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Bible: What Does Ezekiel 35-37 Teach Us About Israel's Restoration and Salvation?

Updated on September 8, 2016

Edom

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Judgment on Seir (Edom)

God announces both His displeasure with Mount Seir (Edom) and His intention to make its cities desolate (vv. 1-4; cf. 25:12-14).



Its age-long animosity toward Israel, through which it shed much blood, destined it to suffer a similar fate by the sword; death will consume it everywhere (vv. 5-9).



In response to Seir's hateful avarice against Israel, Yahweh promises judgment (vv. 10-11).


Regarding Israel as easy plunder, Edom has forgotten that the LORD has heard their blasphemy, their disregard for Him, and their thoughts (vv. 12-13).


The whole region's desolation will bring joy to the "earth" (vv. 14-15).


The refrain "Then they shall know that I am the LORD" completes the section.

The Mountains of Israel

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Ezekiel 36

Yahweh commands Ezekiel to prophesy against the "mountains of Israel" (v. 1).

As Lord of creation, He purposes to inform the nation in a colorful way that their environment will once again become alive.

Despite the contentions and opposition of their enemies (vv. 2-5), Israel's mountains will witness Edom and others "bear their own shame" (vv. 6-7).

God's gracious work of blessing will fall upon them, causing Israel to produce super-abundantly; the land will become more prosperous than ever before.

These events will prove that He is active in their midst (vv. 8-11).

Israel's mountains, which once devoured men and bereaved the nation of her children, will no longer do so (vv. 12-15).

[The text does not explicitly state how the "mountains" accomplished these terrible things, but it suggests ritual child-sacrifice].

Her constant, past iniquity in the land notwithstanding, Israel benefits from God's favor.

Millennial Blessings

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After dispersing His people throughout the countries (where they proceeded to profane His name by idolatry), Yahweh will bring them back to the land (thereby showing them grace and mercy) in order to preserve His reputation (vv. 16-24).

There He will perform upon them acts of

(1) cleansing (v. 25),

(2) regeneration (v. 26),

(3) renewal to obedience by the Holy Spirit (v. 27),

(4) restoration to covenant fellowship in the land (v. 28),

(5) deliverance from unclean deeds (v. 29), and

(6) agricultural fruitfulness (v. 30).

All these works He will accomplish for His name's sake and to shame Israel for his sin (vv. 31-32).

Israel's cleansing yields a socio-economic miracle (vv. 33-36).

Not only does God's work in their lives accomplish this feat, but it will convince the nations to acknowledge that Yahweh accomplished it all.

The saved nation's prayer issues in an age of abundant prosperity and numerical growth (vv. 37-38).

The Vision of the Dry Bones

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The Dry Bones


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Ezekiel 37

Ezekiel reintroduces an anthropomorphism he employed in earlier visions: the hand of the LORD (see also 1:3; 3:14; 8:1).

Through the power of that "Hand," the prophet finds himself in a valley amid dry bones, a symbol he learns later to be referring to the house of Israel (vv. 2, 11).

Notice the bones lay exposed; the valley is their "gravesite," so to speak. However, this passage does not refer to the physical resurrection of Israel.

The recombination of her parts into a whole nation again must have appeared to Ezekiel as a feat that only God could accomplish; thus, his answer to the LORD's question appears in verse three.

Yahweh reveals His plan to do just that to these bones; through Ezekiel's word, He puts His miracle into action (vv. 4-8).

Israel's physical restoration takes place, but the body has no life until the prophet speaks to the "breath" to breathe on the slain of Israel's army, i.e., the dry bones (vv. 9-10).

The immediate context indicates that God intended first to bring the nation together physically.

Once separated from their Land, Israel would return physically to it; God would later regenerate her to make her alive spiritually, too (vv. 11-14).

Yahweh will join two physical entities to create one; specifically, Judah stick and Joseph stick become Israel stick (vv. 15-17).

This lesson of eventual unity answers the inquiries of Israel's children (vv. 18-20).

Their regathering into a unified, monarchical kingdom, sanctified in a covenant relationship with the LORD, is the message of the “sticks" (vv. 21-23).

Delivering godly service to one king, "David," dwelling quietly in the land under his leadership, and faithfully adhering to God's covenant of peace (which entails the presence of His sanctuary and tabernacle in their midst) will characterize restored Israel in those millennial days.

Gentile nations will also recognize that the LORD has blessed His people (vv. 24-28).

© 2014 glynch1

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      graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Although I do believe and have no doubte there will be a complete restoration of the Nation of Israel as you have describde in Ezekiel 35-57, however there is nothing in these verses that indicate, suggest, imply or state that it WILL occure during the milleniam. So I don't know where you obtain this idea of Millennial Blessing. Can you show proof anywhere in the bible where it states this will occure during the so called milleniam. If not then why are you teaching it as a millennial blessing.

      Thank you.

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      graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Please note that 57 was a typing err, I meant 37.

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      glynch1 3 years ago

      Answering your question sufficiently would require far more time than I have. Suffice it to say, what other time in history did God save the entire nation? None. What other time did a resurrected David reign over them, or when did God make a covenant of peace with them that He will enable them to keep?

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      graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      I never said it already happened. It has not yet happened. But you are assuming it will occure sometime during the milieniam., when it is also possible it could occure after the so called milleniam. Rev Chapter 20 does suggest a possibility due to a second resurection. How do we know the second resurection is not the restoration of Israel. The reason I mention this is due to the fact that Ezekiel Chapter 38 describes in great detail the nations will war again againt Israel which follows after Chapter 37 (which by the way Ezekiel 38 you did not mention that peace will be taken again from Israel after they have been restored because of Gog and Magog.). If you notice chapter 38 fits in well with Rev 20.: 7-10. Please undersatnd I am not saying it can not happen during the so called milleniam. I simplely stating there is nothing in the bible that states it WILL happen during the so called milleniam.

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      glynch1 3 years ago

      The Gog and Magog references in Ezekiel differ from the one in Revelation. Ezekiel mentions various Eastern European and African nations who will be involved in the attempted invasion of Israel before the kingdom begins; John speaks of Satan deceiving Gog and Magog (the nations from "the four corners of the Earth") after his post-millennial release from prison.

      The issue, I believe, is debatable, but I think Ezekiel's reference fits better in a premillennial scheme than in a postmillennial one.

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