(Israel playing with fire in Gazprom deal)
Russian state-owned energy giant, Gazprom, is bidding for a stake in Israel’s Leviathan natural gas field. At present this is the favoured bid.
The cost of the partnership will be a 30% stake in the gas produced.
During the last decade or so, Russia has become the number one source of natural gas for Europe. This gives them tremendous economic, as well as political, clout. With Israel’s natural gas find, they have found their geopolitical influence to be in jeopardy, but with a stake in Israel’s gas, they will have secured their dominant position.
Or so they think.
As one report has put it, “Has Russia sold out Iran for a stake in Israeli gas?” Russia is primarily concerned with Russia’s power and influence. As usual, they will back away from their “friends” if there is a chance to increase their influence. (We shouldn’t be shocked at this kind of behavior, as we have seen the same thing with the USA, as far back as Carter’s betrayal of the Shaw of Iran, in 1979, and with Obama’s betrayal of Mubarak as well.)
As I see it, this agreement, if it transpires, will only be temporary. Russia may believe that they will be able to push Israel around, if they are involved in this deal. They may, to a certain extent, but there is only so much pressure Israel will take before they will push back.
This deal may go a long way to explaining why Russia is not listed among the antagonists of the Psalm 83 conflict. If they are on friendly terms with Israel at the time, and in the process of developing the Leviathan gas fields, they will sit it out when the Arabs attack, not wishing to jeopardize their financial interests.
There will be a time of peace between the Psalm 83 war and the Ezekiel 38-39 wars. During this time Israel will become an economic powerhouse. I think the evidence is that some time during this period, the Gazprom deal will go sour.
Many have noted that the coalition which will attack Israel, during the Gog and Magog war, will include both Russia and Iran, so their falling-out will only be temporary. One of the reasons given in Ezekiel for this attack is economic, so it appears that Russia will feel that they have a right to Israel’s wealth;
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: 11 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, 12 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. 13 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? Ezekiel 38:10-13
The motivation (the hook) in the mind of the leader of this attack is purely greed, in contrast to the religious motives of his companions. I think the Gazprom deal will play a part in his rationalization. If Russia helps Israel develop the Leviathan field, and then sometime later is cut out of the deal, they will think they have a right to attack to grab some of that wealth for themselves.
The failure of the Gazprom deal may well be the hook that God puts in the jaws of the Russian leader!
And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Ezekiel 38:4
So, who is behind the deal, and who will be behind its failure? God, of course. And, because the leaders of these countries don’t read the bible, they will be totally in the dark as to what their role is, or what their fate will be.
Yes indeed, we are seeing the fulfilment of biblical prophecy in our daily news!
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