However, true to my loose cannon nature, I will try to sink some boats after all, even if that means I may sink my own. What I write is certainly not infallible doctrine so I just may have Ezekiel 37 wrong. I do not think the usual interpretation of Ezekiel 37 given by most premillennial Bible prophecy teachers adds up.
I have read some Bible prophecy teachers that make an effort to make Ezekiel 34 thru Ezekiel 39 sequential or say the prophecies of chapters are being fulfilled or have been fulfilled with the return of the Jews to Israel today.
However, other than a few of the land passages in these chapters that really does not appear to be the case. Two things are certain. You cannot have a restoration of the whole house of Israel before the 70 weeks years of transgression for Israel are fulfilled Dan 9: With that in mind, if you read Ezekiel chapters 34 through 36 in proper context you should see that nothing about the end time restoration of Israel has been fulfilled other than some restoration of the land.
It appears that God speaks to the mountains of Israel and allows the desert to bloom so that a portion of still unbelieving Jews can be supported in the land. This portion of Israel is allowed to come back to the land so they can fulfill the final seven years of transgression that must be fulfilled to complete the years of transgression for Israel that was spoken about by the prophets.
What we see today is not the return of Israel as described in Ezekiel That return involves the whole house of Israel and that event is still in the future. Some Jews are back in the land so we see land prosperity displayed in Israel today. This time is also called the Great tribulation and the 70th week in Daniel. None of that is happening yet, although it is not very far in the future.
The end time prophecies in Ezekiel 34 through 37 are not sequential they run very much in parallel to each other. Three of these four chapters have details that occur after the Great Tribulation. Ezekiel 35 is talking about a future destruction of Edom near or during the tribulation. With that background let us look at Ezekiel Both groups combined make up the whole house of Israel.
Most premillennial Bible prophecy teachers obviously want the valley of dry bones prophecy to be a metaphor about the return of Israel that we see today. The logical conclusion then is this. If this is happening now, the dry bones that take human form but remain in unbelief will be crushed in the Great tribulation when two-thirds of them are killed.
We also have to believe that one-third of the dry bones that became spiritual people fled to the mountains to escape the Antichrist. Is that really raising up the whole house of Israel to be an exceedingly great army as is stated in Ezekiel 37 ? It seems to me that the metaphor theory fails.
Is it really too far-fetched to believe that God will literally resurrect the elect of Israel that are written in His book when we know that God said He will resurrect Israel in Dan 12 ? Even so, we know that this resurrection will not happen until after the final week of years mentioned by Daniel are completed.
So if this is a literal resurrection of the Old Testament elect like I believe, it happens after the Great tribulation for Israel and not before. The above passage clearly says that many in Israel that are now in the dust of the earth shall awake. That will be all those found written in that book.
Paul tells us that not all of Israel are of Israel Rom 9: What is described in the above passage is one of the phases of the first resurrection. The last part of verse 2 is talking about those resurrected after the thousand-year reign. They will take part in the Great White Throne Judgment that determines the eternal destiny of those that did not take part in the first resurrection. Some will say that the second half of Ezekiel 37 explains the first half.
Does it really, or are these two separate prophecies? The first being the raising of the dead back to life and the second prophecy starting with verse 15 being a return to Israel of all the Israelites alive on earth. Sometimes I think that Premillennial Eschatology has been unduly influenced by Jews in Israel whom deceive Christian Zionists that really should know better, into believing their Jewish views.
Many of the religious Jews think the restoration is now being fulfilled and there will be no Antichrist and no Great tribulation in their future. For many religious Jews the next event will be the Ezekiel Gog Magog war when there will be a divine intervention from YHWH against the armies followed by their restored kingdom.
There is no provision for the religious Jews to ever accept Jesus as the true Messiah within their eschatology. They will not even hear of it. Therefore, going back to the first half of Ezekiel 37, what makes us think that any of that has been fulfilled yet either? The end of the chapter clearly indicates that this coming back to Israel is fulfilled after the Great Tribulation. The dry bones were people who were slain and they come out of graves and the passage says they will also be brought into the land of Israel.
Do you realize that in the entire history of Israel there were more people slain than that died a natural death? In early Israel almost all able bodied men eventually died in warfare. Why were they willing to give up their life for God and the King? Perhaps ancient Israelites knew more about the future resurrection of the righteous than we tend to think.
How in our time can Israel have an exceedingly great army when the total number of Jews in Israel are only 6 million people and there is only another ten million known Jews in the whole rest of the world?
But, throw in a resurrection of the elect of Israel resurrected from the past like Lazarus and you will have an exceedingly great army.
Can you even image if David and his mighty men came alive again with the ancient armies of Israel? There are plenty of passages that speak of David ruling in the millennium but most say these passages are talking about Jesus. There are passages about the Prince in the millennium, who is he? There are separate land areas allotted for the Lord and the priests that serve Him and the Prince and his family.
So they are not the same. That does not mean the Prince is David, but it does not rule it out either. The scriptures clearly say that those that died in the Great tribulation and did not take the Mark of the Beast will be resurrected. The question arises, will they be resurrected immortal beings like the Bride of Christ or mortal beings like Lazarus? We know that people will have great life spans in the millennium, so it is possible that the dead will came out of their grave like Lazarus and will live through the entire thousand-year reign.
They could be translated at the end of the millennial age to immortality to witness the creation of the New Heaven and Earth. We really do not know. You might say that the scripture teaches that humans only die once? However, we also know from scripture that certain people did die and were resurrected only to die again.
The first death is the death of the natural body. For example, we know from scripture that Lazarus died but he lived again only to die again. I think we also can know what will happen to the millennial saints if they do die again in the millennium. I think we see that with the death of the two prophets. God raised them up incorruptible and they went up to the Holy City. They become immortals like the Bride of Christ. In fact, we know that Israel is rather powerless at the Gog Magog invasion and so are delivered by God.
They also flee from the Antichrist? That hardly sounds like an exceeding great army to me. Therefore, a truly exceedingly great army could only occur after the whole house of Israel is saved after the years of transgression are completed Ez If this is talking about the partial return that we see today, I would like to know where their witnesses for YHWH is?
Is there anything else in scripture that says that God will resurrect Israel. I think there is and this is just what I could dig up in a brief period. I would think that there is more. And will these people who populate the Kingdom retain natural bodies in the millennium? Don Koenig is the founder of ThePropheticYears website.
He has been publishing articles on the Internet on Bible prophecy, biblical discernment and Christian worldviews since You can find well over a thousand articles and thousands of comments written by Don from the homepage of this website. Positions on the Ezekiel war and the Rapture Although I have seen this study posted in several different parts on a re-posting site elsewhere, the complete study is available on the link. This is about the best study I have seen on all the possible timings and positions on the Ezekiel war.
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