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The Everlasting Promise to Israel

Admin User07/25/2012

Ezekiel 37 gives God's promise to Israel after the battle of Armageddon.  It was a covenant of everlasting peace.

God told Ezekiel to take two sticks, writing the name 'Judah' on one and 'Joseph' on the other to represent the peoples of Judah and the peoples of Ephraim.  Before the people as a witness, Ezekiel was commanded to join the two sticks together, signifying that God would bring the peoples of Judah and the peoples of Ephraim together into one nation.

When the sticks were joined together, God commanded Ezekiel to tell the people that the Lord had spoken.  "Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land.  And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel.  And one king shall be over them all, and they shall no longer be divided into two kingdoms."

God said that the people would no longer defile themselves with their idols and detestable things, or with any of their transgressions against God.  God would save them from all of their many backslidings, and cleanse them.  God said that they would be His people, and He would be their God.

After they were gathered together, King David would again reign over the people.  The people would have one shepherd that would keep the people walking in God's rules and obeying God's statutes.  They would be given their land that was given to Jacob, the land of their fathers.  This would be their final dwelling place, for them, their children, and their children's children forever.  King David will be their prince forever.

God said that he would make a covenant of peace with them that was everlasting.  The people would multiply, and God's sanctuary would be in their midst forevermore.  God's dwelling place will be with them, and He will reign as their God.  The nations of the world will know that He is the God that sanctified Israel when they see God's sanctuary.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we see these signs unfolding?  Do we see the "hooks" in the nations, drawing the powers of the world to gather in Israel?  Do we see the unrest in the land that could lead to the great battle that will give us our freedom?  Do we look forward to that day, or do we tremble in fear for the sin in our lives?