Globes: “Gazprom’s interest in Israeli gas reservoir Leviathan is a strategic issue for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Russian press reported at the end of last week that Russia was seeking to enter the Israeli natural gas industry, following a meeting in Russia last Thursday between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
It is believed that Putin wants to take part in the development of the Leviathan gas reservoir. This was not the first time that Russia has tried to strengthen its foothold in the Middle East through control of gas reservoirs.”
Opinion: Since Israel’s 2010 massive, natural gas find in the Levant is a threat to Russia’s sale of oil and gas to Europe and Turkey, it won’t be the last time that Mr. Putin tries for control of Israel’s gas.
Ezekiel 38-39 is all about a Russian-led invasion of Israel to take wealth: “Have you gathered your army to take booty?”
Those 8 words of Ezekiel 38:8, have created a debate among Bible teachers since Israel’s rebirth in 1948. Some speculate that the plunder is Solomon’s gold, while others say it is oil and gas.
I am in the energy camp for several reasons, because despite what the weather worshipers tell us, the world runs on fossil fuels and likely will for at least the next 50 years.
Next and most importantly, there are three prophecies that seem to point to a vast energy supply in Israel:
Genesis 49:25 “By the God of your father who will help you, And by the Almighty who will bless you With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.”
Deuteronomy 33:19 “They shall call the peoples to the mountain; There they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness; For they shall partake of the abundance of the seas And of treasures hidden in the sand.”
Isaiah 45:3 “I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel.” Emphasis added.
In further fulfillment of the above prophecies is Israel’s October 8, 2015 announcement of a massive oil find in the Golan Heights, making Ezekiel’s prophecy that Israel would grow exceedingly wealthy in the last days happen right before our eyes.
But before the prophesied Russian-led invasion, Ezek. 38:8 further tells us that Israel will be brought back from the sword (Hebrew for war), and be living in a false sense of peace and safety Ezek. 38:11.
We are not there yet.