Ezekiel was told to prophecy to dry bones to come together and be covered with flesh and have the breath of life come into them, becoming a vast army. “Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.” (Ezekiel 37:13-14) Ezekiel was told to take a stick of wood and write on it, “Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.” Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, “Belonging to Joseph (that is, to Ephraim) and all the Israelites associated with him.” Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand. “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 37:16-17, 21-22) “Then the nations will know that I the Lord make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever.” (Ezekiel 37:28)
The Lord God will bring back Israel from dry bones in a grave to a vast army, filled with the Spirit in their land, so they will know it was He that did it. The Kingdom will be regathered and united into one, so the nations will know the Lord makes Israel holy having made his dwelling there. This may seem like a lot of symbolic imagery that has no real relevance in time and space, but it will happen one day and the headlines will declare it. I believe part of this began to be fulfilled in 1947, seemingly from a UN resolution, but the UN’s interest it such an act was as remote as dead bones rising from the grave. After approximately two thousand years Israel is again one united nation in the land given to Abraham, restored through Moses and Joshua and which they have possessed longer than any other peoples and nomads who wandered upon it. Ever since 1947, most of their neighboring nations and others like Iran have been trying to annihilate them, but miraculously they not only endure, but prosper. They had a water shortage and solved it was desalination; they had an energy problem and found natural gas reserves large enough to export. They have been a blessing to the world in many ways including being the first responders to various natural disasters and being leaders in high tech development. According to scripture, we in the nations will know this is God’s doing when He sets them apart by putting His sanctuary among them. Keep an eye on Israel, because God has never taken His eyes off her.