A Prophetic Word about the Vally of Dry Bones (TUCSON)
Here is a word once again using Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones. Tucson is surrounded by mountains on all sides hence it is in a valley. It is no coincidence , therefore, that the Lord placed the church in the valley. Eze 37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, (The Church has been set down in the midst of the valley of death, discouragement, despair, loss, grief) by the Lord. Eze 37:2 And He caused me to pass round about among them, and behold, there were very many [human bones] in the open valley or plain (without a covering you will dry out ), and behold, they were very dry(beyond hope). (dry bones represent disjointed lives, people not connected. Here it is the Lord that made Ezekiel to “pass round about among them” , he caused him to take note of the dry bones. These “dry bones” pass by us every day but until the Lord causes us to take note of them we won’t be able to do so. The reason people come to the west is many times it is to escape. These “dry bones” are fleeing broken homes, divorce, abuse, hurt, molestation, some flee because of rebellion and some are fleeing the law, and some are fleeing their past. These “dry bones” do not want to be part of a community, because it was in community that they were hurt. These are the lone rangers , which by the way , is the attraction of the west,the attitude being that they will pull themselves up by their bootstraps and get their life together by themselves, they don’t need anybody. It is interesting to note, however, that Satan roams about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. The Lion attacks the one who has strayed from the herd(family/community) because he knows that there is strength in numbers and the one that is alone is weak and easy prey. It also is worthy of note that in Genesis, from the very beginning, that the Lord said that, “it is not good that the man is alone” . So how do we reach these people who don’t necessarily want to be reached? Here is the answer: Eze 37:3 And He said to me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, You know! [I Cor. 15:35.] Eze 37:4 Again He said to me, Prophesy to these bones and say to them, O you dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. [John 5:28.] We must begin to declare the word of the Lord prophetically over the “dry bones” in Tucson. In the book of Amos it says the following, “Amo 3:8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy? ” The word of the Lord has been spoken so who can but prophesy . Eze 37:7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; (key phrase)and as I prophesied, there was a [thundering] noise and behold, a shaking and trembling and a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. Act 16:25 But about midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the [other] prisoners were listening to them, Act 16:26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the very foundations of the prison were shaken; and at once all the doors were opened and everyone’s shackles were unfastened. This is mass deliverance. It is the Lord himself coming to set the captive free and that which is hindering the “bones” from coming together will be taken out-of-the-way. Eze 37:8 As I looked, I saw that ligaments(relationships, home groups) were on them, muscles(leadership) were on them, and skin covered them.(the church) Yet, there was no breath in them. Eze 37:9 Then said He to me, Prophesy to the breath and spirit, son of man, and say to the breath and spirit, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath and spirit, and breathe upon these slain that they may live. Act 2:2 When suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent tempest blast, and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting. Eze 37:10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath and spirit came into [the bones], and they lived and stood up upon their feet, an exceedingly great host. [Rev. 11:11.] Act 3:19 Therefore repent and convert so that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. times (kairos- 1) due measure 2) a measure of time, a larger or smaller portion of time, hence: a) a fixed and definite time, the time when things are brought to crisis, the decisive epoch waited for b) opportune or seasonable time c) the right time d) a limited period of time e) to what time brings, the state of the times, the things and events of time) refreshing (anapsyxis- From G404; properly a recovery of breath, that is, (figuratively) revival: – revival.