As the second World War drew to a close in the spring of 1945, the Nazis attempted to hide their crimes by organizing death marches. Prisoners from the concentration camps were marched hundreds of miles with little or no food and shelter. Any who could not keep up or attempted to escape were shot. When the Allied forces began to close in, they encountered some prisoners still marching. Others were liberated from the camps.
So many had already died, and the ones found alive were just barely hanging on. What if no one had bothered to set these captives free? What if no one had fed or sustained them once they were liberated?
Those held in captivity to sin are in need of liberation! Even more so than the survivors of the Holocaust. The Church of Jesus Christ must come alive, rising out of the apathy that makes us useless, to become a mighty Army of the Lord. We must get our combat boots on and fight to bring truth that gives life and breaks chains to those living in bondage to sin and suffering! We are not called to be a “Skeleton Crew” of dry bones, but instead a living, effective, powerful force commissioned to rescue the lost and the hurting in the Name of Jesus!
Isaiah 52:7 “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!”
Just as Ezekiel prophesied in the Valley of the Dry Bones, God calls out to our dry bones of complacency, to stir His church to set captives free through the power of the Gospel! The same power than brought Jesus out of the grave is ours for the taking through His Name and by His blood!
Ezekiel 37 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Valley of Dry Bones
37 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. 2 And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8 And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. 9 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 may live.” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945. Just like Hitler, Satan’s days are numbered. That’s why he is hell-bent on wreaking havoc on the human race. His rage only grows with time. He would love to see us all in Hell, and he will do whatever he can to blind us to the hurting and desperate people all around us. So many have fallen to his schemes, but there is hope! As Christians, we have the answer! We cannot keep it to ourselves!
Sometimes we just don’t know where to begin. But a good start is just to pray for God to open our eyes to the hurting and broken all around us. And no matter their situation, to overwhelm them with the love of the Father and lead them to Him.