Ezekiel 47:12

Hebrew Bible

7 When I had returned, I noticed a vast number of trees on the banks of the river, on both sides. 8 He said to me, “These waters go out toward the eastern region and flow down into the rift valley; when they enter the Dead Sea, where the sea is stagnant, the waters become fresh. 9 Every living creature that swarms where the river flows will live; there will be many fish, for these waters flow there. It will become fresh, and everything will live where the river flows. 10 Fishermen will stand beside it; from En Gedi to En Eglaim they will spread nets. They will catch many kinds of fish, like the fish of the Great Sea. 11 But its swamps and its marshes will not become fresh; they will remain salty. 12 On both sides of the river’s banks, every kind of tree will grow for food. Their leaves will not wither nor will their fruit fail, but they will bear fruit every month because their water source flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing.”

Revelation 22:1

New Testament

1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life—water as clear as crystal—pouring out from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 2 flowing down the middle of the city’s main street. On each side of the river is the tree of life producing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month of the year. Its leaves are for the healing of the nations. 3 And there will no longer be any curse, and the throne of God and the Lamb will be in the city. His servants will worship him, 4 and they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 Night will be no more, and they will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, because the Lord God will shine on them, and they will reign forever and ever.

 Notes and References

"... Along with a succession of scholars, such as Vanhoye and Vogelgesang, I was impressed by the structural parallels between Ezekiel and Revelation, culminating in the extensive similarities between John’s vision of the New Jerusalem and Ezekiel’s vision of a restored temple. However, the climactic moment of John’s vision is the declaration that there is no temple in the New Jerusalem because its temple is the “Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb” (21:22). It would appear that John wishes his readers to think of Ezekiel’s vision of a restored temple only to confront them with a negation; the new Jerusalem does not have a temple. This is not simply fulfilment but a radical reinterpretation of Ezekiel’s vision ..."

Moyise, Steve Intertextuality and the Use of Scripture in the Book of Revelation (pp. 391-401) Scriptura 84, 2003

 User Comments

It is wrong to purport that John revises Ezekiel vision. One purports to the Millennium and one to heaven, otherwise you are saying scripture contradicts itself.

Mike, September 27, 2023, 3:40 pm

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