Volume 17, Issue 1 _________________________________Bible Prophecy Ministry

Valley of Dry Bones. . .Page 2

      And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the Lord shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:

      And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shall fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life.

      Perhaps no event in all of world history more adequately conveys the condition of the house of Israel than the picture of dry, bleached, and broken bones lying in this valley of death, than does the years of the Holocaust during World War II.

      Adolph Hitler's death machine exterminated about 6 million of Europe's 8 million Jews. Indeed, Israel has found absolutely no ease at all, nor comfort among the nations of the world where she has tried to find a residence.

      The morbid and unbelievable scenes of the bones of so many thousands of Jewish skeletons being bulldozed into mass piles for burial in great vast burial pits, conjures up the ghosts from the vision of Ezekiel's vision of the valley of dry bones.

      With over 70% of her members having succumbed to the Satanic onslaught of Nazism, barely a remnant survived the so-called Final Solution of Adolph Hitler's scheme to rid the world of Jewry. But out of that great Valley of Death, the nation of Israel was miraculously reborn as a legitimate state among the world community of nations on May 14, 1948.

      Listen once again to Ezekiel’s vision:

      Ezekiel 37:5 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 I 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.

      Israel in the 20th century has been resurrected from the Valley of the shadow of death, but still it does not know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Messiah. They have become a fleshly body again; with bone rejoined to bone, and sinew upon those bones, but the breath of spiritual life has not yet entered into the national body of Israel.

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

      In verses 3 and 11 of Ezekiel chapter 37, the Lord refers to the prophet Ezekiel as the "Son of Man". Now, we know that Jesus was the living incarnation of God; who being born of a woman, became the "Son of Man". It is only the "Son of Man" who can breathe the breath of life into anyone, and for Israel to attain the life of the spirit; it too will have to acknowledge the Son of Man as its long awaited Messiah.

      Unfortunately, Israel has steadfastly disassociated themselves from concurring that Jesus was the one sent from the Father to be their deliverer. So Israel still today cries out in mourning, with fading pleas for deliverance. But, rather than cry out to the Lord Jesus Christ, Israel yearns for acceptance by the world.

      Historical Israel can be faintly heard in Psalm 79: verses 4-7 beseeching God:

      We are become a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.

      How long, Lord? Wilt thou be angry forever? Shall thy jealousy burn like fire?

      Psalms 141:7 Our Bones are scattered at the grave's mouth as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth.

      Ezekiel's panoramic historical perspective of Israel's dilemma; As it is being devoured by the beasts of this world, and left with its national carcass exposed down in the valley of worldly lusts, begs for a miracle; some sign of hope.

      from the God which chose them in the first place, 3000 years ago. The first installment of that hopeful sign took place when God kept his word by bringing the nation of Israel back into its homeland in 1948, just three short years after Israel had been left exposed in the mass graves of Nazi genocide.

      Listen again to the prophet Ezekiel:

      Ezekiel 37:11-12 states: 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.

      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.

      The greatest single miracle of the 20th century has been the wondrous restoration of a tiny remnant of Jews to the specific location of Palestine. Even after WWII, the world attempted its best to compel the remaining Jews of Europe to accept land elsewhere in the world, but God providentially over saw their return to the that specific speck of land that God indicated would be a mighty “Sign”, when at long last it finally did happen!

      Listen to this verse from Isaiah:

      Isaiah 11:12 says: And He shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

      Isaiah 11:11 indicates that this ensign will be established upon the “second occasion” when God brings a remnant of Jews back into the land that he promised to them. When one adds the Babylonian captivity and the Roman era of dispersion together, one comes to the realization that this particular re-gathering of Jews to Israel in 1948 is indeed the “second time” that God has set his mighty hand to restore his chosen people to this particular speck of land.

      Amos 9:15 adds a qualification to this second restoration, that has Indeed occurred in our century, right in front of our very eyes!

      And I will plant them upon "Their Land", and they shall “NO MORE” be pulled up out of Their Land which I ( God ) have given them, saith the Lord thy God!

      Israel is back in its land now for the third occasion, and God says it will NEVER be cast out again. Yes, Israel is back in its own land to stay! God has done the addition for us in history and signified to us that the “second return” of Israel will result in the culmination of all of Bible Prophecy!

      In the many centuries of their forced separation from their homeland, the Jews never ceased to weep over the loss of their promised land in 70AD, and never gave up the hope of a return someday to the land of their cherished ancestors. The prayer book of the Jewish Synagogue is replete with petitions for a restoration of the land of Israel. In the long centuries of Jewish dispersion, the land itself began to show the effects of their absence. The land, while under the dominion of Arab rulers became a veritable wilderness, a dry and dusty place, but even in the short few decades since 1948, even much of the land has regained much of its former fruitfulness.

      Having given Jesus to the world, the Jews have found themselves in the tragic position of unrecognizing a divine move of God which became the faith of much of the rest of the Christian world. Though the name of Jesus has been for centuries adored and worshipped by millions of Gentiles, the Jews sadly, have all the while been trying to erase his name from their national memory.

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