Next Hizbullah War May Be Over Israel�s Gas and Oil Fields
Israel National News (Link) - Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu (June 15, 2010)
Hizbullah has laid claim to a huge oil and gas field that Israel discovered off its northeastern Mediterranean Coast -- and which Lebanon already has claimed as well.
The terrorist organization warned that it will not allow Israel to take possession of the offshore fields, which could make the Jewish State energy self-sufficient for the first time in history.
The As-Safir Lebanese newspaper told its readers that the gas field �was located between Israeli and Cypriot territorial waters and stretches toward the Lebanese coast.�Lebanese newspapers also reported that previous Israeli gas finds �were either taking place in areas stretching to Lebanese territorial waters or other spots far away from the Israeli coast.�
Hizbullah�s claims were stated by the party�s executive council chief Hashem Safieddine, who was quoted by the Tehran Times as saying it would not allow Israel to �loot� Lebanese gas resources.
Lebanese parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri previously said, �Israel is racing to make the case a fait accompli and was quick to present itself as an oil emirate, ignoring the fact that, according to the maps, the deposit extends into Lebanese waters. Exploring our options in this field is our best bet to pay off Lebanon's debts.�
The Israeli government immediately responded to the Lebanese claims, saying they are totally unfounded and that all of the gas and oil fields are off the coast of Israel and not Lebanon.
Dr. Yaakov Mimran, director of energy exploration for the National Infrastructures Ministry, called the claims "nonsense.� He added, "These noises occur when they smell gas. Until then they sit quietly and let the other side spend the money.�
Marine law expert Amir Cohen-Dor told the Globes business news service that the Dalit and Tamar gas fields are within Israel's contiguous economic zone, and that United Nations regulations clearly state that Israel can develop them.
I've heard many prophecy commentators mention the possible significance of new-found oil in Israel and the prophecy in Ezekiel regarding the Magog invasion:
And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?
I believe there may be something to this. You may note however, that Israel is not necessarily dwelling in safety right now as the surrounding nations have rockets being launched from them and walls have gone up to deter suicide bombings. I believe, as many others, that the general timing may show that the prophecies of Psalm 83 -- identifying those surrounding nations now involved in saber-rattling -- is fulfilled before the coming to take spoil in Ezekiel 38 & 39. If Israel stops the Psalm 83 alliance and there is a time of relative peace where her oil deposits are more fully realized, we could see this lead to the Magog invasion. Keep watching!