Main reference: Ez 37, Jn 5, Rv 20, Rv 3:12
What are the prophecies regarding the resurrection and the receiving of the Holy Spirit? What are their fulfillments? This is God’s promise, and it will fulfill according to this promise.
The world of Noah was established after the world of Adam became corrupt. Israel, the world of Moses, the descendant of Abraham, was established after Noah’s world became corrupt. Because of the corruption of Israel, God made a promise (prophesied) through the Old Testament prophets, and at the appointed time, He came to Jesus and fulfilled those promises.
The promises Jesus made at the First Coming take into effect at the time of the Second Coming. For example, according to Jeremiah 31:27, Jesus planted the seed (Mt 13:24-25), but he promised to return to harvest and create God’s new nation to live with God the Creator and attend to Him for eternity.
To know about the fulfillment of prophecies, one must first understand the prophecies so that he can see, perceive, and believe them when they fulfill.
Let us first take a look at the prophecy in Ezekiel chapter 37 (summary).
The dry bones in the valley were the house of Israel who died in a war (spiritual). When the Prophet Ezekiel, the “son of man, spoke the word of God that was life on His behalf to the dry bones, they came together. Tendons and flesh appeared and skin covered the bones, but there was no breath of life in them. When he spoke again, the breath of life entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet. God brought them out of the grave into life as He put His spirit in their hearts. The bones in the graves were the house of Israel whose spirits had died, and this was a prophecy that would be fulfilled.
After this prophecy was proclaimed for about 600 years, it was fulfilled. God came to Jesus, the promised pastor, and fulfilled it. You can find such content in John chapter 5 and in Matthew chapter 23.
The one who heard, saw, and recorded the prophecy was Prophet Ezekiel, but the one who prophesied and fulfilled them was God. The one who testified to the fulfillment that he saw was Jesus. Who was the physical entity of the advocate mentioned in Ezekiel chapter 37? The advocate was not Prophet Ezekiel, for he simply recorded the prophecy, but at the time of fulfillment, the advocate was Jesus (1 Jn 2:1-2).
The scene where the death occurred, as Prophet Ezekiel had seen, was Jerusalem (Mt 23). Those who killed the people of God were the snakes, the pastors in charge of Jerusalem. Jesus called them white-washed tombs filled with dead men’s bones. This is no different from the prophecy in Ezekiel.
Continuing on, Jesus said in John chapter 5, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (Jn 5:24). Where was this death and where was this life? Death was in Jerusalem, where the bones were found, while life was in Jesus, for God and the words of life were in him. The snakes were in Jerusalem, and God was in Jesus. That is why Jesus was God’s temple.
He said again, “I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live […] and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned” (Jn 5:25-29). Jerusalem, where the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were at, was the grave (white-washed tombs). Jesus said that if those in this tomb (Jerusalem) listened and believed in the voice of the Son of God, they would rise and come out—the resurrection to life.
Resurrection is when a dead spirit inside a tomb comes to life by receiving the breath of life and the words of the advocate. What is dead is not the flesh, but the spirit, and what comes to life is not the flesh, but the spirit as well.
When one of his disciples wanted to bury his father, Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” He meant, let those whose spirits are dead bury those whose flesh are dead. Again, he said in John 6:63, “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”
It may seem as if the prophecy in Ezekiel chapter 37 is speaking of a resurrection of a dead flesh, but we can see that what really comes to life is not the flesh, but a person’s spirit. And the war is not a war between flesh, but a spiritual war.
According to Prophet Ezekiel’s words, the Spirit will be poured into those who rise from the grave to live. Jesus poured the holy Spirit into those who came out of the grave in Jerusalem.
This is the truth regarding the prophecy and fulfillment.
How could the pastors at the First Coming have known this? Until this truth was revealed, they had been giving false testimonies. Because the one who lies is a snake, Jesus called the pastors of Jerusalem who gave false testimonies, “snakes.”
For the believers in this era, the prophecy and fulfillment of the New Testament are more important than the prophecy and fulfillment of the Old Testament. Is there anyone who knows about Revelation, God’s final work? Does anyone know about God’s will and its fulfillment? It is written that there is no one in heaven, or on earth, or under the earth who knows (Rv 5:2-3). As such, all who testified to Revelation had spoken lies and thus, are no different from snakes.
God and Jesus have fulfilled all of Revelation, which they had promised. They have chosen, as the messenger of Jesus, the individual who had seen and heard the events as recorded in chapters 1 through 22. They sent him to the churches to testify to all of this (fulfillment of all the events of Revelation) (Rv 22:8, 16). Wouldn’t the pastors today persecute the messenger of Jesus again, the same way the Jewish pastors persecuted Jesus at the First Coming?
Do you know where the place of death is at and which place is the place of life? Do you know about the first resurrection? Please answer.
I know the answer. Amen!
-When light meets light, there is victory!-
Written 38,000 feet (11,582 m) above sea level.