And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil.
One of the prophecies of scripture that I have heard mentioned often since childhood was that of the land grant of Asher and the mention of there someday being a discovery of oil where this land grant exists. There even seems to be a reference of this in the blessing of Jacob (Israel) over Asher in Genesis 49:20, "Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties." Here the word fat (shamen) and the word rendered (No pun intended--well maybe a little) oil (shemen) are both related and from the same root word. Many are so sure of this oil strike that some Christians have even invested in Israeli oil exploration.
Some see this discovery of oil as being a catalyst for end time war scenarios. If the rest of the world is starving for oil and a small country like Israel suddenly makes significant oil discoveries.....well you can see where that is going. It is possible that Ezekiel, Zechariah and other prophetic books play this idea out. However, it is more striking that we are actually seeing this concept play out before our very eyes.
Towards the end of last year there were reports that Israel had found massive natural gas reserves. Usually these finds are not too far in front the discovery of massive oil fields.
Some oil has indeed been found, but there are many who believe this is but the tip of the iceberg.
Also, Israel applied for license to explore in new areas as well.
What is amazing is where these recent discoveries have been made. As you look at the map above you can see the location of the Leviathan find. Compare it to the territorial map above and you will notice that the finds are off the coast of Asher's territorial grant. Even if we look at the future territorial grant of Messiah, it is still off the coast of Asher's land. Prophecy is being fulfilled before our eyes.
Today, the news is rife with the second concept, that these discoveries could cause end time war scenarios. The point--keep looking up, we are closer than you think! Sadly, however, the US immediately came out against Israel in the border dispute. These type of statements have always triggered judgment. Keep focused saints, the Lord is coming.
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