MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL, LIFE COME FORTH
Series 3 of "A Call to: Wake Up"
Written By: Kim Stairs
In verse 2 of chapter 36, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The enemy said of you, ‘Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession.’” Look back to verse 1, the Lord said the mountain belonged to Israel (mountain of Israel). Here the Spirit is showing Ezekiel that the enemy has taken possession of the mountains that are to be possessed by Israel (symbolizes God’s people).
Many of us have places, goals, desires, dreams, etc. We have been promised to us to possess in Scripture and by the Holy Spirit for our life. We have areas we want to conquer: debt, greed, lust, lack, etc. How many of us have seen the enemy take hold of our mountain? How many of us have a vision, a goal, and once you started moving towards it, and someone else took it from you? With a vision from the Lord, how many of you have experienced verse 3- “… because they have ravaged and hounded you from every side…the object of people’s malice talk and slander…” When you are believing God to conquer mountains “the rest of the nations” (were God’s enemies) battled you, talk about you, discourage you, and they ridicule to take what God says belongs to you. And in doing so in verse 4, it says the ruins became desolate and the towns deserted and plundered. It means that people got your victory, took it all, left nothing for you. So when you’re ready to get there, it is all gone. Like a ghost town, there is only a resemblance of life.
Good news is coming: God continues to say that He has “jealous wrath” because of our suffering scorn. He will scorn the nations (enemies) around you (verse 7). It keeps getting better. In verse 8, “These Mountains that belong to us will start to produce branches and fruit for my people.” We are going to see God remove the nations /enemies from our mountains. Our desires, goals, visions are going to branch out before our eyes and we are going to see fruit growing waiting for us. It continues to say’ “for they will soon come home.” God is bringing us quickly to take back our mountain. It will be ready for us when we get there to pick off the fruit we need in our lives to manifest. What fruit have you believed for?
In verse 11, it says that God is going to even increase men and animals upon you. Those will even be fruitful. Even going to settle people on you as in your past and you will prosper more than before! Have you been in a blessed place before and now you are in a needy place? God is going to bring you back to that blessed place.It will be better than before. God says,“We are going to possess these mountains and the mountain will be our inheritance.”! The Lord is getting ready to move. He is bringing His people back quickly. No other reason except verse 22:
“It is not for your sake, O house of Israel (put your name in), that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name.” The Lord is choosing to show the enemy of darkness His holiness through us! His people (verse 23).
Everything God does is for Jesus’ sake. It is to show His glory. He gave us a vision, a dream and we started a journey. On the way, many of us got to a mountain that was empty and lay waste. Some of us continue to trust God and keep going. Others have been stuck and can not move forward. Even some have gone back to the enemies land; yet, God says in verse 24, “For I will take you out of the nations…and bring you back into your own land.” God in His grace and loving kindness is going to wash us with clean water (symbolizes The Bible). He can do what needs to be done in you so you can reach and take your mountains back.
Feel like you have dirt all around you? The Word says,“I will cleanse you from all your impurities.” Feel like you have put other things before God? He says, “I will cleanse you from all your idols.” Feel like you don’t have love for Him any more? His Word says,“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.” God can do whatever it takes.
He says He will even remove a heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. He will put His Spirit in you and move you to follow His decrees and laws (verses 26 and 27). God is going to make your deserted mountain become a garden. The walls will be strong and life will be there (verse 36).
God is a God who restores. He is restoring our mountains. We will possess them and take back our inheritance! On our journey, we may have gone into a valley. In the valley that felt like death (Psalms 23). We saw our mountain barren and our vision become dry. You will find this valley in Ezekiel 37. Ezekiel was led to these bones to breath on them. God asked him if he believed they could live. God knows (verse 1-3). The Lord will bring a man or woman of God into your life to speak to the dryness, dead areas of your life because you cannot see it for yourself (verse 4-6). You cannot believe for yourself that the Lord will revive you or your desires. The person of God, in this case Ezekiel, prophesied that God would bring the bones back to life.
First, the bones began to move and get stirred up. They came together and were covered with skin (verse7). All the plans, dreams, visions you have that have dried out and separated are going to line back together and get in order as the Word is spoken in your life. In verse 9, we see Ezekiel still had to speak life- breath to the bones and flesh.
The bones were protected now. They were covered but not alive. He called the 4 wind to blow and breathe to come. In verse 10, “… they came to life and stood up on their feet and became a vast army.” The bones obeyed the word and lived. God is going to revive what has died on the way to our mountain. He says in verse 12 that He is going to open up our graves and bring us out. He is going to bring us back to the land of Israel. We will not live far from God’s Promised Land for our life any longer (verse14).
So if you are on a journey to a mountain of Israel and you have seen the enemy take it from you, get ready to take it back! If you are still moving grab on to someone who is stuck. If you are stuck in a valley or have become dry (or your vision has become barren), get prepared to receive the breath of God. If you are in the enemies land and they are surrounding you, God is coming to cleanse you and bring you back to your own land. Amen!