There are seven subterranean rivers flowing from the same springing headwater. These rivers encompass the whole earth, and split into many different springs to feed the land.
The seven rivers are the seven churches of God – their current does not appear on the surface, though many organizations would tell you so. These rivers are under the earth, undiscernible to the naked eye; only where a stream breaks through the surface crust of the earth, and bubbles forth to the outside world can it even be observed that these rivers exist.
Many through the ages have sought to bring these rivers to the surface – above ground; and it is, indeed, the Lord’s will that the waters come forth to water the nations. Yet man in his human wisdom in his drawing forth the waters to complete the work of the Lord, has thought to fully bring the waters to the surface, laying them naked and bare upon the crusty earth.
Many ministers have arisen, from their respective river, and have sought to bring the entirety of their stream above ground. They build canals, and gullies, pumps and hoses and in their great zeal often do good work in bringing the waters abroad. Yet the source waters are ever to be beneath the surface.
When once the waters flow above ground they are susceptible to contamination, and evaporation. They must spring forth in order to do their work, and water the earth, and the labors of the irrigators to bring them forth is good – but not their desire to tame them in full.
When once a stream of the river is brought forth from the subterranean flow, it can no longer flow freely as it will. It must be organized to meet the need, and so it is forced into conformity with the irrigator’s will.
Yet there is one Irrigator who is above all; He is the originator of the headwaters, and from His throne do the rivers flow. All earthly organizations which bring up His waters are helping to do His will. But the rivers are not for their purposes, but His.
One irrigator with good intention will harness as much of one river that he can mine – and then he disavows all other rivers, and all other streams, but that which he controls alone. He syphons from each of the rivers as he can mine from them. His operation prospers for a time, his workers grow wealthy, and he calls himself an apostle, for he has gathered such waters under his power and forged the devices to make them water plots of ground.
His work is good, his organization: useful, but now the only waters he accepts conform to his structures. When streams from another river come to him whose properties he is not familiar with, they do not conform to his liking. One river’s water is too hard, another has too many minerals, which congeal in his equipment, and clog his pipes.
His rigid policies are held in place as though they are law, for these are the ways he has operated, this is the way it has always been done. He tries to filter any water from other rivers, to boil it and remove any the ‘impurities’ that his system is not used to handling. Yet, these are not impurities at all – they are the designed properties of a different river, good for their own purposes.
What waters cannot be conformed to this ‘apostle’s’ machines and equipment, he rejects. He does not see that in order to continue his usefulness, he needs to adapt his way. The waters under his power conform to his will, and are useful to a degree, but they are now his servants first, before they are the servants of the Apostle from whose throne they flowed. Every other river, and stream that cannot be brought under their apostle becomes suspect, rejected both by their master, and now by the streams under him.
This same instance occurs all over the world, wherever the rivers are found. The irrigators see themselves in competition one with another, each seeing its own organization as the exclusive work of the Master of the Headwaters.
And so it is when we try to comply the whole of Christianity to an organization, and call it: ‘the church.’
Organizations are necessary, but they do not define the church. A True Apostle in the work of the Great Aquifer studies every river, and is not opposed to learning from every irrigator who is one in Truth – what devices they use, what filter systems, what sprinkling methods, what manner of canals; the True Apostle does not reject any river, any stream, but learns the properties of each – their pros and cons.
There are seven churches; and Christ alone is your Apostle, Prophet, King. Do not be defined by the voice of human organizations by conforming thereto. Rather, be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind into the full stature of Jesus Christ, from whose heart flows the seven churches.
Rev 2 & 3.