HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
Ezekiel’s Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones: What Does It Mean?
The prophet Ezekiel saw a vision of vast numbers of people resurrected to live again as physical human beings. What is the meaning of this mystifying vision, and what does it teach us about JEHOVAH’s plan?
From early youth, Ezekiel had been educated and trained to be a priest in the kingdom of Judah. But his hopes and dreams had been dashed by King Nebuchadnezzar’s invasion, taking him and other young Jews captive to Babylon. Now far separated from the temple in Jerusalem, how could his education and training be of any real value? There was no need to worry. JEHOVAH God was looking after His own. The Creator had called Ezekiel to be a great prophet, ranked alongside Isaiah and Jeremiah.
Christian writer Christopher Wright put it this way: “So while we can value all the positive contributions that Ezekiel’s education and training as a priest brought to his prophetic ministry, we must also appreciate the immense personal, professional and theological shock it must have been to him…[Yet] God would use all that He had…built into Ezekiel’s life during his years of preparation” (Read the book “The Message of Ezekiel, 2001, p. 27).
When he was 30 years old, Ezekiel began to experience astonishing visions from JEHOVAH God Almighty. Perhaps in a personal diary, he recorded the exact date on which the first vision occurred: “Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the River Chebar, that the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God” (Ezekiel 1:1).
The invisible barriers between heaven and earth were supernaturally parted for Ezekiel. But what did this prophet actually see in vision? Moving beyond the introductory revelation of the awesome angelic realm, we will look at verses 26 and 28. “And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. and verse 28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.”
Ezekiel initially reacted just like the prophet Daniel and the apostles Paul and John did later. “So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One [JEHOVAH God] speaking. And He said to me, ‘Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak to you’…And He said to me; ‘Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel’” (Ezekiel 1:28; 2:1-3). JEHOVAH gave Ezekiel a great mission to accomplish. He had important announcements to make.
These were intended to reach people far beyond his own time to people down through the ages. And one important vision would serve to encourage all who have ever lived in facing the same remorseless enemy — the seemingly hopeless ending of life in death.
The prophet did have a comparatively small personal audience in Babylon of fellow captives from Judah (Ezekiel 3:11). But the real import of his message was not primarily for these deported, displaced prisoners who could do little about their circumstance.
It’s important to understand that the kingdoms of Israel and Judah had separated after King Solomon’s death and that the people of the kingdom of Israel had already gone into captivity at the hands of the Assyrians during the latter part of the eighth century B.C. — well over a century before Ezekiel prophesied.
And by the time his prophecies began, some of the inhabitants of the kingdom of Judah were likewise already in captivity, first by the Assyrians and then the Babylonians, with most of the rest soon to follow as a result of later Babylonian invasions.
A careful reading of Ezekiel’s prophetic message will reveal that it was aimed mainly at the distant future, primarily directed to the end-time descendants of Israel. Much of JEHOVAH’s revelation to him revolved around crucial, end-time events — both positive and negative — that would take place centuries in the future.
In the prophecy Yeshua the Messiah gave on the Mount of Olives the week he died, he plainly stated regarding the end-time, “For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written [in the Old Testament prophets, including Ezekiel] may be fulfilled” (Luke 21:22). But cataclysmic occurrences at the close of man’s age are just one aspect of this overall prophetic scenario.
Notice the apostle Peter’s words to the crowd gathered in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost seven weeks after the Messiah’s death and resurrection: “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the LORD, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets [again including Ezekiel] since the world began” (Acts 3:19-21).
This insightful passage depicts a future golden age brought to suffering humanity by the return of JEHOVAH God and His Messiah, lasting 1,000 years (look at Revelation 20:1-6). Israel’s prophets aptly describe this long period of peace, prosperity and well-being. One of JEHOVAH God’s annual festivals, the Feast of Tabernacles, corresponds directly to JEHOVAH’s coming millennial reign.
A Rebellious Nation Lost Forever?
JEHOVAH continued to instruct Ezekiel: “Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them’” (Ezekiel 3:4).
Our Creator speaks to a rebellious people who have rarely been inclined to take His warning messages seriously. Their descendants down through time have most often chosen to remain in the depths of idolatry and Sabbath-breaking, two sins against JEHOVAH God that Ezekiel emphasized
- Ezekiel 14:1-6; Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me. 2 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them? 4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the Lord will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols; 5 That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols. 6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.
- Ezekiel 20:12-13, Moreover, also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them. 13 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them.
- Ezekiel 20:16-17, 24; Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols. 17 Nevertheless mine eye spared them from destroying them, neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness. 24 Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers’ idols.
- Ezekiel 22:3, 8: Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord God, The city sheddeth blood in the midst of it, that her time may come, and maketh idols against herself to defile herself. 8 Thou hast despised mine holy things, and hast profaned my sabbaths.
Tragically, these two trends continue unabated today.
But who truly represents the “Israel” today to whom these prophecies are intended? The present tiny state of Israel consists of a number of Jews descended from those of the kingdom of Judah, so the name Israel is a misnomer.
History and Bible prophecy show that the modern descendants of the other tribes of Israel stand clearly identified as the Americans, British Commonwealth and peoples of northwestern Europe.
The modern descendants of Israel have been likewise rebellious against JEHOVAH God. And all share in the same fate — national punishment and, for each individual, the ultimate penalty of sin, which is death (Romans 6:23). The prophecies of future national blessings are encouraging, but what good are they to those who have died?
After the Exodus from Egypt, a whole generation of disobedient Israelites perished in the wilderness. Later, many died at the hands of ruthless Assyrian invaders. Much later, about 40 years after the Messiah’s death and resurrection, many died tragically as a result of the Roman invasion of Judea and the capture of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.
Of course, the same fate is shared by those who never had the opportunity to choose a way of life to follow. So many people among the Israelites have died as victims of evil and injustice. Today we remember the Holocaust in which 6 million Jews were callously murdered in Central and Eastern Europe. How should we try to understand all of these tragic occurrences? Is there no hope for even innocent children who died in infancy without ever knowing why?
Of course, these questions beset people of every nation — not just Israel. But JEHOVAH God has given a special message through Ezekiel to Israel in this regard — one that holds significance for all people.
Portrait of the Great Resurrection
Ezekiel continued to have visions throughout his prophetic ministry. The one in the 37th chapter speaks directly to the desperate plight of Israel down through the ages. Its intriguing description of the valley of dry bones was the subject of a popular song, “Dry Bones,” I think it was during the mid-1950s.
No matter how many times one rereads it, this account remains both arresting and suspenseful to the converted mind. But even more important is the profound meaning for us — and for our departed loved ones, who may never have been called of JEHOVAH God or spiritually converted during this age. This remarkable, comforting vision assures us that we will see them again!
“The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones…and He said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ So I answered, ‘O LORD God, you know’” (Ezekiel 37:1-3).
JEHOVAH God must not be underestimated. He asked the Patriarch Abraham,
“Is anything too hard for the LORD?” (Genesis 18:14).
Centuries later He posed the same question to the prophet Jeremiah:
“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27).
Ezekiel’s vision continues: “Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:” Also, He said to me, ‘Prophecy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, “9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” (Ezekiel 37:5, 9).
Physical human beings cannot live without drawing breath — the essence of our fleshly life. Even excellent swimmers, experts at holding their breath, cannot survive long without breathing air.
“So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army” (verse 10).
JEHOVAH God Identifies This Vast Group
“Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel’” (Ezekiel 37:11).
JEHOVAH then summarizes what He had just described in detail.
“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. Then you shall know that I am the LORD” (Ezekiel 37:12-13).
Most pictured here never really knew JEHOVAH God during their previous human lives.
The closing verse of this vision reveals why JEHOVAH, who never does anything without a purpose, has just resurrected all these people: “And shall put my [Holy] Spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord.” (Ezekiel 37:14). At that time all of these people will have an opportunity to be converted — that is, to repent of their sins, be forgiven and baptized, and receive JEHOVAH’s Holy Spirit by which they can truly be converted and receive JEHOVAH’s gift of eternal life.
The indication of this preceding verse is that the majority of this great multitude of people will obtain everlasting life in JEHOVAH’s Kingdom.
The New Testament also speaks to this incredible, miraculous phenomenon. The apostle Paul wrote: “And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The Deliverer [JEHOVAH God] will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob [whose name was changed to Israel]; For this is My covenant with them [i.e., the New Covenant] when I take away their sins’” (Romans 11:26-27).
By no stretch of the imagination is all of Israel being saved now during this present age of man. But JEHOVAH God promises that the whole of Israel will have their opportunity for salvation in the future. Relatively few are being called now to join with the firstfruits of JEHOVAH’s salvation. These called-out ones, true Christians, will be resurrected to receive everlasting life when JEHOVAH God returns
- 1 Corinthians 15:50-54; Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
- Philippians 3:20-21. For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
What About Other Nations and Peoples?
Is this great resurrection exclusively for Israel? Or will other peoples and nations also be included? Remember that our loving Creator remains “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27). Several passages in the Gospel accounts show that non-Israelite rulers and peoples are to be resurrected as well.
The queen of the South (Sheba), the peoples of Tyre, Sidon and Nineveh (ancient nations and city-states that long predated the Messiah’s human lifetime), and even the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah will be resurrected to physical life alongside Messiah’s generation of Israelites
- Matthew 11:20-24; Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: 21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. 23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
- Matthew 12:41-42; The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. 42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
- Luke 10:12-14 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. 13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you.
The Messiah plainly stated: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,” (John 5:25, 28).
Later the Messiah revealed to this same apostle John that “the rest of the dead” — referring to those not raised to life in this resurrection — “did not live again until the thousand years were finished” (Revelation 1:1; 20:5). This tells us that the timing of this resurrection is after the thousand-year period known as the Millennium.
Is Today the Only Day of Salvation?
Most in mainstream Christendom erroneously believe that today is the only day of salvation. But this belief simply is not found in the Bible. In fact, the vast majority of humankind will receive their opportunity for salvation during the great resurrection to the judgment that we have been reading about in
Ezekiel 37:1-14 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, 2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. 4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5 Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.7 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. 8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. 9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. 11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. 12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, 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. 13 And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord.
The apostle John also refers to this resurrection to temporary physical life in Revelation 20:11-13:
“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”
The “great white throne” judgment occurs not in an instant as people are raised from the dead, but instead over a considerable period of time. JEHOVAH God will judge them over time, just as those called to salvation today are judged over time during this present age by this very same standard, the books of the Bible
1 Peter 4:17; For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Many Bible readers and church folks misunderstand the nature and meaning of judgment, nearly always associating the term with sentencing to condemnation — not realizing that JEHOVAH God is a merciful judge who patiently evaluates human existence with righteous discernment. He earnestly desires to see the blood of His first-born Son Jesus the Messiah blot out the sins of as many as possible. The Messiah himself firmly stated,
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” (John 12:32).
Paul writes of “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4).
And in Ezekiel 18:32 we read, “For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”
This coming time of judgment will give those who never really knew JEHOVAH God during their previous life a just and fair opportunity for salvation — not a second chance.
The Special Meaning of the Biblical Eighth-Day Festival
As mentioned earlier, the Feast of Tabernacles, also known as the Feast of Ingathering, pictures JEHOVAH God’s millennial reign. But immediately following this seven-day Feast is a separate one-day celebration referred to simply as “the eighth day”
- Leviticus 23:34-36; Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the Lord. 35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. 36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.
- Numbers 29:35; On the eighth day ye shall have a solemn assembly: ye shall do no servile work therein:
- 2 Chronicles 7:9; And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.
- Nehemiah 8:18. Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according unto the manner.
The real meaning of this celebration is rarely understood in modern theological circles. Yet it represents an essential missing piece to the puzzle of salvation.
This special Holy Day directly corresponds to the Great White Throne Judgment period, during which JEHOVAH God will give all those who have ever lived but never really understood the truth their first real opportunity for salvation.
Because few people are aware of the God-ordained festivals spelt out in the Bible, few understand JEHOVAH’s step-by-step plan of salvation revealed through these celebrations. The meaning of the eighth day corresponds to Ezekiel’s vision of the Valley of Dry Bones, referring to a time when lost family members will be joyously joined together again to learn JEHOVAH’s ways while living under utopian conditions of mutual love, peace and prosperity.
This Holy Day reminds us that JEHOVAH’s plan promises to offer every human being the opportunity to truly repent of sin and receive a permanent place in His everlasting family, the Kingdom of JEHOVAH God.
What Will It Be Like to Be Resurrected?
What will it be like for those raised to life again in the resurrection described in Ezekiel’s vision? Suddenly being raised back to physical life will certainly come as a shock to just about everyone affected!
It’s likely that many will find themselves in a similar condition to those at the beginning of JEHOVAH’s millennial reign, where many will have lived through the terrible trials and tribulations just prior to JEHOVAH God’s return. Their needs would be similar — food, shelter, emotional healing and someone (actually those faithful servants of JEHOVAH God already raised to everlasting spirit life at JEHOVAH’s return a thousand years earlier) to comfort them and explain what has happened — giving them hope and help through the psychological trauma
- Revelation 5:10; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
- Revelation 20:4-6 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
Many who will rise in this White Throne Judgment period after the Millennium may have died peacefully and undoubtedly will be overjoyed by suddenly having a new life and breath. However, the likelihood is that just as many will have died facing disasters and distress — death on a battlefield, starvation, horrific illness, natural disasters, drowning at sea (Revelation 20:13) and who knows what else. Some will be resurrected having been career criminals. Some will have died in accidents, others from drink- or drug-induced stupors.
From the descriptions given in Ezekiel 37:11–14, it seems unlikely that JEHOVAH God will miraculously blot out all these memories (although He may alleviate some of the worst ones). Those mentioned in this passage remember their past lives — their memories leaving them with a sense of hopelessness (verse 11).
Perhaps JEHOVAH will use these terrible memories as a basis for healing of a different kind. Recovery from trauma can be a slow and painful process. While the grief of losing loved ones in death will no doubt be quickly overcome as people realize their loved ones have also been resurrected, there will be other emotional and psychological issues to deal with and overcome.
Severe anger, hatred and a desire for vengeance could be particular challenges. This kind of healing can take many months and even years — talking through, coming to terms with the circumstances and finally resolving the whole matter. Learning about the need to forgive and how to forgive is a vital part of the process.
But why would JEHOVAH God want people to go through this kind of healing process? Why would He not just supernaturally remove all the awful memories and angry thoughts? Because all must learn not just about how sin causes untold suffering, but also how to value the newfound opportunity for everlasting life — avoiding those sinful thoughts and actions that if unchecked would eventually result in the second death (Revelation 20:14-15). Those resurrected will have to be taught a deep appreciation of JEHOVAH’s plan of salvation.
They will have to learn that the Messiah is their personal Saviour who suffered an ignominious death by crucifixion so that they could be forgiven and reconciled to JEHOVAH God the Father. The salvation process of true repentance, water baptism and the receiving of the holy spirit for inward transformation helps bring true emotional and psychological healing (Acts 2:38).
It is the process that JEHOVAH God uses today, it is the process that will be used during the millennial rule of JEHOVAH God and the Messiah, and it is the process that JEHOVAH will use during the White Throne Judgment period. But the comfort provided by the already spiritually transformed saints of JEHOVAH God will also be an essential part of supporting the salvation process.