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Valley of Dry Bones

What do you believe concerning the story of the Valley of dry bones spoken of in Ezekiel Chapter 37? What is your idea concerning the story(parable)?

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It is not a story (parable), but the record of the historical event.
---Eloy on 6/9/08

I believe it to be true. God told the prophet Ezekiel to prophecy to the dry bones that God said "Wake and ye shall live". I take this to be literal, not just a story.
---Rebecca_D on 6/9/08

I believe it just as Echad/God told the prophet, & Ezekiel wrote it exactly the same way it was given to him he & others could understand vs. 37:3, 9-22; [in the latter days (Dan.12:4-10)]. Is not Israel back exactly where God said they would be after being 'dead' among the nations undivded [one stick/nation], after being literrally divided many times before as northern & southern kingdoms? The truth's in The Words of Echad/God [Jer.33:14-26].
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 4/13/06

3. Your message has remained the same, questionable. "those who have ears to hear recieve my words." I have heard your words and have received them and many are false words and much arrogance. "Pride" "boasting" causing failure to study properly to be approve for the work God has for you. Rightly dividing the word of God.
---Lupe2618 on 3/27/06

2. fourth: "You all therefore hear not because you all are not of God" now, this comment is telling me that you are able to see whether someone is saved or not. You are putting yourself in the place of Christ and making a judgement that only God can make. You might think you can, but that also is not true. You already believe that you are the light that Christ saw on the cross, as you have said. The light that Christ saw was the Father, so I don't think you are Him.
---Lupe2618 on 3/27/06

"can two walk together except they agree? I suppose they could even if they disagreed on many things but not walking together.
Second: "am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" You are not my enemy whether or not you tell the truth or not. And many times you don't tell the truth. That is why many disagree with you. Third: "Why do you all not understand my speech?" Because your speech is wrong many times and you cannot face the fact that you are wrong.
---Lupe2618 on 3/27/06

lupe, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? Why do you all not understand my speech? because you all cannot hear my word. He that is of God hears God's words: you all therefore hear not, because you all are not of God." I do not force scripture, if you disagree, then you are free to believe whatever you desire. But my message remains the same, and those who have ears to hear receive my words. Please read Acts 28:24,25.
---Eloy on 3/25/06

Lupe ... we disagree on one particular issue. There are other people as well who unaccountably disagree with me. It is most odd, & I don't know how it is possible, for I know I am ALWAYS right!
Our disagreements are really different slants on the same Truth, and yes, we remain in Fellowship.
---alan_of_UK on 3/25/06

2. I for one have many that disagree with me, but I don't think any different of them only that they don't see what I see and I don't see what they see. You cut yourself from many of us already and all of them are great brothers and sisters. They just don't agree with your statements sometimes. In life you will always have people that will not agree on some things you do, that is life.
---Lupe2618 on 3/25/06

Eloy, fellowship has nothing to do with disagreement. Fellowship is when one family is united as a family and belong to one Father. It does not matter who we disagree with, we have to bring the truth out. I see a lot of your answers and they are great so I never mention anything. When I see error, not only on you but on anyone I disagree. Has nothing to do with fellowship. There is many here that disagree with you and you disfellowship yourself from them because they don't agree with you
---Lupe2618 on 3/25/06

lupe, we don't have fellowship because we are not in one accord. When i say, Yes, then you say, No. And when I say, No, then you say, Yes. So we cannot have any fellowship when we are constantly in disagreement.
---Eloy on 3/25/06

I believe it was a vision. Because God told Ezekiel to prophecy unto the dry bones to awake and they shall live. This vision indicates that the fulfillment will occur in a gradual process. A physical resurrection of the Nation of Israel, Israel became a Sovereign nation in 1948. Eze 37:15-28. The scattered Jewish people will become a whole nation again.
---Rebecca_D on 3/24/06

Thank you for reminding me Eloy. I thought I had fellowship with you again, but not a chance, oh well, Thanks for reminding me.
---Lupe2618 on 3/24/06

lupe, we have no fellowship.
---Eloy on 3/24/06

Thank you Eloy for having fellowship with me. I do believe if we take that as a real place that God took Ezekiel, we would know where that place is in history, but it was a vision only of things to come. Nothing to get excited about for us, but the visions were very real, for they did come to pass as God showed Ezekiel. If we take one sentence and make it our own we will read a wrong intepretation on the whole message.
---Lupe2618 on 3/23/06

lupe, believe what you desire.
---Eloy on 3/23/06

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If you go back to verse 22 on chapter 36, you will see what God said in chapter 37 in the vision. The vision is just one of a series of visions as you go through all of Ezekiel, as before, now in chapter 40, he explains again about the visions of God after what He revealed to him on 37 has come to pass as He had told him. The metaphor of bones decribe Israel.
---Lupe2618 on 3/22/06

Over a year passed between Ezekiel 1:1 up to Ezekiel 4:6, and many more years passed before reaching Ezekiel chapter 37. Now Ezekiel's visions of God by the river Chebar in chapter 1 verse 1, has absolutely nothing to do with his being taken by God to the open valley of dry bones in chapter 37. God carried Ezekiel out by hand, just as he carried Phillip away after he baptised the Eunuch in Acts 8:39,40.
---Eloy on 3/22/06

That would be the bare-tone connected to the trom-bone.
---Fred_S. on 3/21/06

Ann, I want you to know that one passage in Ezekiel 37, was one of the passages given to me when God saved me. It showed fallen men put together and given breath but they had to have a new heart and only God could do that work. They were dry bones just as the lost people are without Christ. Unable to do anything on their own until God changes their hearts of stone and puts His Spirit in them. You gave a good explanation Ann.
---Lupe2618 on 3/21/06

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But what's connected to the trom-bone?
---Ann5758 on 3/21/06

Good Song: ~Ezekiel cried,
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones.(x3)
O hear the word of the Lord. The foot bone connected to the leg bone, the leg bone connected to the back bone, the back bone connected to the arm bone. O hear the word of the Lord. The arm bone connected to the back bone, the back bone connected to the neck bone, the neck bone connected to the head bone. O hear the word of the Lord.
Dem bones, dem bones, gonna rise up.(x3)
O hear the word of the Lord...~
---Eloy on 3/21/06

2. For a clearer understanding of what is happening is to begin with Chapter one. "Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by "the River Chebar, than the heavens were opened and I saw "VISIONS" of God." I believe after reading the whole context Ezekiel was having visions.
---Lupe2618 on 3/21/06

Ann, I believe you are correct in your answer. Ez.37:1 Brought the Spirit, involves another vision. God does not change Ezekiel's location but gives him a vivid inward sense that he has been taken to a valley "full of bones." For other visions (1:1-3; 3:15; 8:1-11;24;40:1-48:35. This passage, is part of a series of revelations received during the night before the messenger came with the news of the destruction Of Jerusalem, was to ease the gloom of the people.
---Lupe2618 on 3/21/06

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ann, No where in Ezekiel 37 does it read this is a vision, instead it reads, "The hand of YHWH was upon me, and carried me out in the Spirit of YHWH, and set me down in the middle of the valley full of bones...he said to me, Prophesy over these bones, and say to them..." No, Ezekiel was not having a vision.
---Eloy on 3/20/06

Eloy, how can you refute what this vision (and yes, it WAS a vision) means when it is explained right in the chapter?
---Ann5758 on 3/20/06

It was a prophetic truth, and no parable. The graves of the Israelites were already literally opened once, and all the graves again will be opened at the Lord returns. Matthew 27:51-53; Daniel 12:1-3; II Corinthians 5:10; I Thessalonians 4:16-18; Revelation 20:12-15.
---Eloy on 3/20/06

Considering the context, the condition of his people, and Ezekiel's work, it seems that God was seeking to reveal to him the great truth--not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit shall things be done. What was impossible for man and looked like it would never happen God could do. Verse 11 indicates this was a parable--bones represent the whole house of Israel, to be restored to their own land-verse 12. It is encouraging to us in these days of departing from the faith, captivity to sin, and darkness.
---Wayne87 on 3/19/06

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Starting at vs 11, the vision is explained. It is the whole house of Israel that has been exiled, scattered, no life. God will breathe life back into the Israelites, and bring them up out of their graves (out of exile) and bring them all back to the land of Israel. They will know that it is the Lord who has done this.
---Ann5758 on 3/19/06

It was not a story nor a parable, but a literal prophesy. And I believe exactly what it says in the chapter.
---Eloy on 3/19/06

This probably has several applications. One being, "wake up dead churches".
---shira on 3/18/06

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