Valley of dry bones
Ezekiel 37King James Version (KJV)
37 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,
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.
3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.
I know that many who read the above, picture a place full of dead men’s bones. Then they think this is prophesy concerning the nation of Israel. Seems to me, this deception that everything in scripture is about a nation of Israel, is the most deceiving thing there is. It totally blinds people to any real truth in God’s word. They cannot see the truth of Salvation for this entire world, and they miss that almost every single thing in scripture is about Jesus Christ.
This chapter is NOT about any nation of natural Israel, as not much else in the Word is either. Study and praying for understanding and having the Holy Ghost open your mind is the only way to ever find truth. So, Let’s study this chapter.
Romans 2: 28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
It is time people come out of the deception that a natural nation of Israel is somehow different and special to God or that God is going to again deal with them as such. No way. Paul clearly told us that God took of the TWAIN, (Jews and Gentiles) and made ONE NEW MAN. Then He said, we are all one in Christ Jesus; neither Jew nor Greek, neither male nor female. He said over and over, there is no difference in the Jew and anyone else. Yet the blinded church still holds to this deception that denies WE CHRISTIANS are the ISRAEL OF GOD.
Mat. 27: 50- Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
Notice, verse 2, In Eze 37, ’many bones in the OPEN valley’. Now look: Mt 27:52.. the graves were OPENED. When you follow the first link, in the Hebrew definition of ‘bone’, it says this: body, life, strength and also to be vast, numerous, mighty, and strong. So it is not speaking of a bone as apart from a body. It is speaking of MANY bodies, from: Romans 6: 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Now, look at verse 53, from Mat 27. Saints arose and came out of the graves AFTER HIS RESURRECTION. This has always been misinterpreted due to not understanding enough other scripture and placing it together, as the Holy Ghost reveals it. The word of God is one WHOLE. Each Book is part of all the other books. None of them are a message all its own, apart from the rest. This is speaking of the same thing that Romans 6 is speaking of… salvation. We were BURIED by BAPTISM, into his DEATH. We were DEAD in sins, but now DEAD to sin. As we came up out of the grave of the BAPTISM into his DEATH, we were RAISED IN HIS LIKENESS TO WALK IN NEWNESS OF….LIFE. That is what is taking place in Eze 37….the RAISING of those DEAD BONES….SINNERS. But it did not happen until AFTER the resurrection of Jesus. If Christ be not raised, we are yet in our sins and DEAD. Just dry bones, walking around. This is where Jesus OPENED their GRAVES and brought them up, to LIFE. [Keep this in mind, as it will be necessary to seeing the truth about chapter 39]. Here is another witness of this truth: Col. 2: 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; ``````````` So, see, it proves we are speaking about being buried in BAPTISM. This is the GRAVE that he opened and brought us up out of, alive in Christ Jesus. Now we are no longer under that bondage of LAW.
Luke 23: 31 For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?
Now see that Jesus spoke here of those DRY BONES. The dryness shows a lack of moisture or life. These bones at this point had not yet found salvation. But after the resurrection of Jesus, they then came to life and went into the holy city, preaching the gospel of Christ.
After the resurrection of Jesus, just a few days later, 3,000 dry bones came up out of their graves, having been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins, and came to LIFE. Then again a few days after that, 5,000 more did it. And to this day, this is still being fulfilled that those dry bones are coming to life, when they are BREATHED on by receiving the Holy Ghost.
Back to Eze 37:
4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
5 Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
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.
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.
8 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.
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.
10 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.
Now, in all sensibility, if it is speaking about true DRY BONES, dead folks, laying around on the ground, HOW IN THIS WORLD ARE THEY GOING TO HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD?
God said to these ‘bones’ I will cause breath to enter into you. This was fulfilled when Jesus BREATHED on the disciples and said, RECEIVE YOU THE HOLY GHOST.
That Holy Ghost is the BREATH OF LIFE, which gave these dry bones LIFE. This is where, when and how man became A LIVING SOUL. Before this, they were DEAD IN SINS; DRY BONES WITHOUT LIFE.
V6.. I will bring up FLESH on you… JESUS said you must eat my FLESH to have LIFE. SO NOW GOD covers us with that FLESH OR WORD TO COVER OUR DEAD BODIES AND GIVE US LIFE.
Strongs also show this word, flesh, to mean: to bear tidings or publish good news or preach salvation. So this is one of the TIDINGS which upset Herod and caused him to murder the boy babies.
He prophesied to those dry bones, and a NOISE and a shaking happened: This is that day of Pentecost. This noise was the coming of the Holy Ghost and their speaking in tongues. This also SHOOK the entire world, at that time. . After this happened, they came together as ONE BODY, the pure Church, body of Christ. Strongs also shows this word, noise, to mean THUNDERINGS. It has to do with those seven thunders in Revelation = a mighty message from God. It is this coming of the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of God to COVER their nakedness and cloth them with majesty.
Verse 10, after they received this BREATH of life, from the Holy Ghost, the winds of heaven, they stood up on their feet, (to go preach the gospel to the world), and were an exceeding great army. It was that entire powerful first witness, the Church from Pentecost.
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. 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. 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, 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. ~~~~~~~~~ V11.. now many will think that this is speaking of old Israel…whole house of Israel. Then you do leave out the entire NT Christians; salvation. You do deny that Jesus took of the TWAIN = two, and made one NEW MAN. You do deny that the true Church of Christ includes people from all nations. They are no more divided into two nations, of Jews and Gentiles. We are ALL ONE IN CHRIST JESUS. There is no other ‘people’ of God. How I do wish to see the ‘church’ come to see this great truth. The whole house of Israel is ALL OF GOD’S PEOPLE FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END. We all, at one time, thought our hope was lost and we were cut off; but now in Christ Jesus, no one is cut off. So on the Day of Pentecost, Jesus OPENED those GRAVES and brought those people up alive, coming up out of the WATERY Grave of baptism. Also it shows us coming out of these ‘dead’ bodies, dead in sin, passing from DEATH TO LIFE. Why, oh why, has the entire church world missed this glorious truth, when it is plainly taught all through Scripture? See verse 14.. it plainly proves this true interpretation….that this is speaking of when God put his Spirit into us. Our own land means coming into GRACE.
15 The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,
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:
17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.
18 And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?
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.
V16— take one STICK.. this word means, (#o6095), tree, wood, carpenter, engraver. This shows that first, the tree, or crucifixion of Jesus; then the carpenter, which Jesus was, but not speaking of natural but spiritual, as was Paul. And the engraver, Jesus engraves us with his TONGUES, or his PEN. We are engraved on the palms of his hand. Paul said, I am a master builder. Jesus was the greatest carpenter of all, joining us all into one great house.
With this one STICK, He wrote the name of Judah and Joseph. This was in the hand of Ephraim of the northern kingdom of Israel. Thus he joined them back into one nation, under Jesus Christ. I know most people have totally missed that Jesus is called David in many scriptures. He is also called by other names. Thus they miss the real truth of Scripture. For unless you see this, you will come to think, before this chapter is over, that the natural king, David, is the chosen one to rule over them eternally. But surely you know it is JESUS?
So here Jesus takes the peoples of the whole world and joins them into one great KINGDOM OR HOUSE OF JESUS CHRIST.
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 gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:
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.
23 Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.
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.
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.
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.
27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
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.
V21…Some will think this verse proves it is speaking about natural Israel, which was scattered among the heathen. But no, it is saying that all of Israel comes from among all the heathen; in other words, we all become Israel when we come into Christ Jesus. His Israel is SPIRITUAL AND NOT NATURAL.
Their/our own land is GRACE; NOT LAW. It is again SPIRITUAL NOT NATURAL.
V22,…It is speaking of what Paul said in Galatians, that we are all ONE IN CHRIST JESUS. No more Israel and Gentiles. One king shall be king to them all. Surely you know this has to be speaking about Jesus? It shows here that the people of God are not divided any more at all. Yet, sadly, almost all ‘christians’ still want to divide us and separate what Jesus joined together.
V23.. now that will be a wonderful day, when they do not defile themselves any more with their IDOLS. For sure, all those who have already passed from death to life, are NOW delivered from those detestable idols. Those of you who try to TWIST God around to fit your likings, and make him accept you while you do your green trees, your halloweens, your easter bunnies, and all the other idol mess you do, are going to end up LOST. God is NOT going to change his word or requirements to suit you. When you knowingly and deliberately choose to go with your idols, and refuse to be corrected, and live holy and clean to God, having no other gods in your life, you are choosing destruction to your soul. Be sure of this.
V24 and 25, … prove that David means Jesus. David, the man David, is not meant here. He is calling Jesus, David. Jesus is the prince over us forever.
V26.. this covenant of peace means Grace to those who obey Jesus and refuse to keep these IDOLS. So see, it leaves most people out…for they chose their idols and not Jesus. You cannot mix them. You cannot have both. It is all Jesus or none of him. This grace covenant is an everlasting covenant and it places us in that tabernacle with Jesus and God will be with us, as told in Revelation.
By: Jo Smith ~~~ November 9, 2015