BIBLE: Ezekiel Chapter 37 – Headline “Skeletal Treasures”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Ezekiel 37

Ezekiel was taken into captivity in 597 BC
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The Dry Bones Live

Ezekiel 37:1 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.
  • The Dry Bones are a dead nation: the whole house of Israel. As the Jews return to Israel bone is added to bone.
  • The Dry Bones are similar to the leaves on the withered Fig Tree (the nation Israel) in Mark 11:12 – 11:21. It began to bloom again in Mark 13:28 when the leaves became tender with the return of the Jews, a sign of Jesus’ return to set up His kingdom on earth.
Ezekiel 37: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.
Ezekiel 37:And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”
Ezekiel 37:Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!
Ezekiel 37:Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.
Ezekiel 37: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.” ’ ”
Ezekiel 37: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. 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.
  • Without breath, the bones become the walking dead. During the upcoming tribulation every last Jew that remains will know God.
Ezekiel 37:Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath (Breath of life), ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” ’ ”
  • The Jews are gathered from the four winds of the earth for the last time.
Ezekiel 37:10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath (Breath of life) came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
  • There will be a great army of Jews when the breath of life comes into them. This will not happen until the Millennium when Jesus rules in Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 37:11 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!’
  • During the seven year tribulation, all hope is lost. The Antichrist will set out to annihilate them. Only by the return of Jesus will a remnant be left.
  • Asked “how do you know the Bible is reliable?” The answer came “because of the Jews”.
  • In Genesis 12:2-3, there are seven “I Wills” concerning the Jews:
  • To Abraham God Promised: Gen 12:2-3
  1. I will make you a great nation;
  2. I will bless you
  3. And make your name great;
  4. And you shall be a blessing.
  5. I will bless those who bless you,
  6. And I will curse him who curses you;
  7. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
  • To David (King of the Jews) God Promised:
  1. A royal dynasty
  2. An eternal throne
  3. A political kingdom
  • The writers of the gospel of Matthew and Luke took pains to point out Jesus Christ’s lineage back to King David and Adam.
  • HE WILL come back to the earth (literally), Israel WILL become a nation (literally), they WILL possess the land (literally) forever (literally) and there WILL be a 1,000 year reign (literally).
  • It is interesting to note prior to 1948 the church DID NOT BELIEVE THERE COULD ANY WAY for Israel to become a nation.

    Who could blame them? Before a nation was born in one day, it seemed impossible.
    • Isaiah 66:8 Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, She gave birth to her children.
    • Zion is the world for Israel. She was “born” after the labor of the holocaust. Prior to the holocaust she was a dead nation scattered abroad for over 2,000 years. Her bones were dry, exposed, and bleachen.
    • Even today, many people cannot possibly believe this nation has been resurrected in spite of proof. Some even say the Jews that are there are “false” Jews, in spite of the fact DNA has proven otherwise:
  • GENETIC STUDIES OF DNA:
    • “Y-chromosomal Aaron is the name given to the hypothesized most recent common ancestor of many of the patrilineal Jewish priestly caste known as Kohanim (singular “Kohen”, “Cohen”, or Kohane). In the Hebrew Bible this ancestor is identified as Aaron, the brother of Moses. (see opposite page) Research published in 1997 and thereafter has indicated that some contemporary Jewish Kohanim share Y-chromosomal Haplogroup J1 (Y-DNA) with a set of genetic markers, known as the Cohen Modal Haplotype, which may well derive from a single common ancestor. Later, in 2007, the same team announced that they found another common set of genetic marker related to present-day traditional Kohanim families in Haplogroup J2 (Y-DNA).
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y-chromosomal_Aaron
    • “Despite the evident diversity displayed by the world’s distinct Jewish populations, both culturally and physically, genetic studies have demonstrated most of these to be genetically related to one another, having ultimately originated from a common ancient Israelite population that underwent geographic branching and subsequent independent evolutions.
    • A study published by the National Academy of Sciences found that “the paternal gene pools of Jewish communities from Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East descended from a common Middle Eastern ancestral population”, and suggested that “most Jewish communities have remained relatively isolated from neighboring non-Jewish communities during and after the Diaspora”. Researchers expressed surprise at the remarkable genetic uniformity they found among modern Jews, no matter where the diaspora has become dispersed around the world.
      • Note: Diaspora n. The dispersion of Jews outside Israel from the 6th century BC when they were exiled to Babylonia, until the present time.
    • Moreover, DNA tests have demonstrated substantially less inter-marriage in most of the various Jewish ethnic divisions over the last 3,000 years than in other populations. The findings lend support to traditional Jewish accounts accrediting their founding to exiled Israelite populations.
    • Scientists estimated the date of the original priest (Aaron, the brother of Moses) based on genetic mutations, which indicated that the priest lived roughly 106 generations ago, between 2,650 and 3,180 years ago depending whether one counts a generation as 25 or 30 years.”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_ethnic_diversity
Ezekiel 37:12 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.
Ezekiel 37:13 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.’ ”

One Kingdom, One King

Ezekiel 37:15 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
Ezekiel 37:16 “As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: ‘For Judah and for the children of Israel, his companions.’ Then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, his companions.’
Ezekiel 37:17 Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand.
  • May 1948, Israel became a nation after being dispersed.  They were the valley of dry bones for 1,878 years. But they are not complete. Their bones have come back together but they have not yet received the breath from God. They are no longer two kingdoms: Israel and Judah, but one.
Ezekiel 37:18 “And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, ‘Will you not show us what you mean by these?’—
Ezekiel 37:19 say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.” ’
  • Isaiah 49:16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.

Above: Ancient Jerusalem

When Jesus hung on the cross, one palm was staked on one side, and one palm was staked on the other;
At his death the two hands were lowered and came together in burial.
One palm illustrates Israel
and the other hand Judah.
Jesus’ arms bridged the gap and because of his death, they become one nation.

Ezekiel 37:20 And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes.
Ezekiel 37:21 “Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land;
Ezekiel 37:22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.
Ezekiel 37:23 They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
  • Before this: they were commanded NOT to used His Holy Name. In Daniel, the Jews were called “thy people”, not “my people”.
  • Below is the future of the Jewish nation during the Millennium, this is when God’s breath causes them to live not only physically but spiritually as well.
Ezekiel 37:24 “David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them.
  • “David my servant” is Jesus who will continue the Davidic line sitting on David’s throne as King of kings.
Ezekiel 37:25 Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever.
Ezekiel 37:26 Moreover I will make (Lit. cut) a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore.
  • God’s sanctuary is the New Jerusalem, and the temple is Jesus in the flesh ruling from Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 37:27 My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
  • Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” (God tabernacles/dwelling with men)
  • Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel (God with us).
  • Isaiah 8:8 He will pass through Judah, He will overflow and pass over, He will reach up to the neck; And the stretching out of his wings Will fill the breadth of Your land, O Immanuel.
  • The Jewish Feast of Booths (Tabernacles) is symbolic of the millennium when God dwells on earth. It also symbolizes a wedding chuppah when God formalizes His marriage to His Jewish wife.
Ezekiel 37:28 The nations also will know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.” ’ ”

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