The Legions of the Roman Empire totally destroyed Israel as a nation in 73 A.D. with the
destruction of the zealot fortress of Masada. By then Jerusalem was already in ruins, and the
inhabitants either killed, sold as slaves, or driven out.
And for 1,875 years the Jewish people wandered through the world, a distinct people without a place
to call home. They have been savagely persecuted through those years, and yet despite their efforts to
integrate into the countries where they resided, they still remained a people apart.
It is interesting to note that other, mightier nations when conquered were usually absorbed into the
conquering country. The Babylonians, Assyrians, Moabites, Eblaites, Sumerians, Philistines,
Ammonites, Canaanites, all enemies of Israel are footnotes in history, their people long gone. Yet Israel
has outlived them all.
In Ezekiel 37, God prophesies that there will come a time when Israel will be without hope of ever
finding a home, and they will think that they will utterly perish as a people. If nothing else, the Nazi
extermination camps of World War II convinced them that they would become extinct. And yet God
had different plans.
As He told Ezekiel;
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,
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.
Ezekiel probably wondered what this vision was about, and noted especially that the bones were very
dry, indicating that they had been in this condition for quite some time.
3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
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.
Here we see the state of Israel at it's lowest point, where all hope of their remaining as a nation seems
to be lost. But God promises that the bones shall live again, that their death-like state is not total.
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.
This must have been quite a sight to see! Note that God commands the winds to blow from the four
cardinal compass points, prophesying that the Jews whom the bones represented would come from the
four corners of the earth back to Israel.
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.
This refers to the resurrection of Israel as a nation again. Just as God is able to raise the dead, He
resurrected what was considered a dead nation, causing the ancient nation of Israel to live again, after
nearly 2,000 years of wandering, something that has never before happened in all of recorded history.
Truly this proves that God keeps His promises despite the efforts of men and Satan to thwart His will.
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.
20 And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.
Here we come to a fascinating point of Scripture. The kingdoms of Israel and Judah split apart after the
death of Solomon in about 922 B.C. The kingdom of Israel was destroyed by the Assyrians under
Sargon II in 721 B.C. The people of the northern kingdom were deported to Assyria, and disappeared
Judah continued until 73 A.D. when the Romans finally destroyed the nation, and scattered the Jews to
the four winds.
And in the above passage, God says that when He gathers them again to the land of Israel, that they will again be one nation. Today no Hebrew man or woman knows what tribe they are from, and are again one nation just as God promised, shown by the binding of the two sticks into one.
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 dwellingplaces,
wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be
As history has shown, Israel became a nation again on May 14, 1948 and despite the attempts of the
combined armies of the Arabs around them to destroy them, the Israelis are here to stay. And they are
again one nation, not two separate kingdoms.
There has yet to be a king over Israel, but I think what God is saying here is that when a king is
crowned over them at Jesus' return, the king will rule over a single people and nation of Israel.
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.
God Himself says that Israel will never more be removed from their land. And when Jesus returns, He
will resurrect David the ancient king to be King over Israel under Jesus' world-wide kingdom. The
Jews will dwell in peace as God's chosen people, and peace will at last come to Israel permanently.
An important note needs to be added here. World War III was prophesied by Ezekiel in
chapters 38 and 39, as shown by the End Times Study Part I in this Web site. If the
prophecies follow in order chronologically which I suspect they will, the next event on the
prophetic calendar will be World War III, as Ezekiel 37 has already been fulfilled.
If you haven't yet read the study on World War III in this site (End Times Part I), please do
so, as it contains information that you as a Christian will need to know concerning what to
And may the Lord Jesus Christ open your eyes to the truth of these studies.
Your fellowservant in Christ Jesus,