The Beginning of the End Times

Ezekiel 37

The Resurrection of the State of Israel





The Legions of the Roman Empire totally destroyed Judea as a nation in 73 A.D. with the destruction of the zealot fortress of Masada. By then Jerusalem was already in ruins, the Temple destroyed 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 remain a people apart.



It is interesting to note that other, mightier nations when conquered were usually absorbed into the conquering country. Babylon, Assyria, Moab, Ebla, Sumer, Akkad, Mari, Edom, Philistia, Ammon, the Canaanite tribes, all enemies of Israel are now footnotes in history, their people long vanished. Yet Israel has outlived them all.



The prophet Ezekiel had been carried off to ancient Babylon when king Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B. C. had conquered Judah, destroyed Jerusalem and its Temple and deported its people to Babylon for 70 years as punishment for their sins as prophesied for 40 years through the prophet Jeremiah.



Even as Judah was starting its first captivity while in Babylon, God, through Isaiah, another prophet whom had been carried away as a prisoner to Babylon, was prophesying that there would be a second time that Israel would be driven from the Land. But notice that this time it would be a world-wide scattering, not a local deportation, as He talked about recovering His people places like Egypt, Elam (present-day Iran) and un-named islands of the sea as shown below;



Isaiah 11:11

11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

As history has shown, the Romans accomplished the second scattering of the Jews from the Land in 73 A D, scattering the Jews worldwide. And in 1948, the prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled as Jews from all over the world have returned to the resurrected State of Israel as prophesied, beginning what is known as the End Times.



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 the prophet Ezekiel in Babylon;

EZEKIEL 37:1-2

1The 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.

2 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 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.




EZEKIEL 37:3-6

3 And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" So I answered, "O Lord God, You know."

4 Again He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!

5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: "Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.

6 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."'"

Here we see the state of Israel at it's lowest point, where all hope of their survival as a nation and as a people seems to be lost. But God promises that the bones shall live again, that their death-like state is not total.


EZEKIEL 37:7-10

7 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.

8 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.

9 Also He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, 'Thus says the Lord God: "Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live."'"

10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly 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.



EZEKIEL 37:11-14

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!'

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.

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.'"


This refers to the resurrection of Israel as a nation again after it appears that they are extinct as a people. Just as God is able to raise the dead, He has resurrected what was considered a dead nation, causing the ancient nation of Israel to live again after nearly 2,000 years of wandering and persecution, something that has never before happened in all of recorded history.

Ever since the Romans destroyed Judea in 73 A.D. and scattered the surviving Jews to the winds, the Jewish people have tried to assimilate into the nations where they found themselves. If they had been successful, they would have vanished from history.

However violent persecutions in the nations where they settled have forced them to remain a distinct people, as God will not allow His chosen people to perish as a nation despite all that Satan and his servants try to do to destroy them.

Truly this proves that God keeps His promises despite the concentrated efforts of men and Satan to thwart His will, and the Jewish people continue to outlive and outlast their persecutors and destroyers. Two of the most recent examples are the Nazi attempts to destroy the Jewish race as a whole during WWII and the fact that the fledgling Jewish nation in 1948 defeated determined attempts of the armies of five Arab nations (Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia) to destroy the newly-resurrected Jewish State. Numerous wars between Israel and the Arabs since 1948 have resulted in resounding defeats of the much larger Arab armies.



EZEKIEL 37:15-20

15 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

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.'

17 Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand.

18 "And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, 'Will you not show us what you mean by these?'

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."'

20 And the sticks on which you write will be in your 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 northern kingdom of Israel was completely destroyed by the Assyrians under Sargon II in 721 B.C., and it's people were deported to Assyria.

Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Nineveh, the capital of Assyria in 612 B.C. As was his custom, he deported all of the artisans, craftsmen, scholars and nobles to Babylon. There they served in his courts and enriched the Babylonian culture.

He then destroyed Jerusalem in 586 B.C. and deported the Jews (including the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel) to Babylon in the same fashion for 70 years. There the tribes of Judah and Benjamin (collectively called 'Judah') were met by the remnant of the 10 tribes of Israel who had been deported to Babylon when Nebuchadnezzar conquered Assyria. For further information on this, please see the study in this web site concerning the "10 lost tribes". Thus the remnants of the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin of the Southern Kingdom were joined with the 10 "lost" tribes of the Northern Kingdom and became one people again, just as God prophesied.

When Cyrus the Great of Persia destroyed Babylon (540 B.C.) he allowed the remnant of all twelve tribes to return to the land of Judah to rebuild Jerusalem and the great Temple and they stayed until 70 A.D. when the Romans finally destroyed Jerusalem, and in 73 A.D scattered the Jews to the four winds.

And in the above Scriptural 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.

Proof of the re-joining of all twelve tribes again is shown in the Old Testament book of Ezra. Ezra was a priest who returned from Babylon when Persian king Cyrus released the Jews from captivity. He records that when the Second Temple was built and dedicated, sacrifices were made for all twelve tribes;

Ezra 6:17

17 And they offered sacrifices at the dedication of this house of God, one hundred bulls, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs, and as a sin offering for all Israel twelve male goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.



EZEKIEL 37:21-23

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;

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.

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.

As history has shown, Israel became a nation again on May 14, 1948 and despite the attempts of the combined armies of the Arab nations 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 there is presently a single governor, the Prime Minister. 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. God says that He will resurrect king David to rule over Israel at the Messiah's return;


EZEKIEL 37:24-28

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.

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.

26 Moreover I will make 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.

27 My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

28 The nations also will know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore."'"



God Himself says that Israel, having returned the second time, will never again be removed from their land. And when Jesus returns, He will resurrect David their ancient king to be King over Israel under the Messiah, Jesus, the King of Kings. 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 in 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 was fulfilled in 1948.

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 will need to know concerning what to watch for next!!!!!

Ezekiel's prophecy of Israel's resurrection was made 2500 years ago, and has been fulfilled to the letter, and his prophecy of WWIII will be fulfilled in like fashion. And considering the world situation today, it can't be that far off.

Jesus, when speaking of the End Times, told us to be watchful lest these things catch us by surprise, and if we don't heed His warnings we will be like the people of the Flood whom Jesus said didn't understand the times until the Flood took them away;

Matthew 24:37-39

37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

38 For as in the days before the Flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,

39 and did not know until the Flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.




The prophets many times didn't understand what they were prophesying about, especially when prophesying about future events. The prophet Daniel is a prime example;

Daniel 12:8-10

8 Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, "My lord, what shall be the end of these things?"

9 And he said, "Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

10 Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.



God's prophecies for the End Times are timed, shrouded in mystery until the generation for whom they were meant comes. Then the veils are drawn back and the generation for whom they were meant will understand them.

We have seen the fulfillment of the prophecies of Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel in ancient and recent history, and the veils around their future prophecies are being swept aside, and their meanings are becoming clear.



As such, we need to heed Jesus' words all the more carefully, when He said;

Matthew 24:36-39

36 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,

39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.



And;



Mark 13:37

37 And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!"



May the Lord Jesus Christ open your eyes to the truth of these studies.



Your fellowservant in Christ Jesus,

Gene

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