Wells of Salvation

Isaiah 12:4 And in that day…

What day is he talking about? It is the day that the whole Bible is talking about, the day of His fullness, the day when the Lord comes forth in a many-membered Body (II Thessalonians 1:10). The whole plan of God is wrapped around the bringing forth of the Body of Christ, for it is the channel through which the Lord God shall establish His Kingdom. Just as the fullness of God dwelt in the Lord Jesus Christ bodily (Colossians 1:19; 2:9), the fullness of God will dwell in the many-membered Body of Christ (Ephesians 3:19; 4:13). This is God’s plan. When this is finalized a great voice will be heard out of heaven, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God (Revelation 21:3). The whole Bible is pointing to a time when the fullness of God comes forth in His people. So when the Scripture says, “In that day,” we know that it is speaking of the Day of the Lord.

“The day” is not just a period of time. Mystically, it is speaking of the Lord Himself. For example, Paul says that we are children of the Day. You are all the children of light, and the children of the Day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. I Thessalonians 5:5. We are the Lord’s children. We are born of Him. He is coming forth in us.

Isaiah 12:4 And in that day shall you say, Praise the Lord, call upon His name, declare His doings among the people, make mention that His name is exalted.

The primary message in these last days is His Lordship. He is to be exalted!

Isaiah 12:5-6 Sing unto the Lord; for He has done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.
6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

Where is the Holy One great? In the midst of thee! This truth is found throughout the whole Bible. Now let’s go back to verses two and three.

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation.

So what is our salvation? You could say that our repentance and forgiveness is our salvation. But that is only the first step toward our salvation. Christ in us is the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). And the first step toward that is forgiveness and justification. From that point on we must appropriate His life. His life in us is our salvation (Romans 5:10). And His life comes forth in us as we partake of His nature. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. II Peter 1:4. God is our salvation! And this is how we become members of the Body of Christ.

Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation.

The Lord Jesus Christ is our salvation! Therefore the wells of salvation are in Him. The fullness of God dwelt in Him (Colossians 1:19), and He came among men so that the Father could work through Him. The Father that dwells in Me, He does the works. John 14:10. Then in John 20:21, Jesus said, As My Father has sent Me, even so I send you. In other words, “What I have been you’re going to be. The same commission I’ve had is now yours.” And Christ became a many-membered Christ. Therefore, God who is our salvation becomes many wells of salvation. Isaiah did not say that water would be drawn out of the well of salvation, but out of the wells of salvation.

Exodus 15:27 And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.

This verse is prophetic. Threescore (60) and ten (10) is 70. There are 12 wells of water and 70 palm trees. Now we have discovered that the wells of salvation are symbolic of His disciples, those who have drunk of the water of the Spirit (John 7:37-39). Water is also symbolic of the Word because the Word is Spirit (John 6:63). The 12 wells are prophetic, first of all, of the 12 disciples (apostles). They were wells of water. When did the water of life begin flowing through them? The water only flowed through Jesus Christ during the days of the Gospels. He was the well of salvation. The disciples were drinkers; they were learning. The miracles and other wonders that Jesus did weren’t the primary concern of Jesus. His main objective was preparing the disciples for the continuation of His ministry. They were becoming wells of salvation, and the water of life began flowing through them on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2).

What about the 70 palm trees? Luke chapter ten tells about the 70 disciples Jesus sent out to minister before His face into every city and place, where He himself would come (verse 1). Their ministry was quite unique. It was prophetic of a ministry that was to take place in the last days, a ministry of preparation for the parousia of the Lord.

Peter describes false ministries as wells without water. They are spots and blemishes…having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin…have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray…these are wells without water (II Peter 2:13-17).

Wells with water, on the other hand, are those who have drunk of the waters of divine life. We become wells of salvation when we drink of the life and Spirit of the Lord. Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believes into Me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. John 7:37-38. We drink of Him and become wells of salvation for others.

Copyright © 2001 by Henry DuBose