A few months ago I noted that Israel was in talks with the Russian energy giant, Gazprom, over rights to Israel’s natural gas fields in the Mediterranean sea.
At the time I was speculating that this deal appears to be related to the “hook in the jaw” of the Russian leader, Gog, from Ezekiel 38:4. In the context of the passage it is apparent that these nations would not normally attack Israel, but something unnatural will provide the motivation for this attack. It really looked like this deal might actually provide motivation for Russia to join Iran and Turkey in this attack. In other words this could be the beginnings of the fulfilment of prophecy!
Then, in December there was news that Israel had forged a deal with an Australian company, instead of Gazprom. The Reuter’s article explicitly stated that Gazprom had been cut out of the deal. My first thought was, “maybe I was wrong”, but then my second thought was “let’s wait and see”. There must be something involved in the equation, which will provide a motive for these armies to attack.
It turns out that sometimes it is better to sit it out, and wait for the dust to settle.
This last week, Israel and Gazprom announced that they have signed a 20 year deal to develop natural gas. Israel has two natural gas fields, the Tamar field, and the Leviathan field. The Australian company, Woodside, is involved with the Tamar field, and Gazprom will have exclusive rights to export Israeli Liquid Natural Gas (LNG).
So, I am back to my original premise, that either Israel will not renew the deal after the twenty years are up, or that it will go sour sometime before then. Either way Russia will feel that they have a right to the wealth that Israel generates with these gas finds!
An interesting note is that twenty years from now (2013) will coincide with the two thousand year anniversary of the cross of Christ, which many scholars claim. I can’t be certain of the 33 AD estimate of the timing of the cross, but it is certainly very interesting that these dates coincide so exactly.
Hosea says something very interesting in relation to the return of the Lord;
15I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.
1Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 2After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
Now, if a day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as a day (Psalm 90:4, 2 Peter 3:8), then the two thousand year anniversary of His departure (the ascension) is very significant. This passage seems to imply that Jesus Christ will not return until after the two thousand years are up.
Another question that appears to be answered is, why Russia will not be involved in the Psalm 83 war. They will not involve themselves in that war because they have a financial interest in Israel, not to mention their hostility to the Sunni Muslims who are actively working against Russian interests in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq.
Is it possible that the Gog and Magog war, of Ezekiel 38-39, will occur around the end of this Gazprom deal? Only time will tell, but it certainly bears watching!