Does Bible Prophecy Tell Of End Times Wars Over Oil?

This post is related to Utha’s area of expertise, and he may be able to lend some additional insight as I happen to know he is also a believer and — possibly — might be seeing some of the same things I am see in relation to Biblical prophecy and current events:

PROPHECY IN THE HEADLINES: Israel Finds Oil!

If you do not believe in God or the Bible, I want you to know that this post is not an attack on you!  Instead, this post is offered as a partial explanation for why I believe in God and the Bible while – at the same time – informing you of some current events about which you may not have been previously aware.  Yes, this post contains references to Bible prophecy, but the passages I cite are meant to support my faith by showing a possible connection between prophecy and modern events.  I am sincere in my assertion; I mean no offense to those who hold different beliefs, nor do I wish to argue with those who may disagree with my understanding of Scripture.  This post is offered merely as a thought piece: something to consider concerning the events of our times and their possible connection to Bible prophecy.  All I ask is that you read it with an open mind, and then you decide what to make of it for yourself.

One of the most common criticisms aimed at Bible prophecy is that it is too vague: that it can be read to apply to almost anything – depending on how one reads it.  Another is that most prophecies were written for times that have already come to pass and should not be read as applying to modern times.  I wish I knew a more polite way to address the first criticism, but I don’t know how to say it any more kindly than to say it simply is not true.  Many Bible prophecies are very specific, as we will soon see.  This criticism is usually the result of ignorance – even on the part of modern Jews and Christians alike.  The problem is that we no longer understand the cultural references, metaphors, symbolism and allegories used in Biblical prophecy.  The result is easily understood: confusion as to what the prophecy means and the misconception that prophecy is unclear.  However, the second criticism is one that deserves more attention as it is true: many prophecies have already come to pass and we should use caution in applying them to modern times.  But, here again, we need to understand that much of Bible prophecy has a dualistic nature to it: it applies equally to both the time it was written and the end times.  This requires a very careful reading of Scripture and an understanding of when to take the Bible literally and when to read it as metaphorical.  Honestly, that is beyond me at this time, as well as the scope of this post.  For now, we’re just going to look at some prophecy which I believe does speak directly to the times in which we live.

The Bible tells us that, among his last words, Moses blessed his sons, and in those blessings were hints as to the future of their clans that have led many to actually search for oil in Israel:

Read the rest, I think you’ll find it interesting

13 thoughts on “Does Bible Prophecy Tell Of End Times Wars Over Oil?

  1. Joe,

    The way I understand it Israel’s borders will expand to include most of Syria to include the Euphrates river all the way to Iraq, the fertile areas of Egypt along the Nile River, Gaza and the West Bank (Judea and Samaria).

    Genesis 15:
    18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I have given this land From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates:
    19 the Kenite and the Kenizzite and the Kadmonite
    20 and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim
    21 and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Girgashite and the Jebusite.”

    You notice Israel has never been this large in past history so it has to be a future event. I believe this will happen and be that way for the first three and one-half years of the Tribulation. Then it gets interesting to say the least.

    Overall. I think Islam is pretty well decimated in the War of Gog and Magog. They become compliant to the rule of the Anti-Christ for the first three and one-half years of the Tribulation.

    • Chhelo,

      Yes, I hold the same understanding. I just don’t want to be so presumptuous as to claim I know HOW this will happen, but I have an idea.

      What if Iran and the Muslim nations attack Israel and are destroyed in a nuclear attack? Isaiah 17 says that when Damascus is destroyed, Israel will move in to the areas laid waste. If you read that whole section against a Bible map of ancient lands, you will find the area Isaiah describes as going over to Israel encompasses pretty much the whole area you just named (I believe Jeremiah also tells of the destruction of Damascus, as does one of the Psalms).

      If this happens, I could easily see someone stepping forward with a promise of bringing peace to what would obviously be a scene of global chaos. And if he put for the right plan and made the right promises, the majority of the world would willingly sell itself into global bondage in return. Couldn’t you see a peace treaty with Israel over that? And what if the oil fields of the Arab nations were no more? Israel would become the world’s oil source. Thus, they become rich in a time of peace. They would also be outside the power of this new world order, and THERE is the reason for the final battle.

      Anyway, it is one of many possibilities. All I know is that our times are too eerily similar to those prophecy foretells as to be a mere coincidence of imagination. There are far too many specific predictions we have yet to discuss that have or are coming to pass as we speak.

      But then, you may disagree entirely, and I’m happy to say I am good with that. I could be wrong. Others may have the answers I seek. It’s why I am seeking: to learn. 🙂

    • Chhelo,

      Also, there is another possibility. Just because God gave Israel that land, it doesn’t mean they took possession of it as directed. Israel has a long history of ignoring God’s commandments. Had they done as instructed, they would not now have the problems with the Arabs that they have: those ancestors would have been killed to the last when Israel took possession of their inheritance.

      So it is possible that this is just the land Israel was intended to possess but never did and won’t until it is over.

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  3. Joe,

    Like you mentioned no one call say this is exactly what will happen and one can only read and study what is written in the Bible. Looks like we are close on how we see events shaping up.

    You can see how most of those in the West can easily be duped into believing someone who can usher in World Peace. Just look at 50% here in the US that will give up their freedom for a lot less.

    • Chhelo,

      There is one thing we can be reasonably sure of: that Ezekiel 37 and Matthew 24 both suggest we have passed the crucial marker that indicates we have entered into the the final period of prophecy. The dry bones and fig tree budding are both metaphors for the reconstitution of Israel. unless we have grossly misread scripture, this is a significant marker.

    • Old Vet,

      OK, I have the pdf and will read it, but I looked over some of the summaries on the link you provided and they lead me to wonder: did you suggest this book to me because you think I am missing something in my understanding of Scripture?

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