This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
Very well, so Ezekiel 37:1-14 saw Israel restored to life, but
what was to be its structure? 1. Like its former self?
2. A new spiritual nation? or 3. A differently
structured singular administration?
15 ¶ The word of the LORD came again to me saying, 16 "And you, son of man, take for yourself one stick and write on it, ‘For Judah and for the sons of Israel, his companions’; then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and all the house of Israel, his companions.’ 17 "Then join them for yourself one to another into one stick, that they may become one in your hand. 18 "And when the sons of your people speak to you saying, ‘Will you not declare to us what you mean by these?’ 19 say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will put them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand."’ 20 "And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes.
21 "And say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land*; 22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king will be king for all of them; and they will no longer be two nations, and they will no longer be divided into two kingdoms. 23 "And they will no longer defile themselves with their idols, or with their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. And they will be My people, and I will be their God.
24 "And My servant David will be king over them,* and they will all have one shepherd; and they will walk in My ordinances, and keep My statutes, and observe them. 25 "And they shall live on the land that I gave to Jacob My servant, in which your fathers lived; and they will live on it, they, and their sons, and their sons’ sons, forever; and David My servant shall be their prince forever.
26 "And I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever. 27 "My dwelling place also will be with them;* and I will be their God, and they will be My people. 28 "And the nations will know that I am the LORD who sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forever."’" NAS
So, no longer will Jehovah's chosen people be divided into two kingdoms
Does that mean a new nation, a spiritual Israel as my former associates allege?
Well, to whom did God give a new covenant?♦
Behold the words of Jehovah via an Israelite prophet He sent to the people Israel under the Mosaic covenant ––– Jeremiah 31:31-32:
31 Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was a husband* unto them, saith Jehovah. ASV
* In their relationship with God the people Israel were collectively:
1. flock of sheep. 2. firstborn son. 3. Wife.
Courtesy Douglas Harper: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php
♦ Why, the very people Israel under the former covenant were given
a NEW one, which can't be all that difficult to comprehend, given
the above Jeremiah 31:31 prophecy.
* Where was to be their land? Why, in the heavens of Jehovah's presence of which the the land of Israel and all it contained were just shadows of these heavenly realities as indeed prophesied as early as in the song of Moses of Exodus 15:13, 17:
Thou in thy lovingkindness hast led the people that thou hast redeemed: Thou hast guided them in thy strength to thy holy habitation. 17 Thou wilt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, The place, O Jehovah, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, The sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established. 18 Jehovah shall reign for ever and ever.●
● This is the very first time that Strong's 05703 and 05769 appear together in the Hebrew text. While 05703 is eternity-absolute, 05769 mitigates that with a measure of conditional indefinity.
* Jesus anointed (christ) as the true heir of David's throne over the people Israel after his inglorious death as the sinner Israel executed in him, bequeathed this natural inherited right to the heavenly only-begotten actually offered, but for whom Jesus had substituted as a stand-in proxy —Luke 1:32; Matthew 1:1.
* Revelation 21:10-27 describe the heavenly city of Jehovah's virtual domain in quite some detail, whereas the following two verses focus on the sanctuary's location as the most holy of all structures in the universe, signifying Jehovah's presence irrespective of His actual location.
10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed
me the holy city Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God the Almighty, and the Lamb,
are the temple thereof. 23 And the city hath no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine upon it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the lamp thereof
is the Lamb. ASV
That city will NEVER literally come down, even as God NEVER did other than paying task-specific attention and intimate emotional involvement in generic Man's affairs, remembering that we are just a footstool distance away from His majestic presence —Isaiah 66:1.
That ought to take care of matters Ezekiel 37: an Israel born again and reorganised
One united administration for an everlasting non-religious human future save for anyone deciding to opt out for whatever reason.
WOW! What a way to go!