37:11 Then he said unto me,
. Son of man,
 these bones are
[a.] the whole house of Israel [the 12 tribes of Jacob]: behold, they say,
[11.] Our bones are dried, and
[12.] our hope is lost:
[13.] we are cut off for our parts.
37:12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them,
 Thus saith the Lord GOD;
[a.] Behold, O my people, I will
[11.] open your graves, and
[12.] cause you to come up out of your graves, and
[13.] bring you into the land of Israel.
37:13 And [b.] ye shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I
[11.] have opened your graves, O my people, and
[12.] [have] brought you up out of your graves,
37:14 And [13.] shall put my spirit in you, and
[aa.] ye shall live, and I
[14.] shall place you in your own land:
[c.] then shall ye know that I the LORD have
[11.] spoken [it] [God does not move until He first speaks and reveals His Word to one of His prophets (Amos 3:7)], and
[12.] performed [it], saith the LORD [He hastens His Word to perform it (Jer. 1:12)].
37:15 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
37:16 Moreover, thou son of man,
 take thee one stick, and
[a.] write upon it,
[11.] For Judah, and
[12.] for the children of Israel his companions [part of the children of Israel was (and is) with Judah (one stick of the children of Israel was—and is—with Judah: in Ezekiel's day these were the Jews in Babylonian captivity during; the remainder of the house of Israel—the northern kingdom—was carried off by Assyria and scattered throughout the nations. These are the so-called lost tribes of Israel.]: then
 take another stick, and
[b.] write upon it,
[11.] For Joseph,
[aa.] the stick of Ephraim [Joseph’s inheritance is in Ephraim], and
 [for] all the house of Israel his companions [the other portion of the house of Israel is with Ephraim—heirs to the blessing of Joseph—and are not known as Jews today]:
 join them [the joining of Judah with Ephraim as one nation is a pre-millennial promise]
[a.] one to another into one stick; and
[b.] they shall become one in thine hand [one nation, under God, indivisible].
 when the children of thy people
[a.] shall speak unto thee, saying,
[11.] Wilt thou not show us what thou [meanest] by these?
37:19  Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold,
[a.] I will take
[11.] the stick of Joseph,
[aa.] which [is] in the hand of Ephraim, and
[12.] the tribes of Israel [all 12 tribes, not just Jews from the tribe of Judah] his fellows, and
[b.] [I] will put them with him,
[11.] [even] with the stick of Judah, and
[c.] [I will] make them one stick, and
[11.] they shall be one in mine hand.
 the sticks whereon thou writest
[a.] shall be in thine hand before their eyes.
 God told Jacob, when He changed his name to Israel, that a company of nations would come out of his loins (Gen. 35:9-11). Israel (Jacob), when he blessed the sons of Joseph, prophesied that both Manasseh (Joseph's firstborn) and Ephraim would become a multitude in the midst (center) of the earth. But, when Israel pronounced his blessing, he gave it to Ephraim, and said that although Manasseh shall become a great people, Ephraim would become greater and would become a multitude of nations [which would not be called by the name of Israel (Gen. 48:14-20)]. In Israel's final prophetic blessing, he gave to Joseph—through the multitude of nations that were to come out of Ephraim—the blessings that he had received from God through Abraham and Isaac (Gen. 49:25-26; 35:11).
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