A garland of grace and a crown of beauty. Proverbs 4:9
This year has been a year of shaking, we had the anointed and on-time song of “The Blessing” come out, then not soon after the prophetic song of “Rattle”.
Tonight, I found peace in one of my favorite chapters in the Bible that ties in both of these God given songs for us in this time. Ezekiel 37: A Valley of Dry Bones: A Renewed People
The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones. He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out. (This can be symbolic of the hearts of our nation, divided, tired, hopeless, dried up…)
Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?”
“O Sovereign Lord,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.”
Then he said to me, “SPEAK a prophetic message to these bones (this nation) and say, ‘Dry bones, LISTEN TO THE WORD OF THE LORD! For this is what the Sovereign Lord says,
-Look! I am going to put breath (My Spirit) into you and make you live again!
-I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin!
-I will put breath into you, and you will come to life!
-THEN, you will know that I am the Lord!’”
So I spoke this message, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a RATTLING noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons (this rattling may look unsettling and completely opposite of what we were used to).
Then as I watched, the muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them.
Then God said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man (that is us). Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! (Holy Spirit) Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’”
So I spoke the message as God commanded me, and BREATH came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet—a great army.
Then God said to me, “Son of man, these bones represent the people of [this nation]. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones—all hope is gone. Our nation is finished.’ (Does this sound familiar among many people, even christians, today?)
Therefore, PROPHESY to [this nation] and say, ‘THIS IS WHAT THE SOVEREIGN LORD SAYS: O my people, I will open your graves of exile (division) and cause you to RISE AGAIN. Then I will bring you back to the land of [my glory].
When this happens, O my people, YOU WIlL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD.I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land [the purpose of United States of America].
Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, THE LORD HAS SPOKEN!’”
Again a message came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, take a piece of wood and carve on it these words: ‘This represents Judah and its allied tribes.’ (Democrats and affiliates)
Then take another piece and carve these words on it: ‘This represents Ephraim and the northern tribes of Israel.’ (Republicans and affiliates)
Now hold them together in your hand as if they were ONE piece of wood.
When your people ask you what your actions mean,say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take [this side] and join them to [that side];
I will make them ONE piece of wood in MY HAND.’
“Then hold out the pieces of wood you have inscribed, so the people can see them.And give them this message from the Sovereign Lord: I will gather [my people] from among the [divisions].
I will bring them [together in unity] from the places where they have been scattered.I WILL UNIFY them into ONE NATION.
One king [Jesus] will rule them all; NO LONGER will they be DIVIDED into two nations or into two kingdoms (peace and unity).
They will never again pollute themselves with their IDOLS and VILE IMAGES and REBELLION, for I will SAVE THEM from their sinful apostasy. I will cleanse them.
Then they will truly be MY PEOPLE, and I will be THEIR GOD.
“My servant WILL BE THEIR LEADER (someone anointed, not one who is perfect) and they will have only one shepherd. They will obey my regulations and be careful to keep my decrees.
THEY WILL LIVE IN THE LAND I have given their ancestors. They and their children and their grandchildren after them will live there forever, generation after generation…
And I will make a COVENANT OF PEACE with them, an EVERLASTING COVENANT.
I will give them their land, I will increase their numbers, and I will put my Temple among them forever.
I will make my home among them (what a picture!! Full of His presence, power, love, and goodness). I will be their God, and they will be my people.
And when my Temple (Spirit) is among them forever, THE NATIONS WILL KNOW that I am the Lord, who makes you holy.”
What joy ahead! Lets keep our eyes on Him and what He is saying! If we have been spending time with Him, we can see how He has been preparing us for this time!
All God needs us to do is stand, stand on His plans for His kingdom to reign on earth! This is by His power coming from our lips and being executed through the mighty name of Jesus!
This is God’s battlefield, and just like in 2 Chronicles 20 with King Jehoshaphat!
Jehoshaphat prayed, ‘ Oh Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in Heaven. You are ruler of ALL the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you!
O our God, did you not [appoint this nation as one founded on the word of God to our ancestors]. Your people settled here and built this [nation] to honor your name.
They said, ‘Whenever we are faced with any calamity such as war, plague, or famine, we can come STAND IN YOUR PRESENCE before this [nation] where your name is honored. We can cry out to you to save us, and you will hear us and rescue us.’
….Listen, this is what the Lord says: “Do not be afraid. Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
Tomorrow, march out against them…but you will not even need to fight. TAKE YOUR POSITIONS; then STAND STILL AND WATCH THE LORD’S VICTORY. HE IS WITH YOU!”
….Jehoshaphat said, “Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in His prophets, and you will succeed!”
And do you remember what happened? Those who were not in covenant with God fell into their own graves, and not a single one escaped.
So keep standing on the word of God! His word carries His faith! Keep praying and keep praising God! Watch in peace as the LIGHT of God’s Glory illuminates the dark and exposes the lies that have defiled our nation.
This is not a battle for a person. This is a battle of integrity and freedom.