Ezekiel Chapter 37

"Restoration: Symbolical, the Dry Bones."

This Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription/ location
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God is going to use symbols in Ezekiel 37, to show us how the restoration of the two Houses will be joined together. These two Houses today are; the House of Israel [the Christian nations], and the House of Judah [the true Jew]. God took Ezekiel to a valley, and sat him right in the middle of it. As Ezekiel looked around, all he could see were bones everywhere. It was just full of stacks of dead dry bones. These bones were scattered and all disassembled.

Now, lets put realism to what God is projecting to Ezekiel. God is going to reveal to Ezekiel what He will do in these end times. Keep in mind that Ezekiel's far distant future is past history, and current events to us living today.

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,"

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."

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

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

To prophecy means to teach. Ezekiel is going to teach those massive deposits of dead dry bones, that are spread out all over this valley. This sounds sort of like a bad dream, However, it is not. It is the Almighty God giving you and I living today, a lesson, or warning as to what is about to happen in our times, and following His return.

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

God is stating here what He will do. God will cause "breath" or the "ruwach" to enter into all these dead dry bones, and bring them back to life. This "breath" in Strong's Hebrew dictionary is # 7307; "Ruwach, {mind, life, spirit}"

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."

God is going to take these bones of the old House of Israel, and put muscle and tendons [sinews] on those old bones, then cover them with skin to give it form for it's activities. The muscle and tendons allow the "House of Israel" [the United States, and British nations] to be dynamic with strength, and life.

God is using these symbols to help us understand what He is doing for us. Though this sounds so simple that it is for a child; that is the mentality of most Christians today, when they apply the word of God. God is stating that He will take the offspring of the ancient "House of Israel, those lost ten tribes, and allow them to know who they are. He will put muscle on them to give them strength, and life with the Spirit, His Holy Spirit.

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."

We can see that as God's Word is preached throughout our land and the other Christian Nations, each will take form, become strong, and develop into God fearing people. In the spiritual sense, as God's word enters into the minds of His people, we can see the changes come. It is God's Holy Spirit that breathes this life into their minds and causes their lives to become strong, and with purpose.

As each of them are taught, and in turn teach others in the truths of God's holy Word, the Holy Spirit will change your mind, and your way of doing things, as God's ways become our ways. God's ways changes people, and it is the only way to have a true balance and perspective of how things in life ought to be.

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

As the Spirit enters these bones by the Word of God, they come alive. Then this death valley of mountains of dead dry bones start to form into the life giving parts; the skin, brains, and so on, and "lo", before Ezekiel's very eyes, these massive numbers of bones are changed into real live people.

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." 

The "four winds" deal with the Holy Spirit of God in this earth age. It is that Spirit that moves, convicts, directs, and saves those in their flesh bodies. In 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."

It is the "four angels" at the four corners of the earth [covering the whole earth] that are holding back the four winds of the earth. To put another way; these angels are waiting upon the Holy Spirit to complete His work, before they can start the course of events that will end this earth age. The Holy Spirit is giving life to all these dead dry bones in the House of Israel, and we can see many lives saved and changed. God elect is being prepared to stand as each of the seven seals of Revelation come to their completion.

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

God is forming His "exceeding great army" now, and that army will stand against the Antichrist [Satan]. That army is made up of God's elect, and the 144,000 of all the tribes of Israel, and all those who have the "seal of God in their foreheads", which is the knowledge and understanding of God's word in their minds. If you have the understanding that you are not going to fly away, and avoid the deceptions and lies of the Antichrist, and you know how to identify both the Antichrist and the events of the times, then you have the seal of God.

We are in that last generation, and the Holy Spirit is moving on all flesh around the world, to call out His own. All those with eyes to see and ears to hear will understand and be prepared for the great apostasy coming. We see that the movement of the four winds will come together in one spot The force of that Spirit will bring about the end of this earth age.

Revelation 7:2; "And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea." What were these angels about to do?

They were going to bring an end to this earth, and that sea, and this earth age. Their message was that they "hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of God in their foreheads". The preparation for the sealing in your mind, is done in the flesh. It is taking the Bible, and setting aside the time to read it, and study it for meaning, through prayer and the proper tools of the Bible.

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."

God told Ezekiel to go and tell those that have power and authority of earth [the four winds], to breathe on His people. "The four winds" is the spirit that God has operating in this earth age on His subjects, His children. Those children of God are the offspring of that old "House of Israel", that God is calling "a valley of dry bones". We see today that these dry bones are coming alive, as people are reaching out for understanding of the truth.

Remember, these "four winds" deal strictly with the spirit of the end times, which draws an end to this earth age. In fact it is the announcement of the "four winds" that brings in the news that this earth age is over. Ezekiel is teaching and sealing God's Word, and not man's word in man's minds.

God is ordering the spirits, or angels to leave everything as it is until the time comes when His servants are prepared to witness against the Antichrist. This is a dangerous time to be staking the eternal life of your soul on a fairy tale, such as the rapture theory, and not preparing yourself with the armor of God. All those that will be sealed, will know what Jesus was warning us against in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. Jesus said to "learn it, and don't be deceived." Friend it is time to grow to adulthood in the Scripture, and set aside that spiritual milk bottle.

Most Christians today are confused just who the "House of Israel is, they attach the blessings that God promised to Abraham to the Jews of today; when in fact is our own nation, the United States, and the other Christian nations. Genesis 48 details that was Joseph's two sons that received the unconditional promises that God gave to Abraham; and Judah received the scepter, the right to rule. Due to the confusion and lies of the Kenites, most Christians have accepted to believe a lie, rather than grow up and become an adult in God's Word. It is deceptions like this that will cause you to be deceived in these latter days.

Most preachers today stay away from the small book of Hosea, because if they understood it, it would be an embarrassment to them. Hosea, through both his book, and his life, was an object lesson to the ancient House of Israel. God used Hosea to demonstrate to those sinful ten tribes [not Judah] that He would divorce them because of their idolatry. Israel became so mixed and scattered that in the end, that they wouldn't even know who they are or where they came from; nor would they care.

Then we read in Hosea 1:10; "Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, ye are not My People, there it shall be said unto them, ye are the sons of the living God".

The term, "sons of the living God", is what we call "Christians today; for it is Jesus Christ that died on the cross for all sins and arose from the dead to become "the Living God". We are called after HIS name 'Christ's man, or Christian". It is the same "House of Israel" that Hosea prophesied to, that Ezekiel is prophesying to.

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."

God is saying that he will open their graves, their spiritually dead minds that have been shielded from Him, and allow them to understand. This "land of Israel", like we saw in Hosea 1:10, is "that place where it was said unto them, ye are not My People"; this not is in the middle east, but in America, in England or where ever those ten tribes happen to be living. There is where their graves are, and it is there where they will come out of those graves.

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,"

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."

Nations that call themselves a Christian nation, are all part of the House of Israel. Our Constitution, Laws, religious teachings and society has always allow us to call ourselves Christians, or "the sons of the Living God". In fact our government requirement was to categorize the people by race. The largest grouping of immigration, and priority was always given to the race called "Caucasian", which most people today consider "white. However, this is not a race, but a event that happened over seven centuries before Christ. This identifies that person's family to the group of Israelites [not Jews] which escaped out of their Assyrian encampment, through the Caucasus Mountains, and then migrating to the north and west, to the lands these tribes settled and live today.

They were known by many names, Celts, Cimmerons, Gauls, Sakka, Scythians, and many more names, but they were all "Caucasians". After Christ's death and resurrection, the commission was to "go ye to the lost house of Israel". In most part the Jews had merged with the heathen Kenites, the literal sons of Satan, and we have seen through history that it was these Caucasian nations that became known as "the sons of the Living God" [Christians].

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

This is another vision, dealing still with the House of Israel. However the House of Israel is brought in to the picture, which is covering a later time period.

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:"

On the first stick, Ezekiel wrote the name of Judah, and it will represent all those who call themselves "Jews". It doesn't matter if they have Jewish blood or not, as long as they consider themselves of Judah. These people include those people of the tribes of Benjamin, and Judah, as well as part of the Levitical priesthood.

The whole "House of Israel", are all the Christian nations around the world. The English People are the offspring of the tribe of Ephraim, in large part. However, this second stick represents all the House of Israel that were divorced by God, and brought back as the "sons of the Living God".

By using the two sticks, God is symbolizing the division between Israel, and Judah, or in terms of today; Christian and Jew.

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

This joining of the two sticks will not happen until the first day of the Millennium age, when our Lord Jesus Christ 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?"

When Ezekiel performs the joining of these two sticks, and is questioned by the Israelites, this is what God instructed him to say.

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."

They will be joined as one people, and one nation, just as they were in the days of Jacob, Moses, David and Solomon: before the nation split into two nations. This will be a great day, and it will happen when our Lord Jesus Christ returns.

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

This is the symbolic joining together of the whole house, all the tribes. It is to show us that God will and does always keep His word. Though we think we know who we are, in that day there will be no doubt. This time has not happened yet, and when the appointed time comes, God knows where each "kernel of His grain", each of "His own children" is. Not one soul is lost from God.

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 one, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:"

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:"

Ezekiel 37:23 "Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions:"

In our flesh bodies, all Christians find themselves daily falling short of God's Word, and repenting. This old physical flesh body still has the sin nature, and that is why we must continue to repent. The time is coming when Satan, Satan's children [the kenites], all demonic forces, all false prophets, false teachings, and all forms of idolatry will be removed from this earth, and our minds; and that is God's promise to you in this verse.

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."

King David will have a rightful rulership in the Millennium kingdom. Though Jesus Christ will be the King of Kings, David will be the leader of our Israelite peoples.

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."

There will be a huge change on the first day of the Millennium age, for all generations will exist together, at the same time.

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."

God will make an everlasting covenant with Israel; all Israel. That covenant will provide that God's tabernacle, Jesus Christ, will be with us for ever and ever. Jesus Christ will live here on earth, and be at home with us, and never again leave.

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

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."

Why would God make a everlasting covenant with the Israelite people, and keep it forever?

That everlasting covenant will show the heathen that God keeps His word. The love of God reaches all mankind, and just as Israel will have it's select place in the millennium age, and following judgment; so also will all the nations of the world. Revelations 20:8 tells us that in the millennium, all nations, "Ethnos" in the Greek, or Gentile peoples, [Strong's Greek dictionary # 1484] will be living.

All peoples of the world will be taught and know God's Word. This will be done while all souls are in their spiritual body, during Christ's Millennium kingdom on earth. At the end of this thousand years of teaching, and discipline, all except God's elect will be tried and tested again, and then Satan will be released for a very short season.

After hearing the truth, and and knowing the consequences, many will still go whoring after Satan again. Revelation 20:9, 10 reveals to us that God, our Heavenly Father, will gather them, and the Devil, and cast them in the lake of fire...", and they will be no more.

 

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