Interpretation: Breath of the Lord

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Ezekiel 37:1-14

 
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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,
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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.
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And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.
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Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
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Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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,
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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.
Setting The Stage

Comparing the Ezekiel passage of chapter thirty-seven above with the prophetic words God gave Jeannette in the vision at the end of verse two, it can be seen that our Lord was indicating His prophecy to Ezekiel is the germ seed and focus of the vision. From the looks of things in the Middle East, Jeannette’s vision is timely. Notice the similarity of phrases throughout both Ezekiel’s and Jeannette’s visions. I will cause breath to enter into you and ye shall live.’ ‘I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves…’ ‘They lived and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.’ ‘Ye shall know that I am the Lord…when I put my Spirit in you.' As will be seen, it is important to note the similarity for interpretive understanding.

 

Because Jeannette received the prophetic word from God at the end of verse two before she knew what she would be reading in the following verses, we can deduce that the prophetic words she received after the visual experience formatted the message God wants His church to center on. The rest of the chapter after verse fourteen is not pertinent to what God is telling His church through this vision in this Age of Grace. Those verses specifically apply to national Israel during her last week of Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy dealing with the time of her restoration to prominence among the nations of the world. Ezekiel’s prophecy will certainly come to pass exactly as it says because God has spoken and…(His) counsel will stand (as He does) all His pleasure [Isaiah 46:10] in time and throughout eternity.

Therefore, the Ezekiel prophecy is for Israel while Jeannette’s prophetic vision is for the church.

 

Until Shiloh Comes

It is widely accepted that Ezekiel’s prophecy is a forecast of what God plans to do in recovering to their homeland His national heritage Israel, whom He has dispersed throughout the world in discipline. Their discipline is the result of continual rebelliousness towards His covenant commandments given to them for their protection and welfare. Moreover, her present scattering across the world has resulted from God’s displeasure over her rejection of the promised King Messiah whom He sent to them [Isaiah 9:6,7] on the precise day that He said the Messiah would show up in Jerusalem. He gave the set time in a prophecy given to Daniel. From Daniel’s 70 weeks prophetic time-table for the Age of Israel [9:24-27], the Hebrews could have known (and should have known) that their Messiah whom they had been awaiting for centuries upon centuries had arrived [Genesis 49:10 with Micah 5:2].

Two Exiles Demands Two Returns

During the Jews slavery exile by the Babylonians, Ezekiel received the prophecy we are focusing on, and it revealed that God planned to …take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, …gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land [Ezekiel 37:21]. He did cause them to return home from their Babylonian captivity, but they were not gathered from out of the north parts of the world as the Jeremiah 31:8 passage indicates would be the case in the final regathering of the people. Babylon is east of Judea. Therefore, there must be two repatriations by God of His beloved people Israel whom He had chosen to represent Him among the nations of the world [Isaiah 45:4]. 1

A New Covenant For Israel

Jeremiah 31:31-33

31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

The above passage of Scripture indicates that God still has a future plan for His chosen nation Israel. This nation is peculiar because God chose her to be His agent on earth to enlighten a darkened world. Because she failed to adequately fulfill her role as …Israel, mine elect… [Isaiah 45:4], her Maker had to set her aside and raise up a people who would be lights in a dark world. Nevertheless, according to Jeremiah’s prophecy above, we learn that God is going to make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, which will empower her to live before others as torchbearers enlightening the way to God. This teaches us that in the time of the end, God is going to put His Holy Spirit in the hearts of every Hebrew child of God. This is what Prophet Joel meant when he said, …I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh…[2:18].
Every person who receives God’s messenger Messiah, Jesus Christ, receives God’s Holy Spirit as well. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is why believers can live without practicing sin. Because the Jews have not yet received Jesus as their Messiah King, they are still living in the dark. But as Jeremiah prophesied, the day is coming when God will open their eyes and they will see the One whom they have longed for so many years. Then, the Israelis will also become spiritually quickened and will receive the full cup of blessing promised her through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

It is necessary to keep separated mentally, the people of God in the Old Testament and the people of God in the New Testament in order to understand Biblical prophecy. Ordinarily, the Old Testament typifies what will happen in the New. However, in Jeremiah’s prophecy above, the quickening of the people in the universal church of God in the Age of the Church typifies what is going to happen to Israeli believers when their graves are opened and they come alive when God causes breath to come into them. Not one child of God in the church has been born of his own will [John 1:13], and likewise, not one quickened Hebrew child will be born of his own will. The Bible teaches that God is the instigator of spiritual life. Therefore, at the set time, …all Israel shall be saved… [Romans 11:26] because God’s mercy and grace is greater than our bent to sin.

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No matter which nation God chooses to represent Him among the nations of the world, it would be persecuted by the other nations because satan is the perpetrator of the attacks.
 

He hates any person or nation God loves because He passionately hates God who has sealed his doom to be cast into an everlasting lake of fire [Matthew 25:41]. The Jews just happen to be the elect ones of the Almighty through Abraham.

Of all the people alive in Abraham’s day, he probably was the only one who was willing to step out in faith and obey God doing what He required without having to see things first. Not many people even today are willing to do that, but that is what living by faith is all about. The Jews are not elect for anything they have done as a group of people because God raised them up from the one man, Abraham, in response to his obedience to what God wanted him to do. Therefore, God sovereignly chose to create a nation through him whom He could manifest Himself to the world as the true and only God. Before the times of the Gentiles, He worked through Israel to get the message out about His so great salvation of the human race in the person of His Son, Jesus. In addition, He needed a people with which to demonstrate a difference between the holy and the profane.

Therefore, getting rid of the Jews would not solve any of the problems of the world. God would have to raise up another nation to work His will were the Jews exterminated, which nation would then become the brunt of satanic attack. And to prove the point, it is evident that the USA is the ‘great satan’ today in the eyes of many, if not most, of the other nations simply because as God’s client nation among the nations she has been extremely blessed by God over the years. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord and the people whom He hath chosen for His inheritance [Psalms 33:12]. Her blessing has been and will continue to be dependent upon her continued allegiance to the all-wise and only creator God Jehovah Elohim.

The USA today is preserved by the true church, the truly born again devoted body of Christ of which there are many. This body of believers is the salt preserving the USA. But when the Rapture occurs and the salt of the earth is removed, putrefaction will set in and the USA will decay right alongside the other nations in the tribulation period. Are you salt? If so, have you lost your savor? I suggest that you examine yourself as Paul admonishes in 2 Corinthians 13:5 to make certain that you are in the faith and are not a reprobate because the coming of the Lord is hastening.

 

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