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Zechariah 14:8 & meaning...


will happen in that day, that living waters will go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the eastern sea, and half of them toward the western sea; in summer and in winter will it be.

Zechariah 14:8


Zechariah 14 [5.] You shall flee by the valley of my mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azel; yes, you shall flee, just like you fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Yahweh my God will come, and all the holy ones with you.[a] It will happen in that day, that there will not be light, cold, or frost. It will be a unique day which is known to Yahweh; not day, and not night; but it will come to pass, that at evening time there will be light.

Zechariah 14 [8.] It will happen in that day, that living waters will go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the eastern sea, and half of them toward the western sea; in summer and in winter will it be.

Zechariah 14 [9.] Yahweh will be King over all the earth. In that day Yahweh will be one, and his name one. All the land will be made like the Arabah, from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; and she will be lifted up, and will dwell in her place, from Benjamin’s gate to the place of the first gate, to the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananel to the king’s wine presses. Men will dwell therein, and there will be no more curse; but Jerusalem will dwell safely.


  • Living Waters: 

Zechariah prophesies about a future time when "living waters" will flow out from Jerusalem. This imagery symbolizes the life-giving and purifying presence of God, which brings spiritual renewal, healing, and abundance (Ezekiel 47:1-12; Revelation 22:1-2).

  • Universal Impact: 

The flowing of living waters from Jerusalem signifies the universal reach of God's blessings and the spread of His kingdom throughout the earth. It suggests a time of unprecedented spiritual revival and transformation, impacting both the eastern and western seas—a poetic way of describing the entire land.

  • Continuous Flow: 

Zechariah emphasizes that these living waters will flow "in summer and in winter," indicating their perpetual nature. Unlike seasonal rivers that may dry up during certain times of the year, the flow of God's blessings and presence will be constant and unending (Psalm 46:4; Isaiah 58:11).

  • Eschatological Fulfillment: 

While the immediate context of Zechariah's prophecy may have had partial fulfillment in the rebuilding of Jerusalem after the exile, the ultimate fulfillment is eschatological. It points to the future establishment of God's kingdom on earth and the reign of the Messiah, who will bring about a new era of peace, prosperity, and spiritual abundance (Revelation 21:1-4).

  • Symbolism of Jerusalem: 

Jerusalem serves as a focal point in biblical prophecy, representing God's presence and His purposes for redemption and restoration. The image of living waters flowing from Jerusalem underscores the central role of God's city in His plan for the salvation of humanity and the renewal of creation (Isaiah 2:2-4; Micah 4:1-4).

Cross References:

Ezekiel 47:1-12: In this passage, Ezekiel describes a vision of a temple with water flowing from it, gradually deepening and bringing life wherever it goes. This imagery parallels Zechariah's vision of living waters flowing from Jerusalem, signifying the transformative power of God's presence.

Revelation 22:1-2: In the final chapters of Revelation, John sees a vision of the river of the water of life flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb in the New Jerusalem. This river symbolizes the eternal blessings and life-giving presence of God in the new heaven and earth.

In summary, Zechariah 14:8 portrays a vision of Jerusalem as a source of living waters that flow continuously, bringing life, healing, and abundance to the land and its inhabitants. This imagery points to the future fulfillment of God's promises and the establishment of His kingdom on earth, ushering in a time of unparalleled blessing and spiritual renewal.

PIB Scriptures are derived from the World English Bible


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