Once upon a time, there were these two brothers. They were twins, but Esau was considered the older since he exited the womb first. The younger was Jacob, following close behind – literally at his heels!
The ancients gave the eldest son what was called a “birthright.” He would receive the biggest and best portion of the blessings. And he would have responsibility to oversee the other family members at the father’s death – a position of honor.
Rebekah, Jacob’s mom concocted a scheme and tricked his father, Isaac into giving Jacob, her favorite son, the birthright blessings that were to have been Esau’s since he was technically the firstborn. Esau wasn’t all that interested in his birthright status anyway. He would rather have a big pot of hot, bubbly belly busting camel stew. Yum?
So Jacob received the biggest and best blessing that his father Isaac had to give.
In Genesis 27:28, the blessings included the heaven’s dew, and “fatness of the earth” according to most Biblical translations. One version calls it “olive oil.” That is to be expected since olive oil was the only oil known in Moses’ day. He didn’t know about oil from flinty rock, or shale. Petroleum? Never heard of that either.
The oil referred to in Jacob’s blessing however, when you consider Job 28:9, Job 29:6, and Deuteronomy 32:13, was most likely the kind from flinty rock.
According to the scriptures, Esau was the father of the Arabs, and Jacob was the father of the Jews. Even though the largest portion of oil belonged to Jacob, and Esau got the smaller portion, Esau got his first. His descendants in the Arab countries (Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, etc.) got the mother lode of the day. They are the dealers, and the modern world is the addict.
Just what the brothers needed….something else to potentially fight about. The twins never did get along. Their sibling rivalry actually started in the womb. Genesis 25:21-23. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNSBFDx04BE
Fast forward to October, 2015. Oilmen in Israel made an earth shattering discovery….vast amounts of oil in the Golan Heights. OMGOSH!
In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 News, Afek Oil and Gas‘s chief geologist, Yuval Bartov, said “We are talking about a strata which is 350 meters thick, and what is important is the thickness and the porosity….on average in the world strata are 20-30 meters thick, so this is 10 times as large as that. So we are talking about significant quantities.”
Sooo, in our lifetime, we are perhaps seeing Jacob’s descendants coming into Isaac’s blessing….Oil on steroids. #justsayin’
BTW, I have some up close and personal history with the exploration. I began investing in Zion Oil and Gas some 36 years ago. A Texas oilman named Jim Spillman went to Israel based on some scriptures he had uncovered. I too had discovered them. He consequently detected oil that was so deep that there was no technology that could reach the depths that the readings showed. :~(
I visited the drilling site and saw the rigs hard at work but getting nowhere seemingly. Their operation eventually shut down. And now, many years later, the technology is such that the “deep” can be reached. At last. Can I have a “hallelujah?”
Now take a look at Ezekiel 38 and 39. Russia invades Israel in the great end time war of Gog & Magog. Ezekiel 38:12 says that the Russians will come “to capture spoil and to seize plunder.” It has been surmised that the bait which would draw Russia would be the the valuable minerals in the Dead Sea. I see the dot as connecting Israel’s oil and Russian greed. There’s much more to be said about this. Stay tuned.
5/5/16 Update: http://unitedwithisrael.org/oil-field-near-dead-sea-found-to-contain-7-million-barrels/?
- Genesis 27:28….May God give you of the dew of heaven and of the fatness (or oil) of the earth.
- Genesis 49:22….Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:
- Genesis 49:25….Blessings of the deep that lies beneath,
- And what does it say in Deuteronomy 32:13? And He made him suck (or “pump”) honey from the rock, and oil from the flinty rock, (rock oil: “shemen” in Hebrew)
- Deuteronomy 33:13….and from the deep lying beneath.
- Deuteronomy 33:19….There they will offer the righteous sacrifices; For they will draw out the abundance of the seas, And the hidden treasures of the sand.”
- Deuteronomy 33:24….let him be favored by his brothers, and let him bathe his feet in oil.“
- Job 29:6 When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;
To be continued…