TEXT: EZEKIEL 37:1-10 Psalm137:1-9
o The prophetic message I have for you is, DON’T GIVE UP- YOUR RESTORATION IS IN THE HORIZON.
o Weeping may endure for a night but JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING.
o Therefore LEAVE YOUR NIGHT BEHIND and tell yourself my morning is coming.
o The situation in life in which this story happens is in Babylon where the prophet Ezekiel is among the captives from Israel.
o The Israelites had just started a 70 year period of captivity in Babylon as prophesied by Jeremiah.
o Israel had given up hope of ever going back to the promised land.
o Psalm 137 summarizes the situation.
o By the rivers of Babylon, we sat and wept as we remembered ZION.
o There on the poplar trees we hung our harps.
o Our captors asked us to sing the songs of Zion.
o How can we sing songs of the Lord while in a foreign land.
o How can we sing the songs of Zion when the FOUNDATIONS OF OUR CITIES ARE IN RUINS?
o How can we sing the songs of Zion when our CULTURE IS IN RUINS?
o Today as you read you may be say, HOW CAN I SING SONGS OF ZION WHEN I HAVE NO IMMIGRATION PAPERS.
o …..when I have no money.
o …..When my marriage is on the rocks.
o …..when I am a destitute.
o …..when my dreams have been shuttered.
o …..when my body is sick.
o …..When I am homeless.
o ……when I cannot make ends meet.
1) TRANSPORTATION TO REALITY.
o Ezekiel is carried by the SPIRIT and he is dropped in the midst of a valley.
o The things you are struggling with are SPIRITUAL but they manifest in the PHYSICAL REALM.
o There he found himself surrounded DRY BONES.
o DRY BONES were symbolizing the house of Israel which had lost hope or whose hope was DEAD FOR A LONG TIME.
o My speculation is that Ezekiel was taken to the nearest valley to Jerusalem known as the VALLEY OF HINNOM which in Hebrew is called GE HINNOM which in Greek is called GEHENNA.
o This is the concept Jesus uses to introduce the final place of suffering known as HELL.
o GE HINNOM was junkyard/rubbish dumpsite.
o It was also known as the place of torment, destruction and burning.
o Someone may be saying, my life is in GE HINNOM.
o My marriage is in the middle of GE HINNOM.
o My family is in the middle of GE HINNOM.
o My spiritual life is in the middle of GE HINNOM.
o My finances are in the middle of GE HINNOM.
o PROBLEMS are piling up.
o BILLS are piling up.
o DISEASES are piling up.
o STRESSFUL SITUATIONS are piling up.
o I have a LIFE SENTENCE in GE HINNOM.
o When your life becomes like DRY BONES there is no way you can COVER UP.
o PROBLEMS can come to a point where you cannot cover up.
o POVERTY can come to a point where you cannot cover it up.
o SICKNESS can come to a point where you cannot cover up.
2) THE DIALOGUE OF HOPE.
o God pauses a question to Ezekiel, SON OF MAN, CAN THESE BONES LIVE?
o God is asking what the son of man thinks about the situation.
o We as human beings, have similar questions of serious concern.
o Son of man, CAN THIS MARRIAGE WORK?
o Son of man, CAN THESE YOUNG PEOPLE SURVIVE ENGLAND?
o Son of man, CAN THESE FAMILIES SURVIVE?
o Son of man, CAN THE AFMIM UK LIVE?
o Son of man, CAN THIS BUSINESS LIVE?
o Son of man, CAN THIS CANCER BE HEALED?
o Son of man, CAN THIS HIV BE HEALED?
o Son of man, CAN THIS SUGAR DIABETES BE HEALED?
o Son of man, CAN THIS BARREN WOMAN HAVE A CHILD?
o Son of man, CAN THIS HOPELESS SITUATION BE RESTORED?
- THE ANSWER.
o O SOVEREIGN LORD, YOU ALONE KNOW.
o There are situations in life which only the Sovereign Lord knows.
o Biologically it can’t, BUT YOU ALONE KNOW.
o It is biological nonsense that Mary could be pregnant through the visitation of the Holy Ghost, BUT YOU ALONE KNOW.
o Mathematically 5 loaves and 2 fish cannot feed 5000 people, BUT YOU ALONE KNOW.
o My Home Economics tells me that WATER CANNOT BE CHANGED INTO WINE, but you alone know.
o Our MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE tells us that SALIVA and MUD cannot make the blind see, but you alone know.
o COMMON SENSE tells us that one cannot survive a FIRY FURNACE, but you alone know.
o Scientifically speaking, the Red Sea cannot split, BUT YOU ALONE KNOW.
o This situation is beyond human understanding and human solution, BUT YOU ALONE KNOW.
o We serve an all-knowing God.
o He knows the plans that he has for us.
o He knows the way we take.
o He knows our future.
o For Ezekiel to say, YOU ALONE KNOW was a sign of FAITH in God.
o If you know that God can, then God has somewhere to start.
3) PROPHESY TO THE BONES.
o God values the power of PARTNERSHIP.
o Ezekiel is asked to partner with God in the restoration process of the DRY BONES.
o Your job SON OF MAN is to prophesy to the bones.
o SON OF MAN, you do the speaking and I do the ACTION.
o But son of man, be careful not to HIT THE BONES like your father Moses who hit the rock instead of SPEAKING TO THE ROCK.
o Tell the bones, YOU DRY BONES, HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD.
o Your problems and challenges have ears, PROPHESY TO THEM.
o I write to let you know that BONES HAVE EARS……
o CANCER has ears………
o DEMONS have ears……..
o GENERATIONAL CURSES have ears…….
o HIV/AIDS has ears……….
o POVERTY has ears………
o IMMIGRATION PAPERS have ears………
o SUGAR DIABETES AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE have ears….
o GIANTS have ears……….
o If you do not speak to giants, they will speak to you.
o It is Goliath who started speaking to David, I WILL GIVE YOUR FLESH TO THE BIRDS OF THE AIR AND THE BEASTS OF THE FIELD ( 1 SAM17:44).
o David reversed the prophecy by saying, THIS DAY THE LORD WILL HAND YOU OVER TO ME, I WILL STRIKE YOU DOWN, CUT OFF YOUR HEAD, I WILL GIVE THE CARCASSES OF THE PHILISTINE ARMY TO THE BIRDS OF THE AIR.
o Today, YOU POVERTY, I will strike you down.
o REVERSE the negative prophecy the devil brought into your life.
o REVERSE the curse.
o REVERSE the curse of poverty.
o REVERSE the spirit of death.
o Your breakthrough is in the TONGUE.
o Learn to speak HOPE TO HOPELESS SITUATIONS.
o Learn to challenge your challenges.
o Learn to speak LIFE TO LIFELESS SITUATIONS.
o Learn to give PROPHETIC INSTRUCTION.
o RESULTS OF FIRST PROPHECY.
o Bones began to SORT THEMSELVES OUT by the instruction of the Holy Ghost.
o The TOE BONE connected to the ankle bone.
o ANKLE BONE to foot bone.
o Foot bone to shin bone.
o Shin bone to knee bone.
o Knee bone to thigh bone.
o Thigh bone to hip bone.
o Hip bone to back bone.
o Back bone to neck bone.
o Neck bone to head bone.
o Tendons connected to muscles and muscles to flesh.
o The bones of failed MARRIAGES are reconnecting.
o The bones of failed DREAMS are reconnecting.
o The bones of LOST HOPE are reconnecting.
4) PROPHESY TO THE WIND.
o The first prophecy caused some MOVEMENT/COMMOTION.
o But do not mistake COMMOTION FOR CREATION.
o Instead of dry bones, the valley was now full of DEAD BODIES.
o All FEATURES of humanity were there but there was no BREATH OF LIFE.
o All features of BEAUTY…….
o All features of HANDSOMENESS……..
o All features of POTENTIAL………
o What these carcasses needed was a SECOND TOUCH/ANOTHER TOUCH.
o The SECOND PROPHECY turned dead bodies to become a GREAT ARMY.
o God was seeing an ARMY whilst Ezekiel was seeing DRY BONES.
o The prophet was now speaking WHOLENESS.
o I speak wholeness to your physical life.
o I speak wholeness to your marital life.
o I speak wholeness to your intellectual life.
o I speak wholeness to your emotional life.
o I speak wholeness to your financial life.
o I speak wholeness to your social life.
o I speak wholeness to your spiritual life.
o The RUACH is there to reverse what the enemy did in your life.
5) BETTER THAN BEFORE.
o Learn to have a PROPER REACTION to situations in life.
o As long as you live, you will have CHALLENGES.
o TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS must be viewed with proper PERSPECTIVE.
o You might have had tribulations, but look at WHERE IT WILL TAKE YOU.
o Your life may be going through GE HINNOM but look at the OUTCOME.
o Trials are CHARACTER DEVELOPERS.
o JOSEPH said to his brothers, YOU MEANT IT FOR EVIL…….
o JOB says, WHEN HE HAS TRIED ME, I WILL COME OUT AS PURE AS GOLD.
o RUTH can give you her testimony of how she got her BOAZ.
o GO THROUGH THE PROCESS/VALLEY.
o HAPPIER THAN BEFORE.
o MORE BLESSED THAN BEFORE.
o MORE PROSPEROUS THAN BEFORE.
o MORE ANOINTED THAN BEFORE.
o HEALTHIER THAN BEFORE.
o MORE PRAISE THAN BEFORE.
o A THICKER SKIN THAN BEFORE.
o STRONGER THAN BEFORE.
o MORE SERIOUS THAN BEFORE.
o MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN BEFORE.
o MORE HANDSOME THAN BEFORE.
o MORE QUALIFIED THAN BEFORE.
o Sing the songs of Zion while in the valley.
o Sing the songs of Zion while in the pit.
o Sing the songs of Zion while in the lions den.
o Sing the songs of Zion while in prison.
o Sing the songs of Zion while in the fire.
o Prophesy to the DRY BONES.
Prophesy to the RUACH.