Are there circumstances and relationships that you've been wanting to see restored and turned around...places that need new life?
Read this word and then be encouraged and empowered to prophesy to those dead areas...those dry bones! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Many are very familiar with the passage of Scripture found in Ezekiel 37:1-10, but let's take a moment to remind ourselves:
"Immediately after the LORD instructs Ezekiel to prophesy that the bones would hear the word of the LORD, HE then gives him the formula of the prophetic declaration."
"The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. He said to me, 'Son of man, can these bones live?' And I answered, 'O Lord God, You know. Again He said to me, 'Prophesy over these bones and say to them, "O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord." Thus says the Lord God to these bones, "Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the Lord."'
"So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then He said to me, 'Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, "Thus says the Lord God, 'Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.'"' So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army."
While in prayer, I heard the LORD tell me to, "Prophesy that the wind would blow again." Immediately, I remembered that in the Word of God we can see types and shadows of how the wind can represent the Holy Spirit, and it often represents the breath of God. Yet, when He spoke those instructions to me, I found myself wondering exactly where I was to discover the foundation of the prophesying. I immediately went back to the Word found here in Ezekiel 37. I believe that it is essential to what the LORD is saying about prophesying that the wind would blow again.
The Word of the LORD
First, there is the question of whether or not the bones can live again. Yet the question is only asked after the LORD takes him throughout the valley of dry bones. In other words, the question comes after the interaction of perceiving what is dead, or we could say no longer has any life. His response was correct in saying that only God knew whether or not the bones could live. (Photo via Unsplash)
When the first command comes, the LORD instructs Ezekiel to prophesy that the bones would hear the word of the LORD. And this, is our most vital key. We live in a time in which many people are saying many different things, and we need to make sure we are not generating fleshly words from ourselves.
Based on the above Scripture, the instruction was directly from the LORD as to whether or not the bones could actually live again. You see, the LORD was saying to Ezekiel that there can be no life to anything unless there is first an unction from the LORD. I cannot reiterate this enough: we must take the time to recognize what God is actually doing, especially as we are eager to see certain things end or begin.
You May Come to Life...Again
Immediately after the LORD instructs Ezekiel to prophesy that the bones would hear the word of the LORD, HE then gives him the formula of the prophetic declaration. This is where I have become fascinated with the Word of the LORD. In verse 5, the first thing that the LORD says is concerning breath. I find this incredibly interesting considering the fact that when God first created man, He created him in whole form and the very last thing that He did was breathe LIFE into man.
Yet, here in this verse, we see that the first thing that must occur was that the breath would enter in and the dry bones would come alive again. After which, the LORD began to instruct about the structure of the bones coming together with what they needed in order to become a man again.
"...the LORD is instructing us to prophesy again. Prophesy that the wind would come from the four corners so that His nature would become our nature."
The LORD says something again about the breath being put into them in verse 6, which is also intriguing. Two verses with the mention of breath...the LORD is definitely highlighting the importance of His breath upon that which is no longer alive. The prophecy is released and Ezekiel releases the word of the LORD with what is now followed with a shaking and a coming together that ultimately leads us to verse 9. The LORD emphasizes the need to prophesy about the breath coming, but this time the LORD instructs Ezekiel to prophesy that the breath would come from the "four winds".
The Four Winds
Daniel saw a vision by night: "...behold, the four winds of the sky broke out on the great sea. Four great animals came up from the sea, diverse one from another" (Daniel 7:2-3). Zechariah saw four chariots rise up between two mountains and asked an angel what these were. The angel answered: "These are the four winds of the sky, which go out from standing before the Lord of all the earth" (Zechariah 6:5).
The four winds also carry God's chosen people to their destiny, both in the Old Testament and the New: "He will send out His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His chosen ones from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other" (Matthew 24:31).
We know that the LORD is also implying that the four winds are in reference to the natural directions of North, South, East and West. However, the four winds are ultimately where the divine touches our natural world. It's a prophecy that consists of Heaven meeting Earth.
So, What is the LORD Saying?
After weeks of praying into this word, I understand more today that the LORD is calling upon us to prophesy that the wind would blow again. The LORD is already revealing to many who are reading this which include: certain relationships, specific regions, strategies and assignments, all of which have appeared to no longer have life. There are areas in our lives where the LORD is revealing and bringing into remembrance where there is no current life. However, the LORD is instructing us to prophesy again. Prophesy that the wind would come from the four corners so that His nature would become our nature.
Let's not be a generation of leaders and followers who quickly define things as dead, but let's be a people of hope! Meaning we are quickly labeling what was once alive to no longer be able to receive the breath of the LORD. Granted, there are many right now thinking that there is no way that some of the former relationships can ever be what they once were. I am not implying that we have to go back to the exact way that things once were. However, we must be willing to prophesy into the lives of those whom we no longer have a relationship with. The heart of the Father will always be reconciliation. (Photo via Unsplash)
We have to be willing to prophesy into our regions, our cities, and/or our churches. I have seen many people give up on ministries way too easily, believing that the LORD could never move there again. We cannot keep seeing our churches close down, while a generation goes to the wayside. We must become a people who recognize that with the LORD anything is truly possible. We must be willing (at the instruction of the LORD) to prophesy that the wind would blow again – whether it's our marriage, our sons/daughters, our friendships, our ministries, our jobs, our finances, etc.
We have got to be willing to hear the LORD first and as He speaks to you, prophesy that the wind would blow again! Do you hear the LORD speaking to you? Do you hear Him calling you to walk through the dead things and He is saying to you to prophesy? Don't give up on them. Don't give up on yourself. Don't stop believing in the power of God. We need to listen with an open ear and know that when we prophesy...the wind will blow! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Ryan Johnson Ministries
Ryan Johnson is mantled in equipping the Body of Christ to awaken the nations with a prophetic call of arising Ekklesia. Ryan ministers with a prophetic voice of revival and awakening with the demonstration of God's purposes in regions, individuals and the Church. Throughout years of ministry, Ryan has been blessed to develop relationships with many great men and women of God who taught him difficult and real-life lessons to their family so that they can continue to work for the glory of God. It's these relationship that Ryan credits to his development of a leader who walks in authenticity, honesty and integrity. Ryan strongly believes and walks in the understanding of accountability. Ryan is a member of New Breed Revival and TRIBE Networks.
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