The following entry is part of a commentary on Ezekiel 36-39, which is fictionalized in my book, The Last Aliyah – Book 1 of The Time of Jacob’s Trouble trilogy.
Ezekiel 39:8 – Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this [is] the day whereof I have spoken.
This is one of the days that God has been looking forward to for many, many years. The day that He will revenge Himself upon His enemies, save His people, and be once again worshipped and honored by them.
Why has He been so patient and long-suffering? So that many Gentile sons and daughters could be brought into His Family by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. The time of the Church Age is drawing to a close, with every tribe, tongue, and nation hearing the Gospel and the message of Grace spreading over the world as never before.
His incredible Love, Grace, and Mercy for us is the main reason He has delayed moving His hand against the evil rulers and nations of the world. God’s love for us is surely greater than His anger and wrath against His enemies.
Ezekiel 39:9 – 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:
What kind of weapons could Israel burn for 7 years? Surely not swords, bows, and arrows! There is a kind of weapon that could be converted (“burned”) for at least 7 years: nuclear weapons. There have also been recent research programs developed that can efficiently convert nuclear weapons into domestic nuclear energy sources.
The shelf-life of most of Russia’s nuclear weapons is between 7-15 years, and they rotate them out every 6th year (depending on the type of weapon) to ensure they will still function properly if/when used.
Why will Israel burn them for 7 years? Probably because that coincides with the period of the Tribulation. Not only is God supplying them with all the weapons they need during the Tribulation (as the whole world gathers against them), but their energy needs as well.