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Removing the Blinders

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Bringing Life to The Dry Bones

"Son of Man can these bones live?"

Ezekiel was asked an amazing question about and given a prophetic reply by Almighty God.

It's a question with many levels of promise.

On one hand, it speaks to the promise of resurrection.

On another, it speaks to the restoration of the Jewish people to their homeland.

The question points to the dry, parched land of Israel that has now blossomed into orchards and  vineyards following the fire of the Shoah, the Holocaust that miraculously sanctifies Israel and brought life to the dry bones of the Jewish people and the land of promise in 1948.

The House of Judah are in Israel restoring the Promised Land for the coming of Messiah. The eretz-land requires cultivation and preparation for the millennium Olam Ha-Ba aka the world to come. If you do not see this, its time to get rid of the blinders. Yet there is more.

People's hearts need to be prepared too.

The Bible is clear, it tells us a mixed multitude came up from Egypt. That's the fact and Ezekiel unveils more on this mystery that seems to have been forgotten.

Studying the depth of Scripture including the scroll of Ezekiel in a multi-faceted way is called "PaRDeS." It a term for taking a prism-like approach to at least four known levels of Biblical understanding. The term PaRDeS is an acronym from four Hebrew words:
  • Peshat = "surface" or the literal, direct meaning.
  • Remez = "hints" or the deeper, symbolic meaning beyond the literal.
  • Derash = "inquire" or seeking comparative meaning through similar references.
  • Sod = "secret" or hidden meaning given through inspiration or revelation.
The "Sod" or hidden mystery of Ezekiel's vision brings life to the "bones" which in revelation of inspiration can be considered the framework of Torah instruction and teaching.

The Torah was not broken at the cross, the same is true for Yeshua, the living Torah whose bones were not broken.

The framework teaching and instruction of God does not rest in peace. It is bringing life to the dry bones of the resurrection of the real Jesus the Jew in the body of Messiah Yeshua. This is a hidden part of the prophet's vision and the question: "Son of Man can these bones live?"

Let me explain.

In the beginning of the second century, as the original disciples had left the scene, the so-called church "fathers" after them from the Gentile nations changed Messiah's identity and Israel's as well when they turned the "church" against the Jewish people. They planted the bad seeds of replacement theology and ate the fruit from the tree we now know as anti-Semitism, but some 70 years ago something changed.

The Jewish people engaged a visible sign of the prophecy parable described in Ezekiel 37.

The vision of the dry bones shifted into first gear in 1948 and shifted into second in 1967 when Jerusalem, the place of God's was restored to the Promised Land as the Polish born Chief Rabbi of the IDF, Shlomo Goren blew his shofar at the "Kotel" aka the Western Wall.

His trumpet blast announced the beginning of the liberation of the mountain in the Old City of Jerusalem just as the IDF's General Motta Gur announced through the troop's radios... "the Temple Mount is in our hands. I repeat, The Temple Mount is in our hands."

Incredibly, after the June 1967 Six Day War and in the years that immediately followed, many Jewish people in Israel and across the globe began to see Messiah for who He was and is.

Both life giving events occurred after May 7, 1945, following the unconditional German surrender signed by General Alfred Jodl at Reims marking the end of the Holocaust as the breath and Spirit of God began to blow and breathe to sanctify Israel.

Jesus the Jew was being revealed as Yeshua HaMachiach despite the fact that for some 1,800 years, Christian pulpits had disguised the gospel as a counterfeit as they hung the same Scriptures He taught every Sabbath in a synagogue on a Roman cross.

The Greco-Roman church "fathers" even painted Him with a halo above His head. A fake identity imported from Mithraism and embedded into the church frescos of Jesus Christ.

The tectonic shift from Jerusalem to Rome was ending in teshuvah as the world focused its attention back on Jerusalem. Most especially after 1967, following the liberation of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

There was a global spiritual awakening, that liberation included the restoration of Jesus as Yeshua.

The shift was tectonic for many people. Like any earthquake there was a lot of confusion as a remnant of Believers sought a path of repentance back to the front of the book. It was as if it the Torah was coming alive, written on the hearts of humanity at the time of the liberation of the Temple Mount. The timeline included the so-called Jesus Movement and many Christians that had read the front of their Bibles, began to understand that the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings were not "old" or lying dormant in the grave dust of time.

The bones of Believers had begun to come back to life.

This was the breath from the Ruach Spirit of the Almighty. Many began to understand that the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings were alive despite the fact that some of the early church fathers had tried to bury the Word of God as old bones that were done away with. Jesus was not only alive, He was Jewish.

If you are asking why this is a part of the "Sod" big picture of Ezekiel 37, its important to remember that bones provide the structure and living foundation frame of the human body and the body of one new man united in Messiah. After all, bones give us the ability to live life to the fullest. They give us the ability to crawl, to walk and then run as they mature.

Thinking in "Sod" mode let's reconsider the foundation frame (bones) of God's Word. They are the framework of teaching and instruction for life in The Kingdom and they point to the life and ministry of Yeshua-Jesus. God's words can give anyone the ability to live life to its fullest as it was and is meant to be.

They give us the spiritual ability to crawl, to walk and then run.

But somehow they lost life for awhile and dried out in the Greco-Roman influence of the church steeple. They were baked in the Sun if you will, by the body of Christ as they lost the Ruach Spirit of God. The truth and spirit of God's word had dried up and withered away in the hearts and minds sitting for an hour on a Sunday pew, but they are being awakening and restored to new life in a remnant of Believers returning in repentance (teshuvah) to the Sabbath and the Feasts of the Lord.

Thank God the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings were never dead bones to Judah. Without knowing it, he always believed most of Yeshua's promise: "not one jot or tittle of the Torah shall pass..."

Many of the early church fathers turned their back on Yeshua and His promise. Men like Marcion rejected the Hebrew Scriptures, saying they were old and done away with, ready for the boneyard.

Sadly, in a way, some seminaries unwittingly became cemeteries for God's Word calling it done away with in an Old Testament. Over time, pulpit preaching distorted and misinterpreted Yeshua's Sabbath Torah teachings. Not only that, the Prophets and the Writings were re-arranged to fit God's words into their belief that God changed His mind and started a new religion.

Religion is strange. Generally, people make up religion as their own perception of reality.

The fact is Elohim God is One, He is the unchanging Almighty, He is the creator and restorer of life, He has no new religion formed in the dusty of precepts of men. His instruction for life in His Kingdom to come is for everyone. He declared this truth in the beginning in Numbers 15:16:
"There is to be one law and one ordinance for you and for the alien who sojourns with you."
That means that all Jews and Gentiles are to live in peace and in harmony under one Torah for all. It does not mean that the Torah is done away with as has been taught by many preachers, and it does not mean that Jews are to honor 613 commandments and non-Jews only have 7 Noahide laws that can't be found in any of "The Writings" except those of the rabbi's.

Like Jesus said in Luke 16:17, it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Torah to fail.

If we could all travel back in time to England in 1604, we would find that King James sponsored an English translation of the Bible for the Church of England to replace the Geneva Bible and the Bishop's Bible that were already in use and broad circulation. The foundation of the translation of these was from William Tyndale, the first Englishman to translate and publish his initial version of the Greek gospels and letters in 1526 and Hebrew manuscripts. He opposed the church establishment and his outlawed English translations was censured as he was tracked down and eventually executed.

The King James' version was published 85 years, a lifetime after Tyndale's original publication of the Greek manuscripts in 1611, yet influenced by traditions of the Church of England, the King's commissioned translators missed the mark on some of its promises as their version had influence authorized from the podium and pogrom against Tyndale who held the faith in keeping the instruction of God as it was written.

In a way, the leg bone got confused with the hip bone and the living bones, the unchanging foundation of the living Word of God including the order of the Hebrew Scriptures dried out in the church dust as it was rebranded as an Old Testament. In the tradition of the church "fathers" they ignored the words and witness of Yeshua about the unchanging jots and tittles, the sinews of God's Word that were ruptured and dislocated by a blank page.

That fact leads us back to consider a "Sod" level understanding of the Exodus story.

When Joseph was alive, he knew that Almighty God had promised an oath to his father Jacob, his grandfather Isaac and his great grandfather Abraham. Because of that land grant promise, he insisted that his bones be carried back to the Promised Land:
"Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will surely take care of you and bring you up from this land to the land which He promised on oath to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob.” Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely take care of you, and you shall carry my bones up from here.” Genesis 50:24-25
Joseph was the 11th son of Jacob and his story is a reflection of the Jewish people.

Like Joseph, they died in death camps of slavery in Hitler's Holocaust, but in the oath God gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob they were restored and carried back to the Promised Land following the grave of the concentration camps ovens. In the end, the Jewish people were not buried in dispora, they were restored in Joseph's promise in Genesis 50:24:
“I am about to die, but God will surely take care of you and bring you up from this land to the land which He promised on oath to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob.”
There's more to the promise. The reason? The promise to Abraham that was given to him after Almighty God changed his name to reflect the promise was passed on to Issac and by Jacob after God changed his name, he passed the promise on to to Ephraim in adoption as a son of promise. The Lord God then shared it as a fearful thing with Moses pointing toward the mystery horrors of the Holocaust and its outcome with the birth of the modern State of Israel that was established in 1948:

To Abraham:
“No longer shall your name be called Abram,
But your name shall be Abraham;
For I have made you the father of a multitude of nations." Genesis 17:5 
“In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” Genesis 22:18
To Issac:
Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham. I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.” Genesis 26:3-5
To Jacob:
"God said to him,
'Your name is Jacob;
You shall no longer be called Jacob,
But Israel shall be your name.'
Thus He called him Israel. 
God also said to him,
'I am God Almighty;
Be fruitful and multiply;
A nation and a company of nations shall come from you,
And kings shall come forth from you.
The land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac,
I will give it to you, and I will give the land to your descendants after you.'” Genesis 35-10-12
To Ephraim:
"But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know; he also will become a people and he also will be great. However, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.” Genesis 48:19
To Moses:
"Then God said, “Behold, I am going to make a covenant. Before all your people I will perform miracles which have not been produced in all the earth nor among any of the nations; and all the people among whom you live will see the working of the LORD, for it is a fearful thing that I am going to perform with you." Exodus 34:10
The mystery of the promise of blessing for all nations given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was extended through Ephraim and a part of Moses' job was to carry of Joseph's bones and return them to the place they belonged.

When the families of Jacob escaped Egypt with Moses as the spokesperson with the duty to carry up Joseph's bones, "a mixed multitude also left with them" (Exodus 12:38).

God's promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob included the adoption of Ephraim. The man renamed Israel passed the Almighty promise to Ephraim, the son of an Egyptian mother that Jacob adopted along with his brother Manasseh.

Through the picture of adoption, many nations were adopted and came up out of the Egyptian dust as the mixed multitude of people that wanted to be a part of the promise and follow Joseph's bones, the sons of Israel and God's Glory to their homeland. This blessing of sanctifying Israel and the Jewish people happened because of Abraham's obedience:
“In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” Genesis 22:18
In Exodus 13:19 we learn that Moses was the surety to Joseph's bones. He honored his request and Moses took the bones of Joseph with him following the cloud and the Shekinah glory pillar of fire of Almighty God as The Lord God of all Israel began to fulfill the promise of Joseph and God took care of his brothers, but we must remember God's promise to Abraham was passed down so the promise of many nations was carried on as "a mixed multitude" left with them.

Joseph wanted his bones to be brought out of Egypt for good reason. In his heart of hearts, he understood the resurrection power of God's glory. Moses made sure that no one abandoned the bones of Joseph, which the sons of Israel brought up from Egypt to Shechem.

Today, Joseph's burial place has been turned into an Islamic Mosque in a vain attempt to wipe it off the map, but that undertaking, like the slavery of Egypt and the Holocaust will only be temporary and it will serve to reveal God's Glory and the promise of bringing life to the dry bones.

The Muslim men there will be shocked and stunned one day when the Messiah King of Israel returns and Joseph's bones are restored to resurrection life in The Kingdom when God's promise in Ezekiel's vision is ultimately revealed to the world and all nations will know that the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Ephraim is Y-H-V-H.

In Ezekiel 37, the vision begins when by The Spirit of The Lord, the hand of Almighty God sets Ezekiel down in a valley full of dry bones and the Ruach Spirit of God restores sinews and flesh to the bones before the eyes of the prophet, but the restoration required that Ezekiel do something before God would give them life. Like Abraham he had to obey God's voice.

Elohim God asked Ezekiel if the bones cold be brought back to life, and Ezekiel gave the correct answer: only God knows.

With the righteous answer given, God then tells Ezekiel to do something more in obedience, he had to speak this prophecy over the dry bones:
"O dry bones, hear the word of The Lord (Y-H-W-H)! 
Thus said the Lord to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you and you shall live again. I will lay sinews upon you, and cover you with flesh, and form skin over you. And I will put breath into you, and you shall live again. 
And you shall know that I am Y-H-W-H! Ezekiel 37:4-6
Ezekiel did as he was told, and he declared to the dry bones "shema" (hear and do) the word of The Lord God and He will put His breath (His Spirit) back into you and you will live!

Following World War II, the bones of the Jewish people began to come together and to grow with sinews and flesh in 1948 from the valley of death, but take note, the promised mixed multitude was not with them at this time hearing and doing the word of God.

But do you remember what God promised Abraham?

Ezekiel had to make another declaration, his job was to declare the “breath” or “wind” ruach Spirit of The Lord:
"Come, O breath, from the four winds, and breathe into these slain, that they may live again. The wind comes and the corpses breathe and come to life again in great numbers." Ezekiel 37:9
The amazing "Sod" thing about this prophetic declaration is the fact that the four winds point toward the great numbers, the very nations including the strangers and sojourners like those that went up from Egypt with the sons of Israel to follow Moses and hear the word of The Lord in the wilderness of Sinai!

Restoring life to the mixed multitude of the dry bones of Christianity that was missing the foundation is what began to happen after Jerusalem was restored in 1967.

Incredibly, many Believers began to awaken and understand that God does not change and therefore Jacob was not consumed in the German furnace fires. The dry bones that said that God's Word is old and done away with, hung on the cross began to realize they were dead wrong.

Slowly but surely, a remnant began to believe there are Ten Commandments, not nine. The Sabbath of the Lord was not changed even if the church fathers said so and the Old Testament with its promises is not old at all...

A remnant began to awaken to the Sabbath and the Feasts of The Lord. They began to see them as Almighty God's appointments for humanity's redemption and a big part of the restoration plan for the blessing of the multitudes in the journey to Kingdom of God.

Not only that, some Christians began to realize that the Creator God of life gives us some simple   guidelines and that the Sunday kitchen is no place to bake a ham or fry catfish because God's teaching and instruction is easy, a light yoke for a healthy, long life. The reason is simple, God loves us.

Let's look back again at the valley of dry bones.

Looking from a "Sod" perspective, what was shown to the prophet Ezekiel is a part of the answer to God's question: "Son of man, can these bones live?”

Understanding the promise given to Abraham to bless the world points to a "Sod" answer that transforms the vision of resurrection into a vision about the restoration of the bones of Judah and as it was before the Exodus the bones of adopted Ephraim and the bones of the soujourners and strangers, both Gentile and Jew as one new man restored to serve the God of Israel in the promise to Abraham.

Most have missed it, thinking Paul started a new religion, but Paul taught (Ephesians 2:15) about the Ezekiel 37 requirement given to the prophet, to "shema" (hear and do) the words of the Lord so that the resurrection could occur as a restoration of all nations, all people, whether native born, sojourner or stranger as the children walking in the promise of The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, aka one new man...

Just as Ezekiel recorded what God promised and did as he was asked, the Ruach Spirit (breath) came into them to restore them, and in 1948 they stood on their feet, in 1967 an exceedingly great army of companions began to be restored because God promised:
“Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel." "Then you will know that I am The LORD."
The word "whole" is the Hebrew word there is "kol" כֹּל meaning totality, everyone that knows, everyone that believes and follows The Lord God of Israel.

If your bones are still dry as you read this, hear the plan from the words of the LORD:
"The word of the LORD came again to me saying, “And you, son of man, take for yourself one stick and write on it, ‘For Judah and for the sons of Israel, his companions’; then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and all the house of Israel, his companions.’ 
Then join them for yourself one to another into one stick, that they may become one in your hand. When the sons of your people speak to you saying, ‘Will you not declare to us what you mean by these?’ say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will put them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.”’ The sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes." Ezekiel 37:15-20
Those sticks are the living bones fulfilling the prophecy of Ezekiel and there's more life and Kingdom restoration to come to the bones by the Spirit of Almighty God.

This is the promise:
“My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd; and they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them. 
They will live on the land that I gave to Jacob My servant, in which your fathers lived; and they will live on it, they, and their sons and their sons’ sons, forever; and David My servant will be their prince forever. 
I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever. My dwelling place also will be with them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people. 
And the nations will know that I am the LORD who sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forever.” Ezekiel 37: 24-28
This is the promise of King Messiah Yeshua, but who are the nations in the covenant of peace?

Those are the Gentiles, the nations that will know The Lord sanctifies Israel and His sanctuary will be in their midst forever.

What does Ezekiel's vision teach us about God's everlasting love and promise?

Almighty God is sovereign and unchanging. He is the loving, kind, merciful, gracious forgiving Abba Father and He has provided the Torah, the Prophets and Psalms as a road map to point all people, both Jew and Gentile toward the destination of life's restoration journey which is Messiah Yeshua - Jesus the Nazarene and the living Torah.

That's a part of the vision, the bones of Torah are live in us just as Yeshua does, they are not dead.

If you have not experienced it, Almighty Elohim God is calling you to live in His promise. He wants to offer you and the world redemption and salvation's remission from sin through repentance  and forgiveness through Messiah's life and a path to not just consider what would Jesus do, but to do what Jesus did and walk like Him living out and teaching others about God's unfailing Word.

You can can become a part of the promise given to Abraham and accept Messiah's gospel gift of life in The Father's Kingdom. All the Torah, The Prophets and The Writing point toward Messiah, His Kingdom walk is outlined in the Bible Jesus read, yet the bones of the Scriptures require the breath of God's Spirit for true worshippers to worship The Father.

Yeshua of Nazareth gave a prophecy to His disciples about this:
“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers." John 4:23
The Father is seeking you out. So, consider carefully what your life can be, look at your dry bones and repent of any wrongdoing, depravity, immorality or transgression sin against God and others.

Repent and ask Elohim God for His grace and blessing only found in His forgiveness and accept His promised gift of love, grace and supplication through Messiah Yeshua, the lamb of God.

Then stand up and walk in new life with Him and follow the Pillar of Fire through the wilderness journey back to The Kingdom of God.

If you know you need to get your life right to follow your Creator God, don’t wait for tomorrow, start your walk with the Spirit breath of life from God in you now. Be restored and grab hold of the robe of the resurrected Messiah Yeshua of Nazareth. The King and Lion of the Tribe of Judah will not leave you, He will send God's Spirit to walk with youas your teacher and comforter on your life's journey out of sin's slavery of death.

Accept Messiah for who He is and receive the breath of life. And if you'll listen to Yeshua's teaching about the jots and tittles, you too can learn how the things which are written in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms are concerning Him so that you can teach others to live life God's way:
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John 3:16-17
Today is the time, open your eyes if you're dead in your valley of dry bones and recognize Messiah beginning from Abraham's promise passed onto Isaac, Jacob, Ephraim and Moses and from all the Prophets and the Writings.

Repent and walk your life's road with Messiah. Study the Scriptures He taught every Sabbath that are filled with meaning because of Him.

His bones were never broken nor was His Torah walk. King David was inspired by the Spirit of God to give us this Messianic prophecy about Him in Psalms 34:20 that is like Joseph's promise and Ezekiel's vision:
"He keeps all his bones,
Not one of them is broken."
The unbroken Holy Scriptures reveal that if we consider ourselves the bones, the body of Messiah, we must walk unbroken just as He walked, because no bone of the Word of God is to be broken, not even one jot or tittle.

Yeshua lived a perfect Torah life and He taught others to do the same. This is fulfilled by the unbroken bones of Yeshua in His Passover death as the lamb of God resurrected on First Fruits.

When God gave His instruction in Exodus 12:46 for the Passover lamb against breaking any bones of the lamb that is given for each household, He did this for good reason pointing to Yeshua's lfe offering to redeem yours.

John 19:31-34 tells us that when the Roman soldiers came to speed up His death by breaking the bones of his legs, they found that he was already dead, so instead, one of them pierced his side to make sure. They fufilled prophecy and never broke a bone in the body of the lamb of God because:
“These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: ‘Not one of his bones will be broken’” John 19:36
In the same way, honor the Word of God, don't break it like an old bone, even if you have pierced it thinking it is dead and hung on a cross.

To the last detail, Yeshua fills the Scriptures up with life and meaning.
"You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me." John 5:46 
“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.  
For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.  
Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:17-19
The dry bones of Ezekiel testify of Messiah and the living Scriptures. The Messiah's name is Yeshua, the Jew many call Jesus of Nazareth and His true name expresses both His identity and His mission to save us from sin's dry bone death grip and restore us to new life in the Kingdom.

"O dry bones, hear the word of The Lord Y-H-W-H!

It's now time to become restored, one with Judah, one living stick in God's hand bringing life to the dry bones with one Shepherd.