John J. Blanchard
March 12, 2011
Good morning, brethren! If you would like to title your sermon, the subject of today’s sermon is Biblical Rain.
We have all seen the effects of a soft soaking rain after a long dry spell, perhaps a drought. It is miraculously beautiful! You can look out, and for weeks the grasses are all brown and the leaves are all shriveling. Everything seems to be yellow and brown tones, crackling under foot when you are walking across the field or across your lawn. Then you get an overnight soaking rain or an all-day soaking rain, and it is like a miracle. You go outside and the grass is green! The leaves start to unfurl. Everything comes back to life and becomes a beautiful verdant green once again. It happens very quickly.
If you ever have had the chance to be out West or in a place that is very arid, it sometimes can be years between rain storms. Everything looks parched and dry and dead. Then they will get a rain. Once that rain comes, flowers bloom, cacti bloom, and it is just like the desert comes alive for a short time! It is almost immediately. It is a fantastic sight to behold. I have been blessed to be able to see the desert flowering like that, and it is beautiful.
At the same time seeds that have not grown yet sprout. There are seeds in the ground everywhere, and they are just waiting for the water. Once the water comes, they sprout. You have new life occurring, and you have life that was on the verge of death or dying come back to life and become verdant green just because of rain. Without rain we would indeed have a dead earth.
LEARN FROM CREATION
I want to look at Romans 1:20 before we start talking about rain. We read this often, but I like to preface a sermon like this with this Scripture just because it helps to get our mind in the right frame of mind to understand spiritual things. Please turn in your Bible to Romans chapter 1, verse 20: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse…”
In other words, by looking at creation we can understand God’s thinking. His fingerprints and His thoughts are behind everything in creation. It is up to us to examine them in the light of God’s word and try to see what God is telling us through certain aspects of creation. We are going to talk about rain today. What does rain represent in the Bible? That is why we titled this sermon Biblical Rain.
I want to turn first to Isaiah chapter 55. It is a fascinating Scripture. You could spend all day on this one set of Scriptures, but we won’t. Isaiah 55, beginning in verse 8, God says: “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.’”
God is saying here that His thoughts are so high above our thoughts, they are in the heavens. They are just tremendous thoughts, but creation pictures those thoughts as we read in Romans 1:20. One of the ways it pictures His thoughts is in the form of rain. When we look at a soft gentle rain falling and soaking the ground, causing seeds to sprout so we have bread, causing the land to become green and verdant and fruitful, we can picture God doing something similar spiritually. He is saying it is in the form of His thoughts. His thoughts are like rain that falls on the human race and bears fruit for Him. It is actually a marvelous thought and a marvelous concept.
I would like to continue here in verse 12 because we can see what this is accomplishing. He says here what He wants to do with His rain in Isaiah 55, verse 12: “For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
We know from past studies that mountains represent kingdoms and nationalities of the earth. Trees represent teachers for God who will be joyful with this knowledge that they have, so they clap their hands.
Verse 13: “Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
RAIN FOR SPIRITUAL FRUIT
This is an everlasting sign that God’s thoughts can land upon the earth like a soft gentle rain and cause it to bear spiritual fruit for Him.
Of course, we are talking about rain in a spiritual sense, but we can understand what rain is and understand His thinking behind it by watching an actual rainstorm and what it does for the land. We can get that comparison.
We understand that thorns and briers picture sin. He says instead of sin coming up in your life, because of My rain good things will come up in your life. There will be joyful things and peaceful things that will come up in your life.
Now let’s go back to the beginning of that chapter and get the entire context here. So back up to Isaiah 55, verse 1: “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you…”
He says, come to my waters, drink of the thoughts that I am sending your way. Drink them in. These are the waters that satisfy. They satisfy the soul, and they satisfy the heart. They produce crops for God.
Continuing here in the latter part of verse 3 of Isaiah 55: “Hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you—the sure mercies of David. Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people, a leader and commander for the people. Surely you shall call a nation you do not know, and nations who do not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, and the Holy One of Israel; for He has glorified you.”
He says the people will come to you if you have this knowledge and this water, these thoughts of Mine. You can share it with other people.
He continues in verse 6 of Isaiah 55: “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”
Just before He goes into verse 8 where He says His thoughts are higher than your thoughts, God is saying, abandon your way of thinking. Abandon the sinful lifestyle, and come to Me. Imbibe of the water that will give you everlasting life. It is the water that will bear eternal fruit in your life and precious things.
Let’s go back to Deuteronomy and read more about God’s rain. Turn to Deuteronomy chapter 31. I am going to start with the very last verse of chapter 31 and that is verse 30: So we get the context, it is Moses speaking here for God. “Then Moses spoke in the hearing of all the assembly of Israel the words of this song until they were ended…”
This is a song that Moses sang to the people.
Beginning in Deuteronomy 32, verse 1: “Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. Let my teaching drop as the rain…”
That word “teaching” can also be translated “doctrine.” Let my doctrine and teaching drop as rain.
Continuing in verse 2: “…my speech distill as the dew, as raindrops on the tender herb, and as showers on the grass. For I proclaim the name of the Lord: ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.”
You see the concept of God’s thoughts falling to the earth in the form of rain, and they are for teaching humanity. It is to give us good doctrines. He says listen to Me. Listen to Me when I do these things, and you will bear good fruit in your life for you and for Him. He wants to see the world become a very verdant and fruitful place. It will because He said it will. We are waiting patiently for the fulfillment of all these things, but the rain has been falling for quite some time.
The doctrine is the word, and we can see it is also called the rock. That is a name for Jesus Christ. He is the Rock, and He is the Word. I want to turn to John chapter 1 to confirm that.
Turn to the gospel of John, chapter 1. I will be reading verses 1-5. It clearly states that Jesus Christ is not only the Rock, but He is the Word, the Logos in the Greek. John 1, verse 1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”
Jesus Christ is the Creator of all things, which is why Romans 1:20 says you can look at the things that have been created and understand God’s thinking. His fingerprints are literally on everything that has been made. If we look at them carefully in the light of the Bible, we can understand spiritual concepts.
Continuing in verse 4 of John 1: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
He is also light, and He is life-giving water, life-giving light. The truth of God is what gives us life.
Verse 5: “And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
When Christ came the first time, very few comprehended that He was God in the flesh. We have come to understand over time as more people have believed and received the Holy Spirit and been converted that He was indeed God in the flesh. He is light. He is the Word. His thoughts are water that fall upon the earth that actually form the rain, the dew, and the snow that bring life to this planet.
THE POWER OF GOD’S WORD
Let’s go to II Timothy chapter 3, where it tells us a little bit more about the power of the word and what it does in our lives. II Timothy 3, verse 16: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God…” In the Greek that means “God-breathed.” It is God’s breath. All Scripture, this entire Bible, is God-breathed. It is His inspiration that made the men write the words that we read today.
Verse 16: “…and it is profitable for doctrine…”
We saw that His rain is doctrine and teaching.
Verse 16: “…for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…”
Indeed the word of God is the rain that is for teaching and for instruction. It allows us the seeds to sprout and grow. It allows even dying plants to come back to life. This can happen if we allow those teachings into our life and allow them to work in us.
Verse 17 of II Timothy 3: “…that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” In other words, to bear fruit for God.
That is what the word of God, the rain, is to do in our lives. We are to cooperate with it. Let that rain in and sprout, grow, and bear fruit for God. All that rain that we have here in the Bible is like water that has fallen from heaven. The pages of your Bible is water that has fallen from heaven. Sometimes we have to let it fall on a very parched life. Our lives can be very parched and dry. We have to let the rain soak into our physical dirt that we have as a type of spiritual dirt God is working with. We have to let that rain soak into that soil of our lives, our bodies, our minds, and our hearts. Allow the seeds to sprout and grow to help us bear fruit for Jesus Christ and God the Father.
GOD IS A FARMER
There are some principles I want to talk about this morning regarding Biblical rain. Since the Bible that you see here is in two halves basically (not exactly half if you divide it up) but two halves: the Old Testament and the New Testament, we see that the rain has come in two forms. It has come in the form of the Old Testament and the form of the New Testament. James chapter 5 says exactly that.
If you would, turn to James chapter 5. We are going to read verses 7 and 8. Here we are told in verse 7: “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”
He is talking about God as a farmer sending rain. We have to be patient for all that rain to fall, which it has now in the form of the Old and New Testament. Then we have to be patient while this water gets sprinkled on the seeds that have been broadcast down through time so they can sprout and bear fruit until the right time for a harvest. That harvest is what God is waiting for. He is patiently waiting for His crops to come in, so we have to be patient.
Each generation of Christians had to be patient. God knows when it is time to send His Son and when it is time to have His harvest completed. It says here also prepare your hearts for this. That is letting our soil receive the rain, letting it act in our live, and produce good fruit in our lives.
We see that the Old and the New Testament are the former and latter rain or the early and later rain. We can find that also in some Old Testament Scriptures. We are just looking at a few now. There is not time to look at a lot.
If you would, turn back to the Old Testament to the prophet Joel. Joel spoke about the former and the latter rain. He was a prophet. God used him to record that, so we could understand these things.
I am in Joel chapter 2, beginning in verse 21: “Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done marvelous things! Do not be afraid, you beasts of the field; for the open pastures are springing up, and the tree bears its fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield their strength. Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; for He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you—the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.”
God is sending the former rain and the latter rain on mankind, so that there will be plenty of wheat. The threshing floors will be full. You will see a harvest that is plentiful. That’s God’s intent. We have to be patient while God works through the whole process to get to where He can have a beautiful harvest for Himself.
As the threshing floor needs to be full of wheat or whatever grain that we are harvesting, it has to come from the soil. That soil needed the water—the truth of God—to land on it, as we mentioned. You can start to tie into things that Jesus Christ said. He was the Word walking around on this earth when He was here for those three and a half years. He was out doing His preaching, and He was literally watering and spreading seeds.
THE SOWER AND THE SEED
Let’s take a look at Matthew chapter 13. It’s the famous Parable of the Sower. We can get the connection here of wheat bearing fruit and having a threshing floor full of grain.
Turn to Matthew chapter 13, starting in verse 18. We won’t read the whole parable itself, but we’ll read the explanation. Matthew 13, verse 18: “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.”
He is explaining that Christ has sown seed. Some of it does not bear any fruit.
Verse 20 of Matthew 13: “But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while.”
In other words, a drought or something comes along.
Verse 21: “For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.”
He goes dry, and his plant shrivels up.
Verse 22: “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.”
The sins in our life can literally choke the plant. Even though it has seed and water, they can choke it to death. This is why Isaiah 55 said, instead of thorns and briers, we are going to see wonderful fruitful plants and trees grow when this is working properly in our lives.
Continuing in verse 23 of Matthew 13: “But he wo received the seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”
You have this plant where the seed had landed in really good ground. The rain soaked in, and the person who was that ground loved the word and allowed it to work in their life. They produced an enormous bumper crop of wheat, some a hundredfold, some sixty and some thirty. That’s the threshing floor that God is talking about. He said, My word will come and produce seed for the sower, so that there is bread for everyone, and My threshing floor will be full at the harvest time. It is a marvelous concept to understand, all because of the rain landing on the seed or the parched ground.
WARFARE WILL END
Isaiah chapter 40 is where I want to go next because that broadens the concept even further for us. It has some amazing things to say that tie in with the subject. Isaiah chapter 40, I will start in verse 1: “‘Comfort, yes, comfort My people!’ says your God. ‘Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.’”
This has happened to ancient Israel, and it is happening to the Church today! We have been allowed to get punished by Satan because God has said you needed to suffer for a while to understand that your calling and election is very important. You need to let it work in your life. Let the rain and the truth of God work in your life.
He says, at some point in time, He is going to be able to say, comfort My people. Their warfare is almost ended. I believe that’s the situation we are in today. Warfare on the Church is nearly ended. Then look at the good news that comes.
Verse 3 of Isaiah 40: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.’”
We know John the Baptist did this for Jesus Christ at His first coming. At Christ’s second coming this word has to go back out.
Verse 3 of Isaiah 40: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’”
Yes, certain mountains will fall, and other mountains will rise. God’s kingdom is a mountain that rises. We know that from Daniel. If you want more information on that subject in detail, we have a booklet called exactly that: The Times and Seasons Digest No. 11 Mountains Shall Rise and Mountains Shall Fall. Please request it, and we will be glad to send it to you.
GRASS REPRESENTS PEOPLE
This Scripture goes on to say here, in verse 5 of Isaiah 40: “The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken. The voice said, ‘Cry out!’ And he said, ‘What shall I cry?’”
The prophet says, what do you want me to cry out? Verse 7 gives the answer. Let’s read verse 6: “The voice said, ‘Cry out!’ And he said, ‘What shall I cry?’ ‘All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.’”
God withdraws the rain, and there has been a drought in the Church and on this earth for a while. When God withdraws the rain, the plants—which are human beings—begin to shrivel. The grass is flesh. The flesh is grass. We are being told here, humanity is like grass. Obviously what Christ was saying is He sows seeds, and it’s wheat that is bearing fruit a hundred, sixty, and thirty. We are talking about people as grass.
Wheat is grass. Barley is grass. Rye is grass. Corn is grass. Rice is grass. All the nations of the world are filled with people that are like grass. If they just get the hot breath of God without the rain, they dry out. If they get corrected and punished, they dry right up. We are just frail human beings. But when God wants His rain to land and produce abundance, He does so. That’s coming! I can see the rain of God being understood better like we are understanding it right here in this sermon. It is then able to land in people’s lives and change lives for the better. This earth will turn from a desert waste land, so to speak, into a very verdant garden for God. It will be a very fruitful place indeed!
In verse 9 in Isaiah 40 it goes on to tell us something we are all very familiar with. Isaiah 40, verse 9: “O Zion, you who bring good tidings, get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, you who bring good tidings, lift up your voice with strength, lift it up, be not afraid; say to the cities of Judah, ‘Behold your God!’”
We know that this is talking about the gospel. The glad tidings and the good news is the gospel. The good news is the gospel is coming back in strength just before Christ’s return. The dry fields of the earth will begin to sprout and grow. The warfare on the Church is just about over. We have seen it torn asunder brick by brick, stone by stone, person by person, brother against brother, and sister against sister. We have seen the effects of all of these things, and it was to teach us something. It was to humble us and to get us to realize we need God’s rain. We need Him working in our lives, so that we can bear fruit. Once we have humbled ourselves and have repented, God says, I want to give you this water. I want you to bear fruit for Me a hundred, sixty, thirtyfold. He is working toward that. We had better believe it, because He is going to accomplish it! It will be in those who believe it.
THE TEACHING RAIN
Now it’s very interesting when you define in the Hebrew and in the Greek the words early and latter rain or the former and latter rain. It’s fascinating. Former rain is the Hebrew word mowreh (#4175, Strong’s Concordance, 1995), and that means a teacher or a teaching rain. The words former rain actually mean teaching, doctrines, and instruction from God. Latter rain is malqowsh (#4456, Strong’s Concordance, 1995) which means eloquence. Isn’t that beautiful!
There is no more eloquent book in the world than God’s Bible. His thoughts are the most eloquent, most beautiful thoughts you will ever read in your life. To let those come into your life and bear fruit, there is nothing that can top that in your life! That’s what He is offering us—eloquence, teaching, rain that can fall on our lives and help us to bear fruit.
The truth is also fresh water. Rain is fresh water. It doesn’t rain salty or bitter water. It rains fresh water. The rain and the snow, as we read in Isaiah 55, is a source of fresh water that nourishes the ground. It nourishes humanity and helps us to bear fruit. When we look outside at creation to learn some lessons, we see the snowcapped mountains melting. We see the rain landing in the hills and in the higher elevations and running sometimes swiftly or slowly toward the sea. It always goes from the upper elevations to the lower elevations, but it forms creeks and streams and rivers. Out of the hillsides come springs. It’s all water that has fallen in the form of snow or rain.
We see this around the world. You can go to the Hindu Kush. You can go to Tibet. You can go to the Rocky Mountains. You can go to the Alps. You can see this right before your eyes. The snow and the water lands on the mountains and the elevations and works its way down to the sea. It becomes these beautiful springlets and pools and lakes and rivers and streams. It is an awesome thing to behold when you realize God is showing us His thoughts just by looking at creation!
USE GOD’S WATER
I want to go now to John chapter 4. This is the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. Christ says some amazing things about His fresh water here. Now we are going to connect all the dots. The rain forms the fresh water. The snow forms the fresh water. In John chapter 4 we will break into the story in verse 4.
Read John 4:4-14.
This is fresh water springing up from inside us that He can give us, that is leading to everlasting life. It is a wonderful concept. I can continue with that in John chapter 7. Flip over a couple of pages.
John 7, verse 37: “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.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive, for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”
We need that Holy Spirit working within us to have that water come in and do something. We can just read the Bible—hold this beautiful pool of water in our hands—and it goes nowhere without the Holy Spirit. We need the Holy Spirit guiding us into the truth to understand God’s thinking. If you truly seek it and if you truly want it, He will give it to you. We have come to that point in time where He wants people everywhere to come to Him and drink. It’s a fabulous time to be alive, but we have to believe what He says in His word. It starts with understanding what water is and how the seeds that He sows in our heart can sprout and bear fruit in our lives.
Turn to I Corinthians where it tells us more about bearing fruit for God. I Corinthians chapter 3, verse 5: “Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted [Paul says here], Apollos watered…”
Paul was spreading seed, and Apollos came and watered it. Sometimes it could be the reverse. Apollos could be spreading seed, and Paul watering.
Continuing in verse 6 of I Corinthians 3: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.”
It is the Holy Spirit working in us that makes us increase if we allow it to work in our lives.
Verse 7: “So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.”
You could say today in some people I might be planting a seed and in others the seed is already there, and I am watering that seed. I am nothing. It is God through His Holy Spirit who gives the increase. That’s the miracle.
Verse 8 of I Corinthians 3: “Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.”
We are the field. We are the dirt. God is sowing the seed and watering the seed. He is providing the light to get the seedlings to grow, but we have to cooperate and make it good soil. We need to get rid of the stones in our lives. Get rid of the thorns, the thistles, and the briers in our lives. We do not need to be so concerned about worldly things that we choke what God is trying to do in our life. We have a lot to do with this whole thing. We have to cooperate with what God is trying to do. If we do, we bear fruit. That’s called the fruits of the Spirit.
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
Turn back a few pages to Galatians chapter 5, beginning in verse 22 where we can see the fruits of the Spirit listed here. Galatians 5, verse 22: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”
He says replace the thorns and the thistles in your life with fruits of the Spirit by letting the rain, the seed, and the light work all together in your life to produce what is called the fruits of the Spirit.
The fruits of the Spirit are joy, peace, and so on, and that sounds Millennial. It sounds like a utopia. If everyone was walking around joyful, happy, and peaceful, you would call it a utopia. Or you could say the Millennium must have dawned, and you would be correct because that’s how it will be in the Millennium. Right now it is impossible because Satan is still running rampant, but his days are numbered and his power is diminishing.
We could say that to have the fruits of the Spirit makes euphoria. That’s what love, joy, and peace is. It makes us euphoric. We are full of euphoria. In the Millennium we will be euphoric. That makes some interesting connections in the Bible. I looked up in Webster’s and euphoria means a feeling of well-being or elation, and to be healthy. A good frame of mind helps us to be healthy and energetic. We see that euphoria is a feeling of well-being and elation, of happiness, joy, and peace. There is a fascinating connection with that concept of euphoria and the Garden of Eden where your Bible started.
FOUR RIVERS IN GENESIS
Let’s go back to Genesis chapter 2 for just a minute. We’re going to see when God instituted the garden and put Adam and Eve there, there was a river. Actually there were four rivers. In Genesis chapter 2 read verses 8-14.
It is fascinating! There are rivers that come into the garden. A river comes in and it divides into four branches. These branches are named here. Let’s discuss each one just a little bit.
The Pishon means in the Hebrew to disburse or to spread. It is to disburse or spread this water from God in order to lead to gold and precious jewels. Keep your finger in Genesis 2, and let’s go back to I Corinthians chapter 3. I need to read that a little bit further.
Keep your finger in Genesis 2. In I Corinthians chapter 3 right after verse 9 where it says we are God’s fellow workers, we are God’s field and building, we are told this in verse 10: “According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear…”
We discussed how the fire works in our lives in two recent sermons about fire. You can request them if you like.
We see that in Genesis there is this river that is coming in that divides into four streams, and the Pishon leads to a dispersal of the water toward the land that has the gold and the precious jewels.
The second river is the Gihon (Gichown in the Hebrew) and is a river of paradise. It comes from giyach (#1518, Strong’s Concordance, 1995) which means to gush forth, to labor, to bring forth. We labor to bring forth the fruits of God. We labor to try to get the thorns and thistles out of our life, and the Gihon spring is there to help us. In the Old Testament and even in the New you can see the Gihon spring mentioned as a spring in a pool near Jerusalem. It is called the Gihon spring.
The Hiddekel or the Tigris—as we would call it today—is a river where Daniel received at least one prophecy where he had the vision after fasting for three weeks. That is where he received enlightenment. You could go to Daniel 10:4 and read this for yourself. It is a river that brings enlightenment. It brings messages from God, where the angels come to bring information and instruction.
THE EUPHORIC RIVER
Lastly, we come to the Euphrates. I would like to spend the most time on the Euphrates because this has direct bearing on the fruits of the Spirit. The Old Testament and the New Testament both mention the Euphrates.
In the Old Testament the word for Euphrates is Perath (#6578, Strong’s Concordance, 1995) which means to break forth, rushing, a great river of the east. It comes from the word porath or parah (#6509, Strong’s Concordance, 1995) which means to bear fruit literally or figuratively, to cause increase and fruitfulness. The Euphrates helps us to bear fruit.
In the New Testament twice the Euphrates is mentioned in Revelation. The number in the Strong’s Concordance is #2166 if you want to look it up. Euphrates has the prefix of eu or eau if you want to say it in the French. It means the river of eu. The river of eu is the prefix there. Eu means good or well done. In other words, it’s a river of goodness.
Sandwiched all around that word are related words that use that same prefix eu, as described in the Strong’s Concordance 1995 edition. Number 2165 is euphraino which means to be of a good frame of mind. Number 2167 is euphrosone which means joyful. Didn’t we just read about that in Galatians 5? Number 2164 is euphoreo which means to bear well and be fruitful. Number 2163 is ephemos which means well-spoken of and of a good report. In other words, the fruits of the Spirit.
These rivers were all designed by God and connected to heaven bringing water to the garden, so that Adam and Eve and all the human race could bear good fruit. Temporarily, because of sin, this whole thing had to get drawn out over a 6,000 year period where God had to send the former rain and the latter rain to gradually turn a barren earth into what will be a fruitful paradise. It will be a place full of euphoria—a utopia. It’s where we get the word euphoric.
The Euphrates is one of those rivers that help us bear fruits of the Spirit. The other rivers help us develop character of gold, silver, and precious jewels and to disperse the truth among others. God is indeed building a second Garden of Eden which will culminate in the Millennium when this whole earth will be a garden! That’s another subject unto itself. It is a fascinating and very beautiful subject.
We can see that fresh water and the rain represents God’s truth. The rivers and the springs of the earth help make the earth bear fruit, to make it green and verdant, to bear bountiful crops. Even in the physical earth we see there is a former rain (the spring rains) the latter rains (your fall rains) which come at different times of the year. They have different purposes, but it is all to nourish the ground at the right time to get it ready to bear fruit for mankind. Spiritually speaking, God is doing the same thing to make the human race, the dirt that we are composed of, bear fruit for Him as a patient farmer.
The last Scripture I want to read is Isaiah chapter 11. It is speaking of the Millennium here. It is a Millennium that is not that far off in the future. Here is what it will be like in the Millennium. Isaiah 11, verse 6: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.”
In other words, it’s a place that we can have euphoria. It’s a utopia. It is the Millennium.
Concluding in verse 9 of Isaiah 11: “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
This truth of God—this fresh water—started with the rain of the Old Testament, the former rain and the latter rain. Eventually, because of God’s patience and His endurance and working with mankind, the earth will become a fruitful paradise. It will be a garden that will literally cover the whole earth during the Millennium.
It will be a beautiful place indeed where joy and peace and the fruits of the Spirit will abound. It will be a place where all who are thirsty will be able to imbibe of that fresh water as much as they want and become truly euphoric!