CHRISTADELPHIAN RESEARCH

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Is Russia Coming to Israel For a Spoil?

I guess lots of folk brought up in Christadelphia were told about Russia invading Israel, based on an understanding of Ezekiel 38. Russia was said to be Gog and when I was brought up in the 1980s Russia was equated with the USSR (which has since collapsed). Folk prefer to now think of Russia as the ‘sleeping bear.’ Gog was to come down for a ‘spoil’ and a play was often made on the word ‘spoil’ with speakers saying take away the ‘sp’ in the word ‘spoil’ and what do you have? Oil!! It was assumed Israel would be found to have large quantities of oil. Many also mentioned that in the prophecies given to Jacob, his son, Dan (one of the 12 tribes of Israel) was said to “dip his toe in oil” and folk speculated that in the former territory of Dan a toe-like bit was where it would be discovered.

In more recent years I’ve been told many times by Christadelphians how vast amounts of oil have been found in Israel. Is that really true?

Here for your information is a link to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2017, the authoritative guide to such matters.

Go to page 11 where there is a chart on total proved oil reserves. Isarel’s reserves are so small that Israel don’t even get a mention as a country. They are included in the category “Other Middle East.” This category has so little reserves that as a share of world oil it doesn’t even register 0.1% of world oil.

So why again is Russia to invade Israel? What is the spoil their greedy eyes see?

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