We live in a crazy world. Maybe its time we need to hope to go with it. That Hope is Jesus Christ.
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That Was Then, This Is Now
But beginning in Ezekiel 36, after Nebuchadnezzar had taken the Jews to Babylon and burned Jerusalem to the ground, the Lord began using the phrase in a different way. He said the restoration of Israel in the latter days would be the way He would show both Israel and the nations of our day that He is the Lord.
Although the Lord’s promise of restoration was partially fulfilled during the time between Israel’s return from Babylon and the Lord’s first coming, the language in chapters 36 and following make it clear Ezekiel was speaking of the time preceding the Second Coming. Here are some examples.
Speaking to the mountains of Israel, the Lord said.
“No longer will I make you hear the taunts of the nations, and no longer will you suffer the scorn of the peoples or cause your nation to fall, declares the Sovereign LORD” (Ezek. 36:15).Obviously Israel fell to the Romans after their return from Babylon.
‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms” (Ezekiel 37: 21-22).During the time of their captivity the Jews were held in Babylon, and they were the ones who resettled the land afterward. There was no official regathering from all the nations as Ezekiel prophesied will take place after the Gog Magog battle (
Also, prior to the first coming the promised land had been divided among various members of the Herod family and Rome. It was not a single entity with a single king.
Here’s How You Will Know
Each step along the way to Israel’s complete restoration is meant to be a sign to show both Israel and the nations that God is the Lord. Each of these signs is identified by some form of the phrase “You will know that I am the Lord” and there are ten of them.
In effect He was saying, “You will know that I am the Lord,
- When I settle people in the land and they become fruitful and prosperous (Ezekiel 36:11)
- When I show Myself holy through Israel before the eyes of the nations (Ezekiel 36:23)
- When I have rebuilt what was destroyed and replanted what was desolate (Ezekiel 36:36)
- When I fill the rebuilt cities with people (Ezekiel 36:38).
- When I bring back to life a people long dead (Ezekiel 37:6)
- When I open their graves and bring My people up from them (Ezekiel 37:13)
- When I put My spirit in them and settle them in their own land (Ezekiel 37:14)
- When My sanctuary stands among them forever (Ezekiel 37:28)
- When I defeat the Gog Magog coalition (Ezekiel 38:23)
- When I have finished calling My people back to Israel, not leaving any behind” (Ezekiel 39:28).