3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Adonai Yahweh, thou knowest.
The Valley of Dry Bones: Israel's national rebirth. What generation has ever been so privileged as ours: to see age-old prophecy of the Last Days so dramatically fulfilled and confirmed before our eyes? We dare not allow our awe and wonder to be dulled by the now familiarity of these stupendous events. Remember fifty years ago, when we excitedly counted the Jews going back one by one? This long-foretold rebirth is one of the greatest witnesses God has ever given.
Bro Growcott - Prophesies in the captivity
The two great powers of the day -- namely, Gogue, the Lord of the earth, and the Lion of Tarshish, the king of the sea, have been brought up in battle array in the region of the Dead Sea.
This state of things will have been created by the angel of the sixth vial, whose province it is to gather the kings of the earth and of the whole habitable with their armies, into the land of Israel, which is "the great wine-press of the wrath of God" (Rev. 14:19,20), for a space of 200 miles.
This will be brought about upon the same principles as the fulfilment of all other prophecies in ages past -- namely, through the policy of "the powers that be," controlled by God.
The insurrection of "the earth" in 1848, has created the situation, in which the Roman question, the German question, and the Turco-Hungarian question, have become the elements of an inevitable war throughout Europe, which will terminate in the final destruction of the Austrian empire and the Papacy, and the subjection of the Porte and the toe-kingdoms to the Autocrat.
But without some other element to, complicate affairs, things might settle down into a mere substitution of one gigantic despotism for the many lesser ones that now exist. It is necessary, therefore, that some other ingredient be introduced into the mess, in order that the course of events may be directed into an eastern channel, by which the crisis may be transferred from Europe to the Holy Land.
This political element is found in the commercial interests of Britain in India; in the importance of Syria, Palestine, and Egypt being in the possession of a friendly people to the preservation of those interests; and in the policy of colonizing Palestine with Jews, and so, attaching them to the interests of the country by which they are protected.
Thus the ascendancy of the Autocrat in Constantinople and the West, by the jeopardy
in which it puts the commerce and dominion of the Lion-power, excites the British Government to the adoption of a policy which, in its application to emergencies as they arise, elaborates the restoration of the Jews, and the resuscitation of the east.
The restoration of Israel is a most important feature in the divine economy.
It is indispensable to the setting up of the kingdom of God; for they are the kingdom, having been constituted such by the covenant of Sinai, as it is written,
"Ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation" (Exod.19:6).
The apostles understood this well enough, and so do all who understand the gospel of the kingdom. After his resurrection, Jesus conversed with them during forty days,
"speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God."
This was certainly long enough, under the instruction of such a teacher, to enable them to understand the subject well.
It took possession of their minds and hearts, and created in them a desire for its immediate establishment. Hence, they put the question to him, saying,
"Lord, wilt thou AT THIS TIME restore AGAIN the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1:3, 6).
Elpis Israel 3.6.
5 Thus saith Adonai Yahweh unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live
This declaration proclaims the intention of Yahweh in relation to Israel. The word for "breath" in the Hebrew is ruach, often rendered "spirit." It is the spirit, or the power of the Truth believed that alone can bring "life" to Israel.
"A new spirit will I put within you"— Ezk. 36:26.
The transforming influence of the spirit-truth will turn Jacob, "the supplanter," into Israel," a prince with God." Thus Ezekiel saw the breath or spirit of God enter the resurrected bodies of Israel and so energise them. Hosea similarly predicted a national resurrection of Israel (Hos. 6:1-3).
The Christadelphian Expositor
There is, then, a partial and primary restoration of Jews before the manifestation, which is to serve as the nucleus, or basis, of future operations in the restoration of the rest of the tribes after he has appeared in the kingdom. The pre-adventual colonization of Palestine will be on purely political principles; and the Jewish colonists will return in unbelief of the Messiaship of Jesus, and of the truth as it is in him.
They will emigrate thither as agriculturists and traders, in the hope of ultimately establishing their commonwealth, but more immediately of getting rich in silver and gold by commerce with India, and in cattle and goods by their industry at home under the efficient protection of the British power.
And this their expectation will not be deceived; for, before Gogue invades their country, it is described by the prophet, as
"a land of unwalled villages, whose inhabitants are at rest, and dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates; and possessed of silver and gold, cattle and goods, dwelling in the midst of the land" (Ezek. 38:11,12,13).
Now any person acquainted with the present insecure condition of Palestine under the Ottoman dominion must be satisfied from the testimony, that some other power friendly to Israel must then have become paramount over the land, which is able to guarantee protection to them, and to put the surrounding, tribes in fear. This is all that is needed, namely, security for life, and property and Palestine would be as eligible for Jewish emigration as the United States have proved for the Gentiles.
But to what part of the world shall we look for a power whose interests will make it willing as it is able to plant the ensign of civilization upon the mountains of Israel? The reader will, doubtless, anticipate my reply from what has gone before. I know not whether the men, who at present contrive the foreign policy of Britain, entertain the idea of assuming the sovereignty of the Holy Land, and of promoting its colonization by the Jews; their present intentions, however, are of no importance one way or the other; because they will be compelled, by events soon to happen, to do what, under existing circumstances, heaven and earth combined could not move them to attempt.
The present decisions of "statesmen" are destitue of stability. A shooting star in the political, firmament is sufficient to disturb all the forces of their system; and to stultify all the theories of their political astronomy. The finger of God has indicated a course to be pursued by Britain which cannot be evaded, and which her counsellors will not only be willing, but eager, to adopt when the crisis comes upon them.
Elpis Israel 3.6.
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.
Noise: Reawakening of the Hebrew nation began with aspirations of Leon Pinsker in his pamphlet 'Auto Emancipation' in 1882. The pamphlet 'Der Judenstaat' published on the front page of the Jewish Chronicle in 1896 by Theodore Herzl 1896 increased the 'noise'. Here was the breath or spirit of Zionism and the beginning of the development of Jewish self-rule and national consciousness. Increasing numbers of Zionists were migrating to Palestine
The noise continued in the following year when the first Zionist congress took place in Switzerland, 1897. In 1917 the Balfour declaration favoured the re-establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
15 The word of Yahweh came again unto me, saying,
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:
17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.
18 And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?
19 Say unto them, Thus saith Adonai Yahweh; 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.
20 And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.
21 And say unto them, Thus saith Adonai Yahweh; 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:
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:
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 dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their Elohim.
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.
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.
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.
27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their Elohim, and they shall be my people.
28 And the heathen shall know that I Yahweh do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.