Lately I have been singing and meditating on a song by Chris Tomlin called ‘Awake My Soul’. It is a very stirring song and is based on the scripture of Ezekiel 37. It has caused me to go back to the scriptures and study it again. It is a prophetic vision that Ezekiel sees of a valley strewn with dry bones. The Lord asks Ezekiel if these bones can become living people again. God then tells him to prophesy to the bones. Ezekiel prophesies life and breath. Then one of the most graphic images in the Bible happens ‘Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons’ (Ezekiel 37:7). Imagine seeing that! The bones came together then muscles and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them. Once more Ezekiel prophesies to the breath and they come to life and stand to their feet - a great army.
The most stunning part of this amazing prophecy is the 4 verses that follow. I want you to get it, so this is what happens next: Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones represent the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones - all hope is gone. Our nation is finished’. Therefore prophesy to them and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel. When this happens, O my people, you will know that I am the Lord. I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes the Lord has spoken’”.
The vision that Ezekiel was having was of our day. Israel has come to life and it is standing on its feet, as a great army. Israel has become a nation again after so many centuries in exile. Even today thousands of Jews are returning to the land of Israel from all the nations of the earth. This passage in Ezekiel is just one of many passages from both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible that shows the heart of God to restore the nation of Israel.
Two thousand years ago Jesus Christ came to Israel to bring the message of salvation to the Jewish people. The message of salvation was later extended through Paul and Peter to the Gentiles (all who were not Jews). The universal Church will not be complete until Jew and Gentile come together as one in Christ. The Sovereign Lord is one who is faithful. His Word will be fulfilled. His purposes are to make His Bride, the Church, both Jew and Gentile, complete and ready for His return. My encouragement to you today, wherever you are, is to hear God’s heartbeat for the restoration of His Church and to do whatever it is He lays on your heart. And we all pray: May your Kingdom come and may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Prayer: Sovereign Lord, we stand in awe of you that you can make dry bones live. We praise you that you are fulfilling your prophecy through Ezekiel and that Israel is rising again, a great army. We align ourselves with your purposes to make your Bride, the Church, both Jew and Gentile, complete and ready for your return. Come Lord Jesus. Amen.
"Speak a prophetic message and say, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.” So I spoke as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet - a great army."
Ezekiel 37:9b-10, NLT
Lynda Scott was first introduced to Ellel Ministries at a conference led by Peter and Fiona Horrobin in 1996 when she was miraculously healed following a devastating accident. Lynda has continued her association with Ellel Ministries over the years and has recently written her story “Lynda: From Accident & Trauma to Healing & Wholeness.” She lives in Australia with her husband Leigh and 3 young children, working both as a full time mother and helping her husband with the administration of their beef cattle farm.
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