Dry Bones Coming Together
When I first received this vision back in May of 2009 I was driving through Tucson with my wife praying for the city. What follows is what the Lord showed me. I originally thought that this was just for the city of Tucson but I see that that would be limiting an unlimited God to do so. With That said, here is the vision.
Tucson is surrounded by mountains and what I saw while driving around is the valley filled with bones up to the tops of the mountains. Ezekiel’s vision of the dry bones came to mind and the following came to mind which I am posting.
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, We have been set down in the midst of the valley (of death, discouragement, despair, loss, grief) by the Lord for this is where we are needed.
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. Some of reasons 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” , not only in Tucson, but wherever the Lord leads. For me, I live her so I will pray for the city in which the Lord has placed me. 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, fellowship) were on them, muscles(leadership) were on them, and skin covered them.(the church) Yet, there was no breath in them. Note that the leadership is there to support the ligaments and not to dominate or rule over 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.
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.]
Bones Have Value (Ezeliel 37)
Here’s something God showed me in March of 2010:
When the passover lamb was sacrificed , ” not a bone was to be broken ” .Exo 12:46 It shall be eaten in one house. You shall not carry any of the flesh out of the house. Neither shall you break a bone of it.
When the Lamb of God was sacrificed on the cross , “not a bone was broken “ Joh 19:33 But when they came to Jesus and they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. Joh 19:36 For these things took place, that the Scripture might be fulfilled (verified, carried out), Not one of His bones shall be broken Bones are precious in God’s sight.
The next thing God showed me is a chicken leg, once we have consumed the meat , “the flesh”, we have no further use for the bone so we throw it away. There are a lot of people who have had the flesh eaten off of them and then are thrown away. These are people who both the church and the world would deem as useless. There are a lot of discarded bones out there that the Lord wants to bring together with ligaments & muscles and once again cover with flesh and then breathe the breath of life back into them. Some bones are from churches where they have had the breath sucked out of them and the flesh eaten off of them . When their usefulness was gone , they were discarded as you would a chicken bone after you eat the meat of the bone . We live in a “user-friendly society” , a throw away society . People are used then thrown away.
Some of the bones are people who have simply been used and then discarded . Some have lost all hope. After once a person has become bones and we see no life, we move on because we see no hope . But remember , Ezekiel saw nothing more than a valley of dry bones , God , on the other hand saw an exceedingly great army. Remember that the very first marriage ceremony came about because the Lord took a rib , a bone, from Adam and from that rib , bone, the Lord formed a bride for his Son ,Adam .
Gen 2:21 So the LORD God caused him to fall into a deep sleep.Luk 23:46 And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit! And with these words, He expired.
While the man was sleeping, the LORD God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. Joh 19:34 However, one of the soldiers stabbed Jesus’ side with his spear, and blood and water immediately came out. (Jesus side is still open because the bride is still being formed by God) Joh 20:27 “……Take your hand, and put it into my side..”
Gen 2:22 Then the LORD God formed a woman from the rib that he had taken from the man. He brought her to the man. Rev 21:2 And I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her Husband.
Gen 2:23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. She will be named woman because she was taken from man.”
I see the Lord forming from these dry bones a bride for His Son. Remember when God finished taking the rib from Adam He closed up His side. I believe that Jesus side is still open because the Lord is still forming the bride for His son.
Again in March of 2010, I had a dream about the valley of dry bones and how it was a picture of the church.
I had a dream, in the dream, I saw a human body laying on the ground. Ordinarily, this wouldn’t have been anything special except that the body was completely flat because it had no bones in it. What the Lord showed me was that the bones are representative of people and it is people who make up the structure of the church. This is what the Lord had showed me in Ezekiel 37, “the valley of dry bones”. In Ezekiel’s vision, the Lord took him and made him to set down in a valley. The valley is symbolic of death and despair. There were many bones in that valley they were both very dry because they had no covering and they were also scattered, meaning that they were not connected(no relationship). When the Lord asks Ezekiel ,”can these bones live” , Ezekiel knew that bones, were without life and hope of ever having life. Yet the Lord tells him to prophecy to the bones and say,”hear the word of the Lord”. The Lord, through the prophetic word spoken by Ezekiel brought the disjointed bones together,however, bones cannot attach themselves to one another, they need ligaments(relationships) to hold them together. However, the ligaments themselves do not posses the strength to hold the bones together alone. So, wrapped around the ligaments is muscle(representative of leadership), which brings me to the skin, which is the covering(representative of the church),which brings me back to my latest dream about the body with no bones. Everything heretofore mentioned is needed by/for the skin(church) in order for it to take shape. The skin will adapt to the structure it is covering. Even though Ezekiel saw the body formed, he notes that there is no breath in them. As James says, the body without the spirit is dead, so was the case here in Ezekiel’s vision. It looked like a body but it had no life because the breath had not come into the body. Again he is told to prophecy to the 4 winds and command breath to come into the body and it is at this point that they stood on their feet and became an exceeding great army. The point here that I feel that the Lord is saying is that every part of the body is needed for it to function properly. The body(church) is to be a living organism, not organization, made up of billions of individual cells. Eph. 2:22 says that we are built together for a dwelling place for God by his Spirit. Lastly, Col2:19 says that it is He who puts us together in one piece, whose very breath and blood flow through us. He is the head and we are the body. We can grow up healthy in God only as he nourishes us.