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Oil in Israel
A Prophecy?   

Q. I've heard that the Bible says oil will be found in Israel. Does it say that? Where? What does it mean for the Middle East?

Answer:

All except Israel Rich with Oil?

Isn't it odd that almost all of the countries surrounding Israel have vast reservoirs of oil while Israel has nothing? And we do know from Bible prophecy that Russia (Magog) and Iran (Persia) will form an alliance and swoop down upon Israel to take her riches. This is found in Ezekiel 38 and 39.

Riches Iran & Russia want to take from Israel

Just what are those riches Iran and Russia come to take? What does Israel have that is so valuable?



Here are some of the verses prophecy scholars find compelling:

Verses suggesting Wealth in Israel:

Deuteronomy 33:24

Of Asher he said, More blessed than sons is Asher. May he be favored by his brothers, and may he dip his foot in oil (NASB).

Genesis 49:25

From the God of your father who helps you, and by the Almighty who blesses you with blessings of heaven above, blessing of the deep that lies beneath...

Deuteronomy 33:13

Of Joseph he said: Blessed of the Lord be his land, with the choice things of heaven, with the dew, and from the deep lying beneath.

Deuteronomy 33:19

They will call peoples to the mountain. There they will offer righteous sacrifices, for they will draw out the abundance of the seas, and the hidden treasures of the sand.

Deuteronomy 32:12-13

The Lord alone guided him, and there was no foreign god with him. He made him ride on the high places of the earth, and he ate the produce of the field. And He made him suck honey from the rock, and oil from the flinty rock.

Isaiah 45:3

I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden wealth of secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.




These ancient bible verses describe God's promises to reveal and provide tremendous wealth for Israel in the Last Days.

Because of these verses two oil companies, Zion Oil and Givot Olam, were founded and both are seriously involved in oil exploration in Israel. The Givot Olam site claims to have found at least a billion barrels!

Collection of Newspaper Headlines

Here are some newspaper headlines containing news of this discovery:

Jerusalem Post, April 1, 2004 - NATURAL GAS, OIL FOUND IN DEAD SEA.

Arutz Sheva, May 4, 2004 - ISRAEL STRIKES BLACK GOLD.

Reuters, April 4, 2005 - OIL BARON SEEKS GUSHER FROM GOD IN ISRAEL.

Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2005 - IN ISRAEL, OIL QUEST IS BASED ON FAITH.

USA Today, May 19, 2005 - HIS MISSION: SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND OIL.

Newsweek, June 13, 2005 - A VISION OF OIL IN THE HOLY LAND.

The Economist, June 18, 2005 - MOSES' OILY BLESSING: WILL ISRAEL FIND OIL?


Although we cannot be absolutely sure, it appears Israel will become extremely wealthy in the future - possibly with great oil riches. Scripture seems to allude to it. Certainly, Russia and Iran are currently in the process of forming strong alliances which could give rise to the invasion of Israel as prophesied in Ezekiel 38 and 39.

Maranatha!

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References:


Rosenberg, Joel. 2006. EPICENTER: Why the current rumblings in the Middle East will change your future. Carol Stream, ILL: Tyndale. (From pages 61 and 57). Information available from: www.joelrosenberg.com.

Ryrie Study Bible, New American Standard. 1995. Chicago: Moody.










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