Pictured above we see how the children of God passed over the Jordan river to go to the promised land. Joshua and the children of God by faith stepped into the overflowing Jordan river causing the Jordan river to open a path of dry ground. First the ark of the covenant pictured above went through the Jordan river on dry ground to go to the promised land. But, notice also that the people behind the ark of the covenant carried the bones of Joseph through the Jordan river on dry ground to go to the promised land. Friends reading this forevermore anywhere, like Joseph, become a child of God by confessing Jesus as God and believing in your heart that Jesus died on the cross and rose again, and one day soon our bones will be carried by angels to the promised land to appear with glorified bodies as soldiers in the army of the Lord in eternal peace with our Lord Jesus.
Like Joseph, no obstacle like the Jordan river will prevent any child of God from reaching the promised land of eternal peace. Isaiah 43:2 promises When thou passest through the water, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Friends, bank on it; when anyone believes on the name of Jesus as God, God's word promises that person eternal life in the kingdom with our Lord Jesus. 1 John 5:13 promises These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God, that ye may know that ye have eternal life; and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Notice the promise that God gave to Abram at Genesis 15:13 that says And He said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them 400 years. And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge; and afterward shall they come out with great substance. Joseph believed God's promise to Abram that the children of God would leave Egypt after 400 years and requested that his bones be taken out of Egypt into the promised land. Joseph said at Genesis 50:25 God will surely visit you and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.
Pictured above we see that God fulfilled His promise to Abram after 400 years by placing the bones of Joseph in the tomb of Shechem in the promised land. First when Moses left Egypt, Moses took the bones of Joseph out of Egypt. Exodus 13:19 says And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him; for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you.
After the children of God carried Joseph's bones over the Jordan river, Joseph's bones arrived at the promised land proven by Joshua 24:32 that says And the bones of Joseph which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem (which is in the promised land). The promise was in them bones. Joseph made it to the promised land, and one day soon Jesus will give Joseph a glorified new body as Joseph becomes a soldier in the army of God.
Friend reading this anywhere, remember God fulfills all his promises even if it takes 400 years to fulfill the promise. Matthew 5:18 promises For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Be encouraged, all the saints like Joseph will make it to the promised land kingdom and receive eternal life, glorified new bodies, and the honor of being a soldier in the army of the Lord Jesus. Like Lazarus, the angels will carry any saint and his bones to paradise heaven to dwell in Abraham's bosom with new glorified bodies in the peaceful eternal presence of our Lord Jesus.
Pictured above we see the prophet Ezekial preaching to dry bones in the midst of an open valley in the promised land. My friend Joia who is 17 and saved told me to write about Ezekial. Friends reading this anywhere, the bones pictured above are all the bones of the saints that believed in Jesus as God past, present, and future. The bones of Joseph were also among the bones of these blessed saints. God asked Ezekial at Ezekial 37:3 Son of man, can these bones live? Ezekial answered O Lord God, thou knowest. As Ezekial preached to these bones, Jesus caused sinew, flesh, and skin to cover these bones. Then Jesus put the breath of life into these dry bones, and they stood up upon their feet an exceeding great army.
The story about the above picture is found at Ezekial 37:5 that says Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord. So I prophesied as I was commanded, and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and a behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
Ezekial 37:8 goes on to say And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above; but there was no breath in them. Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
Neighbor, the prophet Ezekial was preaching to a battlefield of living saints and not a graveyard of dead bones. Jesus like Ezekial will one day soon resurrect all His saints by the breath of the Holy Ghost as the four winds like four tornadoes from the east, west, north, and south shake and rattle every saints' bones to come alive eternally as soldier angels in the great army of our Lord Jesus.
All the saints will be as soldier angels and soon come back to this earth on white horses with Jesus to cast the beast and the false prophet into the lake fire as we reign in peace with Jesus for 1000 years. Matthew 22:30 says the saints are like angels saying For in the resurrection they (the saints) neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. Note also that 2 Timothy 2:3 calls the saints soldiers and says Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
Jesus was the first dead man resurrected to become the captain general of the exceeding great army of His saints that will destroy the works of the devil. Friend reading this anywhere, rejoice and know that all of Jesus' saints will one day soon also rise like Jesus and join the army of the Lord as soldier angels to destroy the works of the devil forevermore. The bible promises this at Philippians 3:20 that says For our conversation is in heaven; from hence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ; who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.
Be encouraged friends everywhere and read how God encouraged the saints' dry bones in the open valley. Ezekial 37:11 says Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost; we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves. And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land; then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord.
To end up today's bible study we see the prophet Jeremiah pictured above being persecuted by Pashur for prophesying the truth. Jeremiah 20:2 tells us then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the Lord. Jeremiah got discouraged and did not want to peach anymore. Jeremiah 20:9 says Then I (Jeremiah) said, I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any more in His name; But His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing and I could not stay.
Notice that the promise of the Word Jesus was like a fire shut up in Jeremiah's bones as a witness to the blessings of our Lord Jesus. Like Jeremiah, every saint has the Word of God as a fire shut up in their bones that bears witness to the promises of our Lord Jesus. The promise is in our bones. Friends, let's all be like Jeremiah and say through all the persecutions I'll rejoice and continue to preach because the Word of Jesus is like a fire shut up in my bones that has to be preached to the ends of the earth to win lost souls in the many nations.
I pray in Jesus name that this bible study blesses all my friends everywhere with great joy and peace. Email Brother Bob anytime at email@example.com or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.