So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.”’” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
In Ezekiel 36-37 we find the prophet of God predicting the restoration of Israel. In a vision from God, Ezekiel sees a valley of dry bones come together, stand and live! Ezekiel 37:11-12 tells us clearly that this resurrection is of the whole house of Israel, thus there is no dispute as to who the prophets speaks of, or what the miracle is.
But do we know the dual fulfillment of the prophecy and understand its gravity?
Bodily, physical fulfillment of the prophecy is perhaps easiest to recognize. Israel’s population has blossomed to about 9 million, the vast majority of whom are Jewish. Rising from the ashes of the Holocaust, Israel is not only alive, but is a thriving, successful and powerful country.
But the restoration of Israel, as prophesied in Ezekiel 36-37 (and elsewhere) is not simply a physical one. It is also a spiritual one. After all, Ezekiel 37:14 tells us the Lord will put His Spirit within them and they will come to life. That is more than physical life….that is spiritual life.
Certainly we know the prophecy has neither been fulfilled 100% physically nor spiritually. We know Jews continue to return home, and we know Jews, in general, are still not spiritually alive.
But there is great news in that regard! The Spirit of the Lord is definitely stirring and we should rejoice as we pray for His Spirit to continue falling upon the Jewish people. Here are a few prophecy-fulfilling facts:
- In 1948, there were about 10 million Jews worldwide who survived the Holocaust, about 600,000 who lived in Israel.
- Of those, it is believed only 23 believed in Yeshua the Messiah, and there were no Messianic congregations in Israel.
- By 1989, Israel’s Jewish population reached about 3.5 million and 1,200 Jewish believers attended about 30 Messianic congregations.
- Ten years later, Israel was home to 81 Messianic congregations and 5,000 believers. Israel’s Jewish population was 4.8 million.
- In 2017, at least 300 Messianic congregations could be found in Israel. Unfortunately, it has become increasingly difficult to accurately identify the number of Jewish believers, but a conservative estimate is 30,000.
As you can see, growth has been exponential, not linear. The Spirit of the Lord is moving! We know God is not done with Israel, and that His Word will prove completely true in time.
Romans 11:26 says that, ultimately, all Israel will be saved, and that passage goes on to promise this:
“The Deliverer will come from Zion,
He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.”
“This is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”
A day is coming, dear friends, when God will fulfill His promises to Israel. But guess what. That will occur after the “fullness of Gentiles” comes in. God is going to finish His plan with the Jewish people after the rapture!
We are watching the ground being laid for prophecies AFTER the rapture. Thus, we have to understand the rapture is imminent. No one knows the day of the hour, but as wise followers of Jesus, we are to know and understand the season in which we live.
The season is coming to an end. Are you ready?