By Nathan Jones
Can a dead nation come back to life?
I was recently interviewed by Vic Batista, senior pastor of the Miami-based Calvary Chapel Aventura on his radio program "The Truth Will Set You Free" via TWave Radio. "Pastor Vic" (as he likes to be called) was born in the Dominican Republic and is as active in planting churches and helping orphans there as he is in southern Florida, reaching out with the Good News of Jesus Christ to both the English and Spanish speaking audiences.
In this "The Truth Will Set You Free" episode, we'll marvel at how Israel being a nation again fulfills one of the most prolific prophecies in all the Old Testament. The first half of the discussion is in English, while the second half is translated into Spanish.
The Valley of Dry Bones
Nathan: One of the greatest passages on this topic of the miracle of Israel becoming a nation again is Ezekiel 37. This is the story of the Valley of Dry Bones. Watch my one-minute computer animated video called "Dry Bones" which explains this story.
The idea of the Ezekiel 37 story is that Israel was a dead nation. They were just bones laying around a valley. Then the Lord takes these bones and puts them back together again. He puts the sinews and the muscle and the skin back on and brings Israel back to life. He then re-gathers the Jewish people into a great army. So, we see it was a prophecy of Israel being dead, but coming back to life again. The only thing that Israel is missing is a heart for the Son of God. They have their bodies, but the spirit isn't there yet because they haven't accepted Jesus as their Savior.
The coming seven-year Tribulation that's coming on the earth in part is for the purpose of making it so difficult for the Jews that they finally bend their knee and loosen their stiff necks. A third of the people will give their hearts to Jesus Christ.
Afterwards, when we get into that 1,000 year reign of Christ on this earth, Israel will be the capital nation of the world. Jesus will rule from Jerusalem and the people of Israel who have given their hearts to Him will become a priestly nation to the world.
All this hatred of Israel right now, Pastor Vic, that's all satanic, because Satan knows what's going to happen. He can read the Bible, and from the Bible he knows there's no stopping Jesus' return. Still, he's trying everything he can to stop it anyway, but will fail.
Vic: Dry Bones is an amazing prophecy! I love the way the Lord led you to tell in in a very simple little video. It really puts a beautiful picture behind what the Bible says.
Nathan: Thanks! With the Bible Prophecy Insights series, we really wanted to capture people who maybe don't know anything about Bible prophecy and tell them about it via a simple one-minute video. Then we bring them back to our website at lamblion.com so they can learn more about this amazing prophecy that is being fulfilled today.
Words of Encouragement
Vic: Nathan, how would you encourage that person out there who maybe does not have a relationship with the Lord, what would you say to them?
Nathan: I would say to them that the Lord is coming back very soon. He is coming back for two reasons. One reason is He's coming back to bring His people — those who have accepted Him as Savior — up to Heaven to be with Him before the second reason happens. The second is for judgment. This judgment upon the world will be like the Flood. It'll bring a remnant of the world back to accept Jesus as Savior.
The Tribulation is going to be the worse time in all of human history. The Lord doesn't want you to have to live through that, though. The Lord doesn't want you to be suffering in your sins. The Lord doesn't want you to go to Hell. So, Jesus died on the cross for you. He took your punishment. But, you have to accept that free gift. You have to accept in your heart by faith and pray something like, "Dear, Jesus, please forgive me of my sins and be my Savior." Jesus promises that He'll forgive you of your sins, heal you, and give you a new life. There is a great, new hope in the fulfillment of all the promises that God's offered those who have accepted Him as Savior.
Vic: Thank you, those are wonderful words of encouragement. To anyone tuning in here, you can always reach out to us to learn how to begin your life with Jesus Christ. The prophecy fulfillment of the return of the Jews to Israel is so important, and yet we've only covered just a few of the end times prophecies that the Bible teaches about. There's so much more to be revealed, so I hope we will be able to do discuss this topic with you.
People need to realize what is happening right before our very eyes. There are some who want to debunk some of these modern-day prophecies. Nathan, what would you say to them in close?
Nathan: I would say to them that with 31% of the Bible as prophecy, God wants us to know what the future is about. How will you respond to that knowledge? That's the important question you have to ask yourself. And, how will you respond to this knowledge?