Many know from History that a Jewish chemist, one Chaim Weizman, a British subject, offered to his homeland a newly discovered explosive, TNT. TNT was the most powerful explosive known at that time. Lord Arthur James Balfour proposed that if Germany was defeated, in respect and appreciation for what Chaim Weizman did, that Britain set aside the land of Palestine and declare it a homeland for Israel. The Balfour Declaration was signed on November 17, 1917 .
May we apply the order of events of Israel’s Restoration in four stages, as given in Ezekiel 37:7,8; culminating in their recognition by the United Nations as a sovereign state.
1. “So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.” - Verse 7
Here we can see from the Balfour Declaration in 1917 the influx of Jewish men and women by the thousands in re-gathering to their homeland, in the midst of discursiveness and agitation of nations since the Declaration.
2. “And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them...” - Verse 8a
This lets us know that new life had come to the Jewish people, as seen in their unfolding progress in industry, agriculture, religious worship, education and etc. They were, therefore, a corporate body of people returning to their homeland by legal enactment.
4. “...and the skin covered them above...” - Verse 8b
Therefore, we see the scattered Jews from many countries coming together, as one, a single entity, as unified living organism. This is proof of the blending together and uniting of Jewish colonists and Zionist advocates of all kinds into a recognized state amidst the nations of the world.
The United Nations officially recognized Israel as a sovereign entity. After being scattered throughout the world from 70 A.D. until May 14, 1948, some 1878 years, she is now recognized as a sovereign state. She has an army, an air force, colleges, schools, cohens (priests), currency system, banks, museums, and a Sanhedrin.
4. “...but there was no breath in them." - Verse 8c
Yes, Israel is recognized by the world as a nation; but, she is spiritually dead. She does not have the breath of life in her, spiritually; because she has rejected the Lifegiver, her Messiah, her Savior (Yeshua ha Maschia), the Lord Jesus Christ. Even the Orthodox Jews in Israel today do not adhere to nor claim that Israel today is that of Jehovah God. They are looking for the Messiah, Himself, to establish the true Israel.
One must remember that the complete fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecies will take place at the conclusion of The Great Tribulation when Christ returns to the Earth and establishes His Kingdom for a millennium. Israel that is back in the land now, is only the birth pains of the prophecy. She must be a recognized nation at the Rapture and after, making it possible for the Anti-Christ to confirm a covenant of perpetual peace with her as stated in Daniel 9:27.
“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”
In other words, how could the prophecy in Daniel ever be fulfilled if there were no State of Israel to make a covenant with? Truly we can see God’s handiwork as He controls the nations, like giant chess pieces on a giant chessboard, to fulfill the History He has pre-written. The Israel we see today will again be scattered and persecuted when the Anti-Christ breaks the Covenant he makes with Israel, that lasts only 3 ½ years.
All prophecies concerning Israel, and the nations associated with her, have their completed fulfillment either in the 70th Week of Daniel (The Tribulation Period), or the millennium. The Old Testament prophets knew nothing of the Church Age, known as the Dispensation of Grace (Ephesians 3:2).
When we see the birth pains, now, of the prophecies that are going to give birth in their fulfillment in the Tribulation, and the Millennium; we know that the Rapture is very close! “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Revelation 22:20).
5. “And shall (future) put my spirit in you, and ye shall live,...(future)...” - Verse 14a
This will not take place until after the seven years of Tribulation; when Christ returns to establish His earthly Kingdom, and fulfills His covenant to Israel. He will then give them all the land that He had promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Israel now, as a nation, is dead spiritually. She will remain this way until after the Rapture. Afterwards, she will make a covenant with the Anti-Christ who promises her perpetual peace. After 3 ½ years, Satan’s World Council will break that covenant. Then Israel will again be persecuted and scattered, running in fear of their lives as described in Matthew 24:4-22 (Also Mark 13 and Luke 21).
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. (5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (6) And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
(7) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. (8) All these are the beginning of sorrows. (9)
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. (10) And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. (11)
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. (12) And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (13)
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (14) And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come (15)
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) (16)
Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: (17) Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: (18) Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. (19) And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! (20) But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day (21)
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (22) And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened."
Hitler’s massacre of some 6,000,000 Jews will seem like a “Sunday School picnic” compared to the Anti-Christ’s persecution during the Tribulation!