Great article and well researched. It is amazing that God will miraculously defend His people 3 separate times! JR Church has written before that the Old Testament history of the Israelites has many stories that foreshadow the last days. It would be interesting if there is another group of 3 attacks where God miraculously defended His people in a group fashion as you presented them.
Now I want to drill down on the 7 years of burning the weapons of war. This has been a point of question for me, so let’s first review the passage in Ezekiel that is discusses the ‘burning of weapons’:
‘Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them up—the small and large shields, the bows and arrows, the war clubs and spears. For seven years they will use them for fuel. 10 They will not need to gather wood from the fields or cut it from the forests, because they will use the weapons for fuel. And they will plunder those who plundered them and loot those who looted them, declares the Sovereign LORD. (Ezekiel 39)
What is clearly stated is there is a decision by the ‘towns of Israel’ to go collect and use them for their fires, not an ongoing burning of the weapons. One of my friends, (who admittedly is very early in studying the last days) asked me “Well how can this be, wont we live in a perfect world at the end of the Trib?” His question still shows a general belief that the world will be perfectly healed right after the 7 years.
Well, is it or is it not?
Even though Christ will be ruling and will be our King, the earth may in fact be dramatically improved, but can’t become totally ‘perfect.’ How can the ‘children of earth’ rebel with satan ‘for a time?’ And then there is this excellent article/prophecy from Gary Stearman: egypt-aswan-and-the-coming-flood/
Gary clearly believes that this prophecy would extend the punishment of Egypt years into the Millennium. This couldn’t be possible if the earth was made perfect. Also, the Bible mentions that the new heaven and new earth happens after the Millennium. Why would it be made new, if the current earth was already perfect?
So, clearly the world will not be perfect, thus the humans will need to cook, clothe themselves, maybe even build and improve their homes. So why would they not be using wood (and half destroyed weapons) to cook and build fires for warmth/comfort? (I wouldn’t think there would be cold/freezing temps, but a cool evening might be possible.)
Of course, I share these thoughts because; I believe that using the theory of the ‘7 years of burning’ might not be a good indicator of when the Gog/Magog war will be. Too many times, I have heard “must happen before Tribulation, because there needs to be ‘7 years to burn.’” Well, I don’t think that is what Ezekiel 39 says.
Finally, I am more intrigued with Ezekial 39:9, which references all the wooden weapons of war present at the end of this major battle. Where did all the steel (mechanical ) weapons of war that we recognize today, go? Why are only the wooden ones mentioned so prevalently? If it was an allegory of future types of weapon, why did Ezekiel mention burning for 7 years? Now once again, notice how they will be used? It sounds, like when the towns of Israel need them; they will just walk out to the old battlefield and pick up an arm full. Any ideas?