Christ And Living Water
The bible teaches about the salvation in many ways. And the most common way used to express salvation is the parable of living water. Just as water is an essential thing in physical life, God teaches us that we must drink the spiritual water to have a spiritual life, eternal life. Then what is the spiritual water we must take in and what is the source of the spiritual water? Let us find out God the Mother, the source of living water.
Spiritual Water, Words of God
First, let us think about the spiritual water itself? What is the water spiritually that we must drink to have eternal life? Without water there would be famine and thirst leading us to death in the end. In the same way, the lack of spiritual water also causes the spiritual famine and thirst which lead us to spiritual doom.
Amos 8:11 “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land—not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. 12 People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it. 13 “In that day “the lovely young women and strong young men will faint because of thirst. 14 Those who swear by the sin of Samaria—who say, ‘As surely as your god lives, Dan,’ or, ‘As surely as the god of Beersheba lives’— they will fall, never to rise again.”
According to this prophecy, God gives us a warning about a time coming when there would be famine all throughout the land because of the lack of water. And also He says many will die due to this famine and thirst. And He says that the cause of this spiritual famine is the lack of “the words of God”. At that time people wander about to search for the words of God. But they would not be able to find them.
The Reason For the Lack Of the Words Of God
The Lack Of Understanding
Then what causes the lack of the words of God? As the bible says the words of God is always with us. The bible which contains words of God is called an all-time bestseller. Most people, whether he believes God or not, know the existence of the bible. And many have quite good knowledge of the bible. Even though the words of God are around us all the time, why is there a lack of the words of God? We can understand the cause by several things? The first thing that causes the famine is the lack of the knowledge of the words of God.
Jeremiah 5:4 I thought, “These are only the poor; they are foolish, for they do not know the way of the Lord, the requirements of their God. 5 So I will go to the leaders and speak to them; surely they know the way of the Lord, the requirements of their God.”
God says that both people and religious leaders are all foolish, which means that have no wisdom and knowledge. Then what is the knowledge they are lacking? They do not know “the way of the Lord, the requirements of their God”. In other words they do not know the words of God. Even though the words of God is around them, God’s people have no understanding of the words of God. Therefore, the words of God they have around them have no use for their salvation.
The Rejection Of the Words of God
The second reason for the famine is the rejection of the words of God. Even though God gave them the words of God, people do not accept the words of God. And they do not follow and obey the words of God.
Hosea 8:12 Even if I wrote 10,000 laws for Ephraim, he would treat them as if they were for some stranger.
God gave many words to God’s people so that they would receive salvation. However, people did not accept and obey the words. They rejected the words of God and they lost their chances for salvation.
Hosea 4:6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.
Because of these things, the words of God they have are no use to them. Even though people read the words of God in the bible, they don’t understand. In another case, they simply ignore and reject the words of God as something useless. In either way, the words of God is meaningless to them since they cannot receive salvation.
Lessons We Must Learn
Then what about us? Are we better than the Israelites? Not at all. In our time, we can see the same things. Even though there are many teachers of laws, they don’t have understanding on the words of God. Since the religious leaders have no understanding, nor are the people who they teach. Therefore, everyone in our time is in famine and thirst for the words of God. What they are drinking is not the living water. Rather, they are drinking salt water causing more thirst. Everybody tries to teach them with some words, but those words have nothing to do with the teachings of God.
Jeremiah lamented that everyone worshiped God with his or her opinions.
Jeremiah 2:28 Where then are the gods you made for yourselves? Let them come if they can save you when you are in trouble! For you, Judah, have as many gods as you have towns.
In those days, God’s people did not the way of God and the requirements of God. They were worshiping God in whatever way they desired. They deserted God and the words of God. Because of these sins of people, God deserted them and they got destroyed. We are practicing the same thing now. Everybody has different opinions of God. Each worships God in their own way. The truth has disappeared. Through this we can clearly say that we also are living in the age of spiritual famine.
The Source of Living Water
In this state of spiritual famine and thirst, the very first thing we must do is to find the source of the living water. God divided salvation into three different ages and in each age he allowed His people a well of living water from which they could draw out the water of salvation? Then what was the source of living water in each age? Let us first look at the age of Father.
Jeremiah 2:13 “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
In the age of Father, the source of living water was God the Father Jehovah. Rather than listening and obeying to the words of God from Father Jehovah, however, God’s people tried to establish their own doctrine which could not give salvation. It was the same with the age of the Son. In the sage of the Son, God the Son Jesus was the source of living water.
John 7:37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.
To drink from the well of living water, God’s people must come to Jesus. However, they rejected him and did not obey his words. Rather, they relied on their own doctrine and tradition deserting the words of God.
The Source of Living Water in the Last Days: Spirit And Bride
How about then in our age? Who is the source of living water? The bible says the living water is coming from the Spirit and the Bride, that is, God the Father and God the Mother.
Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
Mother, The Source of Living Water
The bible teaches that in the last day to receive the water of life or the living water of salvation, we must come to the Spirit and the Bride. The Spirit represents God the Father. Then who does the bride signify? If we follow the mated verses, the bride of the Lamb is the Heavenly Jerusalem (Rev 21:9) and the Heavenly Jerusalem is our Mother. (Gal 4:26) In conclusion, the source of the living water in our time is God the Mother. We can confirm this through other prophecies of the bible.
Zechariah 14:8 On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter.
Micah 4:1 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it. 2 Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
Through all these prophecies we can be sure that the true source of living water according to the bible is Heavenly Jerusalem in our time. Therefore, those who want to drink from the well of living water through the true words of God must come to Heavenly Jerusalem.
There are many in this world, who desert the source of living water. And they try to establish their own way of salvation with their own doctrine and tradition. However, as God said through Prophet jeremiah, they are only broken cisterns that cannot hold water. Therefore, we must come to Jerusalem Our Mother to receive the living water.
Revelation 7:17 ‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,’ nor any scorching heat. 7 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”
Only those who listen to the words of God coming from Heavenly Jerusalem Our Mother can receive complete salvation.