Ezekiel Saw Israel's Return

A look at Israel in Mark Twain's day and now

Israel's Return

Ezekiel's Vision

Ezekiel 37:1-14

1 The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. 3 And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.”
4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! 5 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. 6 I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.”’”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.
9 Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’” 10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
11 Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. 14 I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken it and performed it, ” says the LORD.’”

This is a passage of Scripture that has intrigued me for years. I love this story. But what was God saying and showing to Ezekiel in this text? Let me try to explain.

God took Ezekiel in spirit to this valley, it was barren and dry. Nothing was living here and the land laid in rubble. No one in their right mind looking at such a place would want to inhabit this desolate land. But God showed to Ezekiel the dry bones laying in the land and asked if he thought they could live. In verse three Ezekiel answers God that He (God) knows. Ezekiel did not answer God in a question form but stated that God knows the bones of the valley can live again. Ezekiel knew that in God all things are possible. Some Bible scholars say this is the Valley of Megiddo where the last battle will take place and this is God's army He raised this day in Ezekiels vision. I have a different opinion and though feeble in my explanation I will try to show you how I see it.

First of all history of Israel God's chosen people the people of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, had been in and out of their rightful land for centuries. When they obeyed God they were blessed and prospered in their land. When they threw obedience aside they were ran out of their homeland and scattered as the wind blows. The land of Israel sat empty, barren and useless for centuries. The house of Israel was scattered to the corners of the earth. Now in reading the prophecies of Daniel God revealed to him once again His children would occupy the land of Israel. But when would this take place?

Mark Twain ( take a look at the video of Israel then and now)

During the 1800s' Mark Twain, one of America's greatest authors and a noted historian traveled to the Holy Lands. His journey was to be a walk from Jerusalem to Galilee covering the 75 miles that Jesus frequently walked. He arrived and was astonished as the land was desolate. As he said it was full of nothing. He left Jerusalem and started his walk and penned there was not even a tree to sit under to escape the sun. All he saw was thorn bushes, briars and dirt. In his frustrations he noted he could not believe this was the land that the King of kings had trodden for there was nothing there to see. Just an empty waste land was all that was left.

1948

But God is not slack concerning His promise and restored the House of Israel. In 1948 Israel was granted there land and citizenship once again, just as Daniel and Ezekiel had prophesied. You see my friends study Ezekiel 37 and see just what was said. God brought the tribes of Israel back to their homeland. He said it would happen when He saw fit. The time lines according to Daniel were right on time and the barren land now is a land flowing of milk and honey just as during the Old Testament times. Ezekiel did not see a mighty army raise up, he saw Israel come home. He saw the valley fruitful once more and the House of Israel proudly where they belong.

The House of Israel has been prosperous now for 63 years. The Bible tells us this generation shall not pass before the Son of God appears. My friends this generations babies are now 63 years old. How soon it must be that Christ is coming again, are you ready? I love how Revelation ends "Even so come Lord Jesus." I am ready, waiting and watching, won't you join me?


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Beautifully written Michael. As Israel is 63, I to am 63 and awaiting the return of The Messiah, Christ Jesus the Redeemer. We know not the date or the timing of His return, only Our Father in Heaven knows this, not even The Messiah knows.

To re-affirm John of Patmos: REVELATION 22:12-13 and 17;

"And behold I come quickly; and my reward is with me to give every man according as his work shall be. I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say Come. And let him that thirsteth come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life, freely."

Come Jesus, my Lord, my Brother, come claim me to yourself, that I may stand at your side and serve as you will now and forever. AMEN!


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christicue 5 years ago from Franklin, TN

Amen Michael Adams and amen Dave Matthews. I love these chapters in Ezekiel too. This chapter and those surrounding it are so rich with meaning and prophetic insight. As believers and as the Bride of Christ our heart's cry should always be, "come!" Lord, we long for this day.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Michael,

Very well said. God is always true to is Word and will fulfill it in His time.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

DAve, Amen brother, one of the most comforting verses to me any way is from Jesus in Revelation Behold I come quickly.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Christicue,

Amen, yes our prayer should be Come Lord Jesus. Ezekiel is one of my favorite Old Testament books, I love the writing and can relate to it so well.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Lifegate,

Yes in His time and that time is approaching!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Amen!


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

I look at the demise of England as a world power and am amazed by the hand of God. England was one of only a very few nations to not want to give Israel nationhood in May of 1948. England wanted to control the land and even give more of it over to Palestine, they were so hungry for power and the world had just seen the ultimate battle of power waged against God's people. Hitler was trying to "purify" Europe by killing the Jews and it did not work, then in 1948 England wanted to keep control of Jerusalem. Now look at England, the country is in shambles, poverty and radical islam has taken the entire British rule over. They are under sharia law for the muslims and the country is only a shadow of its former self. Why? God has spoken! HE said He would bless those that bless Israel and curse those that curse Israel. England has had the wrath of God poured out upon her shores. Let's do our part America to not let this happen in the United States of America. One start is next election get a new president. I do not have time or space to start listing the atrocities that have flown out of our current presidents mouth against Israel. Maybe in another hub. But STAND UP NOW!


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA

Hi brother Michael ~ this passage of scripture has been on my heart, too. I believe your take on it is correct, but if so, what does that say of the literal, future resurrection of the saints? Or, is resurrection symbolic of restoration of future nations? I am pondering, as I believe we will physically die (or some won't at the time of the rapture) and will literally be given new bodies and raised from the dead. For, if that weren't true, then Christ was not raised ~ just as the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Cor 15:16.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Judah,

I truly believe and as read further through the chapter this is Israel coming back from around the world to once again live in the land of Israel their God given home. The resurrection of our earthly bodies will take place after we die when Christ comes back in the air. But not all will die as Paul had spoken in 1Thess. 4:13-18. The text in 1 Cor. 15 is talking of the bodily resurrection and actually that of Christ as I take it. I believe Paul was expounding to the Corinthians that there is a resurrection. They believed such fallacies as being baptized for someone who had already died and they believed a lot of their ancient ritualistic religions of pagan worship and idol worship. They were trying to combine it all with Christianity, so Paul saw their ways were wrong and that they truly did not believe in the resurrection. In explanation of the bodily resurrection he used the example of Christ to show these people where they were failing to fully trust in the true account of bodily resurrection. I am persuaded that Paul was also teaching that the resurrection was not just for this life, that if Christ came later after they had all died they would still be called up and given a new and glorified body. As far as Ezekiel 37 this is showing Israel once again coming to life. Thanks for the comment that made me have to stop and think I like that.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA

Amen. I agree, brother! This had stopped and made me think, too ~ so I just had to share it. Hopefully, we can see the resurrection has more than one meaning. Just as when we become new creations in Christ, the 'old man' has 'passed away' spiritually, though not literally. We are raised in newness of life in this life (spiritually) and will also be raised literally to eternal life at the future resurrection. Praise God!


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

AMEN! JUdah

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