, power from your heart. The water I give never runs out.”
People are puzzled but there are some who understand and draw close to be filled to overflowing. I remember the Samaritan woman saying, “Give me of this water that I may never thirst again.”
The Lord is smiling, “Yes, come My daughter. There is a limitless supply. Come and drink. The river is deep, and the river is wide and the river is pure. Come and drink.”
Revelation 22:1-2 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. NKJV
As I draw near to Him, I see the river and I see the tree of Life. Jesus stands with His arms outstretched. He is the Tree and from Him springs forth every fruit of the Spirit needed to heal the nations—a continuous supply.
Psalm 1:1-3 speaks about this: Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by therivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
Jesus stands in the middle of the street and trees line the banks of the river on both sides. Those who drink of the river take on the character of its source and become trees of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for good works. Their lives are full of His life and they freely bear fruit for healing of the nations.
Jesus is the Tree of Life and the River of pure water that flows from the throne of God. It is the Holy Spirit, Who carries the character, the power the authority from the throne to become the food and drink for the trees. It is an unending supply to fulfill their purpose in the world to share communion with God Himself.
I wanted to know more about this river and how to enter into it and drink. So, I asked some questions.
- Lord, please show me where the river within me comes from and what it feels like? “My Word releases the river of My Presence. You feel it as warmth, a gentle press of My presence. Yes, and a current of electricity flows. It is My Spirit, My love flowing to you and through you for others.”
I see myself standing on the bank looking at the river. It is rushing, powerful and crystal clear. Jesus comes along side of me and takes my hand. He is taking me into the river. At first, I am fearful, but by His Presence, I yield and step into the water. It’s not cold, it’s warm. I feel its life flow into me and am drawn to enter in without fear.
Jesus is laughing as I let go to play in the river.
- Lord, what is this flow designed to produce? – “Abandonment to Me. Abandonment of fear and doubt and self. Complete yielding to Me and My will—life poured forth wherever you are and wherever you go.”
- What will be the effects of what is produced? “Souls saved, lives healed, life given, love joy, peace, patience, brotherly kindness,–the fruit of the Spirit springing forth in the lives of many and multiplied in your life as you watch the harvest.”
- How important is it to live in this river? “It’s life and death to you. Apart from Me, without this river, you can do nothing but works of the flesh that produce nothing of eternal value. The more you live in the river, the greater the anointing. Your withdrawal cuts off your supply to life itself.”
- What else Lord, tell me more? “The ‘complete surrender’ place I’ve called you to will come as you enter this river. It will remove with ease everything that keeps you from being wholly Mine.”
- Lord, how do I enter in? How do I drink? “Pray and sing in the spirit. Draw from Me. The River is deep and the River is wide. There is an endless supply. Come and drink and enter in.”
I see a gushing fountain of crystal water pouring from the base of a huge Rock.
He says to me, “Enter in My daughter. Enter in and I will steady you. I will carry you. There are miles to go before you sleep. Never fear. I will remove all that hinders you as you yield to My River.”
Here we are in 2022, thirteen years later, and the River is still flowing. It will continue for eternity.
May we all enter in and drink of this glorious gift.
Thank You, Lord, for Your River and Your Spirit.
2 thoughts on “There is a River – The Last Day of the Feast”
Beautiful, and I appreciate “listening in” to your dialog with the Lord! Thank you!
Listen away vdub2222. We are all members of the family. God bless you.