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Prophecy Update Number 23 ended with an exposition of Ezekiel 37:7.  In Update 24 we will continue the building of a nation by the hand of God.  Please consult previous updates for the background to what follows.
 
Verse 8 of Ezekiel 37: “And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.”  This verse continues the building of flesh and blood bodies over the dry bones God has gathered together in the midst of the Gentile nations.  “The sinews and the flesh came upon them” – By 1930 approximately 160,000 Jews had come home – Israel did not yet have the appearance of a nation, but it was developing the internal nucleus. “And the skin covered them from above” – By 1948 a breathless physical nation had grown as a body with the British Protectorate.  The full body was there, but one thing was missing – “But there was no breath in them.”  They were not recognized as a genuine, living nation.  They were a group of people with no national breath.
 
Verse 9 renders God’s solution to the closing breath problem of verse 8: “Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.”  This is not God breathing spiritual rebirth into the Jewish nation – that comes later in verse 14.  The four winds represent north, south, east, and west, and, as such, they portray the locations of all the nations of the world.  Most of the nations of the world (United Nations) on May 14, 1948 breathed upon the dead body of Israel, under the direction of God, and Israel became a recognized, physically reborn nation.
 
Verse 10 shows the results of verse 9: “So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army” – Worldwide recognition (except for Arab nations) gives them physical life, and they stand on their own two feet.  The fact that they have defeated the Arab nations around them in 1948, 1967, and 1973 testifies they have been an exceeding great army.
 
Verse 11 describes the symbolism of verses 1 and 2: “Then he said unto me, 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 bones are clearly identified as the entire nation of Israel.  It paints a concise picture of a dead nation, without hope, scattered across the world in small parts, cut off from one another.  This is a perfect picture of the descendants of Israel (Jacob) from about A.D. 135 until the twentieth century.
 
Verse 12 continues to explain the symbolism of verses 7 through 10: “Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.  This outlines the gradual drawing of Jews from out of their places in the Gentile world to their natural homeland – the land of Israel.  This began over 100 years ago and is still continuing.
 
Lord willing, in Prophecy Update 25 we will present the final aspect of God’s work – The spiritual rebirth of the nation of Israel.

Since we began this web site we have continuously been bombarded by queries involving the current, and past, conflict activity in the Mid-East.  The most frequent query is this:  do you expect the current conflict to cause a full scale, all out war?  As in the past, my answer has been consistent – the answer is NO!  Will the conflict escalate and then decline like a yo-yo from time to time?  My answer, as in the past, is YES!  Will Ariel Sharon unleash the FULL fury of the IDF into the Palestinian held territories?  My answer is NO!  Will he intensify his thrusts into their territories from time to time as needed?  My answer is YES!  If the Palestinians and terrorist groups continue to perform acts of killing against his people, will Ariel Sharon eventually be forced to put a “forced peace” on the Palestinians?  My answer is YES! 


In Prophecy Update Number 3 (Click Prophecy Archives Above), when Ariel Sharon first took office, I stated: “Ariel Sharon may try to put a forced peace on the Palestinians before the terrorist groups shut down.  This was one of the options considered by his party in the past.”  So what is a “forced peace?”  Barriers would be built, which would completely surround the autonomous zones given to the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, and the IDF would deploy guards day and night outside those barriers in order to separate the two nations.  It would be similar, but not exactly the same, as the Berlin wall Russia built to separate West and East Germany during the cold war.  All but the major roads leading into the Palestinian Autonomous Zones would be sealed off.  At the major road openings in the wall the IDF would thoroughly scrutinize all who passed through, and all types of transportation would be examined from top to bottom.  Many of these barriers are already in place, and some of the material to add onto them is already in place.  It would amount to a nation within a nation, with the surrounding nation controlling the movements of the inner nation.  If the inner nation was deemed responsible for terrorist activities in the outer nation, the outer nation could launch air strikes against the inner nation without fear of killing their own people.


Naturally, the Palestinians and numerous terrorist groups are aware of the possibility of a “forced peace,” and they do not like it.  It would seriously hamper the terrorist activities, and force the Palestinians into a forced, non-negotiated peace, where they had to accept whatever land Israel decided to give them.  I am persuaded that the possibility of a “forced peace” may finally cause the Palestinians and terrorist groups to realize the only way they can ever drive Israel into the Negev is by the medium of a negotiated false peace.  When they finally realize the only way their final objectives can be reached is by luring Israel into a false sense of security, then the terrorist groups will cease their activities, and both Syria and the Palestinians will sign final settlements with Israel.


We will place Prophecy Update Number 25, which is a continuation of Prophecy Update 24, on our web pages on Sunday, July 22nd, Lord willing.