Though it Tarries
by David, Editorial Staff, Tents of Mercy Network
I am feeling overwhelmed by undeserved, unexpected grace and the anticipation of much, much more. Here's why. For twelve months and counting, fuel promised in the Bible has been flowing through Israeli pipelines and producing electrical power for its households. This natural gas fuel boon has begun to break what was - up until now - complete dependence on imported fuel, and has even begun to make Israel a regional energy exporter.
For decades the Israeli government, along with Bible-believing Texas oilmen, put good money into searching for oil in Israel. The oilmen were gripped by two prophecies Moses received concerning the land inherited by the tribes of Asher and Joseph.
"most blessed of sons; let [Asher] be favored by his brothers, and let him dip his foot in oil." (Deuteronomy 33:24)
"Blessed of the Lord is [Joseph's] land with the gifts ... of the deep lying beneath ... with the first of the ancient mountains and the precious things of the ancient hills." (Deuteronomy 33:13)
After long years of coming up empty, almost everyone despaired of Israel ever being able to provide her own energy needs for electric power generation, transportation, etc. It seemed that these particular blessings were only going to be for our cousins in neighboring lands. The thought was suggested: "Maybe we are not to take every Biblical prophecy too literally, especially the more poetic ones ..."
But then it happened. Huge deposits of natural gas were discovered 90 km off the coast of the Haifa peninsula. Suddenly it appeared the "foot" of Asher truly was dipped in "oil". The country was still skeptical. It seemed too good to be true. Surely there was a catch. Surely bureaucracy or military tension would torpedo the actualization of the promise. But this blessing has been pumping into the country for a year now! Around half of Israel’s electric power is already supplied by the new source, where previously it was all dependent on imported fuels. In addition the natural gas use is greatly reducing air pollution. Agreements are already in progress for selling to Jordan, the Palestinian authority and Egypt. New piping infrastructure is being installed throughout the country. Export of natural gas to Europe is in the works. The projected value of the natural gas deposits is estimated at roughly 130 billion dollars over the next several decades, from the biggest offshore gas discovery anywhere in the world in recent years. As if that were not enough, huge oil shale deposits have now been discovered under the hills of central Israel.
They call it an economic and geopolitical game changer. They call it transformational. Israel is becoming one of the strongest diversified economies in the world, relative to its population size. These economic blessings were promised in Joel 2:24-26. Just a few verses later in Joel 2:28-32 we find promises for God's spirit and power to be poured out. What a reminder that God's Word and His promises do come to pass, even if not on the timeline we might like to see! May we believe for every promise; physical and spiritial."
"For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. THOUGH IT TARRIES, WAIT FOR IT; BECAUSE IT WILL SURELY COME." (Habakkuk 2:3)
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