Can These Bones Live?…Ezekiel 34-39 pt 6

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,  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.  And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.(Ezekiel 37:1-2)

Ezekiel has seen visions of the restoration of Israel at the end of the World. At the time he was given this vision, Jerusalem lay in ruins, the temple also, and the trickle of captives had just begin to make the four hundred plus mile  trek back to the Holy Land.

In the 2500 years since Ezekiel’s vision, Israel would suffer under Gentile domination, have an encounter with Jesus the Messiah, go to war with Rome, suffer a second total destruction of the temple, and become exiled out of the land for two thousand years of pograms, forced exile, persecutions, humiliations and recently the holocaust which claimed the lives of one out of three Jews in the world.

The iconic photo images from the holocaust of the Jews in 1933-45 seem to resemble living skeletons of the those Jews who survived the horrors of German concentration camps.Who can forget the images of piles of corpses, starved to the bone, buried in mass graves? I think of those terror images when I read Ezekiel 37.

A valley full of bones, a relic of what was once alive, thriving and vital,but now dead and very dry. The prophet was asked,”Can these bones live?”, and he wisely answered, “Thou know ,Oh Lord.”.

 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.  Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:  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.(Ezekiel 37:4-6)

The Lord said to speak to the bones, Prophesy in the name of God, for God’s intention is to breathe life into them and put sinew and flesh on them, that those bones might live again.

 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. 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.(Ezekiel 37:7-8)

But notice the order of the revival; First the bones came together, then the flesh and sinew and skin, and finally…the vivifying ‘breath of Life” came into them and they lived. The order is important, as we will see.

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. 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. 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.(Ezekiel37:9-11)

“Prophesy to the wind…”, The Hebrew  for ‘Breath’, and the word for ‘wind’ and the word for’ Spirit’, are all the same Word, Ruach.

The Moral of the vision?

“These bones are the whole house of Israel…”. Ephraim, the norther Kingdom and Judah the Southern Kingdom have been dead for some time now. They have been kept in state, intact and on display for all of the world to see, but Judaism is dry bones, barren religion, stripped of life and of the Spirit. There is no temple, no indwelling God, and until recently, no ‘holy nation’ in the Holy Land, just the relics of what once was.

I believe I know the moment Israel died as a nation. It finally happened. When the High Priest of Israel stood before the representative of the Roman government, who had asked him, “Do you want us to crucify your King then?”, and He, who stood in proxy for the entire nation, declared to Pilate,” We have no Kong but Caesar!”

What about all of those centuries, of singing and blessing in the name of the LORD OUR GOD, King of the universe? What about Jerusalem , the city of the great King?

All of that was denied and repudiated in that moment, and the nation chosen to be a Kingdom of Priests, died on that day. Eidersheim puts it soberly in his “Life and Times of Jesus The Messiah”;

And at the close Pilate once more in mockery presented to them Jesus: ‘Behold your King!’ Once more they called for His Crucifixion – and, when again challenged, the chief priests burst into the cry, which preceded Pilate’s final sentence, to be presently executed: ‘We have no king but Caesar!’ With this cry Judaism was, in the person of its representatives, guilty of denial of God, of blasphemy, of apostasy. It committed suicide; and, ever since, has its dead body been carried in show from land to land, and from century to century: to be dead, and to remain dead, till He come a second time, Who is the Resurrection and the Life!

But God intends to bring the nation back to life again in the last days, and at the time of restoration.First He reunites Israel physically and structurally, as a nation and a people,The Most high fleshes out the Nation once again. But the very last act, is the spiritual re-birth of Israel, something we are all awaiting for as Paul the apostle tells us,

Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?…For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?(Romans 11:12,15)

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4 Responses to Can These Bones Live?…Ezekiel 34-39 pt 6

  1. Cindy says:

    Dear Pastor Bill. I am an avid reader of your blog. I live in La Mesa CA. I am so thankful to be studying the end time prophecies with you. A huge judgement fell on Israel, after the Lord came, Because they DID NOT KNOW THEIR DAY OF VISITATION. Daniel 9 and many other prophecies spelled it out. They weren’t ready for the first coming of the Lord, their Messiah. I’m afraid the church will not be ready for His second coming. Thank you for helping us understand the times and prepare. God richly bless your ministry, Cindy

  2. billrandles says:

    Thanks Cindy we are all in this together aren’t we? A front row seat for the end of the Age! Maranatha!

  3. Jim Porter says:

    I have a question. I am no theologian.

    Is it possible that Israel died much earlier? Ezekiel 10:18-19 tells of when the Glory of the Lord departed from Israel. The Cherubim stood at the Eastern Gate. When the Cherubim stood at the east edge of the Garden of Eden, their office and purpose was presumably not to allow man back into the Garden. It was a finality. The Mankind’s spiritual suicide in our federal father wasand still is pronounced on all of us unless we come to Christ.

    After that, God was gracious enough to send prophets, judges, discerning leaders, warfare leaders, family leaders, and all manner of leadership to persuade Israel back to the Eternal Pathways that lead to salvation and Eternal Peace with the Heavenly Father through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    But Israel has never been able to do that, never been able to comprehend that. They ultimately abandoned the Truth of Torah and the law and the prophets to the human compromises of the Talmud. Jesus Himself pointed out the huge error of listening to and abiding by Talmudic teaching (Matthew 15:9.) Judaism has always drifted into the insanity of the hodge podge teachings that come from every evil direction, including mysticism, black magic, other occultism, and other sources. (Or else why would there have been evil drawings on the interior walls of the Temple?)

    I do not believe that the rabbinical Judaism of the past centuries is the Faith of the Old Testament. Israel, it seems, has been dead since the Glory of the Lord departed over the hills. Israel has had no spiritual discernment since that day. Before that awful day, I think there was hope among the Jews. After that day, they have wandered into lifeless horror. That horror was so pronounced that the spirtually dead Jews rejected their–our–Messiah.

    It is because of Israel’s deadness, I have had to come around to Dr. McGee’s teaching that the current Israel is not the Israel of Eschatology. (I realize that our late brother Zola Levitt was horrified that Dr. McGee’s conclusion.) Seems to me that a huge proof of that is the mere existence of The Temple Institute. As noble as their goal and efforts are, they seem to me to be an admitted failure of man-made Judaism. Unless I’m wrong. To me, the Scriptures say the Messiah will build the eschatological Temple for Israel. A man-created institute is not mentioned as being part of the process. Israel is still lost, and are not yet headed toward salvation. Dr. McGee said that the current cry “Never Again” must be modified to be “At least one more time.”

    From time to time, individual Jews have come to Christ despite Judaism. One man who comes to mind is Maimonides. I take it on faith, but I believe we will see him in Heaven.

    We all await the Sound of the Trump and the call to Come up here.

    I think it is after those events happen that Israel will be saved–that these bones will live again. They will be released from their centuries-long death sleep.

    Thank you.

    • billrandles says:

      Interesting Jim,
      However the LORD whom they sought, came suddenly again to the Temple in the days of Jesus the Messiah, and it was in the temple in his last speech, That Jesus pronounced to them that their house was left desolate, and that they would not see him until they(Israel) say Blessed is HE that comes in the name of the Lord. Israel is still dead although the bones and sinews and flesh have been joined, but we all await the coming of the Spirit upon them, It will be resurrection from the dead, not only for Israel, but for the whole world.

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