Resurrection of a Nation after 2000yrs

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Resurrection of a Nation after 2000yrs

Resurrection of a Nation

The Nation of Israel Re-Born in 1948In this Article John Shepley shows that the rebirth of the nation of Israel was foretold by God’s prophets and here he examines this remarkable prophecy.

Ezekiel’s Predictions

God said this to the last king of Judah, through His prophet Ezekiel:

“Now to you, O profane, wicked prince of Israel, whose day has come, whose iniquity shall end, thus says the Lord GOD; remove the turban, and take off the crown; nothing shall remain the same. Exalt the humble, and humble the exalted. Overthrown, overthrown, I will make it overthrown! It shall be no longer, until he comes whose right it is; and I will give it to him” (Ezekiel 21:25-27).

These words were spoken just prior to the final onslaught on the nation of Israel by the Babylonians, in 586 BC.

This time the Babylonians destroyed the city and took all its surviving inhabitants into captivity. It was the end of the Kingdom of God on earth, after more than 400 years – ever since King Saul was appointed to rule over God’s people.

There would never again be a native king ruling over the nation of Israel until, as Ezekiel prophesied, one came whose right it is to rule when God will give the kingdom to him. This, of course, is the Lord Jesus Christ for the kingdom has long been promised to him, as the angel said to his mother Mary:

“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. And he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:30–33).

National Resurrection

Even though the Jews returned from Babylon 70 years after the first wave of captives was taken away, for the rest of their time as a nation, apart from a brief period following the Maccabean revolt, they were subject to foreign powers until they were overthrown again by the Romans in AD70. When Jerusalem was destroyed again the Jewish people were dispersed into all countries of the world and that dispersion lasted for nearly 2000 years.

Ezekiel was one of those taken captive to Babylon, and God gave this exiled Jew a remarkable vision of a national resurrection of Israel that would take place in the latter days.

This remarkable prophecy is in Ezekiel Chapter 37. He sees a valley which is full of very dry human bones and then something quite remarkable happens:

Ezekeil Dry Bones ProphecyThe hand of the Lord came upon me and brought

me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered,

“O Lord God, You know.” Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 37:1–6).

Bone to Bone

The prophecy goes on to describe how Ezekiel prophesied as he was commanded and with a great rattling sound the bones came together, bone to bone, and then they were covered with sinews, and then flesh, and then skin. But there was no breath in them.

He was then told:

“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 may live... So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army (Ezekiel 37:9–10).

It must have been quite a sight. In verses 11 to 14 the prophecy is explained in precise detail. It shows in very graphic picture language the revival of the nation of Israel in two distinct stages.

Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God:

“Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it,” says the Lord’” (Ezekiel 37:11–14).

One Nation

This prophecy began to be fulfilled with the return of the Jews to the land. They are now once again a nation in the land of their forefathers. As we have already seen in this series, the rebirth of the nation of Israel is something which is unique among the nations. No other nation on earth has maintained a national identity after more than 1800 years of exile. In this the Jews are an incredible witness to the accuracy of Bible prophecy and the truth that the Scriptures are indeed the Word of the Living God. But God’s spirit is not yet in them.

Verses 15 to 20 go on to describe how the divided nation would become one in the land. This division occurred during the reign of Solomon’s son Rehoboam (in 931 BC) after which there were two nations: the ten-tribe nation of Israel in the north of the land and the two-tribe nation of Judah in the south.

Now Ezekiel was told that this long established national division would come to an end, for: Thus says the Lord God:

“Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again. They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God. David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever (Ezekiel 37:21–25).

Not Yet

Israel is not as yet a repentant nation. Its people do not generally seek after the God of their fathers nor do they, as a nation, accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their Messiah. That is still to come as we shall see later in this series. The very fact that the first part of the prophecy has been fulfilled, against all odds, is a guarantee that the second part will also be fulfilled in exact detail.

We know that this extraordinary prophecy applies to the time of the end, and not to the return of the captives from Babylon during the reign of Cyrus the Persian, for a number of reasons, including that:

·       The people knew that they were to be in captivity to the Babylonians for a period of 70 years (Jeremiah 25:11,12; 29:10).  In no way does the dry and hopeless position referred to in the prophecy describe such a relatively short period of time.

·       When this national resurrection eventually takes place they will dwell in the land forever.

·       Never again will they turn away from the God of their fathers.

·       They will have a king over them who will reign forever.

It is truly a remarkable prophecy which also demonstrates to us that we are indeed living at the Time of the End and that the Coming of the Lord Jesus, − when he returns to rule over the world – cannot be far away.

 

By John Shepley