Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones (Chapter 37) is a dramatic picture of the restoration of the nation of Israel. It is also one of the most important prophetic chapters in the Bible. But behind the prophecy is a biblical reality. God can resurrect the body perfectly, completely, and supernaturally.
In this vision, Ezekiel was carried to a great valley littered with dry bones, baked white by the sun. As he watched, the bones began to reassemble themselves into complete skeletons, and then bodies appeared around them with sinews, flesh and skin. Breath entered them and they stood up alive as a mighty living army.
Though the application of the vision involves the restoration of the nation of Israel, there’s reality behind the image. The omniscient God knows the location of every bone, every fragment, every molecule, and every grain of dust of all the saints of the ages. One day He will supernaturally bring our human bodies together, breathe into us His Spirit and equip us physically for eternal life. Because of the resurrection of Christ, the process of death will one day be reversed, and death will be swallowed up in victory.
John 5 speaks of two future resurrections, one to eternal life and the other to eternal damnation (5:28ff). The view of these future realities spurs us to gospel action so that the latter can be avoided and the former embraced. As we continue preparing for our BeCause conference, let us ever be urgently mindful that we must share the gospel, the ONLY hope for eternal life. Watchman Nee said, “Our old history ends with the cross; our new history beings with the resurrection.”