The Prayer of Jesus and Restoration of Israel
Before Ezekiel’s message of the salvation of Israel, the Spirit of Christ prophesies that there will be one sheep and one shepherd. This is the message of John 10 and 17. Its fulfillment is in the end days, when all believers, are united and sanctified by the truth (John 17:17-20). The end times will see the physical restoration of Israel, and their salvation into the body of Christ, both of these events come together in this one prophecy. This message of the shepherds is also found in Jeremiah 23:3.
Thus says Adonai YHVH – the phrase Adonai YHVH appears 217 times in Ezekiel, and 203 times, in this exact expression, “thus says Adonai YHVH.” There is no place in the Bible that we can specifically identify this expression as referring to Christ, but it clearly refers to the Father, in Judges 6:22; Isaiah 28:16; 48:16; and 61:1. Indeed, their seems to be a kind of play of expressions in Ezekiel; with the phrase “Adonai (Master) YHVH” used for the invisible God, and “Son of Man,” used 93 times for His prophet, Ezekiel, as representing Jesus Christ, the future prophet (Deuteronomy 18:15).
I will deliver My flock from their mouth – from the false teachers.
I Myself will search for My sheep – this is the spiritual kingdom of heaven, explained by John 10 and 17.
from all the places to which they were scattered – again this is the restoration of the spiritual kingdom, although the double meaning is clear. The Israelites will be brought back to their land in the end times.
in the cloudy and dark day – the meaning of the holocaust that precipitated bringing back the Israelites to their land is clear here.
gather them from the countries – the double meaning of this prophecy is clear. God will literally restore the people of Israel when He restores His church.
feed in rich pastures in the mountains of Israel – the end times restoration of physical Israel is the primary meaning, the spiritual meaning is that the Sheep of Christ will be grafted into the Spiritual Israel.
the fat and the strong I will destroy – this is the judgment spoken of in Rev 19:15,18, “the sharp sword that strikes down the nations – the flesh of commanders…and mighty men.”
with judgment – in Revelation 14:7, we read “the hour of judgment has come,” the judgment of the lawlessness in the kingdom of heaven, which must occur to bring the saints in unity in the truth.
Ezek 34:17 – 20
between the ram and the male goats – the separation of the wheat and the chaff, the good fish and the bad (Matt 13:40-41; 47-49).
between the fat sheep and the lean sheep – those who have grown complacent and do not seek the kingdom of heaven will be cutoff.
I will deliver My sheep – from the false teachers.
one shepherd, My servant David – who is the King, Christ, as we can see again in Ezek 37:24.
I, YHVH, will be their God, and My servant David will be prince – the Temple place for “the Prince” (Christ) will be described in Ezekiel’s temple, in Chapters 40-44.
a covenant of peace and eliminate harmful beasts – see Hosea 2:18; and Acts 10:12; the new Covenant with the Gentiles, who are the beasts.
the places around My hill a blessing – the Mountain of YHVH, as in Isaiah 2, etc.