Revelation 7:17 (ESV):

For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Notice the similarity with John 7:37-39 (ESV):

37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

So, in Rev 7:17 do we have in view the Son (the Lamb), the Father (God) and the Holy Spirit (springs of living water)?

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    Without a shadow of a doubt, I would agree and say, Yes. Up-voted +1 for your question and for your own answer, with which I agree. Permit me to suggest that you formulate a more substantial answer, and that you express yourself freely within that answer. I look forward to it. – Nigel J Mar 11 at 7:10
  • For those who are wearing their Trinity-colored glasses, the Trinity is hinted at everywhere. For those, however, who lack that prejudice it is obvious that John was a strict monotheist: [Jhn 17:3 NLT] (3) And this is the way to have eternal life--to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. Trinity is not taught by any biblical writer; monotheism is. [Eph 4:6 NLT] (6) and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all. – Ruminator Mar 11 at 13:58
  • @Ruminator No strict monotheist would make a statement like the Word was God, – Revelation Lad Mar 11 at 14:17
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    @Ruminator The only reason the Trinitsrian issue exists is because of John 1. And you must also put the Word became flesh into the picture. Since when did an utterance or a message become flesh who then appeared to His disciples, ascended to heaven, seated at the right hand, and will come again in glory...? – Revelation Lad Mar 11 at 14:30
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    @AnthonyBurg - just the 3 entities, I didn't mean consubstantiality, etc. – Spirit Realm Investigator Mar 11 at 19:18

Not so fast - it is certainly agreed that water is often used as a metaphor of the Holy Spirit as per John 7:37-39.

However, in the book of revelation, we have the technical phrase "springs of water" which occurs in Revelation in the following chiastic pattern:

  • 7:17 A: The Lamb leads the righteous beside springs of living water
  • 8:10 . B: star from heaven falls on the springs of water & embitters
  • 14:7 . . C: Worship Him who made…the springs of water
  • 16:4 . B: An angel turns the springs of water to blood
  • 21:6 A: Thirsty offered drink from the spring of water of life

Notice that the star is parallel to the angel as elsewhere in Revelation. In Isa 49:10 and John 4:14 the springs of water represent Jesus and His truth of the Gospel of Salvation. Thus, the plagues in 8:10 (caused by Satan) and 16:4 would represent a counterfeit heresy of false salvation. This is appropriate since the truth of salvation in Jesus is a sweet truth and the false salvation is a bitter heresy. This is reinforced in the fifth trumpet where people seek death. Thus, the middle “C” instance is literal, the “B” occurrence is counterfeit and the “A” is genuine.


Is the trinity in view at Revelation 7:17?

Revelation 7:17 (ESV):

For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

Is the trinity in view at Revelation 7:17? The answer is "NO"

God: is Jehovah.

The Lamb: is Jesus.

Springs of living water: Are the provisions made by God for gaining everlasting life, by means of the ransom, God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Rev. 22:1-2 and 21:4 state the benefits to the obedient human-kind.

Revelation 22:1-2 (NET Bible)

22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life—water as clear as crystal—pouring out[c] from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 2 flowing down the middle of the city’s main street. On each side of the river is the tree of life producing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month of the year. Its leaves are for the healing of the nations.

Revelation 21:4 (NET Bible)

4 He[a] will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more—or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist

Jeremiah 2:13,18 states the unfaithful Israelites committed two bad things. 1/ They rejected me (Jehovah), the fountain of life-giving water and, the God of true guidance and protection, and 2/ they sought protection from Egypt and Assyria. Jeremiah 2:13,18 writes.

Jeremiah 2:13,18 (NET Bible)

13 “Do so because my people have committed a double wrong: They have rejected me, the fountain of life-giving water, and they have dug cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that cannot even hold water. 18 What good will it do you[i] then[j] to go down to Egypt to seek help from the Egyptians?[k]What good will it do you[l] to go over to Assyria to seek help from the Assyrians?[m]

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