By Michael Harley
Ezekiel 37:11-14New King James Version (NKJV)
11 Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. 14 I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it,” says the Lord.’”
This is a plain example of the people of Israel’s salvation. The nation of Israel, as a whole, is just as saved as any Christian is saved today. As a matter of fact, there is no salvation apart from the Jews. Salvation is of the Jews. Contrary to some beliefs, the whole Bible is written by Jews:
Psalm 147:19-20[a] New King James Version (NKJV) 19 He declares His word to Jacob, His statutes and His judgments to Israel. 20[a] He has not dealt thus with any nation;
And apart from His word there is no salvation. And apart from Jesus Christ, a Jew, there is no salvation.
In the verses above, God is speaking to Ezekiel, a Jew, and commanding him To speak to the nation of Israel, and declare that God is going to raise them, “the whole house of Israel,” from the dead.
Not only is God going to raise the whole house of Israel from the dead, but He is going to raise David their King from the dead and they shall serve the Lord their God and David their King. God is going to heal them and their land – the land of Israel. He is going to put His Spirit in them and cause them to walk in His statutes, and empower them to keep His judgments and do them. He is going to sprinkle clean water on them, and they shall be clean. He will cleanse them from all their filthiness and from all their idols. He will make a covenant of peace with the nation of Israel, and cause wild beasts to cease from the land; and they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. God will make them and the places all around the land of Israel a blessing.
In that Day God is going to gather the whole house of Israel from among all the nations where He has scattered them because of their continued disobedience. In that Day when God has allowed the Antichrist to destroy the rebuilt temple and the city of Jerusalem and scatter the Jews into all the nations, Jesus Christ will return, when the Jews have no other place to turn but to the God of their fathers. And when the Son of Man returns, He will send out His angels and gather His elect from the four corners of the earth and from the farthest parts of heaven and bring them into their land again.
He will set them high above all nations of the earth. Then He will set up His standard for the peoples; the nations shall bring the sons of Israel in their arms, and daughters of Israel shall be carried on their shoulders. Kings shall be the Jews foster fathers, and their queens their nursing mothers. They shall bow down to the people of Israel with their faces to the earth, and lick up the dust of their feet. Then all people will know that Jesus is Lord.
Anyone that thinks that Jews were not saved in the days when Jesus Christ was speaking to them in our Holy Scripture needs to check their Scriptures again. To the contrary the Bible declares over and over again that “salvation is of the Jews.”