Ezekiel Chapter 37 Valley of Dry Bones, Sticks:Beauty and Bands

Sep 2nd, 2009 | By | Category: Ezekiel, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Ezekiel Chapter 37  Valley of Dry Bones, Sticks:Beauty and Bands

Ezek. 37:1 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,

Ezek. 37:2 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.

Chapter 37 is known as the Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones. In verses 1 and 2 God took an interesting approach with Ezekiel. The prophet was shown the valley, but that was not enough. He had to travel all the way around the valley and really observe and be impressed with the fact that it was FULL of bones and the bones were VERY DRY.

Probably Ezekiel was transported to this valley by means of a vision or a trance. His seizure by the Holy Spirit, a private experience not shared by the people, did not necessarily occur at night—it could have happened during the day. At any rate, Ezekiel felt this experience. What do the “dry bones” suggest? Not only was there no life, but the bones had had no life for a long time. They were like the bones in Egypt dating from the Persian Empire under Cambyses II at the Amenehat Pyramid, that is, thousands of years old and very dry.

Ezekiel had to pass around the valley in order to have the scene impressed upon him. He saw “very many [dry bones] in the open valley [a broad expanse of valley, not just a gorge].” The implication is that the bones were scattered throughout the valley, and this disposition is significant for the antitype.

Valley of Dry Bones

Valley of Dry Bones

Ezek. 37:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

When God asked Ezekiel, “Can these bones live?” the prophet replied, “Thou knowest.” Ezekiel’s words show he had faith that if God wanted the bones to live, they would. He knew God had the answer. He also realized there was something behind this question, for it would take a miracle for very dry bones to live.

Ezek. 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.

Ezek. 37:5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

God not only told Ezekiel to speak (prophesy) to the dry bones but gave him the exact words to say. Ezekiel had to address the bones with the authority of God and as if the bones could actually hear him. The prophet manifested faith and courage by speaking directly and loudly—as a trumpet. He spoke with authority: “O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

Behold, I [God] will cause breath [wind, spirit, Hebrew ruach] to enter into you, and ye shall live.” Various phases of development are given in the next few verses, but God’s motive is seen here: to cause Israel to live. When Israel lives, the nation will be endued with POWER.

Ezek. 37:6 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.

The order of development in giving “breath” to these bones is as follows: sinews, flesh, skin (epidermis), and breath (spirit). The breath, though mentioned first in verse 5, would be given last. In other words, the objective was the breath. Then verse 6 shows the stages of development, the sequence. Sinews hold the bones together; they draw the separate bones into one cohesive whole with flexibility, coordination, and locomotion. The flesh, the meat part of the body, is a symbol of material prosperity. The skin, which includes nerves, is a protection for the flesh from the air and irritants. Skin is a symbol of Israel’s external recognition as a nation or power, which occurred in 1948.

Ezek. 37:7 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.

As the process began to happen, Ezekiel first heard a noise, then a “shaking,” an earthquake—an ominous sound that showed the prophecy would be fulfilled under troublesome conditions (persecutions, pogroms, and hatred directed against the Jews that caused them to turn to Palestine/Israel). The migration to Israel was something like the settlers who came to America, an unknown land, under difficult conditions, leaving behind possessions in order to gain liberty.

While the shaking occurred in the vision, the scattered bones came together into many human skeletons. In fulfillment the “bones” were collected out of the various lands and came together in Palestine.

Ezek. 37:8 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.

Next, sinews or ligaments covered the bones, followed by flesh or muscle, and then skin.

Now Ezekiel saw many complete bodies, but no life, no breath.

This process is analogous to Adam’s creation. He was perfectly formed step by step from the dust of the ground (given flesh, skin, etc.). The last step was when God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and Adam became a living soul. (Life begins when the breath enters the organism.) Hence, although Israel was formed earlier, the nation will not live until the “breath” is imparted, a stage still future.

The viable life of the fetus does not take place until it leaves the womb, and the Valley of Dry Bones vision is one proof. It is true that life does occur in the womb, but it is only cellular life. For instance, when one dies, the cells are still alive. Some cells decay quickly, within hours, but others (such as hair and fingernail cells) may take weeks, months, or even years to die depending on factors like climate, entombment, and the moisture content of the tomb. Moreover, all cells in a person’s body are replaced every seven years but in stages. Hence every cell in the body dies in seven years, but the individual himself—the viable life—does not die, just his cells. Abortionists and antiabortionists do not know where to draw the line, but the Bible has the answer.

The sinews were the various organizations for trade, kibbutzim, etc., that resulted in wealth, but even today there is still no breath. The nation cannot get the peace they want.

When Israel dwells without walls in the near future, the seeming peace will be a false security, for God is the One who will give them breath in His due time.

In summary, then, Ezekiel saw many human bodies that had no breath, no life. What an impressive motion picture to see as the bones came together and the bodies formed!

Ezek. 37:9 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.

Ezek. 37:10 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.

Although God told Ezekiel what to do, it was actually God who caused the breath to come into the bodies. He instructed Ezekiel to address the invisible wind and prophesy, “O wind, O breath, come from the four winds [the four breaths come from the north eventually], and breathe into these slain bodies, breathe into the lungs of these corpses, so that they will live.”

As Ezekiel complied, the human bodies not only came alive but stood up on their feet. From a prone position, they stood up and constituted an “exceeding great army” in this big, open valley. What a very strange vision! Ezekiel would have wondered what was happening. A resuscitation was being implied—literally from the grave as well as figuratively as a nation. The Holy Remnant will hear earlier, but the nation must hear after Jacob’s Trouble.

Ezek. 37:11 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.

Now God explained the vision to Ezekiel. The vision symbolically represented that in the Diaspora the people of Israel would be scattered throughout Europe and elsewhere. Those Jews who returned to Jerusalem after the 70 years’ captivity thought this prophecy pertained to them, and the prophecy did include them, but a much greater dispersion occurred in AD 69–70. In fact, in this latter dispersion, Jews were even separated from their

families and sold as slaves. (Incidentally, the Anglo-Israelite theory has some credibility in that there are evidences of Jewish names foreign to the native population. The Jewish people were so capable that some left an impression—such as their names. However, other parts of the Anglo-Israelite theory are erroneous.)

A popular saying among the Jews was, “We are without hope, and our bones are dry.” They likened themselves to dry bones because of their experiences. What hope did a separated family have of being reunited? None. As time went on, the Jews felt their national polity was forever lost. God used such statements to show that He will miraculously restore the Jews to their former condition.

In these verses the Hebrew ruach could just as appropriately have been translated “wind,” “breath,” or “spirit.” In verse 9 the King James translators probably wanted to emphasize the oxygen or air, so they used “wind.” The corpses needed to be oxygenated so that they would be rejuvenated and live. Wind, breath, and spirit all pertain to air in one form or another.

Ezek. 37:12 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.

The prophecy continued: “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.” A “grave” can be either in the ground or on top of the ground, for the “grave” is the condition of death, and not necessarily a place. One who dies in an explosion and is blown to bits is still considered to be “in the grave.”

Ezek. 37:13 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,

Ezek. 37:14 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.

The word “spirit” is the Hebrew ruach again. The variations in translation help to give meaning to the vision. “Spirit” is a good word here, for “breath” makes the organism live, but “spirit” indicates a consecrated life.

Verses 12–14 are proof that the infusion of breath is still future, as well as the opening of the graves (although the return from Diaspora has been a partial fulfillment). Israel will then know that Jehovah is the Lord—and that He has both prophesied and performed their revival as a nation.

There are two thoughts with regard to the opening of the graves:

1. The Jews were in various nations throughout the Diaspora, being prisoners without hope and cut off from God. They were (and are) called from these nations to go back to Israel. But this explanation is only part of the picture. The nation cannot fully come out from the grave until after Jacob’s Trouble when the breath of life is given. Even though Jews are back in the land, they are considered sojourners until they pass under the rod and a Holy Remnant survives. The sinew, flesh, and skin developments came after they were back in Israel for a while, and the breath will come after Jacob’s Trouble. The point is that the nation does not come from the grave like Lazarus—in a moment. Israel’s coming out of the grave is a long process. The bones do not come out from the other nations as a whole organism but piecemeal.

2. Each bone represents one person. When collected, the bones represent people (plural), and eventually the people represent the nation.

Additional Explanation of Verses 7–9

Ezek. 37:7 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.

The bones began to come together from 1878 on, contemporaneous with the Zionist movement and the preparation work preceding it, beginning with Petatikva (“Door of Hope”), established in 1878, the first Jewish colony in Palestine after almost 2,000 years. An organized, concentrated effort to return to Israel and settle there is indicated by the bones’ forming into human skeletons.

The “noise” and “shaking” (earthquake) refer to persecutions, pogroms, and trouble that led to the Jews’ migrating back to Israel. “Behold, I will send for many fishers [the Zionist movement], saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters [pogroms of Russia, persecutions under Hitler, etc.], and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks” (Jer. 16:16). The cruel “hunters” woke up the Jews to see that they had to do something in order to survive, for Hitler’s intent was to exterminate them.

More specifically, the “hunters” were the leading personalities in connection with the pogroms and the persecutions, such as Stalin and Hitler. Examples of “fishers” are Herzl, who preached Zionism, and Chaim Weizmann during World War 1, who saved Britain by making dynamite from garbage. In gratitude England viewed with favor the establishment of a homeland in Palestine for the Jews.

Ezek. 37:8 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.

1. Sinews go into the flesh like the roots of a tree. At first the sinews were just laid on the bones, but later they were attached to the flesh. The sinews picture organization, recolonization, and activities such as building houses and draining swamps for farmlands.

2. Flesh pictures temporal prosperity and increase.

3. Skin shows statehood, recognition as a nation from man’s standpoint (from 1948 on), UN membership.

When the “breath” or spirit enters, the earthly rulers of God’s government will be the Ancient Worthies, the “princes in all the earth,” who will have their headquarters in Jerusalem (Psa. 45:16).

Ezek. 37:9 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.

The breath stage of development is still future. When the Kingdom is established, God will infuse breath, or spirit, into Israel, and the nation will LIVE under the New Covenant with POWER.

Comment: It is remarkable to consider what happened to Israel in the 70 years from 1878 to 1948.

Reply: A 2,000-year separated condition is now being reversed.

It is helpful to compare Israel’s going back after the 70 years of desolation with the present return from Diaspora. After the 70 years, the people’s building efforts were directed to their houses, not to the Temple. As a result, the Prophet Haggai and others scolded the people. Cyrus had given permission to rebuild the Temple, but the Israelites were preoccupied with building their personal houses. Zechariah and Haggai got the people to bestir themselves, and then, under the leadership of Zerubbabel, Joshua the high priest, Ezra, and Nehemiah, the rebuilding of the Temple was accomplished. Organization was needed. First, the Temple platform was built and then the structure itself, but the city lacked walls for its protection and the protection of the Temple until Nehemiah’s day. Therefore, it took nearly a century, from 536 until 454 BC, for the walls to be built and the Jews to be really established. The wall was built in 52 days (Neh. 6:15).

Some would say the breath has already entered Israel, pointing out Israel’s recognition as a nation, winning wars, etc., but Israel has not yet been recognized in the sense of this prophecy. Not until God’s spirit enters Israel will the nation live, and the entering of God’s spirit will mean consecration. After Jacob’s Trouble, the Holy Remnant will consecrate, turn to the Lord. God will pour out His spirit (“the spirit of grace and of supplications”) upon the Holy Remnant (Zech. 12:10). The process will start with repentance and a mourning for Jesus as for an only son. At that time they will know that God is God, that He has opened their graves and saved them (Ezek. 37:13,14).

Q: How does the spirit (or breath) come from the “four winds”?

A: The term “four winds” is used in Daniel 7:2; 11:4 and Revelation 7:1 to pertain to the  Time of Trouble on the world, whereas Ezekiel 37:9 is a picture of Israel, specifically Jacob’s Trouble. It is like a zoom lens that has a wide focus on the world and then concentrates a close-up focus on Israel. The loosing of the four winds (the fallen angels) will occur in Jacob’s Trouble. Stated another way, the loosing of the four winds will precipitate the climax of the Time of Trouble. The intent of the fallen angels will be to destroy God’s handiwork.

Since the true Church will be gone when the fallen angels are fully loosed, their target will be the Jews. If those days were permitted to be prolonged, no flesh would survive, for the fallen angels are vengeance-prone. First, Satan and the fallen angels will dispatch the Great Company, who must die before the Ancient Worthies are raised perfect. Christ’s merit, which has been loaned out to Christians, must first be released and paid over to Justice for the world before it can be used for the Ancient Worthies. Therefore, the first evidence that this has occurred will be the resurrection of the Ancient Worthies.

Q: Are the four winds of Ezekiel 37:9 different from the four winds of Revelation 7:1?

A: Yes, in that the fallen angels will be only partially loosened at first. Proof texts that Ezekiel 37:9 pertains to the judgment of the fallen angels are Jude 6 and 2 Peter 2:4.

Satan will be on hand for the Great Company, but a very, very short time later the fallen angels will be loosed en masse, coming in “like a flood” (Isa. 59:19). When the fallen angels are fully loosed, real trouble will break out, for they will cause more trouble than Gog. Following this “wind,” the graves will be opened in regard to the Ancient Worthies and their helpers.

It can be said, then, that Israel will be born in great trouble. God has promised, “Though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished” (Jer. 30:11). Saviors (plural) will come out of Zion to rescue Israel (Obadiah 21).

Why did God use Ezekiel to prophesy? God uses human instruments. Hence He will use an “Ezekiel” class to prophesy at the end of the age. John the Revelator also represents a class: the last feet members. In the Book of Revelation an angel (an individual) instructed him.

Another aspect of John’s life, the fact that he was the last living apostle, also indicates he represents a class. Likewise, John the Baptist represents mainly a class. The Lord’s people can with authority proclaim Jacob’s Trouble—the last wave of anguish to come over the Jewish people—and how the forces of Gog will come down and Jehovah will intervene to save Israel. In an early chapter of the Book of Ezekiel, Bro. Russell is shown as the man (an individual) with the writer’s inkhorn (9:2,3). Toward the end of the Book of Ezekiel, a man (an individual) is shown measuring the Temple with a line of flax and a reed (40:2,3).

Ezek. 37:15 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

Ezek. 37:16 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:

Ezekiel was instructed to dramatize another lesson before the captives in exile. He was to take two sticks. On one stick he wrote “For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions.” On the second stick he wrote, “For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions.”

Ezek. 37:17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.

Ezek. 37:18 And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not show us what thou meanest by these?

Ezek. 37:19 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.

The stick of Joseph was in the hand of Ephraim, and the implication is that the other stick was in the hand of Judah. In other words, Ezekiel had one stick in each hand. To dramatize the lesson, he put the two sticks together, pulled them apart, put them together, etc. It was as if the sticks were in the hand of the Lord, for God’s hand would be involved in the uniting of the two sticks, in the reunion.

Why does the account say, “Joseph … in the hand of Ephraim”? Joseph had two sons: Ephraim and Manasseh. In Moses’ deathbed prophecy, Ephraim, the second-born, got the better or chief blessing. Joseph was honored by a double representation (two sons represented two separate tribes). What were the two blessings? “the ten thousands of Ephraim” versus “the thousands of Manasseh”; that is, Ephraim’s blessing was ten times greater than Manasseh’s (Deut. 33:17). Both were fruitful, but Ephraim was far more fruitful.

The term “in the hand of” means “in the power of” or “under the king of.” After King Solomon’s death, in the days of Jeroboam and Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, the nation of Israel was divided. The ten-tribe kingdom was called Ephraim, and the two-tribe kingdom, consisting of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, was known as Judah. The two divisions were like two separate countries with two capitals, two kings, and two centers for religious worship. The picture here in Ezekiel 37 is that the hand of God would bring the two together. The two sticks would become one stick, their union being a miracle.

Q: Back in verse 16, what do the expressions “Judah, and … his companions” and “Ephraim, and … his companions” mean?

A: The ten tribes went into captivity about 150 years before the two tribes. The ten- and two tribe kingdoms were separate before captivity, and they were taken into captivity at different times. Ezekiel was among the ten tribes, who were in captivity much longer than the two tribes.

When, much earlier, some inhabitants of the ten tribes saw the golden calves of Dan and Bethel that Jeroboam had erected, they moved to Judah and settled there. Moreover, the 55,000 Jews (out of approximately 2 million people) who returned to Israel from Babylonian captivity under Ezra in 536 BC were almost all from Judah.

Ezek. 37:20 And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.

Verses 20–28 had a partial fulfillment in 536 BC, but the great preponderance of the prophecy is still future. Nevertheless, this prophecy was comforting to the Israelites in Babylon during the 70-year captivity.

The Israelites wept by the waters of Babylon during the 70 years. “How can we sing a song in Babylon?” was their question or sentiment. Jeremiah’s Lamentations are like a doleful song—a song of the blues. Many died in captivity. Then, when the 70 years had elapsed, Cyrus’s decree came suddenly one day. How startling! It took Daniel to inspire the people, but it was Jeremiah’s writings predicting the 70 years that inspired Daniel. (The fact that Daniel predicted the 70 weeks is interesting.)

Ezek. 37:21 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:

Ezek. 37:22 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:

”One king shall be king to them all.” This statement about Israel’s having one king is proof the prophecy is still future in its primary fulfillment, for following the return in 536 BC, Zerubbabel was their governor. Also, most of the returnees were from Judah, whereas this prophecy equally stresses the second stick, that is, Israel, the ten tribes. Most of the Jews who returned were from Judah and Benjamin because their former territory had been Jerusalem and its environs. The Levites went back because Hebron, a Levitical city, was in the permissible area. And those from Simeon returned because their territory consisted of scattered cities in Judah. Of those who returned, the people had mixed motives. Some had pure religious motives, some had partial religious motives, and some just wanted to get to the homeland. However, since only the one “stick” really went back after the expiration of the 70 years, the primary fulfillment of this prophecy is yet future.

Incidentally, the Pastor uses verses 20–28 to refute the Anglo-Israelite theory. The 12 tribes will be one nation. This prophecy was only partially fulfilled after the Babylonian captivity. The real regathering as one nation is taking place now and will continue in the future, after Jacob’s Trouble.

Ezek. 37:23 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 their God.

Verse 23 probably had an impact on Ezra, who would have applied these Scriptures to the return of the Jews in 536 BC. They were not to defile themselves with idols or transgressions; they were to be cleansed. Ezra even commanded that they put away their foreign wives and go back and start afresh. In Babylon the Jews did learn to get rid of their idols.

Ezek. 37:24 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.

“David,” meaning “beloved,” refers to Jesus. This prophecy will be fulfilled when Jesus reigns in the Kingdom. Ezekiel 34:23 and 37:24 suggest that the literal David may be the first Ancient Worthy to preside over and be in charge at Jerusalem. Another hint is the term the “sure mercies of David” (Isa. 9:7; 55:3).

Ezek. 37:25 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.

Ezek. 37:26 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.

Another clue that this prophecy pertains to the future is that God “will make a covenant of peace with them; … an everlasting covenant.” This is a reference to the New Covenant.

Ezek. 37:27 “My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Ezek. 37:28 And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

Verses 26–28 refer to Ezekiel’s Temple with the terms “sanctuary” and “tabernacle.” “And I … will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.” “My tabernacle also shall be with them.” “My sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.” When the Israelites returned in 536 BC, a temple (the Second Temple, Zerubbabel’s, which was enlarged into Herod’s Temple) was built, but it was destroyed in AD 69–70. The “sanctuary” described here will be “for evermore.” Moreover, the true regathering is occurring in our day, as proven by the preceding vision of the Valley of Dry Bones in this very same chapter.

The Third Temple will be a temporary expedient for the Kingdom Age; that is, although the Temple structure will remain forever, the sacrifices will cease at the end of the Millennium. The sacrifices will be literal—they will be a memorial—but just as the sacrifices of the Tabernacle under the Mosaic Law ceased, so those of the Third Temple will also cease.

Verse 27 sounds like Revelation 21:3. A great voice out of heaven said, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” The “tabernacle” is God’s dwelling place; He will be in that structure.

The rebuilding of the Temple will be quickly performed after Jacob’s Trouble and after the New Covenant is made. Ezekiel Chapters 38 and 39 tell of the BLAST that will take place in Israel, for Old Jerusalem and the Dome of the Rock must be demolished to make room for the new Jerusalem. Ezekiel Chapters 40–47 provide details of the Third Temple, and Chapter 48 describes how Jerusalem will be rebuilt, the geographical relationship of the city to the Temple, the disposition of the land immediately around the city, and how the 12 tribes will be situated.

Sequential, verse-by-verse Bible studies are essential for understanding such details. For example, Chapters 38 and 39, pertaining to Jacob’s Trouble, expand upon the “four winds” of Ezekiel 37:9. From Chapter 36 to the end of the book, the prophecies in Ezekiel are future in their fulfillment. There are still many details in Scripture that man has not even really touched upon. God has provided messengers for dispensational truth, but for details of dispensational truth (and especially as time goes on), we must search the Word itself.

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  1. This story teaches us that we must obey God to follow to the right direction as we live.
    Its a good story and is perfect for a story to little kids.

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  2. […] We see this same promise with the Valley of Dry bones, which takes place when Jesus cast off Israel in 33AD and the fig tree withered. But in that prophecy, we see that they are brought back to life. The same with the two sticks, of the same chapter: Ezekiel 37. (see our verse by verse study on Ezekiel Chapter 37) […]

  3. […] To understand the significance of the Valley of Dry Bones, see our verse by verse study in Ezekiel chapter 37 […]

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