There is life after this earthly existence...even fishing!
One of my fond memories as a child was to go fishing with my grandfather. We would pack up the tackle box, and grab our poles and walk to the lake. We would sit on the old wooden dock and hang our feet over brownish water. I would say to him, “Can I go swimming?” And He would say, “That isn’t wise, because a water-moccasin may bite you.” I didn’t like to put a worm on the hook. So this meant my grandfather was constantly putting the bait on, because I would jerk my hook around, and the poor worms would go flying. As we were fishing we would enjoy the beauty of our surrounding. There were big trees all around us, because it was central Florida. I remember there was a wild tangerine tree not to far from the shore that I would eat from often. I still think of how plentiful and sweet the fruit was.
Someday in the distant future (or maybe not too distant) the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings will return to earth along with His redeemed people - on white horses I should add. Don’t worry if you don’t ride horses, you will then.
…For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear. For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people…For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus. Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns…He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them… On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords. Revelation 19:7-16 (NLT)
King Jesus Christ will then set up an earthly kingdom and rule it for a thousand years. This kingdom will be ruled in righteousness, justice and love. (I can’t wait!) This thousand year reign is talked about all throughout the Bible. In the last chapters of the book of Ezekiel, the temple of this kingdom is talked about in depth.
As I read Ezekiel 47 - it vividly became alive to me. It talks about the abundant water that will flow from Jesus’ temple, in His kingdom. The water coming from this temple makes the area of Israel like the Garden of Eden. The Dead Sea becomes fresh water that is alive with life in it. Fishermen will come to enjoy the abundance of fish in the now thriving sea! As you can appreciate, my happy memories of my childhood came back to me as I read this chapter. It makes me yearn for the time I will sit by this sea and fish with my grandfather again. Do you long for the time Jesus will reign on this earth? (Read Ezekiel 47 and Revelations 20 also John 3:16, 14:1-3)
Because of His death, life will reign again! Gini