God is giving a spiritual prophecy from Heaven for Ezekiel to speak about the dry bones in the valley, and really what is, what are these dry bones? Are they a cemetery that we're speaking to for graves to open, and some kind of horror, creepy Halloween story occurs? No, that's not what it is at all. These dry bones are what's in us as the image of God. What are your bones producing? Is the blood of Jesus producing from our bones ruling and reigning throughout our body or is the blood all dried up that even our flesh, our tendons – everything in us – does not have the breath of God the anointing of God ruling and reigning in your temple. So, when God told Ezekiel to prophesy as the word of the Lord, he's prophesying first to breathe life - breathe Christ within himself. “Can these bones live Ezekiel that are in you?”
How often are we breathing the Holy Spirit? When Jesus rose again, before He sent His disciples out, He breathed upon them to receive the Holy Spirit (John 20:21-23) giving them the power to forgive sins. Breathing on one another is not encouraged due to respiratory germs spreading such as COVID but the breath of God, isn't about our literal breath, but our spirit. Our thoughts within our spirit can speak life, love, and light. We can speak to our spirit that's in our bones- the DNA of the image of God in them (Proverbs 23:7). These dry bones that are walking in a natural realm, yet they are so dry spiritually. They are so thirsty for the presence of God in them to be manifested. The DNA in those bones know they have a time -a season- on this earth to unveil their purpose for the Kingdom of God to be manifested. Afterwards, they are not needed when we cross over. Many treasures of the Kingdom of God are still buried six feet underground to be mingled with the earth.
“And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulcher of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet” (2 Kings 13:21).
What is my purpose or what is my assignment to bring a portion of God’s Kingdom into this world? “Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 37:5-6).
Ezekiel is speaking using the word I. He is not saying in verse six God will put do this. This breath is the breath of God in Ezekiel. When we say the word “I”, who is this I? Is the “I” the “I” of Christ? Or is it the “I” of your own self? Of my own self, I have no authority here. The “I” of Christ in me though has the authority of my Heavenly Father.
Working out our salvation is learning to allow the Holy Spirit to speak as the “I” of Christ in us with the dunamis power anointing that breaks the chains of familiar spirits control in the earth (Isaiah 10:27). As we mature and walked in a relationship of knowing the father's business, we can do the greater works that Jesus did. That's what our assignment is. That's what Ezekiel is showing us right here that as he is speaking this as the Oracles of the Father. Ezekiel says, “So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there is a noise and behold, a rattling and the bones came together, bone to its bone” (Ezekiel 37:7).
Now what's that all about? See the head bone is connected to the neck bones. The neck bones are connected to the shoulder bones. So if there's a rattling and all these bones have been piled in one accord, I mean, how often do we go into an assembly of the church? Lots of bones (people) rattling with their voice piled up together in one place, but is any anointing flowing? If we were in the military, how would we line ourselves up? Compare that to some of our huge churches, would we line ourselves up with all the women over here, all the men over there, and all the kids over in another room? Or maybe of age, gender, race, or culture? How do we line up to recognize that this rattling in this mixture of our bones within ourselves is the anointing of the Holy Spirit shaking up the boundaries within the church – the body of Christ – that God did not create. Placing sinew upon the bones is the assembly of the body of Christ as one body with many members as one Spirit in the Lord (Ephesians 4:4).
This must be by Spirit. If the Spirit of the Lord is making a commandment of leadership, but we receive the orders as a frightened child, we may have the Spirit of the Lord moving, but we’re scared and fearful. We look for escapism of where the exit door is in the building hoping the Lord will return soon and rapture us out of the earth. God is not going to use us, and we are not going to do very well connecting with the person speaking for the body of Christ of all denominations to work together. This is bone rattling. It's the Spirit of the Lord moving massively across the United States, across other countries, across Russia and the Ukraine, across the United Kingdom and Australia. I speak to so many people behind the scenes around the world. The Holy Spirit is moving, but we must speak the language of how the Holy Spirit is moving, and which way the winds of the Holy Spirit are moving so that the sinews- the tendons we connect with are the muscles being tied together to work together as one new man in Christ Jesus.
The word flesh is mentioned in this prophecy for Ezekiel to speak. This is not natural flesh that we're talking about, but about the body of Christ being formed. The body of Christ is not limited to myself or my church or my community. The body of Christ that we must unite as one is the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among natural humanity (John 1:14). This is what Ezekiel is dealing with here. “And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them” (Ezekiel 37:8). What is this covering? That you are a Royal priesthood. You have authority. That's your covering. You have the authority and identity of God as LOVE. Mercy has paved the way for you (Song of Solomon 3:10). Now we need the breath of God released from us. Ezekiel 37:8, “But there was no breath in them.” So, we have all the garments, we have the right attire. We have connected to the right place in the body, but we don't have our orders. What's our assignment. That's where we're at right now. We need to connect ourselves with like-minded Spirit filled people that are open to the treasures of God within you to be released, and not controlling what the Spirit can and cannot manifest. There must be trust and order with unity of the body working together as one in Christ as the head of the church. Yes, we need leadership of the five-fold ministry, but not entitlement of authority that is not the Holy Spirit. If you're called to evangelize, then evangelize as one body in Christ. If you're called to pastor, then be a true pastor with a father’s heart that know who their sheep are. Don't make it a money matter or a numbers game for a bigger church. When your congregation walks by you and you don't even recognize their face or name, That's not a father’s heart of pastoring. That's a business. When we teach, if that's your calling, then teach according to the Oracles of what God is telling you to teach that He could sign His name, nature, and identity as God to. When you prophesy, prophesy, according to what the apostolic anointing has already received from Heaven ahead of time, and then take that anointing and speak it wherever the Spirit leads. If you have a true prophetic calling, you should be walking side by side with the apostolic anointing either within yourself or with someone else that has it. The apostolic calling sees visions and dreams from Heaven and calls them forth as a finished work of God. Often those that carry this calling are the quiet ones on the back row of a church that spend hours a day reading Scripture, praying, and fasting with the Lord.
The hand leadership of the church is to work together (Ephesians 4:11). The apostolic message from Heaven is like the thumb of the hand that reaches and supports each of the fingers. The prophesy calling takes the message of the apostolic and sends it out into the world with the first finger. When love, light, and life messages from Heaven are sent out with the first finger, there are three fingers pointed back to the body. What we judge to the world comes back as judgment to the body of Christ. What we bless to the world comes back as blessings to the body (John 20:23). The prophet sends the Oracle out to the furthest place as a message carried by the winds. The evangelist calling is to be in that furtherest place ready to receive from the prophet bringing it to the pastors in that area ministering to the pastors. The pastors should know their congregation as unique individuals in a family, and how a father can up lift each family member to, especially the mother -teacher- to unite this calling that is spreading around the world that began with the Apostolic, then Prophetic, then Evangelist to grow up as sons and daughters as the Most High God. The teacher is to share responsibility with the pastor for equipping them with their calling (Psalms 82:6). Not just to see them get a ticket to heaven or looking for mansions in the sky on golden streets. That's not what this is about. This is an army of saints for the kingdom of God to rule and reign on the earth with Jesus Christ.
Ezekiel 37:9, “Then said He unto me, prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, “Thus saith the Lord God; come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live’”. The Lord is using Ezekiel’s voice and body to speak to the winds because this is the Lord's temple. So Ezekiel prophesied in verse 10 saying, “So I prophesied as He commanded me and the breath came into them and they came to life and stood on their feet an exceedingly great army.”
This is the body of Christ made of many members, all Christ - all Christ ones. “Then He said to me, son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, this whole house of Israel, (the church, the Old Testament, the New Testament, the whole house), our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.” So, here they've got breath in them and life in them. Yet, they're referring to themselves as being dried up.
“Therefore, prophesy and say to them, thus, says the Lord God, behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, my people, and I will bring you into the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord. When I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, my people and I will put my Spirit within you, and you will come to life and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord have spoken and done it declares the Lord” (Ezekiel 37:12-14). Ezekiel is verbatim saying exactly what God is telling him to say, he's not switching it. He's not improvising it. He's simply repeating it as the Oracles of God being spoken through him.
Ezekiel is a vessel in the earth being used by God to bring the Kingdom of God from Heaven into the earth. When we come to verse 14 the land is more than the country of Israel, but wherever your feet are moving. You have territorial rights on the earth that the enemy has stolen. He had stolen the atmospheric conditions of countries, of communities, of individuals, and of households because we've given him rights by us saying that he's the father of the atmosphere. But when we breathe the breath of God by the rights that we have because we are in Christ, we can be the change maker in the earth. We must know in our heart that Jesus has died, that He has rose again, and that death, hell, and the grave have been removed. All past tense. He regained everything the enemy stole. The real challenge is not that the enemy has rights, but do we believe Jesus finished everything and reclaimed back what had been stolen? We're the ones giving the enemy rights, and we are the ones that must go back and reclaim those surrendered grounds that the enemy had stolen out of deception, accusations, from different places in culture and customs, grief, uncleanness, and death. The enemy had stolen those things, but he didn't have a legal right to steal. He knew that if he could diminish and lower the anointing within you, then there's nothing flowing of the Holy Spirit to set the captive free. The enemy of God doesn’t need to kill you, but plant seeds of doubt, insecurity, fear, rejection, and isolation with partial truths.
The rivers of anointing do not have any impact beyond helping yourself with partial truths, that may sound good according to a doctrine belief, but it’s not the full TRUTH of God. Then when your body dies, the Temple of the Lord is not useful anymore for Kingdom assignments on the earth. When we get on the other side and the fullness of who we really are is unveiled we become a cloud of witness that says, “Oh my gosh, I had it all on the other side! I could have spoken all of God at any time or place. What was my hindrance?” Was it culture, customs, other men's way of thinking? But God says you are already perfect. You're not a sinner anymore. Grace has taken all of that away. The cross took it all away. In the resurrection you were born again as a new creation. So when Jeremiah 29 says, “The word of God is like fire shut in my bones,” what is this fire?
When John the Baptist was baptizing, he was baptizing the sinner saved by grace. But he said in Matthew 3:11, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. But He, that comes after me is greater than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear. He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with Fire.” Where is that fire? It's in your bones because that's where the blood of Christ is at. That's where the oxygen is flowing. And so in this prophecy here, as I'm reading this, I'm also prophesying to you right now that you have the blood of Jesus flowing through your bones. And if you feel, “oh, I'm dry. I'm really, dry.” Read Ezekiel 37, because there's a greater calling on your life. We must come together in the unity of Christ as one body. We have to rattle our bones, bones so that the circulation of the blood of Jesus starts filling life and breath back in so that we can prophesy, and we can speak to the world, and we can speak to the enemies in a language that God gave for us to release into the world. He so loved us that He gave us His only son. This one man in Ezekiel 22, He gave us the second and the last Adam that's found in first Corinthians 15.
A book written by Bacha Wooden titled “Who is Israel?” does a wonderful job explaining the rest of Ezekiel 37, that refers to the two sticks becoming one. In everything the Spirit of the Lord brings two together to become one in the unity of faith. Jesus was about a ministry of reconciliation, not condemnation. Bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh as one body in Christ with one Spirit, and one Father for all.