I have to admit I was never really certain if the passage was about a specific prophecy, or about the almost 1900 years the Jewish people had been out of the land.
Then I came across this video celebrating the 70 years of Israel’s rebirth, and at 1:30 seconds, and 4:29 seconds into the video, it came to me that Ezekiel 37 could have been prophesying the Holocaust. There are clues in verse 9:
“Also 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 those slain, that they may live.”
God scattered the Jews to the four corners of the earth in AD 70, as prophesied in Deuteronomy 28:64 and Matthew 24:1-2; and He was now bringing them back to the land as prophesied in Isaiah 11:11-12.
The next clue is Ezekiel 37:10 “So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.”
Israel had no army until the War of Independence that began on May 15, 1948, three years after the Holocaust and the end of World War II.
Note: President Harry S. Truman was the first world leader to recognize Israel’s statehood after much opposition from his most senior advisers.
Excerpt: Clark M. Clifford served as Special Counsel to President Truman from 1946 to 1950 and as Secretary of Defense in 1968-69 under President Johnson.
- President Truman regarded his Secretary of State, General of the Army George C. Marshall, as “the greatest living American.” Yet the two men were on a collision course over Mideast policy. Marshall firmly opposed American recognition of the new Jewish state.
- Officials in the State Department had done everything in their power to prevent, thwart, or delay the President’s Palestine policy in 1947 and 1948. Watching them find various ways to avoid carrying out White House instructions, I sometimes felt they preferred to follow the views of the British Foreign Office rather than those of their President. (read more here)