We May See a Bible Prophecy Fulfilled with Discovery of Rejoicing Stone in Israel
A paraphrased inscription of Isaiah 66:14, discovered in fairly recent history, has many researchers concluding that Ezekiel’s prophecy in 37:5-14 has been fulfilled. The inscribed stone was found by Benjamin Marzar in 1967 and is now called the “Rejoicing Stone.” It can be seen on our Christian Israel tours. It reads, “You shall see and your heart shall rejoice. Their bones shall flourish like grass.” The conclusion is that when people saw this inscription (uncovered in 1967 shortly after the end of the holocaust) they would know that God had breathed on the dry bones of the heavily persecuted Jews of the holocaust, and that He had made them to “flourish like grass” back in their homeland of Israel. Let’s take a deeper look at this possible Bible prophecy fulfilled.
We read in Ezekiel 37:9-10:
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 these slain, that they may live.” 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.
And Ezekiel 37:11-14:
11 Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. 14 I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it,” says the Lord.’”
The fulfillment of this prophesy, as some believe:
During the 1930’s and 40’s, Nazi Germany (under the orders of Adolf Hitler) killed six million Jews – leaving a chilling ripple effect that is still felt by descendant relatives today. By 1945, World War II came to an end, Nazi Germany and Hitler were defeated. A time of healing and solace sets in – God intervenes – and the Jews are brought back gracefully to their homeland. On May 14th, 1948, a remarkable event occurs in which Israel becomes one nation. The unforgettable event fulfilled Ezekiel’s vision in which God ‘breathes’ on the dead bones (the house of Israel); causing the Jews to come together and return to their own land as one nation (Ezekiel 37:5-14).
You see, the significance is that Benjamin Mazar discovered this inscription in 1967, a few years after the holocaust and after the Jews returned to their homeland. Those who draw the conclusion above read it like this, “You shall see (the inscription) and your heart shall rejoice. Their bones shall flourish like grass (no longer dry bones).” Because when they “saw” the inscription, it was after the Jews were delivered from the Holocaust and after their homecoming, so they had reason to rejoice. The timing of the discovery and the wording of the inscription lead some to believe we’ve seen a Bible prophecy fulfilled.