Today’s Devotional – February 24th  (The Valley of Dry Bones!)

By admin On February 23rd, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – February 24th

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The Valley of Dry Bones!

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There has been a general consensus among the twentieth Century Bible teachers that Ezekiel, Ch. 37 which speaks of the Valley of Dry Bones, concerns the nation of Israel, over there in Palestine.

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Yes, since the reforming of Israel in 1948, Bible teachers have bent the prophecies concerning Israel, in the direction of National Israel in modern-day Palestine.

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The problem with this notion is that what Ezekiel saw, could not be speaking of today’s National Israel.

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Because there are a number of inconsistencies which prevents National Israel from being the fulfillment of Ezekiel’s vision.

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Ezekiel’s Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones – Gustave Dore – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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THE WHOLE HOUSE OF ISRAEL

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First, Ezekiel says… “Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel:” Ezekiel 37:11

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The reason this cannot be speaking of literal National Israel, is that it is certainly not the “whole house of Israel”.

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Because, National Israel is the home of about 10,000,000 people of Jewish descent. And even if it were twice that number, it only represents a tiny percentage of humans with Jewish blood! And so, when God says this Valley of Dry Bones is the “whole house of Israel”, literal National Israel is merely a tiny portion of Israel, after the flesh.

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The number of people around the world who have Jewish blood, may be upwards in the neighborhood of nearly half the earth’s inhabitants!

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Crowd of people – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST NOT ACCEPTED

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Second, God says… “O My people…(I) shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.” Ezekiel 37:13, 14

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And so, here is another prophecy which cannot be speaking of literal Israel in Palestine.

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Because, those Jewish inhabitants of today’s National Israel, while very nice people, are definitely not Christians, and show absolutely no interest in becoming Christians!

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They are as spiritually dead as are the Palestinian people living in that area!

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Phylacteries – Israel – Religious Jew on a Daily-Market – Wikipedia – Share-alike Lic.

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THE FIG TREE ETERNALLY CURSED!

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Third, remember when Jesus cursed the fig tree?

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Listen… “And when He (Jesus) saw a fig tree in the way, He came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.” Matthew 21:19.

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The general consensus among theologians is that this fig tree here in Matthew represents National Israel over off the Mediterranean Sea. And so, this curse, “Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever”, actually was a curse upon the nation of Israel.

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No it was not a curse upon the Jewish people as individuals.

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But was a curse upon the national organization itself!

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Declaration of State of Israel 1948 – Wikimedia – public domain

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JEW & GENTILE BELIEVERS ARE GOD’S HOUSE

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And so, just who does this Valley of Dry Bones represent? 

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Listen… ” That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us… Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;” Ephesians 2:12-14, 16, 18, 19

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So now we see that we Gentile Believers have become members of the commonwealth of Israel, and fellow-citizens of the household of God!

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So we see that both Jews and Gentiles “For through Him (Jesus) we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” Epheians 2:18.

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And so, when God speaks of the whole household of God, He is speaking of both Jew and Gentile alike!

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Brooklyn Museum – What Our Lord Saw from the Cross – James Tissot

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HARVEST PAST & WE’RE NOT SAVED!

But why does God see us as a Valley of Dry Bones? Are not we, the New Testament Church zealous for God?

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Perhaps this passage might help… “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Jeremiah 8:20.

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So who is Jeremiah speaking of in this above passage? Well, it is speaking of a time after the harvest. It is a time after “the summer is ended”. And God’s people are not saved!

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Burning a field of sugar cane – Public-Domain – Wikipedia

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WE’VE BROUGHT FORTH WIND!

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Well, here is another passage which further clarifies things…. “Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD. We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.” Isaiah 26:17, 18

woman of Revelation 12 In Travail-www.signsofheaven.org

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Now this seems to speaking of the Church. And this above passage is speaking of bringing forth Christ.

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Listen… “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,” Galatians 4:19

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So here is a complimentary verse which further clarifies this concept of bringing forth Christ. The Church of Galatia was a church teetering on the brink of apostasy! As the body of Christ, they were just about fallen from grace!

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And so, Paul himself felt the pains of labor (spiritually speaking), hoping and waiting for the Galatian church to bring forth Christ!

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ABOVE STAR-CHART – Summer constellation – Woman of Revelation 12 In Travail (aka: Ursa Major which includes The Big Dipper) – www.signsofheaven.org

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WE NO LONGER ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE

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And here is a confirmation that we are on the right track… “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2nd Timothy 4:3, 4

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And so, this passage is a prophecy of a time when the churches will no longer tolerate sound doctrine!

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A time of total apostasy!

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Church Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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HEAPS OF BIBLE TEACHERS TODAY!

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So the big question is, “Has the Church reached this condition? Will the Church no longer endure sound doctrine? or have they heaped to themselves teachers, having itching ears?”

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Well, one thing is for sure! There is a heap of teachers today, isn’t there?

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We now live in a day in which, at the click of a mouse, we can choose from any one of a thousand of Bible teachers to listen to!

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS NO LONGER ACCEPTED

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And as we explore this website, we begin to realize that we are yet in a very fleshly condition.

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And then it begins to dawn on us that the Valley of Dry Bones is a message for today’s apostate Church.

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But it is a hopeful message! Because it tells us that though we have fallen asleep, spiritually speaking, yet God can give us new life in Christ!

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And though we have failed to give birth to Christ within, yet there is still time to bring forth Christ!

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, I have been drinking at the broken cisterns of the world. Bring me back to the fountain of the water of life, that I may freely drink of Thy Spirit…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Crown of Revelation 12: What Is “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble”?”, or you can also read… “March 1st (A Designer Jesus!)“

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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GUIDE US TO HEAVEN’S GATE…

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And Arcturus is that brilliant star (3rd brightest in our heavens) which leads these Gospel constellations, Summer, Fall, and Winter Constellations, to present a picture story, a heavenly allegory of sorts; these constellations, which together, tell of the incredible love of God.

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And Arcturus, our Host Star, will lead to an understanding of God’s Word, which will, in turn, guide God’s people up a narrow pathway; onward and upward through Heaven’s Gate itself, and ultimately into the very heavenly City of God!

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Oh don’t doubt for a moment that God cannot or will not do this! For with God, all things are possible! Listen… “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” Mark 9:23

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And Signs Of Heaven Website will direct the Reader to God’s Word in such a way as to bring out certain Bible truths not currently recognized or emphasized in most of the current Christian theological circles. 

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LOCATING ARCTURUS…

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An easy way to find Arcturus is to follow the arc of the handle of the Big Dipper, in the spring through fall (these are the months in which Arcturus is visible). 

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SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS: (Sketch to right: constellations span the heavens (Ark in south, 7 Stars in north), and travel from east to west through the night.

This sketch is of the Summer Constellations as they appear when in the western half of the night sky. The box-like constellation is the The Ark of the Covenant (AKA Sagittarius) is in the south. To the right is both the Flower of the Field Constellation (AKA Scorpius) and the The Cross/Scepter Constellations. Further to the north is the Crown of Revelation Twelve (AKA  Corona Borealis Constellation) and the star, Arcturus. Farthest to the north is the 7 Stars Constellation (AKA The Big Dipper )

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Arcturus (the star that wise-men follow!)”

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TOMORROW:

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February 25th – (No Rest Unto The Wicked

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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