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“The Dry Bones”
by Art Sadlier   
January 1st, 2010

In Ezekiel 37 we have the account of the dry bones. In verse 11 the Lord said unto 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.”

The fulfillment of that prophecy is the story the history of Israel for nearly 2000 years. In our lifetime we have seen the dry bones come together again and Israel restored as a nation.

However to this point there is no spiritual life in the nation. The nation is still blind to the truth that Christ is their God and Messiah. In verse 14 the Lord said, “I will put my spirit in you, and ye shall live,” that spiritual life has not come to Israel as yet.

Zechariah tells us in chapter 13 that spiritual life will come to Israel at the close of the tribulation period. We are told that two thirds of the nation will die in unbelief and that one third will be refined and redeemed. “And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.”  Zechariah 13:9. This is the fulfillment of Romans 11:26, where Paul said, “And so all Israel shall be saved”, every living Israeli will be saved at that time.

I believe that at this very moment we are seeing the Spirit of God beginning to move upon some of the Jewish people and that this movement is the beginning of that which will be consummated in Zechariah 13:9.

To this point the Jewish people have generally accepted the fact that the land will be divided and that there will be two states. However in recent days there is a movement in the hearts of some Jewish people to believe God to fulfill his promises to them and fully restore the nation.

The following news article is an example what I believe is the beginning of the movement of God’s Spirit on Jewish hearts.

RCP Director Rabbi Avraham Levin was quoted by Israel National News as explaining to the ambassador that "the past 17 years have proven without a shadow of a doubt that every square inch ceded by Israel to the Palestinians was transformed into a platform of hatred and terrorism."

Levin noted that the land-for-peace formula had now proved to be wrong on at least three different levels:

  1. It goes against God's Word;
  2. It only produces more bloodshed by encouraging Muslim terror;
  3. It harms American interests in the region by emboldening those forces most opposed to democracy.

Rabbi Shalom Gold of Jerusalem told the ambassador about an aspect of the conflict often ignored by the international media: the constant anxiety and suffering of Israeli Jews.

"From the day that we started conceding and withdrawing we did not have one day of rest and peace," said Rabbi Gold. "Why should our enemies want to make peace with us when they see that with terrorism they get what they want? ...Is the triumph of Arab terror one of American interests?"

Rabbi Dov Lior of Hebron concluded by reminding the Americans that their current and continued success as a world power is closely tied to the way they relate to Israel.

"God gave the US the power and influence to affect the rest of the world and supporting Israel is the key to America's success," said Rabbi Lior. Cunningham responded that Palestinian concerns and desires must also be taken into consideration, but the rabbis noted that the situation only started getting bad when Israel and the world started focusing on Palestinian considerations.

Instead, the rabbis urged, the US should scrap the land-for-peace failure and try the approach outlined in the Bible.

This is just one example of a change of expectations on the part of a growing number of Israeli’s. The God of Israel who has miraculously restored His people and has preserved them from a hostile world is now preparing to breathe His Spirit into them.

Today we see in Israel a group of Jews, who in unbelief and fear are willing to give up the long promised land. We are now also seeing the surfacing of a hand full of Jews who are demonstrating some evidence of faith in the promises of God to them and the nation.

Another evidence of this growing remnant of believing Jews is the tenacity with which many Israeli’s are moving in to claim Judea and Samaria as their inheritance. Counter to them is the determination of the Present Israeli leadership to evacuate the so called West Bank and cede it to the Palestinians in fear and unbelief.

This division of the Israeli people is the setting of the whole tribulation period. The stage is being set for the rapture to take place and the program of God for Israel to unfold.

   Art Sadlier

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