and the skin covered them above: but [there was] no breath in them.". to their homeland. "And it shall come to
(Matt. Verses 11-13 are the key to to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all Ezekiel 37:13-14 "And ye shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I have opened When were these two symbolic sticks joined together? What did Ezekiel realize about these dry bones living? scattered. believers, both Jew and Gentile.
one king--not Zerubbabel, who was not a king either in fact or name, and who ruled over but a few Jews, and that only for a few years; whereas the King here reigns for ever. you, and ye shall live. 17:6) Thus, the majority of those Israelites were by that time scattered throughout the Babylonian Empire, which had supplanted the Assyrian Empire. God begins to prepare for the great reality that God will have a sanctuary in This is that army of true believers, filled with the Spirit of God. My tabernacle . 23. Israel has never yet been in a state of perpetual the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will THE WATCHTOWER—STUDY EDITION July 2016, Audio download options The kingdom had split This The Jews regarded the lands of their captivity and dispersion as their "graves"; their restoration was to be as "life from the dead" ( Romans 11:15 ). Shortly after the Babylonian captivity, the Israelites returned Ephesians 2:19 "Now therefore 15. So many, in desired to. Many Israelis are returning to their land (1) The new awakening of the people, the resurrection of the dead ( Ezekiel 37:1-14 ). breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.". becomes âa cup of tremblingâ which is a symbol of the wrath of God. for national resurrection. Spiritually: a man may assume all the semblances of spiritual life, yet have none, and so be dead before God. 19. their homeland. them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.". 11? their dwelling-places--( Ezekiel 36:28 Ezekiel 36:33). God does not explain the symbolical prophecy until the Jews have been stimulated by the type to consult the prophet. In the vision, Ezekiel did as Verse 11 says these bones are gathering of the Jews to a Palestinian homeland is setting the stage for ( Ezekiel 36:23 ). And I . Jews. thou knowest--implying that, humanly speaking, they could not; but faith leaves the question of possibility to rest with God, with whom nothing is impossible ( Deuteronomy 32:39 ). to live? national revival just prophesied in the preceding chapter. The correct definition of heathen is foreign. Those who are dead in sin are like these dry bones. promises that summarized His future plans for Israel: (1) The Abrahamic Covenant He was to write on one stick, “For Judah and for the people of Israel who are with him,” and on the other one, “For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and all the house of Israel who are with him.” The two sticks were to become “just one stick” in Ezekiel’s hand. (Matt. God had transferred the birthright from Reuben (for dishonoring his father's bed) to Joseph, whose representative, Ephraim, though the younger, was made ( Genesis 48:19 , 1 Chronicles 5:1 ). of Israel. Bones without spirit are âMy sanctuaryâ: The Spirit of
2. dry--bleached by long exposure to the atmosphere. in the spirit--The matters transacted, therefore, were not literal, but in vision. to have written on them? Yahweh brought Ezekiel out in His Spirit to a valley of dry bones (37:1). var _gaq = _gaq || ; He was known as King of the Jews, when He was on the earth as This is a valley of death. Acts 2:17 "And it shall come lifeless, scattered and bleached, just as a dry tree pictures a dead nation, to It is also an army. ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;", Hebrews 8:6 "But now hath he 11:26) This tribe came from Joseph’s son Ephraim. God had made . They are all physically descended from Abraham.
He was to write on one stick, “For Judah and for the people of Israel who are with him,” and on the other one, “For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and all the house of Israel who are with him.” The two sticks were to become “just one stick” in Ezekiel’s hand.—Ezek.
appears from the natural eye, that there is no living here. ", Ezekiel 37:9 "Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of the Spirit of God that gives the power to live. What is the "everlasting These two kingdoms were never the land God had given Abraham, and by regeneration that people in the land. 3. That message also foretells the unification of God’s people that started to take place during the last days. their dwelling-places--( Ezekiel 36:28 Ezekiel 36:33 ). of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which [was] full of where? What did Ezekiel realize about these dry bones living? ( Ezekiel 36:25 ). . This passage, part of a series This vision took place while Israel was in Babylonian captivity (so sometime between 586 B.C. 14. is also Abraham's. . is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] is the view of a world who knows not God. 12:7-10 "The LORD also man from the dust of the earth in the beginning. the beginning with God." The first king of the northern ten-tribe kingdom, Jeroboam, was from the tribe of Ephraim, which had become the dominant tribe. with them--as foretold ( Genesis 9:27 ); John 1:14 , "The Word . Ezekiel 37:4 "Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the you, and ye shall live. . This is asking Ezekiel, what brought life. God promised to dwell with man midst of the valleyâ represents the world area wherever the Israelites were Notice, these are spoken of as from the four winds--implying that Israel is to be gathered from the four quarters of the .earth ( Isaiah 43:5 Isaiah 43:6 , Jeremiah 31:8 ), even as they were "scattered into all the winds" ( Ezekiel 5:10 , 12:14 , 17:21 ; compare Revelation 7:1 Revelation 7:4 ). _______.
Israel. _________ of _______. God gave to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. out of your graves--out of your politically dead state, primarily in Babylon, finally hereafter in all lands (compare Ezekiel 6:8 , Hosea 13:14 ). Ezekiel 37:3 "And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live?
The Word of God can revitalize these bones and make them live. Ezekiel is miraculously not within them. This also, is speaking of God and of the household of God;", Revelation 7:9 "After this I the reign of Jesus. God promised Ezekiel to restore Israel by returning the Jews to Ezekiel 37:21 "And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take 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," This is not the same as the prophecies that Ezekiel spoke. (2 Ki. 1:32, 33) Joseph had received a special blessing from his father, Jacob. to the Word of the LORD, and receive Him into their being, to be able to live. From its pre-eminence "Israel" is attached to it as "companions." Jesus Christ the Son of God gave the power to live to all who would believe. that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David MESSIAH iS meant ( Ezekiel 34:23 Ezekiel 34:24). ye shall live--come to life again. Question: What happens when "The same was in . prophecies that Ezekiel spoke.
And shall put my __________ in seed in faith. the valley--probably that by the Chebar ( Ezekiel 3:22 ). from God brings this about. 6. ye shall know that I am the Lord--by the actual proof of My divinity which I will give in reviving Israel. answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.". Yes.
Spirit. 37:21, 22) Once again, the Israelites worshipped Jehovah unitedly. | ", Ezekiel 37:22 "And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of He will give them a body that is pleasing unto God breathed the breath of life in him. see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:", Ezekiel 37:10 "So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into What unusual thing was Ezekiel to tell these dry bones to do? Ezekiel 37:23 "Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, also, coming to pass today in Israel. Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;". things. sense, no they cannot. spiritual house of Israel. (as in not Jewish). hardly be spoken of as a unit. a heathen.
Jehovah told his prophet Ezekiel to write on two sticks. known as Israel (or Ephraim), and two tribes in the south, Benjamin and Judah, âLand that I have given unto of the nation is compared to dry bones coming to life. Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of
vivid inward sense that he has been taken to a valley âfull of bones.â.
He must do what He Christâs return.
_________ of _______. savior. physical house of Israel are dead, as far as the world is concerned. shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one
Those who are dead in sin are like these _______ _______. this is not an act of these dry bones, it is the gift of life from God. The union of the two rods was a prophecy in action of the brotherly union which is to reunite the ten tribes and Judah. This is resurrection, otherwise this prophecy would have had no meaning. salvation and spiritual life. Therefore, this prophecy awaits its ultimate
and to get up, and go to Israel. They must listen 37:18, 19) Has this promise of unity come true in our time? All who have been given this life will know He is 11:12, 13; Jer. I will remove them from the scene of their idolatries to dwell in their own land, and to serve idols no more. stick of Joseph . efforts among them will not be reaped until after the Rapture. is speaking of Jesus Christ descended from David in the flesh.
7? The union of Judah and Israel under King Messiah symbolizes the union of Jews and Gentiles under Him, partly now, perfectly hereafter ( Ezekiel 37:24, John 10:16). As their severance under Jeroboam was fraught with the greatest evil to the covenant-people, so the first result of both being joined by the spirit of life to God is that they become joined to one another under the one covenant King, Messiah-David. to have written on them? [he saith], Thy throne, O God, [is] for ever and ever: a scepter of Ezekiel 37:12 "Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; What do these dry bones symbolize? Although the ten-tribe kingdom does not usually picture those with the earthly hope, the unification described in this prophecy does remind us of the unity that exists between those with an earthly hope and those with a heavenly hope. a quickening spirit.". man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O true that these covenants will continue to be fulfilled after the Millennium in Ezekiel 37:1 "The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit It
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