Israel’s New Wealth

Q. It is interesting that in the last few years, Israel discovered the gas supply of their coast and the Shekel has appreciated by 15% over the last year and a half. So it seems that while the rest of the world is becoming worse off, Israel is becoming better off. Does this tie in with end time prophecies?

A. Some scholars see Israel’s sudden gain in oil and gas wealth as being a potential trigger for the battle of Ezekiel 38-39. In Ezekiel 38:13 the prophet has Sheba and Dedan asking Gog/Magog if the purpose of their attack is to gather plunder. Until recently Israel had no wealth worth plundering. But now, with Russia being a major exporter of natural gas to Europe, they may see attacking Israel as a way to increase their own holdings while neutralizing a potential competitor in the process. Time will tell.

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