“for they will soon come home.” It is in the Millennial Kingdom, when Christ rules the earth, that this prophecy in Ezekiel 36:8-12 (and also in Ezek. 36:22-38) of the return to Israel will be fully fulfilled. There was a partial fulfillment when the Persians let Israelites return to Israel, and many people did come back to Israel after the Babylonian Captivity, which is the subject of Ezra and Nehemiah. However, historically more Israelites stayed in the areas where they had been scattered than returned home to Israel, and the prophecies of Israel’s abundance that are here in Ezekiel 36 will not be fully fulfilled until Christ rules the earth.
[For more in Israel’s return to their land when Christ rules the earth, see commentary on Jer. 32:37. For more on the Millennial Kingdom of Christ, see Appendix 3, “Christ’s Future Kingdom on Earth”].