About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Prophecy To The Mountains Of Israel
(ch. 36:1 – 27)
verse 1 God tells Ezekiel "to prophesy to the mountains of
verse 2 you see the words "Sovereign Lord", as you do all the
way through Ezekiel. This is
important to point out. God
is sovereign. He can, and He
will, do whatever He wants to do, and, when He says He will do
something, you can bet He will do it.
All the way through the book of Ezekiel the Sovereign Lord says
He will do certain things. Many
of these things He has done. The
rest, He will do. It is
important to understand the sovereignty of God, both on an individual
level and a national level.
2 also says, "aha, the ancient heights have become our
possession". It is Israel's enemies who have said this, and the word "aha' tells us that
they are gloating in the fact that they have conquered Israel. This had come true when
Ezekiel prophesied this. It
came to pass in a final sense in 70 A. D..
We need to understand that 70 A.D. is an important date in
Israeli history, and so is 1948.
is about to pronounce judgment on the nations of the world in the
following verses. We know
when this judgment will take place.
In verses 3 and 5 we see the word "nations".
This is important. It
is these nations that will come under the judgment of God spoken of
here. In Ezekiel's day
verse 5 we see the word "glee".
This suggests that when the nations of the world ridiculed
also the words "my land' in verse 5.
We should understand that God gave a particular portion of land
to Israel, but in the long run, He calls the land "His land".
God calls the
verse 6 we see God's "jealous wrath" against the nations of
the world because Israel
has "suffered the scorn" of the nations of the world.
Israel, more than any other nation has suffered scorn from other nations of
the world. This will
escalate and find its climax in the Great Tribulation at the end of this
need to know, that when it comes to Israel, that is, the land and the nation, God is very protective and actually
jealous, because Israel
belongs to Him, and Him alone. This is important in the world of
politics today, but few politicians recognize this fact.
In the long run, all the judgments that God pronounces and
carries out, especially those at the end of this age are for one thing,
that is, so the world will know that He is the only God.
We see this in this chapter of Ezekiel and all the way through
verse 7 we see God swearing with "uplifted hands".
This would be similar to us swearing on the Bible in a court of
law. It is symbolic of the
fact that what God is about to declare is based on truth and will come
about. What He declares in
verse 7 is that the surrounding nations of Israel
will become like Israel
was. That is, they will
suffer scorn as Israel
had suffered scorn. We need
to note here the specific nations spoken of.
Verse 7 doesn't say "the nations of the world".
Verse 7 is directed specifically to those few nations that
immediately surround Israel. We see these nations
mentioned in Psalm 85 as nations that come against
8 through 12 speak of the restoration of
13 may take a little thought. What
is said in verse 13 is spoken by
15 simply states that all the opposition to Israel, all the scorn from all the nations will end.
verses 16 and 17 God reminds Israel
just why they were dispersed into the nations of the world.
God also reminds them that it was He who did the dispersing.
He in fact was behind the Roman invasion of 70 A. D..
It was an act of judgment on
verses 20 and 21 we note that even in all other nations of the world,
the Jews still profaned the name of their God.
They did this by not living the way they were supposed to live.
In these other nations, they were not obeying their God, and for
the most part, they still aren't. Yes,
you can see synagogues in many nations of the world, but the worship
that takes place in these synagogues is adulterated.
It is not the worship that God demands of
22 and 23 show us again the reason why God judged Israel, and why He will judge the nations of the world.
It is for His name sake. It
is so all nations, including
24 is important. It is clear
and direct. God simply
states that the day will come when He will gather the Jews from the
nations of the world and bring them back into their own land.
This prophecy began to take place in 1948.
Prior to then, Israel
had no land to come back to. They
now have the land, or at least part of it, and they have been returning
from all over the world. If
theologians say that verse 25, according to the Hebrew text, should
begin with the word "then".
That is to say, "then God will sprinkle …"
This would also make sense in context.
First God brings Israel
back to her land.
Then at a later date He restores His relationship with her.
At that point, all Israel
will be saved as the apostle Paul says in Romans 11.
from verses 24 to 32 God says "I will" eleven times.
There are a number of things listed here that God will do.
the things that God will do. They
aren't spiritual. They are
material. They are
geographical and natural. By
these last two, I mean Israel
will get her land back and the land will produce its fruit in abundance.
thing I'd like to point out here is the spiritual restoration of Israel. God says that He will
cleanse Israel. He will remove the heart
of stone and give the Jews a soft heart of flesh.
He will give them His Holy Spirit.
This is the Holy Spirit revival that Zechariah and others have
predicted as well. Israel
will return to their God, and it will be of God's doing.
This is still to come once God brings Israel
to her knees in the Great Tribulation.
I've just pointed out the "I wills" from God.
Note also the "you wills" in this section.
is to be "ashamed" for what the detestable things they have
done. This is speaking of
true repentance. Israel
will mourn for their sinful condition.
God will hear her cries of repentance, and He will forgive,
cleanse, heal, and pour out His Spirit on them.
Beyond reclaiming the land and nationhood, Israel
will be restored to her God.
when the final restoration of Israel
as a nation takes place. In
verse 33 God says that on the
day He cleanses Israel, then the final restoration will take place.
First comes the spiritual, then the material as Paul states in 1
Corinthians 15:46. Total
Israeli prosperity will not come to the nation of
34 and 35 speak of the land
it comes to the restoration of the land that belongs to Israel, on that day, as verse 36 states, all the surrounding nations that are
left, will acknowledge that it is the Lord God of
the idea the point concerning the surrounding nations that are left.
After the Great Tribulation, many of the surrounding nations will
be in great peril and destruction. Those
who still have the capability to exist will know who rebuilt
37 states that God "will hear the pleas of Israel". This is
the pleas that Israel makes during the suffering of the Great
Tribulation. The one hundred and forty four thousand Israelis of the book of
Revelation will lead a national revival.
The word pleas here suggests Israeli repentance.
Only after this repentance, aided by God Himself as Zechariah and
others say, will God come and cleanse
in verse 38 the point God makes concerning the number of Israelis
increasing. Although the
analogy is different, this is once again, another reference to the
Abrahamic Covenant where God promises Israel
to have a great number of
people. Some Bible teachers,
those who believe in Replacement Theology, believe that part of the
Abrahamic Covenant has already been fulfilled in Old Testament times,
but that's not so, and this verse proves it.
This verse speaks of a time yet in the future.
So we know that the Abrahamic Covenant is yet to be fulfilled,
still has a prophetic and historic future.
God is not finished with them, and never will be.