Shall we turn to Ezekiel thirty seven, as we continue our journey through the Bible? God had predicted that when they turned away from God, and from His law, that they would be scattered in all the world, that they would lose that land that God had given to them, and that they would become a curse and a byword throughout all of the nations. They did forsake God, they did turn to idolatry, and as a consequence, the moral fiber of the nation was weakened, and they were defeated, and they were scattered into all the world. But God promised that a day would come when He would gather them again into the land, raise them, so to speak, as from the dead.
So in Ezekiel thirty seven, we have the prophesies of God’s restoration of the nation of Israel after they had been scattered, and as good as dead throughout the world. So…
The hand of the Lord was upon me, [Ezekiel said] and he carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and he set me down in the middle of a valley which was full of bones. [Now Ezekiel had a vision, and in this vision the Spirit took him to this valley that was full of bones.] And he caused me to pass by them walk around them: [Look through the valley, look at all of these bones that were there.] and, behold, there were very many lying there in the valley; [Not buried.] and they were very dry. [Parched, bleached by the sun, dead for a long time.] And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, only you know (37:1-3).
Now they cannot live apart from a divine work of God. There’s no way that these bones could be revived and live. But Ezekiel knows that with God all things are possible, so, “Lord only you know! You know, if you want to, you can do it, but only you can do it!”, is basically what Ezekiel is, is answering the Lord at this point.
Now in the previous chapter, God declares in verse twenty five that He was gonna sprinkle the people with clean water, “and you will be cleansed from all of your filthiness, and from all of your idols, you will be cleansed. And then”, the Lord said, “a new heart will I give to you, a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you will keep my judgments and do them.” God is promising to do a work with the people and, and now this is sort of tied with this promise of God, of the reviving of the nation, a new heart in them, God’s Spirit in them.
So he sees the valley of dry bones, dry and scattered, which are representative of the nation of Israel which has been scattered throughout the world, throughout the nations of the world. It is interesting that the Jews are being spread all over the world, there were, there were, and are, pockets of Jews all over the world. South Africa community, New York, a large community! For a long time there were more Jews in New York then there were all of Israel. Throughout Europe, Russia, down in Yemen, Iraq, Iran, South Africa. Did I say that? China, India, they were scattered all over the world! In many places, persecuted. In fact, it was the persecution of the Jews back in the early part of the eighteenth century that caused the beginning of the Zionist movement. When they felt that their only hope for survival would be to establish themselves in a, a, in a homeland again. So the Lord said to Ezekiel…
Prophesy unto these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live (37:4-5):
Now in the Hebrew the word translated “breath” is “ruach”. Ruach is the word for “breath”, it is also the word translated, “spirit”. It is also the word that is translated “wind”. So when in the Hebrew you find the word “ruach”, you determine by the context if it should be translated “breath”, or “spirit”, or “wind”. There is no general rule that you can follow, it’s just the context dictates what would be the correct translation.
Now inasmuch in the previous chapter it was translated “spirit”. “And I will put my Spirit within you”, if you would translate it here, “spirit”, “Behold, I will cause my Spirit to enter into you, and ye shall live:” It would be perfectly accepted as far as a translation is concerned. The ruach, the spirit, the breath.
It is interesting that in the Greek, the word for “spirit” is “pneuma”, which is the same word for “air”. We get a lot of English words from this Greek word, “pneuma”, pneumatic, which you know, pneumatic tires and pneumatic tools, air tools. It comes from this Greek word “pneuma” which is also the word for “spirit”. So here God promises He’s going to put breath, or spirit in them, and they shall live. Then the Lord said…
I’m going to lay sinews on you, and I’m gonna bring up flesh upon you, I’m gonna cover you with skin, and put spirit [or breath] in you, and you shall live; [God’s prophecy] and you shall know then that I am the Lord (37:6).
So an interesting prophecy to a valley of dry bones! Just to speak to them is interesting enough! But to prophesy that they are going to live when God begins the work, He’s gonna, He’s gonna put flesh on them, He’s gonna put skin on them, and then He’s gonna put the spirit, or breath upon them, and they’re going to live. A prophecy of the redevelopment, and the rebirth of the nation of Israel.
Now it is true that the prophecy was partially fulfilled when the Jews were allowed to go back from the captivity in Babylon. Zerubbabel and Ezra led the remnant who went back, there was a partial fulfillment. But these prophesies of Ezekiel are obviously yet future. The full prophesies here were never fulfilled in the return from the Babylonian captivity.
But amazingly enough are being fulfilled today before our very eyes. This is one of those exciting places where God’s word comes alive! Because you can look at the things that are happening today throughout the world, as far as the Jews, and the return to Israel, the rebirth of the nation. You look at the prophesies here and it’s that exciting thing of just seeing it happen before your eyes! The confirmation of, of God’s word, and as the Lord said, “And you will know that I am the Lord!” Only the Lord could bring this to pass as Ezekiel said, “Lord thou knowest! Lord only you can do it!” So the Lord declares, “I’m going to do it!” So Ezekiel said…
I prophesied as I was commanded (37:7):
Now I’m certain that Ezekiel must’ve felt a little funny prophesying to dry bones. Yet that’s what the Lord commanded him to do. It is interesting that sometimes God calls upon us to do things that we don’t understand. Many times because we don’t understand, we have a tendency to balk, and say, “I, I’m not gonna do that! It’s ridiculous you know!”
But it is also interesting that many times if we will obey the prompting of the Spirit, we will be amazed at what God had in mind. You know, you’ll never know what God has in mind until you’re obedient. God so often leads us just one step at a time. We don’t like that! We want God to lay out the whole program, and we ask a lot of “why’s”. “But why God?” Many times, because we fail to take the first step, we never go any further. We never discover or know exactly what God had intended or purposed, and would’ve done, if we’d only been obedient!
When Philip was in Samaria taking the gospel to them, the power of the Holy Spirit working through his life, confirming the word, as was prophesied and declared in Mark’s gospel, chapter sixteen. Many people believed and were baptized, notable people. It was a great moving of the Spirit of God among the Samaritans. When the church in Jerusalem heard the Samaritans had received the gospel, they sent Peter and John up there, that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for as yet, the Holy Spirit had not come upon them.
Now from this exciting revival, many believing, many being baptized, this move of God’s Spirit, the Lord said to Philip in the midst of all of this, “Now Philip, get down to Gaza”, which is Gaza, which is desert, deserted area. “But Lord! Great revival! Lot of people are coming! You know, there’s nobody down there! Why Lord?” You see he would’ve had a good reason to challenge that prompting of the Spirit. Had he challenged it and said, “Well that, you know, there’s nobody there!” He never would’ve received step two.
So many times people say, “Oh I wish I was in the will of God! Oh I wish God would direct my life!” Well He’s still waiting for you to take step one, and He’s not gonna give you step two, until you take step one!
He went down to Gaza and there, he saw a chariot. An Ethiopian eunuch was in it and he was headed back to Ethiopia. The Lord gave him step two, “Go up to the chariot”. When he went up to the chariot, he found the fellow reading out of Isaiah. “Hey fella! Do you understand what you’re reading?” “No I wish someone could explain it to me!” “Be glad to!” He opened at the scripture where he was reading, and preached Christ unto him. Soon they came to a body of water and the guy said, “Well here’s some water! What hinders me from being baptized?” Philip said, “Well if you believe with all your heart, you can be!” He said, “I believe!” So they got off the chariot.
Now God saw one man who was hungry for God, who had come no doubt from Ethiopia to Jerusalem in order that he might find God, and was going home still empty. Had the scriptures, still searching, and God took Philip out of this exciting moving of the Spirit, the revival in Samaria, in order that he might reach this one man who, in turn, because of his position and all, reached a multitude in Ethiopia!
But logic would’ve said, “No, no, no! You don’t leave something that’s going so great and going so good, to go down to a desert area!” That’s where we get hung up! God said, “My ways are not your ways, my ways are beyond your finding out”.
Fellow came up to me today, and said that he just lost his job. He was working for a company that there was a merger with this other company. He was to maintain his job and he would get a promotion. Instead, he was let go. I said, “Well that’s exciting!” “God probably has something better for you, but you weren’t looking. You know, you were, you were settled. It was all you know, got security and everything, you’re all settled down. So God’s shaking you up a bit! Those are always exciting times!” “God’s got you looking now! God’s got you knocking! The thing is, God can now lead you to something better!”
Here’s Ezekiel, he said, “I did what the Lord told me”, and he must’ve felt rather foolish. Yet, he did as he was commanded. How important for us just to do what God tells us to do!
and as I prophesied, there was a noise, [No doubt, a rattling.] and there was a shaking, [shake, rattle, and…] the bones came together, bone to his bone. [That is, it came together in order to form a skeleton!] And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them: but there was no breath or spirit in them. Then he said unto me, Prophesy to the wind, [Or spirit] prophesy son of man, and say to the wind, [Or spirit] Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds (37:7-9),
Now the people had been scattered throughout the world. The four winds representing the north, east, south, and west, the various locations throughout the world.
O breath [Or spirit] breathe upon these slain that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, [Again obedience] and breath [Or the spirit] came into them, and they lived, and they stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army (37:9-10).
Number of people. Now God is going to explain the vision. That’s the vision of the, in sort of a symbolic parable form of, of what God was going to do. Now the explanation…
Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: [That is, the northern and the southern kingdoms, Israel and Judah.] behold, they say, Our bones are dried, our hope is lost: [And surely that was the condition, turn of the century, no hope of a nation.] we are cut off for our part. [“We’re scattered!”] 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 out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, [Resurrected as it were, from the dead.] And I will put my spirit in you, and you shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: and then shall you know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord (37:11-14).
“When it comes to pass, you’ll know that I have spoken it, and I have done it!” Now it has come to pass! The interesting thing is that they even revived the Hebrew language! You see these Jews that were scattered all over the world, they, they lost the Hebrew language. Those that were in Germany, spoke Yiddish. Those that came to the United States, spoke English. Those that went to China, spoke Chinese. Those that were in Mexico, South America, spoke Spanish, Portuguese. They lost the Hebrew language. But Herzl believed that if they were really going to be unified as a nation, they’d have to have a unified language, and so they revived the Hebrew language, and started to teach the people the ancient Hebrew language.
Now of course, you go over to Israel, they speak Hebrew, the papers are in Hebrew, they’ve revived the language. The people are dwelling there in the land, it is, it is a very obvious fulfillment of prophecy!
I have a set of commentaries that I was reading in preparation for tonight, and the interesting thing is that these commentaries were written about fifty years ago. The fellow, because at fifty years ago, it looked like there was no way, I guess they were written more than that, seventy years ago. But it looked like there was no way that Israel could ever be a nation again. So in his commentary, he said, “Obviously this is figurative, you know because, you know there’s no hope for Israel ever becoming a nation again.” So he just looked at it as a totally figurative kind of a thing, “it’d probably be fulfilled in the church, you know when spiritual Israel and all in the kingdom”, and he discounted because it looked so impossible at the time that the commentaries were written that such a thing could be!
What God has declared often times seems to be totally impossible! Often times, because we can’t see how God could possibly do it, we are prone to stagger at the promises of God! “How in the world can God do that?” It happened when Elisha told the king, “Tomorrow in the gate of Samaria they’ll be selling fine flour for sixty five cents for a bushel”. The man on whom the king leaned said, “If God would open the windows in heaven, could such a thing be?” He said, “You’ll see it, but you won’t eat it.” It happened in a very unusual way, but it happened!
But, staggering at the promises of God. Well let’s not stagger at the promises of God. Let us, with Abraham, know that what God has promised, He is able to perform! I found it rather amusing that this commentary, that the fellow tried to pass it off as, as purely figurative speech because, you know, “there’s no way that Israel could be revived as a nation”. But they are!
You know it’s, the New Testament in the book of Acts, when Peter and John were going in to the temple and the lame man was alms, and Peter said, “Hey I don’t have any money, but what I have, I’ll give to you in the name of Jesus, rise and walk!” The man, as Peter lifted him to his feet, he was healed and he went running through the temple, walking, leaping, praising God! Then Peter was arrested because of the miracle. He, and the lame man, and John! They spent the night in jail.
In the morning they assembled the court, the religious court. They brought Peter up, and they wanted to know, “By, by what power have you done this?” So Peter explained to them that it was done through the power of the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, whom those builders had set at naught, but God made Him the Chief Cornerstone, neither was there salvation in any other! So they took counsel among themselves. “What are we gonna do? You know, it is a miracle that we can’t deny!” It said, “Seeing the lame man standing there whole, they could say nothing against it.” I like that! How you gonna argue, when here’s the guy standing there? You can’t say, “Well he’s not standing! He can’t walk!” Cause the guy walked in, and what can you say? You can’t deny it!
So here, the nation of Israel is there, what can you say? You can’t deny it! You can’t say, “Well it’s not there!” Because you read about it almost every day in the newspaper. Something’s happening over there that becomes newsworthy here. So it sort of leaves you without any negative kind of an argument. God said it, God performed it. What can you say? It’s a miracle! “It can’t happen! It hasn’t happened in history. From a pure natural standpoint, it could not happen!” Yet it did, and all you can say is, “God did it”. Proof of God, and proof of the truth of God’s word. So as the Lord said, “I have spoken it, and performed it”, and so He has. Now…
The word of the Lord came to me again, saying, Take one stick, and write on it, Judah, for the children of Israel and his companions: then take another stick, and write on it, Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, for all of the house of Israel his companions: And join them one to another; and they shall become one in your hand (37:15-17).
So, “Take this stick, write Judah, take another stick, write Joseph. Then, hold them in your hand”. Then the people are gonna say, “What in the world is that?”
So when the children of your people say unto you, Will you show us what in the world you mean by this? Then say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph (37:18-19),
Incidentally, the Mormons really stretched this to make it Joseph Smith, ha, ha! There is no basis for that at all! There really are quite preposterous to say that this is a reference to the book of Mormon that God gave Joseph Smith. Very obvious what it is, God says what it is! “Saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph”…
which is the hand of Ephraim (37:19),
Now Ephraim was the major tribe of the northern kingdom. Of course, Judah, the southern kingdom. But Ephraim was the major tribe of the northern kingdom, and so, “represented the northern kingdom of Israel”.
and the tribes of Israel his fellows, [The northern kingdom] and I will put them with him, even the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand (37:19).
So God said, “I’m gonna bring the two kingdoms together, the northern kingdom of Israel, and the southern kingdom of Judah, they’re going to be united again”. At the death of Solomon, Rehoboam, his son, listened to the young bucks who were counseling him. Because, when Solomon died, a contingency came from the northern tribes and said, “You know, we need some tax relief!” Sound familiar? So Rehoboam sought the counselors of his father Solomon, they said, “Well it’s, you know, your dad did tax heavily, and we’ve got everything we need. Go ahead and reduce their taxes, and they will be loyal to you.” But these young guys from Arkansas said, “Nah!” “If you reduce their taxes, they’re only gonna be asking for more reductions. Raise their taxes! Go out and tell them, ‘You haven’t seen anything yet!’ Raise the taxes!” But these smart young guys weren’t so smart.
So when Rehoboam went out and talked tough about raising taxes, they said, “To your tents O Israel! What do we have to do with David and with Judah?” They rebelled, and that was the division. Jeroboam was made the king of the northern kingdom of Israel, and there came that division at that point. The breach only increased as years went by until they were warring civil wars against each other. But God said, “I’m gonna bring back, it’ll be just one stick, the two will be joined together.”
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 gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land (37:21):
So one nation, the nation of Israel, “and I’ll bring them from wherever they’ve been gathered back into their own land”. Again, the modern miracle of how God has brought them back into the land. Up until three years ago, there seemed absolutely no possibility that Russia would ever let the Jews go! They were very adamant in their insistence that, you know, they’re not gonna let them go. But what changes have transpired in just three years! Though the prophecy said, “I will say to those of the north, Let my people go!”. We couldn’t see how that could possibly be just three years ago! Seemed totally improbable. Now they’re coming from Russia by the thousands! Amazing, amazing prophesies! So, “I will gather them on every side, I will bring them into their own land”.
I will make them one nation in the land and upon the mountains of Israel (37:22); [Previous chapter he testified to the mountains of Israel to produce and so forth, and feed the people.] 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: [So God has brought them back and there is one nation of Israel, returned to the land.] 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 I will cleanse them: so they shall be my people, and I will be their God (37:22-23).
Now this has not yet been fulfilled. There is still in Israel a lot of agnosticism, and atheism. There is however, a beginning of spiritual awakening. After the 67 war, the six day war, the Jews were very cocky. They were taking full credit for their victory over the forces of Egypt, and Syria, and Jordan. They had the feeling of invincibility, and very proud, boastful of what their armies had done. After the Yom Kippur war, the attitude changed tremendously, because they realized that they almost lost the Yom Kippur war.
When Egypt was able to cross again the Suez, and take the Bar-Levi line that they had established, it was frightening to the Jews. When Syria marched over the Golan and came again within view of the sea of Galilee, it was shocking to the Jews. They thought they were invincible, and their forces were being turned back on the battlefield.
But when God again performed miracles, and for some unknown reason caused the Syrians to stop their advance, and for some unknown reason, caused the Egyptians to stop their advance, at the time the Egyptians stopped to regroup after taking the Bar-Levi line, there were only ninety battered tanks between the advancing Egyptian troops, and Tel-Aviv. There were only a couple of operational tanks on the Golan by the time the Syrians came there within blocks of the Golan headquarters.
But God turned back the time, and the people then began to recognize that there is something here that is supernatural. Because they were frightened. They were really frightened, because they were threatened with extermination, and they knew it.
But still for the most part, Israel is a secular nation. This turning to God is yet future. It will be precipitated by even a greater threat than the Yom Kippur war. As we get into the next two chapters, we will see the events that will bring to pass this spiritual revival in Israel, and their turning to God. So in our next weeks lesson, we’ve got some exciting things that deal with the future, and those things that will bring to pass the spiritual revival and the turning to God, and the ultimate bringing of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the Servant of David, the Son of David, as the King to rule over them.
So they have not yet been cleansed. They are not yet, nor can they be considered in fellowship with God. So this portion of the chapter is yet future, which is quite obvious in verse twenty four…
David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: and they shall walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them (37:24).
Notice, they will walk in judgments, they will observe His statutes, and they will do them. Paul the apostle pointed out the error of the Jews in his day, he said, “It’s not they who have the law that are justified by the law, but they that do the things”. Now the day is coming in which the Messiah will reign, Jesus Christ, the Son of David, and He will be King over them. This is something that you find woven through the scriptures, the promise that God made to David that He would build him a house, and there would not cease to be upon the throne, one of his descendants. That he would be upon the throne forever. Isaiah picks it up in his prophesies, Jeremiah picks it up, Hosea picks it up, Amos picks it up. Of course, you’ll find it in the book of Revelation.
But we’re getting close! That’s the thing to observe. We are already in chapter thirty seven. A good portion of chapter thirty seven has already been fulfilled. Israel does exist as a nation. It happened in our lifetime! They are there now as a nation. So we’re in chapter thirty seven as far as biblical prophecy is concerned. These are things that are happening today, and are going to be happening in the near future. Cause for real excitement and joy in the heart of every believer!
They shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob [They are dwelling in the land!] the land where your fathers dwelt; 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. [“He shall reign for ever, and ever, King of kings, and Lord of lords, upon the throne of David, to order it, and to establish it in judgment and in righteousness from henceforth, even for ever.”] Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them (37:26);
That has not yet happened, and the next chapter tells of this great conflict that they are going to be faced with. In fact there’s probably two more great conflicts, the one in chapter thirty eight, and then the great battle of Armageddon which will culminate in the return of Jesus Christ. It is during the, that great battle of Armageddon of which Israel will not be necessarily a primary participant. Israel will be a primary participant in the battle that we will study next week. But the battle of Armageddon will be primarily the forces of the west under the Antichrist, facing the forces of the east, the forces from the rising sun, China, and the east who will be moving and will meet there in the valley of Megiddo, the final conflict. So after that, He will make His covenant of peace with them.
it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: I will place them and multiply them, and set my sanctuary in the midst of them for ever (37:26).
The, the world is about to face the darkest hours in the history of man. We’re, we’re on the border. We’re already beginning to see little hints, and inklings of, of what the future holds for the world, and it’s extremely bleak. But it doesn’t end there for the child of God. After the dark hours that are coming, the judgment of God upon the earth, then there is coming that glorious kingdom of God upon the earth, and the reign of Jesus Christ! This everlasting covenant, the peace covenant that God will make. “And there will be peace like a river”, the scripture said, “He will be called the Prince of peace”. God will make the covenant with their children, and their children’s children for ever. A covenant of peace. Then God said…
My tabernacle also shall be with them (37:27):
The tent, the dwellingplace, the encampment, God will dwell with His people. God Himself shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and they shall hunger no more, nor sorrow no more, there shall be no more pain, no more suffering, no more death, the former things are passed away!” There is such a glorious, and beautiful hope for the future for the child of God! It’s, it defies our imagination! The things that God has prepared for those who love Him, those who have surrendered to His authority.
I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [How beautiful!] And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore (37:27-28).
There is a segment of the church today that has written Israel off. They say that the church is Israel, and that these promises all belong to the church. That, God is through with Israel as a nation. Unfortunately, this teaching has created even within the church some anti-Semitism. To take that position is to thoroughly mess up your whole understanding of prophecy and you get so mixed up that you have to start spiritualizing so many different things that it, the Bible then doesn’t make sense, and it doesn’t mean what it says at all. It’s, it’s totally left for interpretation and, and fancy spiritualization.
When you start spiritualizing the text, it’s easy to then start reading into the text, whatever you want it to say. Because all you do is make it spiritual of just what you want it to be! You can take anything and spiritualize it, and read something into it! “Oh Mother Hubbard what’s in the cupboard?” “Can you picture that poor old woman going to the cupboard? When she got there the cupboard was bare, shame! The bare cupboard represents our lives that so often they’re barren, they’re empty, there’s nothing there! People come, to receive something, we have nothing to give them!”, you know! You start spiritualizing, and you make it mean anything!
When you start spiritualizing Israel to be the church, then you’ve got God sealing a hundred and forty four thousand to be spared some of the judgments of the great tribulation. So that’s you know, the church being spared, the church being sealed, a hundred and forty four thousand, that becomes a symbolic number of course, and then twelve thousand from each tribe. Well, that’s a little more difficult to spiritualize that, but you know, twelve becomes a spiritual, it becomes a symbolic number, and tribes become symbolic. You know, you lose the meaning completely! Thus when they’ve tried to spiritualize Israel as the church.
God has yet unfinished business with the nation of Israel. God has made a covenant with Israel that He is going to keep! As God said in Jeremiah, “If you can break my covenant with day and night, so that there would not be day and night in their seasons, then you can break my covenant that I have made with Israel, and my servant David”. So don’t fall into that trap! God is yet to work among His people, the nation of Israel.
There’s a separate place for the church, and a separate work for the church, and a separate position for the church. I wouldn’t trade my position in the church for the position that Israel has! I’m the bride of Christ! I’m a son of God through Jesus Christ! If a son, then an heir, joint heir with Jesus Christ! I wouldn’t trade that for the position that Israel has! So take the position that God has given to you and enjoy it! Don’t worry about what God’s gonna do for Israel. He’s got His own program of Israel, and He’s gonna be faithful to keep His word, and His promises to them. We’ll see more of that as we move on into Ezekiel, and we look towards the future.
Next week, some exciting stuff as we, we find now just the events that were, will precipitate this whole revival spiritually, and will bring that marvelous work of God upon the nation of Israel once more, when God puts His Spirit upon them. You see the body is there and so forth, but there’s no spiritual life there yet, that’s gonna come. We see the events that bring it to pass in our lesson next week.
Shall we pray?
Father we thank You again for your marvelous word! Lord as, as we look at the world today, and we can see Lord these very things prophesied twenty five hundred years ago, and we see them! We marvel, we’re astounded! Lord it leads us just to worship You! The great God, the Creator of the universe, who knows the end from the beginning, and has declared things before they come to pass, so that when they come to pass you may know that the Lord indeed has spoken! Lord, thank You that we’re not called to blind faith, but You have given us a ground, and a basis for faith, in Your Word. Now Lord, may we go forth, in faith, to obey Your commands, to be Your people, and Your representatives to this world where we live. May our light so shine before men, that when they see our good works, they will glorify You, our Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Edited & Highlighted from “The Word For Today” Transcription, Pastor Chuck Smith, Tape #7332