Ezek. 37:2-4 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
There is only one solution for dead people. The answer is resurrection of course. Nothing could have appeared so hopeless to Ezekiel than a whole valley full of dead men’s bones. “Can these bones live ?” The voice seemed to be somehow reassuring even though the circumstances were not good. Let’s say things could have hardly been worse. Ezekiel wasn’t quite sure who these people were or what the voice meant but he began to prophesy to the wind and to the bones. Before he could bat his eyes these dead people were full of life. This was more than just coming back from the dead. These people had entered into a new kind of life, they had entered into life itself. They were being born again by the breath of God. Here are some thoughts from Maclaren on this powerful vision.
“We are carried back to that grand vision of the prophet who saw the bones lying, very many and very dry, sapless and disintegrated, a heap dead and ready to rot. The question comes to him: ‘Son of man! Can these bones live?’ The only possible answer, if he consult experience, is, ‘O Lord God! Thou knowest.’ Then follows the great invocation: ‘Come from the four winds, O Breath! and breathe upon these slain that they may live.’ And the Breath comes and ‘they stand up, an exceeding great army.’ ‘It is the Spirit that quickeneth.’ The Scripture treats us all as dead, being separated from God, unless we are united to Him by faith in Jesus Christ. According to the saying of the Evangelist, ‘They which believe on Him receive’ the Spirit, and thereby receive the life which He gives, or, as our Lord Himself speaks, are ‘born of the Spirit.’ The highest and most characteristic office of the Spirit of God is to enkindle this new life, and hence His noblest name, among the many by which He is called, is the Spirit of life.”
Actually Ezekiel’s vision is a glimpse into the last days of human history. When things look most hopeless the wind of change begins to blow. I believe the wind is blowing and Ezekiel’s vision is about to be fulfilled with the greatest harvest of souls the world has ever seen.