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Monday, November 30 2015

Ezekiel 37: When The LORD Will Raise All Of The Dead

"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, And shall put My Spirit in you, and ye shall live"

Humanity is awaiting two joyous resurrections to salvation (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). The first resurrection, on the day of the Messiah's return, will be to spirit (to understand why that resurrection will be to spirit, see The Feast Of Trumpets: The First Christian Salvation Day). The second resurrection, of everyone else, will be a restoration of their physical lives (to understand why it will be a restoration of their physical lives, see The Eighth Day: Living Waters).

Included among the great physical resurrection of all of humanity will be a vast number of Israelites, those who were not in the first resurrection, as described by the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) to Ezekiel in the famous "valley of dry bones" prophecy.

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"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, 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. 37:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live?

And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

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

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. 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.

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. 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.

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. 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. 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, 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." (Ezekiel 37:1-14 KJV)

That time will also mark the reunification of the divided kingdoms of "Israel" and "Judah" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah) into the united kingdom of Israel (see the Fact Finder question below).

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

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

37:18 And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these? 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. 37:20 And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes. 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: 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: 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.

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. 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. 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. 37:27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 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." (Ezekiel 37:15-28 KJV)

Fact Finder: What happened to the united kingdom of all of the tribes of Israel? How and when will they become one again?
See How Many Kings Reigned In The United Kingdom? and When Will The United Kingdom Be Restored?


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This Day In History, November 30

1016: King Edmund II of England died. He became known as "Ironside" for his defense of England against the invading Danes under Canute (or "Knut"). Canute's forces eventually won however, and made the Danish/Polish Viking Canute the king of England for 20 years, during which the pro-Rome Canute made England into a territory of the so-called Holy Roman Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

Cnut 1215: The Fourth Lateran Council ended. Convened by Pope Innocent III, it made the first official use of the Church of Rome's man-made doctrine of "transubstantiation."

1554: Under Queen Mary (Mary Tudor - "Bloody Mary") Roman Catholicism was restored to England for a short time. Mary had Thomas Cranmer, Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley and nearly 300 other Protestant leaders burned at the stake.

1700: A Swedish force of 8,000 under King Charles XII defeated 50,000 Russians at the Battle of Narva. The Russian loses were 10,000, while Sweden lost 600. Charles died on this date, in 1718, while invading Norway.

1718: Sweden's King Charles XII died during the siege of the fortress Fredriksten in Norway.

1786: Peter Leopold Joseph of Habsburg-Lorraine, Grand Duke of Tuscany, proclaimed a criminal justice reform policy that made his country the first to abolish the death penalty.

1803: Spain officially transferred the Louisiana Territory to France. Less than 3 weeks later, France transfered the territory to the U.S. as the Louisiana Purchase.

1824: Work began on the Welland Canal. The canal, located in the Province of Ontario, connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, bypassing Niagara Falls, enabling large ocean-going ships to access ports in Ontario, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.

1838: Mexico declared war on France after the French taking of Vera Cruz.

1853: During the Crimean War, the Russia's navy devastated much of the Turkish (i.e. Ottoman) fleet at the battle of Sinope (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1934: The British Railways steam locomotive Flying Scotsman became the first to officially exceed 100 miles per hour.

1939: Russia invaded Finland with 20 army divisions consisting of nearly 500,000 troops.

1950: U.S. President Harry Truman threatened to again use his atomic bombs (his first two uses of "the bomb" incinerated the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in which over 200,000 civilian men, women and children were killed or horribly burned), this time against North Korea. From that time on, North Korea (and a number of other nations) sought to get "the bomb" too, to defend themselves from those who threaten to destroy their country with nuclear weapons.

1983: Radio Shack began selling its Tandy computer (80186 chip).

1988: The United Nations General Assembly censured the U.S. for not providing Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat a diplomatic visa to enter New York for the sole purpose of addressing the UN (see also Where Is Palestine?).

1996: Prince Andrew returned the Stone of Scone (pronounced "scoon") to Scotland on behalf of England after exactly 700 years during a ceremony in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle. The 440 pound block of grey sandstone was the coronation seat of Scottish kings until it was carried away as war booty by King Edward I in 1296. It was placed under the coronation chair in Westminster Abbey where it has been involved in all coronations since then.





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