The Book of Ezekiel

                 Chapter 37

The Dry Bones

     The dry bones of Ezekiel, what a great analogy from our Father. This chapter could also be labeled “How God brings this earth age to a close.”

     Ezekiel 37:1 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,

     Carried me out in the spirit of the Lord. Not physically but spiritually. Ezekiel’s soul and spirit were taken with the Lord to this valley. Was it literal or just a vision? It was just a vision. St. John was also taken by this method and shown the events that will transpire in the book of Revelation:

     Revelation 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, KJV

     What is this “Lord’s day”? It’s the day that our Lord will put His feet on this earth for the second time. It is the “coming of the Lord”. It is the day that the Millennium will begin.

     But the point is that John was “taken in the spirit” to that day, as Ezekiel is “taken” to that valley that contains the dry bones.

     Ezekiel 37:2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.

     That doesn’t mean that they were void of moisture, but that they were void of any knowledge of the Word of God. They were spiritually dry.

     What were these bones and where did they come from? Was there a massacre by some army that left so many dead, to rot on the ground, to be picked over by the birds and other carnivores? No.

     These bones represent the house of Israel, so we have some symbology going on here, and we’ll find this out in verse 11.

     Ezekiel 37:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.

     Can these bones live? Can the house of Israel live? This would indicate that, at this time, they were dead, spiritually. Can they be brought back to life? Well, let’s find out.

    And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.  I think that Ezekiel felt that answering that question from our Father was waaay above his pay grade, so he deferred and said…Father, YOU know. At this time he was probably as confused as we might have been.

     Ezekiel 37:4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.

     Prophesy means to speak with divine inspiration:

     ✡ Prophesy_ OT:5012 naba' (naw-baw'); a primitive root; to prophesy, i.e. speak (or sing) by inspiration (in prediction or simple discourse):

     Hear the word of the Lord. Do YOU hear the Word of the Lord today? Or do you sit in some building that looks sooo holy and listen to some MAN go on and on about how great you can be? That ain’t gonna save you, Bubba.

     It’s like the angel told St. John to do in Revelation…he told him to TAKE that book from his hand, he had to take that book, and he was then told to eat it. Which means to take the entire book, the Word of God, and absorb it all. Study it. Read it. Hold it in your hands. Open it.

     Sitting in a pew every Sunday morning, 52 times a year, isn’t eating that Book! That preacher probably doesn’t even have the Book with him on any particular Sunday morning.

     Ezekiel 37:5 Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

     This word breath means ruwach, which means spirit or soul:

     ✡ Breath_ OT:7307 ruwach (roo'-akh); from OT:7306; wind; by resemblance breath, i.e. a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively, life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension, a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions):

     When you open that Book and begin to read and study it, Father will rejuvenate your soul, it will become alive again and you can feel it within you.

     Ye shall live. You shall live SPIRITUALLY.

     Ezekiel 37:6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

     A sinew is a tendon that connects muscle to bone. Father is going to take those dry bones and make a human out of them, with flesh covered with skin, you’ll have a rejuvenated soul and you shall live spiritually.

     And ye shall know that I am the Lord. Who else can do this besides Him? No one.

     Ezekiel 37:7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.

     Can you imagine an entire valley full of these bones, millions of them, and all of a sudden, they start clacking and moving and coming together? I cannot help but think of the song called “Dem Bones” that was recorded back in 1928…

     “Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,”

     I have always felt that whoever wrote those lyrics HAD to have read this chapter.

     Ezekiel 37:8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.

     All the parts have come together but STILL, there is no spirit present, no soul. They’re getting a little truth in them but more is needed.

     Ezekiel 37:9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.

     What happens when those four winds begin to blow?

     ✡ Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. KJV

     When those four winds are released they will come together and focus on Jerusalem, and the five-month tribulation of Satan/Antichrist will begin.

    Since the subject has been the restoration of Israel, these four winds will come from the four quarters of the earth and will bring Israel back to their homeland.

     Ezekiel 37:10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

     Now it’s complete.

     Ezekiel 37:11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.

     These bones are the whole house of Israel. No mistake here, this is what the bones are all about.

     Ezekiel 37:12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.

     Graves means sepulchers or burying places not sheol or hell.

     The use of the word graves is symbolic of resurrection along with the restoration, NOT the rapture theory. What’s in a grave other than a dead body? Darkness. Having the bones put back together, covering them with skin makes them more beautiful than before.

     But the soul being restored dispenses with the darkness and brings light into the hearts of everyone that reads and studies His Word. In many cases, it’s life changing but I caution you regarding this: the outside influences of the world may soon take away that light if you’re not careful.

     It was the influences of the world that got you in trouble in the first place. It won’t be hard to do at first but as time goes by and the newness of it all begins to wear off a little, Satan will make sure that you are on his list for temptations.

     Ezekiel 37:13 And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,

     Brought you out of that darkness and who did it? Not you. Not your neighbor. Not your preacher. It was our Lord that did it because only He can.

     Ezekiel 37:14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord.

     And I shall place you in your own land. This seems like a simple statement, but it really isn’t. Yes, the Jewish peoples that have been scattered WILL return to Jerusalem and Israel but what about the other ethnic races?

     It’s my belief that Father places us where ever He wants us to be. On an individual basis? Yes, even though we have the power of free will and can move anywhere we like. Why would it not be possible for someone to move to another place, supposing that where they were living before was NOT the place that Father wanted them?

     We can see that certain races live in particular parts of this planet and it will continue to be that way even in the eternity.

     Revelation 21:26 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. KJV

     Nations means the ethnic peoples and this verse concerns the new Jerusalem that will be established during the eternity.

     And the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. The kings and queens of these ethnic nations will go to Jerusalem from whichever part of the earth Father has placed them during this time. It will not be a mumble-jumble of different races all put together in one place.

     There will be order to it all and the ethnic peoples will live among themselves and have their own kings and queens, they’ll be able to move about freely and come and go as they like, and that includes coming and going to the city of Jerusalem.

     But here, Father is speaking to the Israelites but what about you? Would you rather have the spirit of our Father in your heart rather than the spirit of Satan? Satan’s spirit is in the soul of a lot of people today. Sometimes it just boggles the mind as to the carnage that one individual can do to others.

     I’m not talking about ISIS or Hamas or Al Qaeda, those are groups, I’m talking about the individuals that book a room at a hotel in Las Vegas and shower hell down on unsuspecting people out to have a good time. Those that drive a truck down a sidewalk somewhere, walk into a Mosque or Synagogue with a rifle or shotgun.

     After all is said and done the news media seems to want to pin mental problems on these maniacs and in a sense, that’s probably true. I don’t believe that Satan can control your mind and soul WITHOUT looking like you’re mentally disturbed.

     Ezekiel 37:15 The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,

     The vision is over and the explanation of it begins.

     Ezekiel 37:16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:

     The “stick” of Judah is the house of Judah, which are the Tribes of Judah and Benjamin, that remained in and around Jerusalem after the captivities and the scattering was over.

     The “stick” for Joseph, the “stick” of Ephraim is for the house of Israel, those ten “lost” Tribes. Ephraim is used instead of the words “house of Israel” or “Israel” because it was the larger Tribe out of all ten.

     Up until the time of King Solomon, there was only one kingdom: The United Kingdom of Israel. But after some time passes, King Solomon allowed the people to turn from our Father and go back into idol worshipping and all the other sins that they liked to do.

     So, Father split the kingdom up into two “houses”, two separate kingdoms: the house of Judah and the house of Israel.

     Joseph is mentioned here because he was the father of both Manasseh and Ephraim.

     Ezekiel 37:17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.

     Whereas the Gentiles had not formally been accepted as part of the salvation of our Father, it is here that that statement is made vigorously, that the Gentiles and the Jews were to be as one in the eyes of our Father. They were now on equal ground.

     When will this happen? At the end of this heaven/earth age. Not until our Lord returns.

     Ezekiel 37:18 And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?

     And when the children of Israel say:

     “What the heck does that mean?”

     Then…..

     Ezekiel 37:19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.

     The Jew and the Gentile have been made as one in Father’s mind, just as they were back in 600 B.C. but now it will be in spiritual bodies.

     Ezekiel 37:20 And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.

     Father thinks that some of these people might be a little slow on the uptake, so He wants Ezekiel to do the writing IN FRONT OF THEM so that they can see it and there won’t be any misunderstandings.

     Ezekiel 37:21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:

    On every side means from across the globe, from wherever they have settled.

     Ezekiel 37:22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:

     What is being said here? Father is telling us that things will be much different after our Lord returns and we get through the Millennium and begin the Eternity. There won’t be any dissension between nations or differing peoples. There’s going to be harmony, which we never experienced in this age.

     Ezekiel 37:23 Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.

     Father wanted Israel to serve, obey, and love Him as though He WAS their God. They knew that they were His people, but they rarely treated Him as their God. And He wishes the same for all Gentiles. All of His creation.

     The cleansing will come after we put off these miserable earthly bodies and put on that wonderful spiritual body that will never get sick, break a bone, or die unless we force Him to kill that spiritual body by our own actions.

     Ezekiel 37:24 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.

     David will be over all of Israel during the Eternity because Father will be Lord of Lords and King of Kings over ALL of it.

     They shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. There’s going to be rules and regulations to live by during that time that will never end.

     Ezekiel 37:25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.

     Peace and love without turmoil.

     Years ago, I wondered if it could be possible for there to be another attempt to overthrow our Father during the Eternity, as there was in the first heaven/earth age, and I decidedly surmised that there would not.

     For one thing, Satan will be gone, as he was the instigator of that attempted overthrow. But he also convinced a lot of other souls to follow him, will they remember the past and try something on their own?

     No, they won't. Everything will have been sorted out during the present age. Everything that offends will have been destroyed and only those souls that truly love Him will make it into the Eternity. I don’t think that we have anything to worry about.

     Ezekiel 37:26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.

     Moreover, I will make a covenant of peace with them. Better than the one made back in the Old Testament.

     And will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. During the Millennium there will be a Temple but during the Eternity, Father will be our Temple.

     This word everlasting cannot be described in the English well enough to understand the full extent of it…

     ✡ Everlasting_ OT:5769 `owlam (o-lawm'); or `olam (o-lawm'); from OT:5956; properly, concealed, i.e. the vanishing point; generally, time out of mind (past or future), i.e. (practically) eternity; frequentatively, adverbial (especially with prepositional prefix) always:

     From the beginning of the creation of our soul, it will go on until your mind can no longer measure time, it will extend beyond a vanishing point and continue on. It will go on forever.

     This is our Father’s promise to us. He will be our God and we will be His people, His children.

     Ezekiel 37:27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

     Verse 28.

 

     Ezekiel 37:28 And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore. KJV

     Read the word tabernacle as home. His home will be with us.

     The heathen will have had as good a chance at salvation as the rest of us that have attained it. But the promises of the world were more sacred to them than the promises of our Father.

 

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