Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord God; this is the day whereof I have spoken. And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years: (Ezekiel 39:8-9)
At long last the Day of the Lord comes near, the long dreaded and anticipated “Cloudy and rainy Day”, the Day of gloom and deep darkness, the time of Jacob’s trouble, also known as “Great Tribulation such as the world has never seen before, nor will it ever see again”.
God has intervened and saved His people. He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel! Weeping endured for the night, but in the morning….Joy!
Jacob has come through the night, clinging to His God.
Gog and his coalition are destroyed in the mountains of Israel. All but a sixth of the mighty army are killed.
The nations attack the Holy people, but the very weather wars against them,rendering their computerized calvary(Tanks,APCs etc) useless. Hail falls upon them, and fire and brimstone. Pestilence breaks out among them, and as in olden times, the factions of the invading army, in their confusion, fall upon each other.
This is the fury of the LORD.
And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the Lord shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(Zechariah 14:12-13)
Zechariah adds that one of the horrors that shall befall the invading army, will be the melting away in an instant of the flesh, eyes and tongues, before they even fall over dead. This is similar to something that happens in a Nuclear detonation.
So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord God. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.(Ezekiel 36:10-11)
Ezekiel predicts that the weapons, armor and shields of the invading army will be plundered and used for fuel in Israel. There will be chemical weapons, missiles, tanks Jeeps and Armored Personnel carriers, littering the mountains of Israel. The Prophet Ezekiel reveals that Israel will be able to convert these implements of war, into a fuel source.
And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord God. And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search. And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man’s bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamongog. And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.(Ezekiel 36:12-16)
It will take seven months to bury the dead, and the description of the burial details seems modern and almost Nuclear to me.(I am not saying Nuclear will be used, I don’t know).
After seven months, special groups of people will be employed and trained to search through the land for any remaining dead,or any body parts, or bone fragments. They will mark the place where they found the remains with a sign(To warn people?), and remove the remains to a mss burial site, which happens to be downwind, in a valley east of the Dead Sea,Hamon Gog, or “Multitude of Gog”.
The God of the Bible has a two-fold concern, 1) His vindication before the eyes of the whole world. 2) His vindication in the eyes of His chosen people. Echoing David’s proclamation to Goliath;
This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.( I Samuel 17:46-47)
That All of the World May Know…That there really is a God in Israel, and that all of his dealings with her are just and true, merciful and Holy, and that HE is a Holy God who saves sinners!
And that all of this Assembly(Gods people) may know…Oh that the people of God would ever know, that the LORD needs not flesh to save…and that all battles are the LORD”S who is blessed forevermore!
And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword. According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them. Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid. When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord God.(Ezekiel 39:23-29)