“Breaking the Treasure Code:” Part One
Vol: 48 Issue: 28 Wednesday, September 28, 2005
“And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.” (Genesis 17:20)
Later, when Ishmael’s nephew, Esau, discovered that his brother Jacob had usurped his blessing, Esau went to his father Isaac, and begged;
“Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.
And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above; And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.” (Genesis 27:39-40)
The fulfillment of the promises of Scripture to Ishmael and Jacob are nothing short of astonishing in their specificity.
Tracing the geneology of Ishmael (Genesis 25:12-18) and that of Esau (Genesis 27:38-39) establish that the descendants of Ishmael and Esau make up the modern-day Arab world. Most of the world’s proven oil reserves are to be found in the Arab Middle East. The Arab world accounts for some 99.4% of the total land mass of the Middle East. And what they control, they control absolutely.
Since the birth of Islam in the 5th century AD, the Muslim Middle East has been the exclusive domain of the descendants of Ishmael and Esau. Under the banner of the crescent moon, Islam at one time controlled a vast empire that extended well into Europe. The Ottoman Empire (1417-1917) under Suleiman the Magnificent, (1520-1566) was the most powerful empire in the world.
During his reign, he more than doubled the Ottoman territories inherited from his father, creating a multi-national multilingual empire stretching from Vienna in the west to the upper Arab peninsula in the east, the Crimea in the north to the Sudan in the south.
Architectural growth abounded. He had public baths, bridges, religious schools, and grand mosque complexes erected. Economic wealth spilled over into other fine arts. At the Palace Studio, 29 painters, half of them European, created a new aesthetic direction with their miniature paintings.
After Suleiman, the Ottoman Empire fell into decline before finally being defeated by the Allies in the First World War. After the war, the victorious Allies divided up the Ottoman Empire into individual states, including Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Transjordan.
The Islamic Empire of the Ottomans was replaced by the Islamic oil sheikdoms, but their oil afforded them wealth and global influence that would have made Suleiman green with envy.
God kept His promise to Ishmael and Esau.
There’s an old joke about Moses wandering in the desert for 40 years only to end up in the one place in the Middle East without any oil.
John Brown, a born-again Christian and founder of Zion Oil & Gas of Dallas, believes that God also made a promise to the sons of Israel that will take the humor out of the punchline. The Twelve Tribes were each given a section of Israel as inheritance, according to the Book of Genesis.
Deuteronomy says “Let Asher be blessed … and let him dip his foot in oil.” (33:24)
Genesis says “Joseph is a fruitful bough by a well … blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that couches beneath shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head.” (49:22-26)
Mapping the tribes’ Biblical territory shows that Asher’s area resembles a giant foot “dipped’ so to speak, into the top or ‘head’ of the area allocated to Joseph’s son Manasseh. According to Brown, the oil is right there, where Asher’s ‘foot’ dips into Joseph’s ‘head’.
Brown says he used a strategy explained to him by James Spillman, an evangelical minister and Bible scholar who lectured at his local church, to determine exactly where on the biblical map the oil might be. (Spillman’s research will be the subject of tomorrow’s Omega Letter).
What separates Brown from most other Middle East oil prospectors, however, are the humanitarian principles at the root of his long-awaited “Project Joseph”.
“I’ve put all the money I’ve earned in my entire life into this project,” Brown explains earnestly, “And all my shares go to a nonprofit trust to feed the poor and hungry. Anything I earn from this will be given to charity. We’re here because I know this is my purpose and destiny in life, to help Israel with its material needs and do what I can, as a Christian, to help.”
Over the next two decades Brown slowly assembled world experts on oil and gas, to put scientific power behind his personal faith in his visions. And his team of highly educated, skeptical, rational scientific minds: engineers, geologists and gas and oil exploration professionals, all believe, as he does, in the whereabouts of oil in Israel.
In reading their website releases, I note that Zion Oil is careful not to overstate the situation. Still, the signs, so far, are good.
Tomorrow, we’ll discuss the Spillman research and how the discovery of oil in Israel fits into the general outline of Bible prophecy.