“Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” [1]


Israel’s war is growing, and many Israelis say it hasn’t yet begun. Still, the war prophesied in Ezekiel 38 and 39 seems to be on everyone’s mind.


However, leading up to Ezekiel prophesying, “‘Thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal,’” the Almighty provided this prophet with visions of Israel’s future blessing—the first, dry bones, the second, two sticks. And, both prophecies spoke of the same event: the people of Judah and Israel united again and back in the Land promised to them by God Most High.


God commanded Ezekiel, a priest of Judah captive in Babylon because of Judah’s sin, to prophesy to dry bones, and when he did, stages of life appeared. The bones came together, sinew appeared, and skin. The LORD then said to Ezekiel, “Prophesy to the breathsay…breathe on these slain, that they may live.” He did, and, “…they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.[2]


Immediately, the Almighty gave the interpretation. “…Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israelprophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up…and bring you into the land of Israel…’”[3]

In the second vision, Ezekiel was to take two sticks that became one in his hand. Again, God gave the interpretation saying, “…Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land…they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.”[4]


Some see this prophecy’s fulfillment in 539-538 BC when the Medo-Persian Emperor, Cyrus the Great, allowed the Jews to return to the land of Israel.[5] Still, these freed captives from Babylon were for the most part almost continually under the control of other empires: Persia, then Greece, and finally, Rome, who destroyed Jerusalem and their second temple in AD 70.


Once more, the Jews were dispersed into all nations until a miraculous thing happened. In the late 1800s, God moved upon His chosen to long for their homeland. He used Theodor Herzl, to write a pamphlet “The Jewish State” in 1896, arguing “that the establishment of a modern, European homeland for Jews would provide a refuge for a persecuted people and prevent competition with non-Jews...”[6]  Herzl organized the first Zionist Congress in 1897, where other countries were suggested for this homeland, but God placed Eretz Israel in their hearts.


In 1914, WWI began, and November 1917 saw another miracle. “…British foreign secretary Arthur Balfour committed Britain to ‘the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people...’”[7]


WWI prepared the Land for the people. WWII prepared this incredibly persecuted people for the Land.


Ezekiel’s Dry Bones and Two Sticks prophecies saw fulfillment on May 14, 1948.


By the hand of God, the whole house of Israel was back in the Land He promised to Abraham and his descendants forever. On that day, The Balfour Declaration expired, and the United Nations created the new country of Israel. Eleven minutes later, US President Harry Truman was the first world leader to recognize Israel as a legitimate Jewish state.[8]


A nation indeed born in one day.[9]


However, May 15, 1948, saw five Arab nations attack Israel. Miraculously, Israel won because, in my opinion, the Arabs fought God,[10] just as Hamas is doing today.


A divided nation reunited, and their dry bones lived an exceedingly great army, blinded, in part, to the whole truth of God Almighty. He called Abraham, gave him and his descendants the land, from the river of Egypt [the Nile] to the great river…Euphrates, forever.


And, we believers in Yeshua HaMashiach – Jesus, our Messiah – God in Flesh, should be so very THANKFUL “…the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”[11]




If Yahweh—God does not keep His promises to Israel, we cannot trust He will keep His promises to us!


But…Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! ALL His promises are Yes, and Amen, for JESUS came to CONFIRM the promises made to the fathers. Thank You, O God, for Your great faithfulness.[12]      …to be continued…


Have a Blessed Thanksgiving, Anita


[1] Psalm 121:4

[2] Ezekiel 37:9-10

[3] Ezekiel 37:12-14

[4] Ezekiel 37:21-22

[5] II Chronicles 36:22-23; Ezra 1:1-5

[7] Ibid.

[9] Isaiah 66:8

[10] Acts 5:39

[11] Genesis 13:14-17; Genesis 15:17-21; Romans 11:23-29

[12] II Corinthians 9:15; II Corinthians 1:20; Romans 15:8; Romans 3:1-4


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