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Ezekiel Saw Israel's Return
A look at Israel in Mark Twain's day and now
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.
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?