Releasing Resurrection and Revival from the Courts of Heaven
Can These Bones Live?
(Excerpts taken from Pgs. 124-128)
Ezekiel, it would appear, was used by God to bring resurrection into a disassembled situation.
He was set by God in a valley of dry bones and told to prophesy.
This account is in Ezekiel 37:1-14
Hebrews 11:13 makes a statement concerning these fathers.
The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”
Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones,
hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.” ’ ”
So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.
Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” ’ So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say,Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ Therefore prophesy and say to them,
Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it,” says the Lord.’ ”
They had vision and purpose beyond their natural years. What God had said would require generations to fulfill. Many times we need to interpret the word we have heard from the Lord in terms of generations. If we don’t think this way, then we become disillusioned when it doesn’t happen in our life span. We think that God has failed us, or that what we thought was God wasn’t. This also causes us not to contend for the generations to come.
Ezekiel walked through the process of seeing resurrection life flow in this encounter he was having. He was an integral part of this process. Without him this resurrection would not have occurred.
The first thing we see is that God put Ezekiel in this place of death, barrenness, and brokenness. The situation seemed hopeless. So much so that when God asked Ezekiel if he believed the dry, broken, and scattered bones could live, Ezekiel was noncommittal. His answer was “Lord, You know.” In other words, “God, it looks really hopeless and useless, but I’m not limiting You.”
Maybe this is your situation. Perhaps not only has something died, it has been disassembled and scattered into what would seem a million pieces.
This is where Ezekiel was.
Yet the Lord was about to do a major resurrection.
Ezekiel was going to play a major part in this. We will also play a major part in the resurrection that seems hopeless and beyond help.
Maybe you have been set down in an environment or situation where anything short of the resurrection power of God is insufficient. It could be in your work place, your family situation, or a ministry circumstance. Everything looks dead, dry and disconnected. The good news is that God is able to bring good things to pass.
He is able to release resurrection power into your situation.
Let’s pray this prayer together.
As I stand in Your Courts, Lord, let it be known that this situation seems impossible, yet I believe in You – the God of resurrection. Even as Ezekiel declared, “Lord, You know,” at the question of could this live again, so I say this. I acknowledge, Lord, that You are God. Let this be recorded before You. I proclaim You are God and can do whatever You desire. You are able to bring life from that which is dead, dry and disconnected. Lord, allow Your divine power to flow. Show Yourself glorious as I stand and petition Your Courts. Let life come again to these dry bones. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
As Ezekiel looked at the situation, the Lord then told him to prophesy. At this point, Ezekiel had to decide what he would prophesy.
Would he speak what his eyes were seeing or what his ears were hearing?
His eyes saw the wasted desolation in this valley. However, his ears heard the sound of the marching army. Which one would he agree with? Would he prophesy what his eyes saw, or what his ears heard?
His prophetic decree would determine what did or did not happen.