“So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them profane My holy name anymore. Then the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.” Ezekiel 39:7 NKJV
Do you believe in miracles? As believers, I’m pretty sure there is no doubt, but what about the rest of the world? Do you think they believe as well? Here is the definition of miracle by dictionary.com; “1. an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause. 2. such an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of God. So to answer my last question, I rather doubt the unbelieving world believes in miracles because they choose not to believe in God. That said, it looks to me as if God will soon choose to use a miracle to prove to the world, and Israel, that He does indeed exist.
“And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.” Zechariah 14:12 NKJV
I’m willing to wager that when these words were written around 520 BC, people had no idea what to make of them, and more than likely they were a source of animated discussion for quite some time. While this passage was written some twenty five hundred years or so ago, the advance of technology has certainly offered up a more reasonable explanation of the possible source of these events than was available back in Zechariah’s time. Yet, as I said, there certainly still is discussion on this and other passages which many believe are the result of the use of modern nuclear weaponry.
“It will come to pass in that day that I will give Gog a burial place there in Israel, the valley of those who pass by east of the sea; and it will obstruct travelers, because there they will bury Gog and all his multitude. Therefore they will call it the Valley of Hamon Gog. “For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them, in order to cleanse the land. “They will set apart men regularly employed, with the help of a search party, to pass through the land and bury those bodies remaining on the ground, in order to cleanse it. At the end of seven months they will make a search. “The search party will pass through the land; and when anyone sees a man’s bone, he shall set up a marker by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon Gog. “The name of the city will also be Hamonah. Thus they shall cleanse the land.” ’ Ezekiel 39:11-16 NKJV
We talked a little last week about the possibility of a nuclear exchange between Gog and the “coastlands” as part of the attempted invasion of Israel by Gog and his allies. While that premise might be an unacceptable one for some, it would appear that to most Biblical scholars and commentators I have researched, this conclusion is the most logical explanation for the words of these prophecies. This passage from Ezekiel 39 is one of the most curious descriptions of the aftermath of a battle to be found in the Bible. It describes in great detail not only the importance of collecting the dead and burying them, but procedures for identifying and retrieving the pieces as well. Jack Kelley put it this way in his commentary on this passage.
“Another reference is Ezekiel 39: 12-16 where the after battles clean up describes procedures remarkably similar to the way a modern army would clean up a contaminated battlefield. This suggests low power tactical nuclear weapons may be used against Israel’s attackers. If so then the damage to Israel would be confined to the actual battlefield rather than being a general destruction.”
While I have heard objections from a few concerning the possibility that this passage and others describes the use of nuclear weapons, I have yet to hear any reasonable explanation from doubters on the cleanup process revealed in this passage. One of the most often used objections to the possible use of this type of weaponry is the resulting fallout and contamination which would necessarily be the natural result. That objection, however, might actually be the basis for the conclusion that God will in fact use a miracle to prove to the world that not only does He exist, but will defend His people and His land.
“If the Lord was personally defeating Israel’s enemies, I don’t think He would contaminate His own land in the process.” Jack Kelley
Israel has fought wars of survival since its’ inception in 1948 and any study of those conflicts will reveal stories of deliverance that, to those who believe, show the hand of God working on the side of His people. Yet it has not been enough to convince the world of His existence, or the position He takes concerning Israel. God makes it clear in this passage from Ezekiel that, “Then the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.” To those who would object to the possible use of the type of weaponry these verses seem to describe, I would simply ask a question that has already been asked in the Word of God.
“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” Jeremiah 32:27 NKJV
Imagine if you will a scenario where nuclear weapons are used in this battle, in the mountains of Israel, yet not only is it just Israel’s enemies who fall but Israel itself is protected from the contamination which accompanies the use of these weapons. Would that not fit the definition of a miracle? An event which is completely unexplainable? My God can do anything, and He has made it clear from the description of the events in this prophecy that the day is coming where the entire world will witness a miracle which will defy any explanation other than God does indeed exist, and He fights on the side of Israel.
If you are reading these words today and have wondered just what in the world is going on, you are not alone. The truth is the world as we know it is rapidly approaching the end, and soon God will allow His Son, Jesus, to remove all those who have chosen to believe in Him and His sacrifice for our sins. That removal is called the rapture and it is the event all believers have been watching and waiting for. The situation this world finds itself in today has been written about by the prophets of old, and we have been told to expect the return of Christ when we see these things begin to occur. If you have never made the decision to accept the free gift of salvation offered by the sacrifice Jesus made for us, I encourage you to do it today. Simply pray a prayer like this;
Jesus I know I am a sinner in need of salvation. I believe you sent your Son Jesus to die on the cross for my sin, and I ask you now to forgive me of my sins. I want to receive your gift of salvation so please come into my heart and help me to live and follow you as my Lord and Savior. In Jesus' name, Amen.