Old Testament
Lesson 44
Every Thing Shall Live Whither the River Cometh

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will encourage us to partake of the life-giving, healing powers that are available in the temple.

Scripture references for study:  Ezekiel 4344; Ezekiel 47
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Lesson 44 Handout (PDF)

The Battle of Armageddon - Ezekiel 38 & 39

These chapters describe the battle of Armageddon.

Where these armies will come from (see Ezekiel 38:2, 5-6):

This represents most of what was anciently the known world. It may well be that most of the world will contribute to the army led by Gog against Israel.

For more on this event see The Battle of Armageddon: A Prophetic View at LDS.org.

Ezekiel's Vision Of The Temple - Chapters 40-44

Ezekiel was taken in vision, to the land of Israel, on a very high mountain. He saw a man measuring the temple to be built in the latter-days (Ezekiel 40:1-3).

Take a moment and read the following verses: Ezekiel 43:1-12; Ezekiel 44:6-9, 23.

Ezekiel Sees A River Flowing From The Temple

READ EZEKIEL 47:1, 6-12. Ezekiel's vision of a river flowing from the temple.

Ezekiel Measures The River's Depth

READ EZEKIEL 47:2-5. Ezekiel measures the depth of the river.

President Howard W. Hunter:  "I invite the Latter-day Saints to look to the temple of the Lord as the great symbol of your membership. It is the deepest desire of my heart to have every member of the Church worthy to enter the temple. It would please the Lord if every adult member would be worthy of--and carry--a current temple recommend. The things that we must do and not do to be worthy of a temple recommend are the very things that ensure we will be happy as individuals and as families." (Ensign, Nov 1994, p8)

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

In his dedication of the Kirtland Temple, the Prophet prayed, "We ask thee, Holy Father, to establish the people that shall worship, and honorably hold a name and standing in this thy house, to all generations and for eternity; That no weapon formed against them shall prosper; that he who diggeth a pit for them shall fall into the same himself; That no combination of wickedness shall have power to rise up and prevail over thy people upon whom thy name shall be put in this house" (D&C 109:24-29). Great power comes to us as we enter the temple worthily and serve the Lord. We drink deeply of the "water of life." As our knowledge and righteousness increases, we have greater power to resist temptation, and we are blessed with the joy of knowing that we are on the path to eternal life and exaltation.

Record your thoughts on the temple. How has it blessed your life?

Resources Used In This Lesson


Journal of Discourses (JD).

Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.

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