Q. You recently commented that there may be nuclear weapons fired at Russia and the coastal areas of Europe in the Ezekiel 38/39 event. You alluded to this by quoting Ezekiel 39:6 which reads : “I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in safety in the coast lands, and they will know that I am the Lord”.
Surely the emphasis is on the first word of Ezekiel 39:6, the “I ” part of the scripture, meaning God Himself will pour fire down from heaven, because a nuclear attack by Israel would result in such a huge back-lash that it would perish. The armies that die on the hills of Israel also appear to be killed by God rather than the people of Israel. Is it not safe to assume, therefore, that there is no military conflict at all in Ezekiel 38/39 and that God Himself does all the destruction of Israel’s enemies?
A. The Lord often uses the first person pronoun when describing things He causes humans to do. The Bible abounds with examples of the Israelites going into battle and the Lord supernaturally defeating their enemies. In some of these cases He makes Israel’s enemies turn on each other, as Ezekiel 38:21 describes. To me the language of Ezekiel 38-39 clearly describes a battle between Israel and the attacking forces.
Also the after battle clean-up in Ezekiel 39:12-16 is almost identical to the way a modern army would clean up a contaminated battle field following the use of nuclear weaponry. If the Lord was personally defeating Israel’s enemies, I don’t think He would contaminate His own land in the process.
Finally, it’s not clear who launches an attack against Russia and Europe. According to Ezekiel 38:21 they could actually be attacking each other. All we know for sure is that God is the one orchestrating it and when the dust settles, the attacking forces will have been decimated, the damage will have spread well beyond Israel’s borders, and Israel will recognize the hand of God in their victory..