Resurrection of Israel
1 The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.
2 He led me to and fro among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.
3 He asked me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ I said, ‘Sovereign Lord, you alone know.’
4 Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones and say to them, “Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!
5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.
6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”’
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.
8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin 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 it, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.”’
10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet – a vast army.
The vision in Ezekiel 37 began with a valley filled with dry bones. The prophet was led to preach God's word to the bones (Mk. 16:15-16). This apparently led to the bones receiving the early rain of the Holy Spirit, which transformed them from dry bones to bones covered with tendons, flesh and skin. But they still could not manifest as sons of God. They could not overcome all of the devil's schemes (Ep. 6:11). Finally, the prophet was led to speak to the breath (the rock of Exodus 17 and Numbers 20). The prophet spoke to the rock to breathe into the people of God. Breath entered the people of God and they arose and could overcome all of the devil's schemes—a mighty army.
In the final part of the fulfillment of the vision of Ezekiel 37, there will be no prophet to prophesy to the breath. The people of God themselves will come to the realization that it is their right to drink water from the rock and so will ask the rock to give them water to drink.