Zero Hedge: “ISIS militants in Libya continue to attack key oil infrastructure in the country.
The two large oil export terminals at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf came under ISIS attacks on January 4-6. Some oil storage tanks exploded after suffering damage from machine gun fire.
NASA just published some shocking photos that clearly show the smoke plumes from the oil storage tanks are visible by satellite.”
Opinion: Under ordinary circumstances, in ordinary times, this headline could be written off as just another ME/North Africa problem.
But these are not ordinary times and the nation of Libya had a role in both the Old and New Testaments. Libya, or Phut its Biblical name, is mentioned four times in Scripture.
Put was the third son of Ham (one of the sons of Noah). The first century historian Flavius Josephus wrote in Antiquities of the Jews that “Put” or “Phut” is “ancient Libyos” which included Libya, Algeria and possibly Tunisia.
Matthew 27:32 “Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene (Libya), Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross.”
Acts 11:20-21 “But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.”
Acts 13:1 “Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.”
And Libya has a future role to play as part of Gog and Magog, a Russian-led invasion of Israel:
Ezekiel 38:5 NIV “Persia (Iran) , Cush (Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia) and Phut (Libya) will be with them, all with shields and helmets.”
In this pre-tribulation war, the invaders will be destroyed (Ezekiel 38:22) and it will take 7 months to bury the dead (Ezekiel 39:12).
(Will oil triple by 2018? see @ BPTnews.org)