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 By, Apostle John Eckhardt, www.johneckhardtministries.com
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There are two Jerusalem’s in scripture. There is earthly Jerusalem and there is heavenly
 Jerusalem. A believer must discern between the two in reading the prophets. Failure to do so will result in applying prophecies that are fulfilled in heavenly Jerusalem toearthly Jerusalem.Sometimes it is difficult to determine the difference between the earthly and the heavenlywithin a prophecy. An example is the prophecy of Zechariah 14 which describes living waters flowing from Jerusalem.
The way to determine what prophecies are fulfilled in the heavenly Jerusalem is to see theApostolic interpretation. For example John sees the river of life flowing from the heavenlyJerusalem in the Revelation
:
Revelation 22
1.And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.2.In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, whichbare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree werefor the healing of the nations.
 
 John’s vision corresponds to the visions of Ezekiel and Zechariah. Therefore what Ezekiel 
 and Hezekiah saw were not visions of water flowing from and earthly temple and city, but from the heavenly city.
Zech.14: 4
, And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is beforeJerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the eastand toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall removetoward the north, and half of it toward the south.5. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reachunto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziahking of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.6. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:7. But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shallcome to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.8. And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them towardthe former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.9. And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and hisname one.
 Living waters flow from Jerusalem as a result of the Lord standing on the Mount of Olives, and mountains cleaving. This is also the time of the arrival of the Kingdom, the day when the Lord would be king over all the earth.
 Many have interpreted Zechariah’s vision as a literal cleaving, and literal waters flowing from
 Jerusalem
.
Duncan McKenzie states
:The Jerusalem in
Zechariah 14:2
in which the raped women are found is clearly physicalJerusalem. According to the book of Revelation, however, the Jerusalem in Zechariah 14:8 that
the “living waters” flow out of is the New Jerusalem, the bride
(Rev. 21:9-10).
 And in that day living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea andthe other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter. And the Lord willbe king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one. All the land will be changed
 
into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; but Jerusalem will rise and remain on its
site from Benjamin’s Gate as far as the place of the First Gate to the Corner Gate, and from the
Tower
of Hananel to the king’s wine presses. People will live in it, and there will no longer be a
curse, for Jerusalem will dwell in security.
Zechariah 14:8-11
NASBAgain, it is the New Jerusalem bride, not physical Jerusalem, which has these waters of life
(Zech. 14:8; cf. Rev. 21:27-22:2).
It is the New Jerusalem that would be raised up (on amountain) at this time
(Zech 14:10; cf. Rev. 21:9-10).
It is the New Jerusalem in which there
would “no longer be a curse” (
Zech. 14:11
NASB; cf 
. Rev. 22:3).
 It is the New Jerusalem bride that has the water of life flowing out of her, not physical Jerusalem
(cf. John 4:10-14);
it is the New Jerusalem that is the abode of the remnant
(Zech. 14:2).
 And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My spirit on all flesh; your sons and yourdaughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the coming of the greatand awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of theLord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the Lordhas said, among the remnant whom the Lord calls.
Joel 2:28-32
; cf.
Acts 2:17-21
 
Thus, when the NT is figured into one’s interpretation of 
Zechariah 14
 
(something “literalists”
consistently neglect to do)
,3 clearly there is a shift from the raped women of physical Jerusalemin verse 2 to the living waters of New Jerusalem in verse 8.
LIVING WATERS IN JERUSALEM
The living waters Zechariah prophesied of in Jerusalem at this time (Zech. 14:8) are of muchdeeper spiritual significance than a supposed future river in physical Jerusalem. The livingwaters that would flow out of the New Jerusalem on the day of the Lord symbolize the life-
giving properties of God’s Holy Spirit. Consider Jesus’
reference to the ultimate meaning of thewater used in the Feast of Tabernacles (the feast that
Zech. 14:16-21
is referring to).
On the last day, that great day of the feast [of Tabernacles], 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 . . . .
John 7:37-39
; cf.
John 4:10-14
 

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