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 39:26 – 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.
God’s time of punishment and judgement upon Israel ended in 1948 and 1967, and after these events He will visibly protect them from then on.
So why does God allow them to go through the Tribulation? During the Tribulation, Satan and his forces will be ones attacking Israel, not God punishing them any longer. But it will take the Tribulation and the persecutions thereof to turn Israel from the Old Covenant (Judaism) to the New Covenant (Jesus).
Ezekiel 39:27-28 – 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.
After this Israel will KNOW exactly Who has been working in their history: Who punished them AND Who restored and regathered them.
The phrase “and have left none of them any more there” further indicates that all the Jews in the Americas will migrate to Israel and then the whole nation will have been regathered to the land.
Ezekiel 39:29 – 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.
And then after these events and all Israel has been regathered, God will pour out His Spirit upon them, beginning with the 144,000 Jewish Witnesses of Revelation.