God’s Nation Is Physically Blessed
Book of Ezekiel Chapter 36 Verses 5-11, 17-19, 22-28
Early in this Chapter of the Book of Ezekiel we see where the Babylonians had destroyed the lands of Israel as they marched toward Jerusalem.
We see that others from the adjacent lands, the enemies of these Jews, had helped these Babylonians to destroy the land of Israel and Judea.
We see that war destroys not only people, but also the land those people live on and depend upon.
Had by chance the Jews defeated Babylon, they could not have even recovered from such devastation.
Reminds us of Japan and World War 2, how the lands were devasted by just two nuclear bombs and Japan would never have recovered without the help of the United States.
In fact many nations would have had great trouble without the help of the USA, but these things are now forgotten by most.
The truth of Israel, and Judea, and Jerusalem:
*Eze 36:5 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea, which have appointed “my land” into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey.
Eze 36:6 Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in my fury, because ye have borne the shame of the heathen:
Eze 36:7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I have lifted up mine hand, Surely the heathen that are about you, they shall bear their shame.
Eze 36:8 But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come.
It seems that the governments of this world just do not realize just how much Jehovah God loves the Holy Land of Israel and the people He placed there so many years ago!
Zep 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
Notice how God, who promised land, which many now call Palestine, had already given this to Israel, but He still says it is His land!
Idumea is the name given by the descendants of Esau, and they have been the enemies of the Jews then and are still now.
They hate the Jews, all the descendants of Jacob who was the twin brother of Esau!
These heathen, are to be considered, all the unbelieving people of the world, as compared to the Jews who are believers, and who are God’s people set aside for His use.
Jehovah said to Ezekiel, be sure to write these things down for all the world to know, that this promised land is very special to our Holy God.
The land that is the “promised land” belongs to Jehovah God, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit(Ghost)!
We speak of God’s wrath, that we will miss out on, but God is giving us a small view of what His wrath looks like.
Jehovah will not allow His land to suffer because of the “heathen”!
Those who put shame and reproach upon God’s people, though God may have made it serve a purpose to His end, will sooner or later have it turned upon themselves.
We should understand that few lands have been attacked and ravaged more than the Holy Land given to the Jews.
Each time God has given this land back to the Jews! This is why to them it is still the “Promised Land”!
It’s time for the world to recognize this fact!
Zep 2:1 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired;
Zep 2:2 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD’S anger come upon you.
Zep 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.
As Israel has borne the shame of reproaches and taunts of the heathen for so many years, so they when God’s wrath comes, will still bear the shame of God’s wrath upon His enemies!
Israel will bare that shame because none of these things would have ever happened, had the children of Israel remained faithful to Jehovah God all these years that have passed since the time of Abraham.
This world would have been an entirely different place, had the Jews remained faithful all these years!
We have seen the land of the Jews blossom from desert to a place of beauty, but this will be nothing compared to how all the world will blossom, when the Lord Jesus Christ will sit upon His throne in Jerusalem.
At this time in history, the 70 years of captivity was coming to an end, and Ezekiel is warning all those who claimed Judah that the Jews were soon coming home as prophesied by Jeremiah.
What happens when the Jews are on the promised land? These desert lands will be tilled and sown.
*Eze 36:9 For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown:
As we have seen since 1948, the land of Israel has become a garden and now the world sees the value of this land, when it was nothing more than a desert waste land that no one upon this earth wanted, because it had no value.
But even greater things are in the future for those who turn to the Lord!
Zec 8:12 For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.
Zec 8:13 And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.
This is the truth of the land when the land is not occupied by the people of God.
This is also the truth of that lost soul!
The lost soul is but a waste land if it is left alone without our Savior!
A creature that lives without his Creator will die a horrible death!
God looks upon the heart of man as a field in need of plowing and sowing, so it can blossom and produce fruit.
The heart that is not plowed or sown, will produce something, but it will resemble weeds that must be removed by the root and burned that they are destroyed.
Rom 14:7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
Rom 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
Rom 14:9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
Rom 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
If we cannot allow the Lord to come into our heart, then we will become a waste land!
If we can ask the Lord to come into our heart by our faith, then we can produce the fruit of life!
*Eze 36:10 And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded:
What we see is, when the Lord is living within us, we will produce life.
Notice here again, God knows where all the tribes of Israel are located.
At the time of Ezekiel we know that it was just the house of Judah and Benjamin that returned only to a small portion of the promised land.
Most all the other tribes were scattered too far, or they were too poor, or they were slaves with human masters unwilling to let them go.
When Israel became a nation again, there was an open invitation for all the tribes of Israel to return home.
Until the return of Christ to His throne in Jerusalem, this prophesy will not see its ultimate fulfillment!
All the house of Israel even all of it, the Holy Spirit says will one day go home!
The cities will be bustling with people, all the waste places will be built upon, and the land will produce enough food for them all!
But only if they will call upon the LORD. His name is Jehovah!
Isa 58:12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
Isa 58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
Isa 58:14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
We know this has not taken place, yet it is still in the future.
Only those who call upon the Lord God Jehovah, can see these wonders of the rebuilt earth!
Isa 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
Only those who call upon the Lord will be able to see the ever greater, glories of the New Jerusalem!
Col 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
Col 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
This time has not yet come, but we can see just a taste of it in the revival of Israel today!
*Eze 36:11 And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
From a meager beginning in 1948, Israel now has a population of nearly 9 million people and growing about 10,000 people each year. There are more than twice as many births as there are deaths in Israel.
God is still multiplying the people of Israel, but keep in mind that there were estimates of at least a million Jews who left Egypt in the time of Moses and God later scattered them all around the world.
What we see is, that with all the things that happened to this tiny nation, there is still a great future that awaits them!
We also see even in adverse conditions these people continue to multiply.
This land will be more prosperous than it has ever been before, because Jehovah has chosen this land for His own!
From previous lessons we know that Jehovah is able to do everything He says He will do!
From the time of Noah we know that this land has been defiled.
Defiled meaning polluted, corrupted, violated.
We can just imagine that this is what the Lord thinks of all our lands today, and He will cleanse all the lands of this earth one day and that one day may be soon coming!
*Eze 36:17 Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman.
It’s a sad thing when we pollute the lands we live upon, but the Lord is not talking about this type of pollution.
It is the worship of pagan gods whose human sacrifices are an abomination to Him!
It is the worship of all false deities!
It is the massive killing of unborn children.
It is all those still running in Sodom and Gomorrah.
I can just imagine how the Lord feels about the abortion of so many babies throughout the world today, which is nothing but a mockery to the laws of God.
The Lord God Jehovah is even more tied to the land promised to Israel, but remember, all that we see and all that we cannot see, are God’s creation!
Uncleanness is best described as filthiness and we live in a world that parades its filthiness before God’s people every day!
In fact uncleanness describes sin!
Isa_64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
What is the difference of those who walk with the Lord from those who do not?
Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
What does God think about uncleanness? Look at the example given to us of Israel.
*Eze 36:18 Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it:
Eze 36:19 And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them.
The question we should ask ourselves is, since God will punish people, then what makes the world think God has changed in His ways?
What had these people done that God would do such a thing?
They lived unclean lives in the filthiness of sin.
They committed violence in the promised land.
They polluted the promised land with idolatry.
Remember Jehovah God said this was His land!
The world should be very careful with the decisions they make about God’s land. All creation belongs to our Holy God, but this land given to Abraham, every place he placed his feet, God has chosen for Himself!
God may be slow to punish, but we can be sure God will punish all those who make a mockery of His Words!
Rom_12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
We should also understand that the stroke of judgment from the Lord is like a lightening flash, it is irresistible, it is fatal, and it kills in the twinkling of an eye.
Eze_33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
The “judgment” and the “chastisement” of the Lord will be according to the doings of that guilty person or that guilty nation!
The truth is, when God punishes you, it is because you are guilty. Jehovah has never made a mistake and He never will!
Since Israel wanted to be like the heathen nations, then Jehovah scattered them among the heathen nations to live, and He scattered them well!
This punishment was to help them see the error of their ways!
This punishment was to rid the promised land of idolatry and corruptness!
*Eze 36:22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.
Jehovah did also show the world that He will not tolerate sin from His chosen people!
What is the truth?
From the time of Abraham, the Israelites had professed to know the only “Living God”.
When their land was destroyed and they were exiled, the world mocked their claim, and this is still the truth of today!
The world is still mocking Jehovah God!
In 1948 the nation of Israel was “Born Again” according to prophesy.
Isa_66:8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.
The true Israelites are now returning to the “Promised Land”!
This one prophesy opened the eyes of the world and the world seeks to defy Jehovah as if He does not exist, but this time the tiny nation of Israel will be protected by the “right arm of God” the arm of power, until the Lord returns to set things in order.
Mic 4:5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.
Mic 4:6 In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;
Mic 4:7 And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.
The world may still be mocking Jehovah, but many see the fulfillment of God’s promises are in the making!
*Eze 36:23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
Israel is being restored not because they have ended all their sinful ways because they have not completely given themselves to Jehovah, because they still reject the Son of God.
Israel is being restored because Jehovah does exactly what He says and no power on earth can stop Him!
Israel is being restored to show the world that Jehovah is a Holy God and that He alone is the Lord of this world!
We see all those who hate Him raise up their voices, but God has always had this one saying for the world.
Gen_12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
We are more in this period now than we have ever been!
The nations who are against the Lord are gathering together and the nations that help Israel are also assembling and this taking place today.
As the Church we must know that the Lord will take us home before these things reach fulfillment!
What does Israel lack?
2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
This healing has not happened as of yet, because Israel has not yet humbled themselves before the God they used to claim!
*Eze 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
Eze 36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
After many years, the Jews are still returning to God’s land some 10,000 each year.
To be a true resident of Israel, then they must be a child of a mother who is in the bloodline of a Jew, just as it was with Sarah and Abraham.
Gen_21:12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.
Gen 17:18 And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!
Gen 17:19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.
Gen 17:20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.
Gen 17:21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.
The Muslim may claim Abraham and they should, but they cannot claim the covenant God made with the descendants of Sarah and her son Isaac unless they also claim the Lord Jesus Christ is God in the flesh and the true Messiah!
They, just like all others, can be a part of the covenant with Isaac if they accept the Lord Jesus Christ as the true Son of God, and therefore much more than a prophet and a good man, but Jehovah God in the flesh!
Notice how all that are not part of the scattered tribes of Israel, are called heathen!
Notice also how God’s land is now called the land of the Jews (their own land)!
How will God cleanse these people?
No one can come to God until they are cleansed from sin!
It is sin that clogs the heart and keeps out the ‘Love of God”!
You see Jehovah will give them a new nature.
Eze 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
Eze 11:20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
They will meet the Savior!
1Jn 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
1Jn 5:6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
1Jn 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1Jn 5:8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
There is no other way to be cleansed from sin, and without this cleansing there will be no new heart, only with a new heart will God’s blessing bear fruit!
*Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
Eze 36:28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
As we can see, Jehovah makes things so simple.
According to the Bible, the heart is the center of all spiritual activity and all the operations of human life.
The heart is the home of the personal life!
Mat 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Psa 24:3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?
Psa 24:4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
The heart is the seat of our conscience!
Rom 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
Rom 2:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
Rom 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
When we were living among the lost souls of this world, how could we describe our hearts?
Jer_17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
So the salvation process must begin with the heart!
It is called faith that brings repentance with it!
A new frame of our soul.
A mind changed from sinful to holy, from carnal to spiritual.
A heart that can have the law of Jehovah written upon it.
Our own spirit will not ever be suitable, so we must have the Spirit of Jesus!
Php_1:19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Which is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, the Holy Ghost!
The Spirit of God will come to live in every believer! He will never live in a filthy heart!
It is only these things that will cause a disposition of holiness!
We will be willing:
We will be able:
We will walk:
We will keep the judgments of Jehovah and walk in the statutes of Jehovah and we will live in holiness because these are the ways of Jesus Christ!
For Israel they will live freely in their land for 1000 years with King Jesus upon His throne in Jerusalem, as promised by Jehovah.
Then we all will live in the New Jerusalem throughout eternity.