As I was reading the headlines on Fox News yesterday, October 7, 2015, one particular headline caught my attention: “Potentially game-changing oil reserves discovered in Israel”. For the first time in history, Israel has discovered oil. All the neighboring Islamic States have prospered from their oil production for decades. Now Israel will have it’s own source of oil and wealth. As I read this article, I knew this had to be a prophetic event. I searched the Bible for possible prophecies about oil. Although the references to oil might be obscure, I found a few prophecies which mention hidden riches from beneath.
“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” Isaiah 45:3 (NASB).
“Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a spring; Its branches run over a wall. . .From the God of your father who helps you, And by the Almighty who blesses you With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath. . .” Gen 49:22, 25 (NASB).
This oil was discovered in the Golan Heights, which was captured from Syria during the 6-Day War in 1967. According to Wikipedia, the Syrians still take claim to the land. The UN does not recognize Israel’s ownership of the land, but Israel enforces it’s laws over the area. Israel has also established settlements there. Will this oil discovery, spark a war with Syria, even more specifically the Battle of God of Magog? Only God knows.
The Battle of Gog of Magog will be a battle which takes place sometime before the tribulation period. In Ezek. 38:8 we see that this battle takes place in the latter days after Israel has been gathered from many nations. In Ezek 39:9 we learn that Israel will burn the weapons from this war for 7 years, so it will have to happen before the tribulation period. Some scholars believe it will happen 7 years before the tribulation. We all need to be aware of what is going on in the world and how to apply it to Bible prophecy.
If you would like to learn more about this war, please read my post Ezekiel 38-39: the Battle of Gog of Magog. This battle’s key players will be Russia, Syria, Iran, Ethiopia, Libya, East Germany?, Turkey and Egypt. In this Battle, Russia will lead an attack in Israel. The commander, referred to as Magog, will attack Israel to capture spoil and seize plunder (Ezek. 38:12). Perhaps this spoil is oil. With the Russian military build up and fighting occurring in Syria right now, it will be interesting to see if this battle is fast approaching.
You might also wish to take a look at my post, Psalm 83 “Let us wipe Israel out as a nation”. If you pay attention to what happens in the Middle East, you will recognize the Bible verse Psalm 83:4. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran said in 2005, “Israel should be wiped out from the map”. The key players in this event (some scholars believe it is another end-time battle) are Saudia Arabia, Syria, Palestinians of West Bank and Gaza, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon (Hezbollah), and Iraq.