There is something that must be clarified in reference to Israel and the children of Israel. So many people lay claim to the land as “theirs”. Israel is set apart land of the whole earth that belongs to YHWH and to be used for his own purposes. He allows any that he may to reside there. Everybody that is there are figuratively “tenants” that might own houses but never the land, that is even if a person has a “legal” document illustrating otherwise. Israel specifically would only be allowed to reside there under the conditions of keeping YHWH’s prescribed laws.
At the broadest viewpoint of summary, this specific passage hasn’t been fulfilled since 1948.
Ezekiel 36:22-28 – 22 Thus says the Lord YHWH: I don’t do this for your sake, house of Israel, but for my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations, where you went. 23 I will sanctify my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned among them; and the nations shall know that I am YHWH, says the Lord YHWH, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. 24 For I will take you from among the nations, and gather you out of all the countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 I will also give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my ordinances, and do them. 28 You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.
YHWH would use the children of Israel as a means of setting his name apart from all other so-called deities and to excise that point to all the other nations. The children of Israel’s return to the land would be clearly marked by YHWH’s name and that he would put his spirit in them, which will make them keep all the spiritual laws including the weekly sabbath. It doesn’t take a genius to see the lack of accord in Israel as described in the mentioned passage.
- Was YHWH’s name mentioned as the means of Israel’s re-creation/return as a nation any time on or after May 14, 1948?
This is echoed in Ezekiel 37:26-28 26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary among them forever more. 27 My tent also shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 28 The nations shall know that I am YHWH who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary shall be among them forever more.
- Is there peace in Israel and does YHWH’s spirit dwell on the people and in the sanctuary among them?
If it was YHWH’s will for Israel to be regathered than this small but important part of prophecy of Israel’s return would have come to past, (WEB) Isaiah 14:1-2 1 For YHWH will have compassion on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land. The foreigner will join himself with them, and they will unite with the house of Jacob. 2 The peoples will take them, and bring them to their place. The house of Israel will possess them in YHWH’s land for servants and for handmaids. They will take as captives those whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.
- Did the people who left from Germany and Russia take those that ruled over them for servants and handmaidens as a part of a sign that YHWH has set them in their own land?
27But don’t you be afraid, Jacob my servant, neither be dismayed, Israel: for, behold, I will save you from afar, and your seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be quiet and at ease, and none shall make him afraid.28Don’t you be afraid, O Jacob my servant, says YHWH; for I am with you: for I will make a full end of all the nations where I have driven you; but I will not make a full end of you, but I will correct you in measure, and will in no way leave you unpunished.
This brings us to the Gog/Magog prophecies, clearly unfulfilled since 1948.
1 YHWH’s word came to me, saying, 2 Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 and say, Thus says the Lord YHWH: Behold, I am against you, Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal: 4 and I will turn you around, and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, with all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them handling swords; 5 Persia, Cush, and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6 Gomer, and all his hordes; the house of Togarmah in the uttermost parts of the north, and all his hordes; even many peoples with you.7 Be prepared, yes, prepare yourself, you, and all your companies who are assembled to you, and be a guard to them. 8 After many days you shall be visited: in the latter years you shall come into the land that is brought back from the sword, that is gathered out of many peoples, on the mountains of Israel, which have been a continual waste; but it is brought out of the peoples, and they shall dwell securely, all of them. 9 You shall ascend, you shall come like a storm, you shall be like a cloud to cover the land, you, and all your hordes, and many peoples with you.10 Thus says the Lord YHWH: It shall happen in that day, that things shall come into your mind, and you shall devise an evil device: 11 and you shall say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to those who are at rest, who dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates; 12 to take the plunder and to take the prey; to turn your hand against the waste places that are inhabited, and against the people who are gathered out of the nations, who have gotten livestock and goods, who dwell in the middle of the earth. 13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions of it, shall tell you, Have you come to take the plunder? have you assembled your company to take the prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy, and tell Gog, Thus says the Lord YHWH: In that day when my people Israel dwells securely, shall you not know it? 15 You shall come from your place out of the uttermost parts of the north, you, and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army; 16 and you shall come up against my people Israel, as a cloud to cover the land: it shall happen in the latter days, that I will bring you against my land, that the nations may know me, when I shall be sanctified in you, Gog, before their eyes.17 Thus says the Lord YHWH: Are you he of whom I spoke in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied in those days for years that I would bring you against them? 18 It shall happen in that day, when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, says the Lord YHWH, that my wrath shall come up into my nostrils. 19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath I have spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; 20 so that the fish of the sea, and the birds of the sky, and the animals of the field, and all creeping things who creep on the earth, and all the men who are on the surface of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. 21 I will call for a sword against him to all my mountains, says the Lord YHWH: every man’s sword shall be against his brother. 22 With pestilence and with blood will I enter into judgment with him; and I will rain on him, and on his hordes, and on the many peoples who are with him, an overflowing shower, and great hailstones, fire, and sulfur. 23 I will magnify myself, and sanctify myself, and I will make myself known in the eyes of many nations; and they shall know that I am YHWH.
- Has YHWH drawn Russia, including other children of Japheth, as well as Iran, and rebels of Ethiopia and North Africa/Libya against Israel?
- Is Israel dwelling securely?
- If this had already occurred, have many nations become aware of the name of YHWH due to his striking down this army of hordes?
1 You, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus says the Lord YHWH: Behold, I am against you, Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal: 2 and I will turn you around, and will lead you on, and will cause you to come up from the uttermost parts of the north; and I will bring you on the mountains of Israel; 3 and I will strike your bow out of your left hand, and will cause your arrows to fall out of your right hand. 4 You shall fall on the mountains of Israel, you, and all your hordes, and the peoples who are with you: I will give you to the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the animals of the field to be devoured. 5 You shall fall on the open field; for I have spoken it, says the Lord YHWH. 6 I will send a fire on Magog, and on those who dwell securely in the islands; and they shall know that I am YHWH.7 My holy name will I make known among my people Israel; neither will I allow my holy name to be profaned any more: and the nations shall know that I am YHWH, the Holy One in Israel. 8 Behold, it comes, and it shall be done, says the Lord YHWH; this is the day about which I have spoken.9 Those who dwell in the cities of Israel shall go out, and shall make fires of the weapons and burn them, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the war clubs, and the spears, and they shall make fires of them seven years; 10 so that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall make fires of the weapons; and they shall plunder those who plundered them, and rob those who robbed them, says the Lord YHWH.11 It shall happen in that day, that I will give to Gog a place for burial in Israel, the valley of those who pass through on the east of the sea; and it shall stop those who pass through: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude; and they shall call it The valley of Hamon Gog.12 Seven months shall the house of Israel be burying them, that they may cleanse the land. 13 Yes, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown in the day that I shall be glorified, says the Lord YHWH.14 They shall set apart men of continual employment, who shall pass through the land, and, with those who pass through, those who bury those who remain on the surface of the land, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search. 15 Those who pass through the land shall pass through; and when any sees a man’s bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, until the undertakers have buried it in the valley of Hamon Gog. 16 Hamonah shall also be the name of a city. Thus shall they cleanse the land.17 You, son of man, thus says the Lord YHWH: Speak to the birds of every sort, and to every animal of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice on the mountains of Israel, that you may eat meat and drink blood. 18 You shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bulls, all of them fatlings of Bashan. 19 You shall eat fat until you be full, and drink blood until you are drunk, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. 20 You shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, says the Lord Yahweh.21 I will set my glory among the nations; and all the nations shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid on them. 22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am YHWH their God, from that day and forward. 23 The nations shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity; because they trespassed against me, and I hid my face from them: so I gave them into the hand of their adversaries, and they fell all of them by the sword. 24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions did I to them; and I hid my face from them.25 Therefore thus says the Lord YHWH: Now will I bring back the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for my holy name. 26 They shall bear their shame, and all their trespasses by which they have trespassed against me, when they shall dwell securely in their land, and no one shall make them afraid; 27 when I have brought them back from the peoples, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations. 28 They shall know that I am YHWH their God, in that I caused them to go into captivity among the nations, and have gathered them to their own land; and I will leave none of them any more there; 29 neither will I hide my face any more from them; for I have poured out my Spirit on the house of Israel, says the Lord YHWH.
- Has YHWH struck down the armies of Gog that have advanced on Israel to take a spoil?
- Has the whole nation of Israel burned the weapons of the hoards of Gog (Russia) for several years?
- Has the nation of Israel buried the multitude of Gog slain by YHWH in the valley of Hamon Gog for several months?
- Is there a city named Hamonah where this valley full of the slain multitude of Gog in or near Israel?
- Has YHWH sent fire on the land of Gog (Russia) and the islands of Japheth?
When all these things and others have come to past, then you will know that YHWH has ordered it. Don’t be surprised like the nations when YHWH ejects those currently in Israel before these prophecies are reality. Seeing the bigger picture, it is not really about Israel. It is about YHWH and the whole house of Israel glorifying the name of YHWH in the land of Israel. This is clearly not occurring in the land of Israel at the moment. Keep track of these prophecies and questions because in the future it will happen.