29th Feb., 2916
WHEN HE COMES - 3
"This Present Distress 2"
Like Ezekiel, in the midst of the valley of very dry bones, we are confronted with a challenge of believing.
“...Son of man, can these bones live?"
(Eze 37:3 NKJV
Can these dry, hopeless and helpless situation change? Can this dead Church come alive again? Yet others are just overwhelmed with their own personal difficulties. “Can this my life ever be restored? Can I ever hope to attain God’s goal for my life again, seeing how woefully I fell into the dungeon of sin?”
Ezekiel simply responded in the faith… “Thou knowest.” (Eze. 37:3) He knew God cannot be limited by any situation if He was ready to act. At the command of His word, the dry, scattered bones came together, bone to bone and none was mis-joined. A rattling noise broke forth in a valley where there was no sound of life, as every bone traced the exact bone of its own frame. Skeletons were miraculously arranged as each one linked to its own very bone. No man could have done that. No scientist could do that in the very precise manner and at such a short time in which the bones glided to link up with each other. Even so is the dimension of God’s divine intervention in the affairs of Hid Church and in your own personal life. Do not calculate how long it would take for God to bring you into a personal restoration. He is not a mere man who struggles with trial and error. At the word of the Lord, the dry bones became a mighty army for the Lord…
“Then He said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, 'Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!' Therefore prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord God: "Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it," says the Lord.' "”
(Eze 37:11-14 NKJV
Whereas this prophecy contextually focused on the house of Israel, yet I see a fulfillment of it in the Church of Christ in our generation and in several lands. I also see a fulfillment of it in several lives that cry for personal restoration and revival. Do not say your bones are dry and your hope is lost. He who is the LORD of all – the giver of life – will call you forth out of your ‘graves’ and set you on your feet again. The story of Lazarus of Bethany, the brother of the two sisters, Martha and Mary, serve us a vivid illustration and yet a strong analogy of our expectation of revival – be it personal restoration for your life, your home and your anointing; be it a corporate revival of the denomination in which you are part, be it a global calling forth from the ‘graves’ of the army of the Lord who have become slain by worldliness and compromise; or be it the restoration of the Church – the body of Christ unto holiness and biblical Christianity. Nothing is too hard for Him. He does not come late to any rescue… He knows what He is about. This was written for our admonition. .. It is that we may glean wisdom and direction.
The resurrection and life Himself is here. It was in His absence that all the calamity found their expression. It was in His absence that the enemy wrought all his havoc and His coming is our answer! And until He came, Mary could only cry… Martha could only fuss around… No one could stop the foul smell of decay. It was hopeless and will still be hopeless except He comes.