|Professionally equipped Russian soldiers parade for 'Zapad (West) 17'|
|T-72B3M Main Battle Tank|
|BTR MDM Rakushka-M APC|
|BTR M3 Rakushka-M Tank|
This is the equipment that Israel will one day end up using as fuel; to despoil those who intended to take the land of Israel and its accumulated wealth as a spoil. Ezekiel 39:9 tells us that after this brief one-sided battle the people of Israel will leave their cities and set fire to all of this military equipment. These fires will burn for seven years. Ezekiel 39:10 says Israel "will not take wood from the field nor cut down from the forests, because they will make fires with the weapons."
This last prophetic statement appears to date this event a time to prior to the 70th Week. It's also a curious statement at that. You see the trees that are in Israel today were all planted by human hands; the hands of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) to be precise. When this land was ruled by the Ottoman Empire it had been completely deforested; the timbers were used to build railroads all over the Ottoman Empire. To date the JNF has planted over 240 million trees in Israel.
So these are the tree Israel will not have to cut down. But then I realized there's a time crunch... right after Ezekiel 38/39 is fulfilled we have the start of 70th Week to consider. There's just 42 months in the first half, and Israel will have fled from the Antichrist in the final 42 months, so when would Israel have the time to burn the weapons for a total of seven years?
Could Israel possibly burn them for the first 42 months and the remainder during the Millennium Kingdom of Christ? Perhaps. But the world, and Israel in particular at the start of the Millennium, will not have the forests that are present today.
The first trumpet of Revelation 8:7 causes one-third of all trees upon the earth and all of the green grass to be burned up. Then there's war on an unimaginable scale, as well as more trumpet judgments and then the bowl judgments follow. What could possibly remain of the military weapons spoils taken from the Magog Confederation much less the the natural tree forests of Israel? If those days were not shortened by the Lord we know that no life on earth would have survived.
By this process of deduction we can learn, and it seems reasonably clear, that Ezekiel 39:10-11 has to find fulfillment prior to the 70th Week, because this is a time when Israel's forests are abundant and when the people are free of 70th Week persecution by the Beast to engage in a continuous 7 years of burning the weapons. This must take place to completely fulfill this prophecy as it is written.
This brings to mind something I wrote down some time ago: God does not do His works in coincidences. The works of God, such as Ezekiel 38/39, are deliberate and at an appointed time as part of His all-encompassing plan.