I realize that this is a leap, and I really don’t have the time to either defend or attack the position which I will make; however, for future references and perhaps some conversation, I present this:
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While reading the above book, I lighted upon a section discussing Rabbinic Writings and the Sons of Saul (pg156). First, some scriptural background to the issue
If someone has committed a crime worthy of death and is executed and hung on a tree, the body must not remain hanging from the tree overnight. You must bury the body that same day, for anyone who is hung is cursed in the sight of God. In this way, you will prevent the defilement of the land the LORD your God is giving you as your special possession. (Deu 21:22-23 NLT)
So let seven of Saul’s sons be handed over to us, and we will execute them before the LORD at Gibeon, on the mountain of the LORD. ”
The men of Gibeon executed them on the mountain before the LORD. So all seven of them died together at the beginning of the barley harvest. Then Rizpah daughter of Aiah, the mother of two of the men, spread burlap on a rock and stayed there the entire harvest season. She prevented the scavenger birds from tearing at their bodies during the day and stopped wild animals from eating them at night. (2Sa 21:6, 9-10 NLT)
Rabbinic writings, according to Chapman are y. Sanh. vi.9 ; y. Qidd iv.1 ; and Num. Rab viii.4. If we take into account the developing notion that suspension deaths were a form of crucifixion, especially since these sections were written during a period of major Roman crucifixion, then we can see that the death of Saul’s sons were by crucifixion in the minds of the Rabbinic writers, and lasting for seven months.
Moving into Ezekiel, which fed the mind the of the writer of the Apocalypse, we read,
It will take seven months for the people of Israel to bury the bodies and cleanse the land. Everyone in Israel will help, for it will be a glorious victory for Israel when I demonstrate my glory on that day, says the Sovereign LORD.
“After seven months, teams of men will be appointed to search the land for skeletons to bury, so the land will be made clean again. (Eze 39:12-14 NLT)
In John’s writing, we find similar language,
Come and eat the flesh of kings, generals, and strong warriors; of horses and their riders; and of all humanity, both free and slave, small and great.” (Rev 19:18 NLT)
There is no mistaking the connection between Exekiel 39 and at the very least, Revelation 20 (Gog and Magog).
Over all there is a theme of reciprocal relationship of God and His people, both in blessings and curses, so why not a return the favor?