1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.
The details of the water's course within the Temple are not given. It will be so arranged that it will be available wherever it is needed, both to beautify and to fructify, and also for utility and convenience. Abundant water is an essential requisite for any great assembly. And running water in great quantities will he necessary for the priestly ablutions and the washing of the huge number of sacrifices.
Partly the water runs underground, for it issues from the Temple from under the gateways. Bro. Sully's conclusion was that it comes out on the north, west, and south sides, under all the gates, though the main flow of it is on the north and south sides.
As it issues forth, it flows eastward, deepening as it goes. Ezekiel measures successively from the west end. At 1000 cubits it is ankle-deep; at 2000 knee-deep; at 3000 (the east end of the building) it is to the loins; 1000 cubits east of the building it is too deep to ford, requiring swimming.
This last measurement would seem to show that it is augmented after it leaves the building, indicating it possibly issues from the east gates also.
To enter the building, all must pass through the cleansing waters: the deeper for preliminary baptism, the shallower for the necessary repeated washing of the feet, the cleansing of the daily walk. In this, the waters will serve both a natural and a spiritual use. We can be sure feet-washing will be convenient and pleasant, dress in those wiser days being completely different from today's foolish and artificial styles and fashions.
Bro Growcott - It is for the prince
9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.
What a reversal of the present. Consider this from extremescience.com:
The Dead Sea
"There's no seaweed or plants of any kind in or around the water. There are no fish or any kind of swimming, squirming creatures living in or near the water. As a matter of fact, what you'll see on the shores of the Sea is white,crystals of salt covering EVERYTHING. And this is no ordinary table salt, either. The salts found in the Dead Sea are mineral salts, just like you find in the oceans of the world, only in extreme concentrations. The water in the Dead Sea is deadly to living things. Fish accidentally swimming into the waters from one of the several freshwater streams that feed the Sea are killed instantly, their bodies quickly coated with a preserving layer of salt crystals and then tossed onto shore by the wind and waves. Brutal!"
Bro Matt Drywood