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End of Ezekiel

written by Asher Intrater
February 18, 2012

What do we do with the last 12 chapters of the book of Ezekiel? They could be summarized this way:

Chapter 37 – “Dry Bones” – Resurrection and regathering to Israel
Chapters 38-39 – “Magog” – International end times’ war against Israel
Chapters 40-46 – “Temple” – Rebuilding of central worship area in Jerusalem
Chapters 47 – “River” – Restoration of natural waters and vegetation
Chapters 48 – “Borders” – Re-inhabitation of land of Israel

This is a large section of scriptures. It describes events that have not yet taken place. I believe they will take place. How? When?

It is too apocalyptic to take place before the Second Coming. It is too literal and detailed to be taken just figuratively. [Many other biblical prophets contain similar descriptions (Isaiah 60-66, Jeremiah 30-33, Daniel 7, Joel 3, Amos 9, Micah 2-5, Zechariah 8-14).]

The only biblical solution is that these events will actually take place at the time of the Second Coming of Yeshua. This would coincide with what is called the millennial reign of Christ (Revelation 20:4-6). Yet the picture is so “Israel” or “Jewish” focused.

Let us remember that Yeshua is both the son of David (Romans 1:3) and the Son of God (Romans 1:4). When He returns, His kingdom will be both “divine” and “Davidic.” Approximately half of the biblical prophecies about Messiah were fulfilled at Yeshua’s first coming; the second half will be fulfilled at the second.

The prophetic significance of the restoration of Israel is not an issue of ethnic and cultural preference for the Jewish people. Rather it is the preparation for the coming millennial kingdom of Messiah on earth (Matthew 6:10, 25:31, Acts 1:6, Revelation 11:15). Our job is to proclaim the message of that kingdom (Matthew 24:14).

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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