From its precarious and tumultuous rebirth, the state of Israel has been a miracle – just as predicted in the Bible thousands of years ago.
After the elders of Israel officially rejected Jesus Christ as the Messiah, He predicted the nation would be destroyed and the survivors scattered throughout every nation in the world. He said:
Woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse babes in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land, and wrath to this people [Israel], and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles UNTIL the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
– Luke 21:23-24
Titus and the Roman Tenth Legion fulfilled this 37 years later, around A.D. 70.
Actually, Moses himself foresaw this very same thing 1,500 years before Jesus was born. He predicted that as a result of national apostasy in faith this terrible judgment would come:
Moreover, the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth; and there you shall serve other gods, wood and stone, which you or your fathers have not known. And among those nations you shall find no rest, and there shall be no resting place for the sole of your foot; but there the Lord will give you a trembling heart, failing of eyes, and despair of soul. So your life shall hang in doubt before you; and you shall be in dread night and day, and shall have no assurance of your life.
– Deuteronomy 28:64-66
It is important to note that Jesus said this dispersion of the people among the nations would only last “UNTIL the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
The prophet Ezekiel predicted the Israelites would be returned to their ancient land and the nation reborn in the “last days.” God says:
For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land.
– Ezekiel 36:24
Ezekiel notes that God would do this, but not because the Israelites deserve it:
Therefore, say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God, “It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went. And I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord,” declares the Lord God, “when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight.”
– Ezekiel 36:22-23
God is going to vindicate His holy name by fulfilling His promises to them and prophecies about them, despite their unworthiness. This mighty miracle will cause the gentiles to come to know that He is the true God.
All of this has taken place in living memory. Against impossible odds, Israel was reborn as a nation May 15, 1948. Against all odds, the nation has survived and won five wars that were intended to annihilate it.
Another miracle is predicted for this extraordinary nation. Ezekiel predicts there will be a final great invasion launched against Israel. It will be led by a power to their extreme north, which can only be Russia. Russia will lead the invasion with a confederacy of specifically predicted nations that are all Muslim today (Ezekiel 38 and 39).
The interesting thing is that this invasion will be triggered by the enormous wealth that the nation accumulates in this time. To date, Israel has done well economically, but they have not gotten great wealth yet.
At just this time of world turmoil being brought about by OPEC, I believe we are about to witness another one of those miracles promised to Israel.
What if Israel were to strike oil? This certainly would make them wealthy. More than that, it would change the political balance of power in the Middle East.
A man named John Brown – without much more than his faith – has put together an oil company and purchased leases in a specific place in Israel. It is a in a location that is very much a part of some important prophecies in the Old Testament. He founded the Zion Oil and Gas Company as the result of studying prophecies God proclaimed to two of the sons of the Patriarch Jacob.
Jacob prophesied at the time of his death:
And Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the LAST DAYS …”
– Genesis 49:1
Concerning his son Joseph, he predicted:
Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a spring … 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 … The blessings of your father have excelled the blessings of my ancestors, up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills. They shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers.
– Genesis 49:22, 25- 26
Note that it predicts his great blessing will come from “the deep that lies beneath” his land. And specifically on “crown of his head.” The land that was allotted to Joseph’s two sons forms the profile of a man’s head.
Now listen to another prophecy about the blessing of another of Jacob’s sons whose land adjoins Joseph’s.
Moses proclaimed blessings on Jacob’s sons just before he died. He predicted concerning Asher:
Asher is most blessed of sons; let him be favored by his brothers, and let him dip his foot in OIL.
– Deuteronomy 33:24
The land allotted to Asher looks like a leg with a foot. Its toe points straight at the crown of Joseph’s head.
Zion Oil’s leases are directly under where Asher’s toe points. Coincidence? If it were anywhere other than Israel, I would say it is merely coincidence. But here we are dealing with a nation of miracles in the crosshairs of God’s prophetic Word.
At this moment, Zion Oil and Gas is selling stock in order to finish its first well. It is right in the center of an area that geologically looks promising. I believe the main reason others have failed to find oil is that they did not drill deep enough.
Investment in oil exploration is always a big gamble. But, I believe this is a gamble worth taking for the sake of Israel. Besides, I believe God’s Word is giving some pretty good clues here.