“Zombies” are everywhere. On T-shirts at the mall, television, video games, and books. But did you know there are zombies in the church? No, I’m not talking about the two-hundred-year-old couple sitting on the back pew half-asleep. I’m talking churches filled with zombie congregations. I know I sound crazy, but, please, stick with me.
In Ezekiel 37, the spirit of the Lord carried Ezekiel and set him down in a valley full of bones. “…they were very dry.” (vs. 2) So these folks had been dead awhile. “And he [God] said unto me…can these bones live?” (vs. 3) “Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.” (vs. 4, emphasis mine)
I can imagine Ezekiel thinking, What? Preach to dead people? “So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.” I don’t know about you, but that would be my cue to exit. LOL “…the sinews (tendons) and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.” (vs. 8, emphasis mine)
There you have it. Lifeless bodies—zombies, per say. “Then he [God] said unto me… Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” (vs. 9) “So I prophesied…and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.” (vs. 10) “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… And shall put my spirit [Holy Spirit] in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land…” (vs. 12-14)
Did you know that apocalypse is the act of revealing or disclosing something not realized?
How to survive the zombie apocalypse:
- If you’re not saved, give your heart to Christ. You’ll immediately convert from death to life.
- Read your Bible. Pray. Inhale the Words of life.
- Don’t be a member of a dead church. If you’re not being fed, growing spiritually, or feeling the Holy Spirit move, I encourage you to find a church that helps you grow.
- Share the gospel with others. Ezekiel did, and God’s word caused the dead to come to life.
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