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 39:23 – 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.
The heathen (the Gentiles) will realize that it wasn’t that Israel was no longer God’s people or that they are now God’s people (as the Muslims teach), but that God temporarily cast them aside for their unbelief.
They will realize that God was the one who was punishing Israel and using the heathen as His instrument.
Ezekiel 39:24-25 – 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;
The regathering of the Jewish people back to Israel has been happening since 1948 (and somewhat before then), but after these events, Jews from all over the world will migrate back to Israel.
Jews in America have yet to begin to migrate back to Israel — nearly half of all Jews in the world currently reside in America, which has long been one of the few safe-havens for them in the world.
If America does have a nuclear exchange with Russia and some of her coastal cities are bombed, American Jews may see Israel as the only safe place left in the world to move to.
Anti-semitism is rising all over Europe again, and there are very few Jews in Russia, Africa, Egypt, and the Middle East who have not migrated to Israel. A nuclear strike on American cities could drive the rest of the Jews to migrate to Israel.