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Here again is the generation gap. It will be as it was in the case of Joshua and the elders: “And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the Lord, that he did for Israel ... And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim” (Judges 2:7, 10-11).

And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the Lord will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of the tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles” (Zech. 14:17-19). The lack of rain can indeed bring things to a head. It will cause some to examine themselves and repent of their negligence; but human nature being what it is, others will resent the chastisement.

For example, in Israel after the Battle of Armageddon, seven months will be required to remove and bury the dead who lost their lives in the great battle (Ezek. 39:11-16). As for the debris resulting from the conflict, it will require seven years to remove it completely and to restore the land to its original condition (verse 9). No doubt cleansing away the remains of the destruction and the rebuilding of the cities will occupy several years’ time as was the case in devastated countries after the late war.

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