The Four Winds
By: Alan Smith
Ezekiel 37:1-10: The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" I said, "O Sovereign Lord, you alone know." Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.'" So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.'" So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet — a vast army. (NIV)
Do you need a breath of fresh air? Do you feel slain and beaten down? Were you once part of the active army of God, but are now feeling like you have lost your zeal for the spiritual battles? I believe the dry bones are being called forth from all over the face of the earth for the final spiritual battle of the ages. Spiritually, you may feel like you are just skin and bones; but get ready, for life is coming once again. Set your face to the heavens for the Four Winds of God are beginning to blow upon the earth. Let me share with you a prophetic experience I had.
I first sensed a faint sound in the spirit, of wind blowing gently in the trees. The sensing was faint, but the wind that accompanied it was refreshing as it blew upon my face. It felt as though “life” was being blown into my mouth. It was gentle, but it was so refreshing. Like a drink of cold water on a hot and dry day; not as a liquid but as wind from heaven. As I looked around, I could see the earth from a heavenly view. It was beautiful with all its colors brightly shining in the vastness of the heavens. It was so blue with spots of white clouds decorating its face; moving across it as if to say, “I am living, just watch and listen.” There was dead silence, but I could sense the sound of wind. I could not hear it, but I could sense it coming. I had a knowing deep down within me. The anticipation of its coming was overwhelming to me. I looked at the earth and then projected my face toward the open heavens. I looked at the earth, and then back to the heavens. I could feel something down inside of me begin to stir. I felt like crying and laughing all at once. Every emotion was stirring in me at the same time. I looked at the earth and began to cry and pray and could once again sense the wind coming. I turned and looked at the heavens, and with the presence of the wind, I could feel heat on my face. All of a sudden the light began to appear. This light was not from the sun, but from the heavens. It became brighter and brighter as I gazed toward the heavens. I then turned to the earth. As I did, I noticed I had no tears, but instead, a knowing: a knowing that God was going to blow life back into the dry bones of His vast army. No more tears of sadness, but instead, joy began to fill my face. My praying then changed from a petition to a calling: a calling out to the dry bones. Before I spoke to the earth, I took in a deep breath of air. This breath of air was the deepest breath I had ever taken. I inhaled for the longest time. It seemed like I would never stop inhaling. As I inhaled, I felt the wind begin to blow upon my face. The more I inhaled, the stronger the winds blew. As my lungs filled with this wind from heaven, they began to burn as though a fire had entered within.
The wind blew so strongly that I felt I must open my mouth to let more of it into my being. As I did, I felt myself begin to float. I was floating around the earth. I could see the continents with their mountains and rivers. They were so beautiful. I heard sounds coming from the continents as though they were calling out for life. There were groanings and callings. I then sang to the continents as I passed by them. Notes of music came out of my mouth. I saw them before I heard them. I saw the notes flying from my mouth. They had wings of fire upon them as they traveled on the journey to the earth. I kept singing, and the more I sang, the more notes came from my mouth. The notes were very small at first, but then grew as they headed toward the earth. As they entered the atmosphere, the wings of flames of fire grew hotter and hotter. The notes then began to take each other by the hand as they soared through the air. I would see some in groups of twos and others in threes. They hit the earth and I saw an explosion upon the face of the earth. I noticed that every continent took a hit at exactly the same time. Not one was more special than another. The notes divided themselves equally around the earth and began to hit the earth in a rhythm. As they hit the earth and exploded, a sound was created that began to shake all that could be shaken. I saw people upon the earth running to find the notes. I heard a voice behind me say, “Open your mouths and let the notes go deep within.” Some of the notes hit the ground and exploded and others went within the mouths of people. Some people were standing around looking up to the heavens with their mouths open, like new born birds within their nest just waiting for the next meal. The notes that hit the ground went only inches beneath the soil and sprouted into beautiful flowers. These flowers brought beauty to the earth and a fragrance that was heavenly. There were red ones, yellow ones, and even black and white ones; some with two colors and some with three mixed within them. I saw every color that could be imagined. I knew the flowers were the people upon each continent and that God had planted all of them.
The notes that entered the mouths of the people went deep within them and sprouted. As they sprouted, they rushed to find an opening in which to exit and be heard. These notes were not seen as the flowers, but were heard only by those that had ears to hear. As the people opened their mouths, the notes emerged with the sounds of heaven. As they emerged, the wings of fire were upon them once again. Some of the notes with wings of fire flew and looked for another mouth that was open. They entered them, went deep within, and sprouted once again. Other notes with wings of fire flew back into the heavens as if they were going home. I then heard a voice behind me say: “These that have their mouths open are being nourished and are my vast army. They are to prophesy to the earth and say; 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.'” They will prophesy to the earth and I will blow with my four winds. From the north, south, east and west will the wind of heaven blow upon the face of the earth and my people will be revived. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet — a vast army.