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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 and amazing question and shown an amazing prophecy by Almighty God.

It's a question with many levels of fulfillment.

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

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

It includes the dry, parched land of Israel that has now blossomed into orchards and  vineyards following the fire of the Shoah, the Holocaust that miraculously brought life to the dry bones in 1948.

If you do not see this, get rid of the blinders. The House of Judah are in Israel to restore the Promised Land for the promise of the coming of Messiah. The eretz-land requires some cultivation and preparation for the millennium Olam Ha-Ba aka the World to Come.

Yet there is more. People need to be prepared as well.

A mixed multitude came up from Egypt. That's the fact. Ezekiel unveils this mystery as well.

Studying Scripture including the scroll of Ezekiel in a multi-faceted way is called "PaRDeS," It refers to four known levels of Biblical understanding of the Bible. The term PaRDeS is an acronym from the meaning the Hebrew words for this:
  • Peshat = "surface" or the literal direct meaning.
  • Remez = "hints" or the deep symbolic meaning beyond just the literal.
  • Derash = "inquire" or seeking the comparative meaning, as given through similar occurrences.
  • Sod = "secret" or hidden mystery meaning given through inspiration or revelation
The "Sod" or hidden mystery of Ezekiel's vision brings life to the "bones" which in a "Sod" inspiration or revelation can be considered the Torah.

They were not broken like Yeshua and they do not rest in peace. Bringing life to the dry bones of the resurrection of Jesus the Jew in the body of Messiah is a hidden part of the prophet's vision and a part of the question: "Son of Man can these bones live?"

Let me explain.

In the second century, the so-called church "fathers" changed Messiah's identity when they turned against the Jewish people as they planted the bad seeds of replacement theology and ate the fruit of the tree we now know as anti-Semitism.

The Jewish people play a huge of the prophecy parable of Ezekiel 37. It started in 1948 but shifted into second gear in 1967 when Jerusalem, the place of God's name 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 announcing the the liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem as the IDF's General Motta Gur announced to the troops "the Temple Mount is in our hands... I repeat, The Temple Mount is in our hands".

Incredibly, after the Six Day War and in the years that immediately followed, many Jews came to see Messiah for who He was and is following the Holocaust as the breath and Spirit of God was now breathing on them. Jesus the Jew was being revealed as Yeshua HaMachiach despite the fact that some 1,800 years earlier, Christian pulpits had disguised Jesus Christ as a counterfeit when they hung the same Scriptures He taught every Sabbath in a synagogue on a Roman cross.

The Greco-Roman "fathers" even painted Him with blue eyes and a halo above His head imported from Mithraism in their church frescos.

But after 1967 and the liberation of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, something shifted. There was a change a restoration of Jesus as Yeshua.  The shift was to the front of the book. It was as if it too was liberated. Many Christians that had read the front of their Bibles began to understand that the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings were not lying dormant in the dust of time, the dry bones had begun to come back to life.

After all, bones provide the strong structure and living foundation frame of the human body. Bones allow us the ability to live life to the fullest. They give us the physical ability to crawl, to walk and run.

Thinking in "Sod" mode let's reconsider the bones of God's Word. They are the hidden framework of teaching and instruction for life in The Kingdom. God's words give 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 run.

But somehow they lost life and dried out in the early Greco-Roman church, they were baked in the Sun if you will, by the body of Christ as they lost the Ruach Spirit of God. The bones dried up in the church dust, but now they are being awakening and restored to new life in a remnant of Believers. Incredibly, the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings were never dead bones to Judah. Without knowing it they believed the words of Yeshua: "not one jot or tittle of the Torah shall pass..."

Many of the early church fathers turned their back on Jesus 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 became cemeteries for God's Word calling it done away with, an Old Testament.

Over time pulpit preaching distorted and misinterpreted Torah teaching.

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 not realizing men make up religion as their own perception of reality. Elohim God is one, He is the Almighty, He is the creator, He has no new religion from the words of men.

If we take a short trip back in time to England in 1604, we can 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 circulation. King James' version was published in 1611, yet some of the King's commissioned translators missed the mark on some of the Hebrew words.

Their version had some influence from the pews and podiums of the Church of England.

In a way, the leg bone got confused with the hip bone and the living bones, the foundation of the living Word of God dried out in the church dust as it became known as an Old Testament as the church fathers ignored the words and witness of Yeshua about the jots and titles of God's Word.

Think back to the Exodus.

When Joseph was alive, he promised an oath to his father, his grandfather and his great grandfather 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 much like the Jewish people. Like Joseph's bones, they died in German slave death camps in Hitler's Holocaust, but in the oath God gave to Abraham, to Isaac and Jacob they were carried to the Promised Land followig their grave distress in the concentration camps. In the end,they were not buried, they were restored by Joseph's promise:

"God will surely take care of you..."

When the families of Jacob escaped Egypt, "a mixed multitude also left with them" (Exodus 12:38). Many were from Egypt and the nations of people that wanted to follow Joseph's bones, the sons of Israel and God's Glory. In Exodus 13:19 we see that Moses was a surety to Joseph. He honored him 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 Israel fulfilled the words of Joseph and took care of his brothers.

Joseph wanted to be brought out of Egypt, in his heart of hearts, he understood the resurrection power of God's glory. Yet, Moses never buried the bones of Joseph, which the sons of Israel brought up from Egypt to Shechem.

Today, his purchased burial place has been turned into a Muslim Mosque. The men there will be shocked one day when Messiah returns and Joseph's bones are restored in resurrection life.

In Ezekiel 37, the vision begins when the hand of Almighty God sets Ezekiel down in a valley full of bones and the Ruach Spirit of the Almighty gives flesh to them before the eyes of the prophet but the restoration required that Ezekiel do something so that God would give them life.

Elohim God asks Ezekiel if they can be brought back to life, and Ezekiel gives the correct answer: only God knows. With the righteous answer given, God then tells Ezekiel 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 "shema" (hear and do) the word of The Lord and He will put breath (His Spirit) into you!

Following WWII, the bones of the Jewish people began to come together and to grow with sinews and flesh, but the mixed multitude was not with them this time hearing and doing the word of God. But remember what God told Ezekiel?

He had to make another declaration, this time 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 thing about this prophetic passage is the fact that the four winds point toward the nations, the strangers and sojourners like those that went up with the sons of Israel long ago to follow Moses and hear the word of The Lord in the wilderness of Sinai!

Bringing life to dry bones is what began to happen after Jerusalem was restored.

Incredibly, many Christians began to awaken and understand that God does not change and therefore Jacob was not consumed in the German furnace fire. 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.

Slowing but surely, a remnant of Christians began to realize there are Ten Commandments, not nine. The Sabbath of the Lord was not changed by the church fathers.

They began to awaken to the Feasts of the Lord. They began to see them as Almighty God's appointments for mankind's redemption and a big part of the restoration plan for the Kingdom of God.

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

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

What was shown to the prophet Ezekiel is the answer to God's question: "Son of man, can these bones live?”

A part of the "Sod" answer transforms the vision of resurrection into a vision about the restoration of the bones of Ephraim and the bones of Judah as one new man restored to serve the God of Israel and shema (hear and do) the words of the Lord as one people, the children of God.

Just as Ezekiel prophesied as God commanded him, the Spirit (breath) came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army because God promised Ezekiel:
“Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel." "Then you will know that I am the LORD."
The Hebrew word there is "kol" כֹּל meaning totality, everything.  

If your bones are still dry, hear the word 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 of the prophecy and there's more life 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
The nations?

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

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

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 journey which is Messiah Yeshua - Jesus the Nazarene and living Torah.

That's the vision, the bones of Torah live, they are not dead as we thought.

If you have not experienced it, Almighty Elohim God is calling you to life. He wants to offer you and the world redemption, salvation remission from sin through forgiveness through Messiah and a path to walk like Him in His word.

You can accept His gospel gift of life in The Father's Kingdom, its declared in the Torah, yet the bones of the Torah require the breath of God's Spirit.

So, consider carefully what your own life can be like, look at it and repent of any wrongdoing, depravity, immorality or transgression sin.

Ask Elohim God for His grace in forgiveness and accept His gift of love, grace and supplication through Messiah Yeshua. Then walk in new life with Him.

If you know you need to get your life right with God, don’t wait for tomorrow, start the walk on the with the breath of life now and grab hold of the robe of the resurrected Messiah. He will walk with you on your journey. Receive the breath of life, and if you'll listen to Yeshua, 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:
"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 in the valley of dry bones and recognize Messiah beginning from Moses and from all the Prophets and the Psalms.

Repent and walk your life's road with Messiah and study the Scriptures He taught 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 in Psalms 34:20:

"He keeps all his bones,
Not one of them is broken."

Scripture reveals that if we consider ourselves the body of Messiah, we must walk as He walked, no bone of the Word of God is to be broken. Yeshua lived a Torah life. This is represented by the bones of Yeshua in His Passover death as the lamb of God resurrected on First Fruits.

When God gave His word in Exodus 12:46 for the Passover lamb against breaking any bones of the lamb that given for each household, He did this for a reason.

John 19:31-34 tells us that when the Roman soldiers came to speed up His death by breaking the bones of his legs, His walk, they found that he was dead, so they pierced his side to make sure and they never broke a bone in His body.
“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, don't be like them, honor the Word of God, don't break it like an old bone.

To the last detail, Yeshua fills the Torah 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 testify of Messiah. His name is Yeshua - Jesus of Nazareth and His name expresses both his identity and his mission to save us from sin's dry bone death grip.

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

It's now time to become one with Judah in God's hand.