"So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone."
- Ezekiel 37:7 NKJV
This weeks blog post is going to be a little longer because I am going to combine the last 2 stages of decomposition into one post. I know that this whole series may seem dark, after all every post has been all about death and decay, but next week when I conclude this series we will be ending on an incredible high note. Don't miss it!
4. The ADVANCED DECAY Stage
Decomposition is largely inhibited during advanced decay due to the loss of readily available cadaveric material. At this point there is not much left that would resemble a church. Any bit of flesh left at this point is starting to become dry and brittle. People still trying to salvage something at a church in this state probably feel as if the Holy Spirit has abandoned them. We are meant to carry the presence of God within us but in a place like this we become empty vessels. What purpose is there for a dry water jar? It cannot satisfy those who thirst because there is nothing in it to drink. In fact a dry clay jar will scavenge moisture. If someone were to attempt to drink from a dry clay jar, any moisture that was on their lips would be soaked up by the pot. A dry clay jar can only take because it has nothing left to give.
Insect activity is also reduced during this stage. The demonic really has nothing left to accomplish with a church body in this state and so they move on. There will still be a small amount of activity but it is severely limited because there is nothing left for them to feed on. It is almost as if those demons that are still hanging around are simply relishing in their victory, watching the despair that is all over the faces of those that are left. The bible clearly tells us that we have unknowingly "entertained angels". (Hebrews 13:2) I believe that we can also unknowingly "entertain demons".
5. The DRY Stage
All that remains of the cadaver at this stage is dry skin, cartilage, and bones, which will become dry and bleached if exposed to the elements. One of the last things to happen to a body in this stage is the breakdown of the cartilage that holds the bones together. The bible tells us how important it is for every part of the Body of Christ to be connected to one another so that the body can function properly. (1 Corinthians 12:14-27) When the bones lose their cartilage there is no longer a foundation for a body to be built upon. Think of a house being torn down. You can remove the roof, tear down the walls, but as long as the foundation is still standing something could be built upon it. There would still be evidence that something once stood in that place. There is still some hope. Take away the foundation and even hope is lost.
That has been the 5 stages of decay. Again, don't miss out next week when I wrap this up
Phillip Reed is the Associate Pastor of Faith Chapel Ministries. His passion is to reconcile the lost to their Heavenly Father.