1 The 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. 3 And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”
Remember in chapter 8 how the Lord supernaturally transported Ezekiel, lifting him up by a lock of his hair and transporting him to Jerusalem? It seems here that we have another supernatural transportation to a valley full of bones. I love Ezekiel’s response to The Lord, ”Oh Lord God, You know.”. We would do very well in our lives to surrender our thoughts and understanding of things directly to the Lord.
Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!
We are going to see THREE stages of these bones; 1) They were dead, scattered bones, absolutely no life in them; 2) They came together, flesh and skin upon them, yet still no life; 3) They were made alive. Keep these three stages in mind as you read through this prophecy.
The nations also will know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.
There are a lot of dead bones in the world today…in fact there are a lot of dead bones in the church. 1 John 5:12, He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. It is only Jesus who can make ‘Dead Bones Alive’. Praise God for that!
1 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 and say, “Thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.
The first thing we must do, in understanding this prophecy is seek to understand who Ezekiel is referring to. Both Ezekiel and Zechariah prophesy about the rebirth of Israel in the last days which we saw in CH 37. When we looked at the Dry Bones coming alive, the Dry Bones represented Israel.
Ezekiel 37:12, 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. We will see that this leader of Magog, will join with Muslim nations to destroy Jerusalem and at that time; Iran, Persia, Ethiopia and Libya will unite against Jerusalem, which is precisely what we see building today.
Chapters 38 & 39 are difficult chapters to understand. I would encourage you to get a trustworthy commentary to better understand it, or take some time to listen to the study I did on it. Here is the link to that study: Ezekiel 38 & 39.
Surely it is coming, and it shall be done,” says the Lord God. “This is the day of which I have spoken.
We can take great comfort in all of the things that are written in the Scriptures, that all of them will come to pass.
2 Peter 2:1
1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.
Not only were there false prophets among the people in Peter’s day, but so it is today. They are all around us. We must rely on the Holy Spirit to direct us away from such false teaching. He will be faithful to do it.
2 Peter 2:21
For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.
I cringe when I think of turning away from the Lord after having known it. I cannot imagine doing such a thing, but know that it happens all of the time. May God help us to guard our hearts from this ever happening.