Whenever I’d read the book of Ezekiel in the past, I’d never understand what in the world the part about the dry bones was about. All I knew was that I was sure glad that I wasn’t Ezekiel, who stood in a valley where bones had come back together to become bodies again. Yipes! My teeth woulda chattered like crazy watching that, that’s for sure.
Then just a couple of days ago while driving, I heard on a radio program a speaker who had mentioned about how he believed that Russia was the big, evil country which is described about in the book of Ezekiel, as being the country that wants to take over the world. Oh, so Russia is the “Gog” country mentioned about in Ezekiel 38-39. Interesting.
This is another message that came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, turn and face Gog of the land of Magog, the prince who rules over the nations of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him.
Give him this message from the Sovereign Lord: Gog, I am your enemy!
~ Ezekiel 38:1-3
When I walked into church yesterday morning, I decided to stop by their print outs of Bible study guides that they have available against one of the walls. The one that was titled as “Battle-Stations! The Biblical Battlefield of Last Days Prophecy Ezekiel 37-39″ had caught my eye and I pulled one of the sheets out.
The print out didn’t mention anything about Russia being the country of Gog, but it did mention about how the book of Ezekiel can be divided up into 4 parts, and of how the chapters of 33-39 in Ezekiel were about the restoration of national Israel in the future. Oh, in the future. I see.
With all of this Ezekiel info being mentioned, I decided to read this morning again about what Ezekiel had seen in the valley of dry bones. And got the hibbie-jibbies while reading it again.
So I spoke this message, just as He told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons. Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them.
Then He said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.”
So I spoke the message as He commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet – a great army.
~ Ezekiel 37:7-10
I have no idea whether Russia is the country mentioned as Gog in Ezekiel and whether that radio program speaker’s opinions and teachings about the topic may be true. Because in the past, he had mentioned about how he doesn’t believe that there will be a “Tribulation Period” in the future, but I think that the two church denominations that I’ve been attending for the longest time actually do teach that there will be.
Well, although there may be such differences in opinions and teachings about what’s gonna happen in the future, I’m just so grateful for the verses which are clear to read and understand to any ‘ole reader like me. Because reading and remembering about the promises of God in His Word are what keeps me a-goin’ each day. Hallelujah!
Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.
~ Revelation 5:8