“For thus says the LORD, “Behold, I extend peace to her like a river, And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; And you will be nursed, you will be carried on the hip and fondled on the knees” (Isaiah 66:12 ESV).
I’m pretty excited about this blog post because it comes after not much sleep, tons of things weighing on my mind, and yet, His Word brings excitement. This morning I am reading about a river in Eden, and then I see a prophecy before my eyes– four rivers splitting and coming from one. Now, in studying Hebrew we learn a lot by what the names of people mean but also places and strangely enough rivers.
“And a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it divided and became four river heads. The name of the first is Pishon, it is the one surrounding the entire land of Ḥawilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium is there, and the shoham stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon, it is the one surrounding the entire land of Kush. And the name of the third river is Hiddeqel, it is the one which goes toward the east of Ashshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates” (Genesis 2:10-14 KJV).
Pishon is a word that means “push” or “spring about.” This river more than likely was a spring and then formed a delta. The next river was called the Gihon, which comes from the word gia which means to burst forth! World book and other sources refer to it as gushing!
Now we come to the third river, the Hiddeqel or the modern name Tigres. This river is fascinating and is derived from the verb “meaning to prick, to sting, to split, to separate.” Other words to describe the meaning of this river are “Swift, sharp, rapid.”
Last and as the adage goes, not least, comes the river that we all need prophetically the most, the Euphrates. According to Abarim publications, parat means fruitful!
“The Euphrates is the single most dominant river of the Bible, even more, dominant than the Nile. In the book of Genesis, it is called parat. The name Euphrates means the good parat; bountiful” Jones’ dictionary translates with fruitfulness.
Did you catch that? Bountiful and fruitfulness.
Now, we have to begin with the first river and then put all these definitions together and see what they form? First, we had the pishon, the push– this journey from flesh to spirit, this journey from a dry, thirsty land takes effort, a push, and a spring that will burst forth and separate to become one on day three. There is gold there in that place of birthing and salvation. The Euphrates means to split and divide. We must separate ourselves from the flesh and the world and be kodesh—a set apart people.
“Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shouts for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert” ( Isaiah 35:6).
You say, “when Tekoa?” When will this blessing happen? Well, first we must read the verses before and after. “strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “be strong, do not fear; Your God will come, He will come with vengeance; with divine retribution, he will come to save you.” Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped” ( Isaiah 35:3-5 NIV).
Our Father will come and He will make us one stick in His Mighty Right Hand! The next verse made me so excited! (Isaiah 35:8-10) “and a highway will be there; it will be called the way of holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that way; wicked fools will not go about on it. No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there, and the ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”
By the way, that word ransomed means to obtain the release of a (prisoner) by making a payment demanded. Thank you, Yeshua Messiah!
“The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; He will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing” ( Isaiah 51:3 NIV).
One of my friends had me thinking about water yesterday. She said that while having Bible study, a young man asked her what living water was. Do you remember the woman at the well who had a zillion husbands (actually five) and the man she was living with wasn’t her husband? She more than likely had a few husbands die just as Ruth and Tamar did. She walked miles to lug heavy pitchers of water back to her home from the community well. Yeshua said, “But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14 KJV).
“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38 KJV).
If you have ever tasted this water, you never forget it. It’s refreshing that I have experienced even in a time of great sickness, homelessness, and trials. You see, when you are living and walking in the power of His Set-Apart Spirit, nothing can upset you. Nothing bothers you, because this joy, this spring of water gushing forth splits and separates you from all the world.
The world melts away. The debt, the job, the relationships that are strained–the loss, the weariness, and pain all melt away in the river.
The woman at the well began to get religious with Yeshua. She began to tell Him about how to worship, where to worship, and who has the best doctrine and denominational teachings. She said, “Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” John 4:20. Yeah, after He tells her He has water that causes one to never thirst, she tells him that she can see He is a prophet, but she and her people worshipped on the mountain. Did you hear what she said? She said her and her people worshipped! Yes indeed, she knew about worship and what the correct form of worship was. She insisted that she knew the right mountain to do it on (sarcasm). Jesus/ Yeshua sets her straight.
He say’s to her, “You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the father is seeking such people to worship him” (John 4:22-23).
Yeshua said, “Salvation is from the Jews.” We can fight our Hebraic roots all we want to, but it will just lead us into a ditch.
How would you like it if Yeshua looked at you and said, “You Pentecostal’s worship what you do not know, or you Baptist or you Catholics? Ouch.
The father isn’t seeking just any kind of worshipper, but one who has the truth. Salvation comes from the Jews. When Passover and the Feast of Unleavened bread begin in spring, let’s become like His people, and incorporate the days He and His disciples and apostles were still keeping in the Newer Testament. Let’s get on His calendar. Paul said, “Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (1st Corinthians 5:8).
Push, gush forth, separate from the world and become fruitful!
The Names and Meaning of the Rivers of Eden were found at http://www.abarim-publications.com
Photography by Andrew Yisrael