Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ezekiel 36-39

I truly believe that we are in the midst of the fulfillment of these chapters in the specific chronological order given. In Ezekiel 36 the prophet is concerned primarily with the land of Israel. The land has been left desolate and abandoned, but God promises to restore the land. This happened after the 1st captivity, but it also began to happen near the beginning of the last century. The connection is found to the return of the Jews to the land. Mark Twain spent a lot of words describing the barrenness of the land of Israel in the middle 1800s. Within a hundred years it was transformed into a fertile garden by the returning Jews. Chapter 37 graphically depicts the restoration of the people of Israel. First the nation would be revived physically. The land had already been undergoing a return of the Jews for some time, just like Ezekiel 36 prophesied, when the people returned in significant numbers after the Second World War. In 1948, the nation was restored. Yet, it is not the spiritual nation Ezekiel mentions. God has yet to breathe the breath of life back into them, so we are in the middle of this being fulfilled. Ironically, it took a mountain of dry bones from the gas ovens of Nazi Germany to convince the world of a need for a place for the Jews. 36 is nearly all fulfilled and 37 is partially fulfilled, so the next portion to be fulfilled is the invasion described in the next two chapters. We are currently seeing the necessary precursor events for these prophecies come to pass. We can see the aligning of the nations today as Ezekiel mentions and this has never happened ever in history. If Magog is Russia and we know that Persia is Iran, we are seeing a predominantly godless society join together with a false religious society united only by their hatred of the restored land and people of Israel. I wonder if the destruction of their armies leads to a mass revival of truth in the land of Israel. “Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.” Ezekiel 38:23
My Friend, isn't it time you readied yourself by drawing close to Christ. His word never fails and He is truly coming soon!

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