Globes.com: “After more than a year of round-the-clock drilling, large amounts of oil have been found on the Golan Heights. Estimates are that the amount of oil discovered will make Israel self sufficient for very many years to come.
Afek Oil and Gas chief geologist Dr. Yuval Bartov told Channel 2 News, “We are talking about a strata which is 350 meters thick and what is important is the thickness and the porosity. On average in the world strata are 20-30 meters thick, so this is ten times as large as that, so we are talking about significant quantities.
The important thing is to know the oil is in the rock and that’s what we now know.”
Opinion: “So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him. He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock…” Deuteronomy 32:12-13.
Zion Oil’s founder, John Brown, who has been drilling in Israel for 20 years and has rigs in the area said this:
“Although the existence of the oil in the ground is a fact, the critical phase now is to check how easily it can be extracted and whether it involves high production costs. In a period of very low oil prices, extraction will have to be relatively cheap to make exploitation of the field profitable.”
So while it is too soon to know if there is commercial value of the Golan oil, it is also interesting that the price of crude has been rising over the past weeks due to Russia’s ground offensive in Syria. If the Golan oil is indeed viable for commercial use, Israel will be at the center of yet another storm.
The EU and UN have been demanding since the 1967 war that Israel give back the Golan Heights along with East Jerusalem. On May 19, 2011 President Barack Obama joined the chorus of voices for Israel to go back to the pre-’67 borders, leaving Netanyahu no choice but to defy the whole world.
While Israel already gave up the Sinai and Gaza in exchange for peace that has never come, the Golan is a strategic buffer that would give an enemy army clear rocket fire into Tel Aviv rendering the nation indefensible.
In the war of Gog and Magog, 7 nations are prophesied to attack from the mountains of Israel in the last days. Two of the principal attackers, Russia and Iran, are already in Syria under the auspices of supporting the Assad regime.
Perhaps advanced intel on the oil find was the real motivation, which could be the fuse that ignites both the war of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39.
I have written over 100 posts on 1 particular verse, Ezekiel 38:13.
“Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?”
- Sheba, Dedan – Saudi Arabia
- Merchants of Tarshish – Spain
- Lions – Britain
- Young lions – America and colonies
The prophet depicts these nations as powerless, asking have you come to take plunder? Bible scholars have speculated for 2500 years as to what the plunder might be. Incredibly, we may be getting the answer very soon.