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Israel, Greece, and Cyprus Participate in Gas Summit, March 2019

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2019 by paulthepoke

1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.

Located in the shadows of Mount Olympus, Thessaloniki was a major hub of trade during the Roman Empire. The wealthy city minted its own coins. It was the chief port and capital of Roman Macedonia. Thessaloniki was located on the Via Egnatia, the major road that connected the Roman Empire to the east.

Another large natural gas deposit has been discovered in the eastern Mediterranean Sea near Cyprus.

United States Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt discussed the significance of the natural gas discovery. Here is a paragraph from the story noted in a Greek newspaper in the link below .

He welcomed Greece’s strengthened role in the Balkans, noting that the Prespes Accord is “the most obvious expression” of this development, which will restore Thessaloniki’s historic role as a cosmopolitan crossroad in the Balkans.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/238217/article/ekathimerini/news/mike-pompeo-likely-to-join-greece-cyprus-israel-summit-says-us-envoy

ekathimerin.com

The following leaders are expected to attend the meeting on March 20, 2019: United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades.

Israel, Greece, and Cyprus are expected to sign and reach a deal to build a natural gas pipeline from the eastern Mediterranean into Europe.

Prime Minister Netanyahu stated, “(This) will bring vast revenue to the state coffers.”

https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Netanyahu-Israel-views-rockets-fired-toward-Tel-Aviv-with-utmost-gravity-583757

Tekmor Monitor

Russia and Turkey are watching the action closely. The EastMed Pipeline is estimated to cost $8 billion and will deliver up to 12 billion cubic meters of gas annually to Europe. The EastMed will be the deepest under sea pipeline. The line is estimated to be 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) long. Egypt is rumored to want in on the action to export their natural gas to Europe.

Greece and Israel are increasing military and economic ties. Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan has called Greece and Cyprus actions “reckless”.

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201903191073359011-israel-greece-radar-rapprochement/

This is direct competition with Russia’s Turk Stream pipeline. This will cut into Russia’s and Turkey’s bottom line. Turkey’s economy has recently fallen into recession.

https://paulthepoke.com/2019/03/18/turkey-enters-recession/

Ezekiel 38:12 to capture spoil and to seize plunder, to turn your hand against the waste places which are now inhabited, and against the people who are gathered from the nations, who have acquired cattle and goods, who live at the center of the world.

These are the intentions of Gog, the leader of Magog (Russia). The Russians along with Turkey, Iran, and others are going to invade to steal natural resources from Israel.

The pieces of the puzzle keep falling into place…

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For more information linking Ezekiel’s ancient names to modern day Russia, Turkey, and Iran, click on the articles below.

https://godinanutshell.com/2017/08/04/ezekiel-38-who-is-magog/

https://godinanutshell.com/2017/08/08/ezekiel-38-who-are-meshech-tubal-gomer-beth-togarmah/

https://godinanutshell.com/2017/08/17/ezekiel-38-who-is-persia/

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Trend Update: Israel & Egypt Ink Gas Deal, February 2018

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2018 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:13 Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all its leaders will say to you, ‘Have you come to seize spoil? Have you assembled your hosts to carry off plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to seize great spoil?’

See the video link below for additional analysis and geography.

Oil and natural gas will be serious bait for the Russian invasion of Israel. At some point in the future, Russia and its allies will invade Israel for their “great spoil”.

For details linking modern day Russia to ancient Magog. See the link below.

https://godinanutshell.com/2017/08/04/ezekiel-38-who-is-magog/

 

Full disclosure, the author of this article is a shareholder in Zion Oil & Gas (ZN); listed on NASDAQ Exchange.

February 14, 2018: Zion Oil & Gas has discovered oil and natural gas in the Megiddo-Jezreel Valley.

“I am ecstatic to see clear evidence of hydrocarbons (oil and gas) in the deeper portion of our Megiddo-Jezreel #1 well, a project that we have been working on for years. However, at this time we cannot comment on the commerciality or ability to successfully produce the well. We ask that our shareholders continue to pray for safe and successful drilling, logging, and testing operations, and for God’s wisdom for management as we make key decisions in the following days and weeks. Please be patient. We will provide further updates after we have adequate time to properly evaluate the logs and finalize our well testing program following the recent events.” Zion’s CEO, Victor G. Carrillo

http://www.worldoil.com/news/2018/2/14/zion-oil-gas-encounters-oil-onshore-israel

This is the location John discusses at the outset of the bowl judgments in Revelation.

Revelation 16:16 And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

 

February 19, 2018: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel announces a $15 billion deal to export natural gas to Egypt. See the link below for a video statement from the Prime Minister.

Noble Energy and Delek Drilling are the benefactors of the deal. They will be selling natural gas to Dolphinus Holdings of Egypt. The natural gas is coming from the Leviathan and Tamar natural gas fields off the coast of Israel in the Mediterranean Sea. 64 billion cubic meters of natural gas are expected to be exported over 10 years.

Egypt has the ability to liquefy the natural gas and transport around the world. Those liquefication plants are owned by Royal Dutch Shell. Egypt announced the deal to their public as a nameless partner.

Security of pipelines and distribution will be a factor. Historically, ISIS has vandalized pipelines in the region of the Sinai Desert.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-19/noble-delek-sign-15-billion-deal-to-export-israel-gas-to-egypt

 

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Trend Update: Israel’s Natural Gas Riches, January 2018

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2018 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:13 Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all its leaders will say to you, ‘Have you come to seize spoil? Have you assembled your hosts to carry off plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to seize great spoil?’

This is the bait for the Russian invasion of Israel. At some point in the future, Russia and its allies will invade Israel for their “great spoil”.

For details linking modern day Russia to ancient Magog. See the link below.

https://godinanutshell.com/2017/08/04/ezekiel-38-who-is-magog/

January 30, 2018: The Israeli government has an anti-monopoly policy in place for protection. As part of this policy, the American company Noble Energy will sell $800,000,000 worth of shares and cash to be in compliance. The money will go to Tamar Petroleum Ltd. Noble’s holdings is now 25%.

At this time, the Tamar field is the only operational natural gas field. But things will be changing…

The development of the Leviathan natural gas field is in process. The Leviathan is Israel’s largest gas field. It is estimated to contain 18.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, plus 34.1 million barrels of condensate.

Noble Energy is looking to invest $4 billion (4,000,000,000) into the Leviathan project. The Leviathan is looking to be online by 2019.

So far, Noble has pocketed up to $1.25 billion. Almost $1 billion has been in cash.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/noble-energy-sells-part-of-tamar-gas-field-stake/

Offshore Energy Today

Europe and Israel have agreed to the construction of a pipeline linking the Leviathan gas field to Europe. The name of the project is EastMed. The European Union will spend 34.5 million euros for planning the pipeline. The project is tentatively scheduled to begin construction in 2021. It is expected to take four years to be completed and operational by 2025.

The pipeline will go from the Leviathan field to Cyprus to Greece then to Italy. From Italy, the natural gas will be distributed throughout Europe.

The following statement is an excerpt from the Globes article…

“The EU regards EastMed as a strategic project that will enhance the energy security of European countries by giving them access to a supply of gas through another pipeline besides Russia’s and the dwindling gas resources of Norway and the Netherlands.”

https://www.globes.co.il/en/article-eu-to-fund-planning-of-pipeline-from-leviathan-to-europe-1001221467

eastmed

Israel will cut into Russia’s bottom line.

 

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Trend Update: Putin/Erdogan Meet in Istanbul, Turkey, October 2016

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October 10, 2016: Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan in Istanbul, Turkey. The meeting was at the World Energy Congress. This is the third meeting between the leaders since June 2016.

Putin stated Russia is a reliable energy exporter to global markets.

The highlight of the meeting was the Turkish Stream gas pipeline.  The line would allow Russian natural gas delivered directly to Turkey by the Russian Black Sea coast. From Turkey, natural gas would continue on to Greece. Natural gas capacity would be approximately 32 billion cubic meters per year. Turkey would receive approximately half of the capacity. Russia will be giving Turkey a discount on natural gas. The rest of the natural gas would be distributed to Europe.

The construction of the Akkuyu nuclear plant was also discussed. The nuclear power plant will have four 1,200 MW reactors. A Russian company will build the facility. This is a $22 billion project. The first phase of the project is to be operational by 2020. This is Turkey’s first nuclear plant.

Normalization of fruit, vegetable, and agriculture trade was announced by Putin.

The two countries are working towards free trade. President Erdogan of Turkey hopes trade levels reach $100 billion per year.

Differences due remain on the issue of Syria.

“Both Russia and Turkey support the end of the bloodshed in Syria. We share the same view that every effort should be made for humanitarian aid to be delivered to Aleppo. The only issue is the safety of the delivery of humanitarian aid,” -Vladimir Putin.

Turkey is a NATO member but is becoming cozier with Russia.

https://www.rt.com/news/362196-russia-turkey-talks-putin-istanbul/

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/10/10/putin-erdogan-to-meet-at-energy-summit-in-istanbul.html

http://www.wsj.com/articles/putin-and-erdogan-set-to-boost-trade-1476100218

None of this was prophetically possible until Israel became a nation in 1948.

Historically, the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) and Russia (former Soviet Union) have been at odds. See the Russo-Turkish wars which began in 1568.  The series of wars finally ended in the early 20th century.

The northern gang (Russia, Turkey, Iran, and Azerbaijan) is together and getting stronger politically, economically, and militarily for Ezekiel 38-39. At some point in the future, this group along with a couple of African countries led by Russia will invade Israel per Ezekiel.

The Bible and ancient historians point to the fact the land of Magog is modern day Russia. https://paulthepoke.com/2015/01/07/trend-update-russia-magogisrael-ezekiel-38-39-january-2015/

For Scripture linking Meshech, Tubal, Beth Togarmah, and Gomer to modern day Turkey.

https://paulthepoke.com/2015/12/09/trend-update-russia-magogisrael-ezekiel-38-39-december-9-2015/

Trend Update: Ezekiel 38-39, Israel and Turkey, Diplomatic Ties Restored, June 2016

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2016 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:1-3 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.

Ezekiel 38:6 Gomer and all his hordes; Beth-Togarmah from the uttermost parts of the north with all his hordes—many peoples are with you.

Historically Meshech, Tubal, Gomer, and Beth-Togarmah are associated with modern day Turkey. See attached link for more detail.

https://paulthepoke.com/2015/12/09/trend-update-russia-magogisrael-ezekiel-38-39-december-9-2015/

Israel and Turkey are in the news today, June 27, 2016, together. The agreement was brokered in Rome, Italy. Israel and Turkey have agreed to restore full diplomatic ties. The disagreement occurred when Israel captured a Turkish vessel off the coast of the Gaza Strip in May 2010.

As part of the agreement, Israel will pay $20 million to support the families of the victims. Turkey has agreed to drop all legal claims in the issue.

Turkey will also begin delivering aid to the Gaza Strip focusing on hospitals, water, and electricity.

Talks have begun between Israel and Turkey regarding the delivery of natural gas to Turkey from Israel. The Jewish state is looking to expand exports of natural gas into Europe. Turkey needs natural gas. The main supplier of natural gas to Turkey has been Russia. The supply of natural gas delivery has been in question since Turkey shot down a Russian military jet. As of June 27, 2016 Turkey has issued a public apology to Russia for downing their jet. The deal could have significant implications on Russia’s market share of natural gas sales…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu states the deal provides stability in the Middle East.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/a4ad3370-3c63-11e6-9f2c-36b487ebd80a.html#axzz4CnIO9Y35

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/06/27/world/europe/ap-eu-israel-turkey.html?_r=0

Ezekiel 38:13 Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish with all its villages will say to you, ‘Have you come to capture spoil? Have you assembled your company to seize plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to capture great spoil?

Trend Update: Russia (Magog)/Israel, Ezekiel 38-39, February 2016

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2016 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:13 Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish with all its villages will say to you, ‘Have you come to capture spoil? Have you assembled your company to seize plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to capture great spoil?

Who are Sheba and Dedan? They are first mentioned in Genesis 10:7 The sons of Cush were Seba and Havilah and Sabtah and Raamah and Sabteca; and the sons of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan.

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The family tree starts with Noah, then his son Ham, then his son Cush, then his son Raamah and his sons Sheba and Dedan.

Historically, per Strong’s Concordance and NET Bible, Raamah settled in the southwest of the Arabian Peninsula. Sheba settled in the southern Arabian Peninsula. Dedan settled in the northern Arabian Peninsula. These areas make up what is modern day Saudi Arabia.

Dedan was an ancient capital of Saudi Arabia. It is modern day Al Ula in northwest Saudi Arabia.

Tarshish is a term and people that is difficult to define. Some believe Tarshish to be nations of the northern Mediterranean. Some believe Tarshish to be Spain. Either way, this region appears to be modern day Western Europe.

https://paulthepoke.com/2012/02/12/isaiah-215-18-ships-of-tarshish/

The Bible and ancient historians point to the fact the land of Magog is modern day Russia. Gog is their leader. See attached post.

https://paulthepoke.com/2015/01/07/trend-update-russia-magogisrael-ezekiel-38-39-january-2015/

The brothers of Magog appear to be linked to modern day Turkey. They include Gomer, Meshech, and Tubal. Historically, Turkey is also known as the House of Togarmah. See the link below for specifics.

https://paulthepoke.com/2015/12/09/trend-update-russia-magogisrael-ezekiel-38-39-december-9-2015/

In the last weeks (prior to February 14, 2016), there has been a military build on the borders of Turkey. Alliances are being formed.

On one side we have NATO (United States and European Union) with Turkey as an organization member. Turkey is now being supported with military hardware from Saudi Arabia. Both Turkey and Saudi Arabia are Sunni Muslim nations.

http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2016/02/13/turkey-saudi-arabia-may-send-ground-troops-to-fight-isis/

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/turkey-saudi-arabia-threaten-ground-troops-syria/

On the other side we have Russia, Iran, Syria, and Lebanon. These Muslim nations in alliance with Russia are Shia.

http://www.pravdareport.com/world/asia/12-02-2016/133320-turkey_saudi_arabia_russia_syria-0/

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Saudi-Arabia-moves-troops-to-Turkey-as-base-for-Syria-invasion/articleshow/50975093.cms

For the first time in history, Israel will be exporting natural gas. Israel has recently contracted with Turkey to sell natural gas. The deal is worth $1.3 billion. The Leviathan reserve is online and open for business. Delivery to Turkey is expect to begin in 2019.

Israel already has an agreement with Cyprus. Delivery is expected to begin in 2019. A further connection to Greece is also under consideration.

This is going to cut into Russian energy market share.

http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Leviathan-signs-first-gas-deal-at-13-b-443426

http://news.yahoo.com/israel-mulling-twin-gas-pipelines-turkey-greece-energy-172924136.html

The Russian economy is in the tank. Inflation is spreading in Russia due to a weak ruble. $1 is equal to 80 rubles. Hyperinflation is starting to occur throughout the nation. Translation…that is an expensive loaf of bread.

Have you come to capture spoil? Have you assembled your company to seize plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to capture great spoil? Yes, Russia (as they see it) has economic reason to invade Israel.

Ezekiel 38:13 says Sheba and Dedan (modern day Saudi Arabia) along with Tarshish (loosely Europe) will object and protest against Russia and its surrogates. Currently (February 2016), the protest is against Russian activity in Syria. Ultimately, the protest will be against the invasion of Israel.

Trend Update: Russia (Magog)/Israel, Ezekiel 38-39, October 14, 2015

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2015 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:12 to capture spoil and to seize plunder, to turn your hand against the waste places which are now inhabited, and against the people who are gathered from the nations, who have acquired cattle and goods, who live at the center of the world.

to capture spoil and to seize plunder… Here are the intentions of Gog, the leader of Magog (Russia). The Russians are going to invade to steal natural resources from Israel.

“capture spoil” or shalal in the Hebrew. Per Strong’s Concordance, the word means: draw out, plunder, or take spoil.

“seize” or bazaz in the Hebrew. Per Strong’s, the word means: to spoil, plunder, prey upon, seize, or despoil.

Israel possesses “plunder” or baz in the Hebrew. This is the noun form of the verb above.

MEDITERRANEAN SEA, ISRAEL - FEBRUARY 2013:  In this handout image provided by Albatross, The Tamar drilling natural gas production platform is seen some 25 kilometers West of the Ashkelon shore in February 2013 in Israel. The offshore Tamar drilling site which was originally dispatched from a shipyard in Texas at the end of last year is due to start producing natural gas next week. Over the past few years Israel has suffered from a shortage in natural gas, but with the new platform that weighs 34,000 tons and will be mainly operated by Israelis, the US company Nobel Energy which owns a 36% stake in Tamar, hopes to change Israel's energy situation as well as the economy as a whole.  (Photo Photo by Albatross via Getty Images)

Photo by Albatross via Getty Images

Does the nation of Israel have anything worth taking?

News has emerged in early October 2015. Israel has discovered a vast oil deposit in the Golan Heights region north of the Sea of Galilee. http://www.nasdaq.com/article/major-shale-find-could-guarantee-israels-oil-supply-for-years-cm528693

The coast of Israel is home to two tremendous areas of natural gas. The Leviathan oil and gas basin in the Mediterranean Sea is believed to hold 1.7 billion barrels of oil. The basin also holds an estimated 122 trillion cubic feet of natural gas (Noble Energy, U.S. Geological Survey). A second oil and natural gas basin is the Tamar. It is estimated to hold 7.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas (Noble Energy).

The Dead Sea area provides magnesium, bromides, phosphates, potassium, calcium and chlorides of sodium. These minerals are important for the production of fertilizers and explosives. http://www.thetruthaboutisrael.uk/natural-resources/

Israel is known as a world leader for diamond cutting and polishing.

Technology development is a cornerstone of the Israeli economy. It has been coined the Silicon Wadi.

Israel is one of the world’s leading greenhouse food-exporting countries. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Israel

…to turn your hand against the waste places which are now inhabited… This is an accurate description of the land of Israel prior to their return to the land in the early 20th century. The land was known as chorbah in the Hebrew. Per Strong’s it means: a place laid waste, ruin, waste, desolation, or a desert.

… and against the people who are gathered from the nations… From the Balfour Declaration in 1917, the rebirth of a nation in 1948, to reclaiming Jerusalem as its capital in 1967, Jews have been returning to their land to the present day.

… who have acquired cattle and goods… Cows from Israel are noted to be the most productive in the world when it comes to milk. Cows are constantly monitored and under intense observation. Data is taken intently from a variety of perspectives.

http://www.jpost.com/Enviro-Tech/The-Israeli-cow-is-the-best-in-the-world

… who live at the center of the world. Notice God’s view of the nation Israel. This is where His people live. The geography of the nation is “the center of the world”.

As promised to the regions and tribes of Zebulun and Issachar, Deuteronomy 33:19b…For they will draw out the abundance of the seas, and the hidden treasures of the sand.

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