Ezekiel 37 Fulfilled says Netanyahu

February 16, 2010 at 4:12 PM 2 comments

According to Netanyahu, Ezekiel 37 has been fulfilled.  What makes him think so?

Those unfamiliar with Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones, the prophet is shown a visual of a valley filled with bones.  Ezekiel is told to walk around the bones and agrees that they were “very dry.” 

There have been any number of interpretations put forth based on the alleged meaning of the passage.  One camp believes the bones relate to the entirety of the invisible Church, while another camp believes that this is a vision of what will occur for Israel.  Is there any way to know for certain?  Yes, but it all depends upon the hermeneutic a person uses during the interpretation process.  It is of the utmost importance to understand that when approaching any area of Scripture, we need to seek God’s meaning, not what we think He says, but what He is actually saying to us.  Admittedly, it is difficult for most of us to approach Scripture without any biases whatsoever.

For instance, if we approach Scripture believing that God is completely finished with Israel, then passages like this one in Ezekiel will of necessity be understood to say something that is inline with our presupposition.  Conversely, if we firmly believe that God is not done with Israel, but certain things await fulfillment, then we may also fail to understand important aspects of passages like these.

This does not mean that we come to Scripture with an empty head.  It means we come to Scripture with the ability to be flexible.  We will never come to the end of our learning in this life, so to be absolutely dogmatic about everything we believe may leave little room for the Holy Spirit to teach.  If someone approaches this particular passage  believing ahead of time that God is done with Israel, there is really only one meaning they can gain from this passage.  This is true of those in the opposite camp as well.  The tragedy is that obviously only one position can be correct and just as obviously, God means one thing in this and every other section of Scripture.  Depending upon how we view this particular passage will cause us to act and/or think a certain way about Israel, the Land, as well as Israel, the nation.

In this chapter, Ezekiel sees the bones come to life, in three stages:

The bones will come to life by (Ezekiel 37:5-6):

  • sinews will be placed on the bones
  • flesh will be placed over the bones and sinews, and
  • breath coming into them

This process is a three-stage process.  When Ezekiel prophecies, first the bones rattle and come together, then Ezekiel sees the sinews cover the bones, and finally, he witnesses the skin covering the bones and sinews.  There is no breath in them though. 

God tells Ezekiel to prophecy over the newly formed bodies so that breath could come into them.  Ezekiel does so and breath comes into the bodies.  These bodies, which were far passed being dead (the bones were completely dry), have literally been raised from the dead.  Where there once was no life, life now exists.

When this is completed, God says to Ezekiel, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts,” (Ezekiel 37:11; emphasis added).  It is important to understand the passage the way God means it to be understood.  In this case, God specifically says to Ezekiel that the bones ARE the whole house of Israel.  God says without equivocation that the bones are the entire nation of Israel.

People have some interesting ways of interpreting the passage.  More and more people today are saying that this passage and particularly the phrase “whole house of Israel” represents not just Jewish believers, but the entire invisible Church of Christ; all believers.  In order to get to that point however, the “whole house of Israel” phrase must of necessity be viewed allegorically.  The people who do this are then required to cause Scripture to jump through a number of interpretive hoops to make it all gel.

It is stated first of all that the Church is revealed in the Old Testament, when it is not.  This is normally based on the promise to Abraham where God tells him that through him (Abraham), all the people of the world will be blessed (cf. Genesis 12:1-3; 15; 17, etc.).  This, say many, is God indicating that the Church would eventually come to fruition.  Actually, the individual who believes this is hard pressed to be able to prove it.  We know without doubt from God’s promises to Abraham that all the people of the world would be blessed, but it does not stand to reason that the Church is being revealed here.

What is likely being revealed here is that from Abraham would come a great nation, as God has revealed to him.  Though God is saying that through Abraham (and ultimately through the nation created from Abraham), the world would be blessed.  This could mean two things:

  1. that God is referencing the fact that the Savior of the world would eventually be born into the nation of Israel, or
  2. that Israel would be the light of the world and those who wanted to know Israel’s God would have to come through Israel, which is the way it was done in the OT

It could also mean both of these things.  It is impossible to state that God was revealing the Church here, especially considering the fact that Paul tells us that he and he alone is reveals the mystery of the Church.  So, what should I believe, God’s Word, or people’s interpretation?  To me, it seems perfectly clear that in Ezekiel 37, God is speaking about the nation of Israel only.

People constantly charge that normative Dispensationalists teach two modes of salvation, which is absolutely untrue.  There is only one form of salvation, which is revealed to us in Genesis through Revelation and that is faith in God’s Word (written or spoken).  There is no other method of salvation, in spite of what many Covenant and Reformed Theologians teach (that Adam and Eve were to have been saved by obedience, which is a work, but after Adam and Eve, it was switched to faith only).

Taking the text as it is, allowing it to speak for itself, it is difficult to understand God to be saying anything but what we read in the next – that the bones represent (or ARE), the entire nation of Israel.  If we understand it to be saying something else, then we are in danger of changing God’s meaning and that is nothing to fool with.

Netanyahu said recently, “Armed with the Jewish spirit, the justice of man, and the vision of the prophets, we sprouted new branches and grew deep roots. Dry bones became covered with flesh, a spirit filled them, and they lived and stood on their own feet.”[1]

The interesting thing here is that it appears that these bones did not realize why or who was raising them.  It was not until God literally placed His spirit within them did they come to understand the reason.  If we consider Israel today, it seems clear enough, in spite of the fact that the majority of professing Christians disagree, that Israel came back from the dead in 1948.  In spite of the obviousness of the situation, there are many who continue to deny this and look at this as either an accident of nature, or simply due to Israel’s stubborness.  However, in spite of the all the odds, Israel once again became a nation.  Not only this, but since that time, the language of Hebrew (also dead as a language prior to that point), was resurrected.  This is unheard of that dead languages are resurrected!

Today, continuing against all odds, Israel exists.  She has fought off many of her Arab/Muslim neighbors, leaving them scratching their heads.  During the Six-Day War of 1967, the world expected Israel to be taken down in short order.  Instead, after two weeks of fighting, tiny Israel against the Goliaths of the south, took back the land she had lost in the past two weeks and then began to gain even more ground.

To this day, Syria, Lybia, Jordan and others are extremely angry that Israel took what they believed was theirs.  Because of this, there is no forgiveness, no willingness to really participate in open dialogue to solve the problems in the Middle East, and a deep-seated hatred of Jews that forms the very reason these anti-Semitic and Anti-Zionist groups exist.  They want Israel destroyed and they want the Middle East purged of Jews.

Here is the rub though.  The Land of Israel is God’s Land.  He owns it, just as he owns this entire planet.  As far as God is concerned, Jerusalem is the center of our world (cf. Ezekiel 5:5).  The idea that warring factions believe they can waltz in and either take or split up Israel into parts is the highest form of arrogance.  In the past, God judged Israel’s disobedience and rebellion by expelling them from the Land.  He always brought them back; always.  Since 1948, God Himself brought life to those “dry bones,” by putting life in them and bringing them back to the Land (Ezekiel 37:14).  God has done this.  While the people of Israel may believe they did it, or that God is on “their side,” the reality is that God is on HIS side.

The people who believe that God is done with Israel are in essence, calling God a liar.  They don’t like to hear that, but if we understand the entire book of Ezekiel, God seems to be clear.  He states on numerous occasions in that book that He will bring Israel back, He will make them a nation, and He will do this or that for one reason, and for one reason only:  for the sake of His holy Name, (cf. Ezekiel 36:23, 32; 38:23).

Throughout the entire book of Ezekiel, God makes His plans known.  He tells us what He is going to do with Israel and with the heathen nations that surround her.  There are many judgments upon Israel in this book, but there is also the time when God will lift them up from the grave.  He did that in 1948.  He promises to put His spirit within them, something He has not yet done.  When He does that, they will know that He is their God.

But something many people miss repeatedly is that the only reason God continues to have a plan and purpose for Israel is because of His Name, which the nation of Israel has profaned.  If God were to leave that alone, and decided to deal with the Church and never even think of Israel again, then there is absolutely NO way that His Name would be honored.

In other words, it was Israel that received all the judgments due to their rebellion and their willful sin.  It was because of that rebellion and sin that they brought disgrace onto God’s Name.  In fact, His Name became an epithet because of the way the nation of Israel lived.  They did not care if God was profaned.  They did not care how He looked to the rest of the world.  What they cared about was their needs and wants.

Since God made Israel, His Name has been made a joke throughout the world.  His Name is routinely blasphemed by being used as a curse word.  This is due to Israel’s failure to live the life that God created them to live.  Did this surprise God?  Did it take Him by surprise?  Because of it, did He have to go to Plan B, which was the Church?  Hardly.  Everything that God has ever done is doing and will ever do is for one reason only:  His glory.

And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes,” (Ezekiel 36:23).

Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel,” (Ezekiel 36:32; emphasis added).

Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it,” (Ezekiel 36:36).

In chapter 38 of Ezekiel, God speaks of something He will do with respect to Gog and Magog.  “And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes,” (Ezekiel 38:16; emphasis added).  Here God promises to create a situation where He will be glorified.  Note that He refers to the Land of Israel as HIS Land and the people of Israel as HIS people.  Yet, we have people today who say this is not what it means, and that God is referencing the Church in an allegorical way.  There is great danger in changing the meaning of God’s Word to make it mean something else.  If these folks are wrong, they are very wrong indeed.

In verse 18, even though God creates this event, when this alliance led by Gog (a title), God’s fury is poured out onto that alliance because Gog and his armies dared to come against Israel.  God’s jealousy for His Land and His people will be so aroused that the Land will shake (earthquakes) and Gog and his allies will be wiped out by God Himself, with fire, brimstone, the earthquakes (which will also likely knock the Dome of the Rock mosque way off its foundations.  This would allow Israel to build the third Temple), civil war and more.  Israel will not have to raise a finger to help themselves here.  God will do it because of His holy anger.

Verse 23 of chapter 38 states, “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.”  The only unfortunate part of this is that these nations will come to understand that it was God who did what He did, but they will very quickly forget.

In chapter 39, God states unequivocally, “So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel,” (Ezekiel 39:7).

It should be clear that the ONLY reason God stands for Israel is because of His holy Name.  He will have come to the end of His patience when this event occurs, and He will remove the pollution found on His Name, put there by Israel herself.

Too many people think that people like me support Israel unconditionally.  They believe that we do not see Israel’s faults and that we have placed Israel on a pedastal.  None of that is true.  Israel is filled with fallen, depraved, corrput Jews and Gentiles.  They all need God, yet most will die without Him.  Being a Jew guarantees nothing.  Becoming a believer is the only thing that provides any guarantee.

We are coming to a time in this world’s history, when God will act to restore the beauty, splendor and majesty of His holy Name, which has been and continues to be profaned by Israel.  He has brought them back into His Land and He has done so in order to purge them of their sinful dependence upon themselves.  The victory’s that Israel has gained since 1948 have come because God supports HIMSELF, His LAND, and His holy Name.  Israel has much to go through yet before God is able to separate the Remnant from the rebels.

In the end, God will receive all the glory.  In the end, His Name will be cleared.  What a tragedy that the very human beings He created have responded to the Creator with treachery, deceit, hatred and malice.  This is true of all of us, unless and until God opens our eyes.  God will have His way with Israel and He will have His way with this world as well.  He will be the Victor and He will be fully vindicated.  He will do all of this for the sake of His holy Name and for no other reason.

And that is the reason I support Israel, because of what God is doing and what He will do.  Praise to our heavenly Father for His love, His patience, His chastisement, His justice, His willingness to stoop, and for His salvation.  May our lives reflect all of these things, as He endeavors to fill us with His Spirit, creating within us the image of His one and only blessed Son, the second Person of the Godhead, Jesus Christ.

Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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Will Christ Physically Reign for 1,000 Years? Ahmadinejad’s Vitriolic Rhetoric Regarding Israel

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  • 1. modres  |  February 20, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    First of all, you are making a number of assumptions, which theologians have argued over for some time. Whether a politician or someone else believes that Ezekiel has been fulfilled is completely besides the point. The only question is, HAS Ezekiel 37 been (or is being) fulfilled.

    Those who are NOT Covenant, NOT Reformed and NOT Preterist theologians have been saying that Ezekiel 37 BEGAN to be fulfilled in 1948 when Israel became a state. It could simply be that Netanyahu is merely parroting what he has heard for so long.

    If you will look carefully at ALL of Ezekiel, you should note that the entire book is written ABOUT Israel and TO Israel. Ezekiel does NOT refer to a SPIRITUAL anything where Israel is concerned. You need to go back and read that book again, and stop taking Wohlberg’s (and Batchelor’s and other people’s) word for it. I’ve spent time listening to Batchelor’s teaching and where he comes up with things, I have absolutely NO idea. He seems to just pull things out of the air. But this is what people do who view prophecy allegorically. They often seem to make it up as they go, because they cannot at all prove how they arrive at their conclusions. They simply make declarative statements and that’s that, take it or leave it. Well, you’ve taken it, hook, line and sinker. If Steve Wohlberg or Batchelor said that in heaven, we will be walking on roads make of golden-colored cheese, you would believe it. He would say, “Now remember, when the Bible speaks of “gold,” it is really referring to gold-colored cheese.” You would then make a note of that and that becomes your fact. Then when you come across someone like myself who happens to believe that the translucent golden streets are just that – translucent golden streets – you become haughty and say that those roads are CHEESE!

    ALL of God’s promises given TO Ezekiel are FOR the nation of Israel. What you and others do though is read the words “the whole house of Israel” and you take that to mean that it includes those who would be eventually become Christians. You THEN look at Paul’s discussion of what it means to be a “real” Jew and when he says a Jew is not one outwardly but one inwardly, you understand that to mean that Paul is talking about Christians who then you would say are “Spiritual Jews.” The problem is that in those sections of Romans, Paul is specifically DEALING only with Jews.

    It is like saying, “a Christian is not one outwardly, but one inwardly.” You would not then take that to mean that I was including Jews in that statement. In fact, by making that statement, I would think you would instantly know what I meant by it and would agree with it. You would state that anyone can SAY they are a Christian, but a REAL Christian is one who LIVES the life of a Christian, not simply talks the talk. This is all Paul is saying about Jews. Authentic, spiritual Jews are those who BELIEVE God, like Abraham, Noah, Lot, Moses, Joshua, and a host of others we read about in the Old (and New) Testament.

    Yet, Paul states the same thing about Jews, and you think, “Cool, I’m a spiritual Jew!” No, you’re not a Jew of any kind. You are a Gentile Christian, period (if in fact, you are an authentic Christian and if you are a Seventh-day Adventist, then your theology alone works hard to keep you from understanding what it means to be an authentic Christian).

    Paul clearly speaks of Jews, and THEN he speaks of Gentiles separately. I am no more a “spiritual Jew” than you are (unless you ARE Jewish). Paul is stating essentially that in order to BE a spiritual Jew, one must first be a PHYSICAL Jew. However, he clarifies to say that JUST because someone IS physically Jewish, that alone does not guarantee that they are part of the Remnant, as Paul was part of the Remnant of his day.

    You said your husband is Jewish, but an atheist. So, according to Paul, he would say about your husband, “Friend, it is not being Jewish outwardly (or ethnically), but being Jewish inwardly (from the heart) that pleases God.” Paul would NOT be saying to you, or me, or any other Gentile Christian, “Friend, since you are a believer, then YOU are a spiritual Jew.” That’s junk. Paul would never say that any Christian, UNLESS they are Jewish. Jews who become Christians actually become part of the Remnant. It is almost like they have a “dual” citizenship (I said ALMOST), to give you an illustration.

    In fact, it is quite clear that God judged and destroyed MANY Israelites in the OT because of their rebellion. They were NOT Jews inwardly, only outwardly.

    The Pharisees and other religious leaders were Jews OUTWARDLY, not INWARDLY.

    Israel’s right to land is not conditional at all. It was given to them FOREVER. When they rebelled against God, He judged them and usually forced them out of the Land. He ALWAYS returned them to that same Land though.

    While you’re denouncing the atrocities committed by Israel, make sure to denounce the United States and EVERY other nation on this earth which does the same thing. Are you protesting OUR government? You are something. You think that Israel NOW is actually a chosen nation? Hardly! They are in rebellion to God and many of them are exactly like your husband – atheists. However, NONE of this PREEMPTS God’s ultimate plans for Israel.

    And as I have told you repeatedly, the LAND is God’s Land. He will do with it as He will.

    Beth, I have asked you to take your arguments elsewhere as I am not interested in continuing the debate. It is going nowhere and as far as I’m concerned, your ability to exegete Scripture is no better than Steve Wohlberg, Gary DeMar, Gary North or any of those individuals who see everything from a “spiritual” or allegorical perspective.

    This is the last time I will state this to you. You are most certainly welcome to your opinions and it is obvious that you HAVE strong opinions and that you are NOT interested in anyone else’s opinion. Because of that, it is clear that the ONLY reason you post here is for the sake of argumentation. I’m not interested, and your posts will not be approved from this point onward.

    I suggest you start your own Blog, or write your own book. Then you can fend off others who come to YOUR site for the sole purpose of quarrelling.

    Take care, Beth. I hope you get over your anger AND your anti-Semitism one day. If not, it will be your downfall. Israel as a political entity has a RIGHT to exist and that has NOTHING to do with being chosen or not. You though, do not believe they have a right to exist because of all their “atrocities,” yet when other countries do the same thing, you discount it because those OTHER countries were not God’s chosen people. Right, right, that’ll work really well when these people stand before God for judgment. I can hear God now, “Oh, you’re from France, aren’t you? Normally, I would have immediately cast you in the Lake of Fire, but since you were not the people I chose, nor the nation I created, then I will go easy on you.” Your theology (if that’s what you call it, Beth), is all wet. It makes no sense at all, and certainly does not stand up to Scripture.

    You REALLY need to stop taking Wohlberg’s, Batchelor’s and other Seventh-day Adventist’s word for it. You really do and you need to start studying on your own. Ellen G. White was no prophet at all. She contradicted herself on numerous occasions, she prophesied things that never occurred and if she lived during Moses’ time, she would have been taken outside the camp and stoned. Yet, people today base their religious beliefs on this woman, who had ties with Mormonism AND Jehovah’s Witnesses. She was a charlatan, from everything I have ever studied about her. People like yourself believe her and believe that she was an actual prophet of God.

    Instead of spending so much time arguing about aspects of Eschatology, I would suggest you spend ALL your time studying what everyone says about Seventh-day Adventism and Ellen G. White. You may in fact, find out that the salvation you THOUGHT you had, was nothing but a mirage.

  • 2. Beth  |  February 20, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    I guess this begs the question, how is it that a political leader (Zionist) who does not believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior carry so much weight being able to interpret Ezekiel 37 for the Christian community? I really do not see how Netanyahu carries any qualifications as being one who should lead Christians into any study on the scriptures. This really leaves me scratching my own head as to how those who claim to search for biblical truth would be taken in by such a politician. To me dry bones means dry bones and Ezekiel 37 refers to the resurrection when our Lord brings his Spiritual Israel, which he bought with his blood, back to life. With that said, it makes no sense to support an Israel that is secular in nature, desecrates God’s name and pulls people into war after war after war leaving nations and people battered and bruised. Israel’s right to the land is “conditional” based on obedience. Jesus denounced the Pharisees when they dishonored him because they did not believe He came from the Father when he showed love to others performing miracles of healing. Christians likewise should denounce the atrocities committed by the government of Israel in the name of being “Chosen” and “Separated” for some higher purpose. Saying physical Israel is a fulfillment of prophecy by being restored while her government is committing these sins is contradictory and completely against all logic of a loving Lord who stated when he was before Pilate that “his kingdom was not of this world.” Beth


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