In our effort to become independent of oil exports from the Mideast, in which we give nations that seek our destruction billions of dollars every year, of which they use a sizable portion of the proceeds to fund terrorist acts, build mosques that preach violence and hatred, we have determined to become self sufficient in our energy needs. There have been bills passed by Congress and signed by presidents that seek that goal. It seems a worthy goal from the perspective of a citizen who hates violence and hatred.
But as a nation will we ever reach this goal? This morning I was thinking of what the Prophet Zechariah said in chapter 12 of his prophetic book. There God says that He will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone and all who burden themselves with this city will be cut to pieces. Think about this! What is the burden? Jerusalem! What is becoming the policy of the United States government? To divide Jerusalem and Israel and give the portions that are left to the Palestinians and leave the rest for the Jews.
Why? Because the battle over Jerusalem and Israel is interfering with our dire need for energy - oil. Oil is the burden! God has used our addiction to oil as the hook in our jaw, and not only our jaw but the jaws of the nations of the earth to do everything possible to bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
God said HE MADE Jerusalem the stone of burden. Our dependence on the oil from the Mideast is from Him; this is the hook in our jaw.
Why? Verse 6 through 14 says so that Israel will know that they survive because of Him. Not the USA, not nuclear weapons, not their military power. But because of Him! God said that even if all the nations of the earth gather for the defeat of Jerusalem and Judah that Israel would be made a torch among a wood pile. The issue would set the whole world aflame. The inhabitants of Israel will say in their heart that the inhabitants of Jerusalem will be their strength and the LORD of Hosts will be their God.
There will be not a shadow of a doubt on planet earth who God is on that day. The false tin gods of the nations will be exposed for what they are. They have eyes that do not see, ears that do not hear and hearts that cannot perceive. The Holy One of Israel will be known by all on that day.
We will not become energy independent as a nation. The focus will be on oil from the Islamic nations until that great day of battle. God has set it up this way. As Daniel the Prophet said, " ...the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will. ( Daniel 4:25) Furthermore it says in verse 35 that God does according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and no one can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What are you doing? "
I think oil is the burden. When the nuclear sites are destroyed in Iran, and they will be soon, and gasoline goes to 5 dollars a gallon, the nations, the peoples of the earth will seek to settle the burden of Jerusalem once and for all. Why? Because their way of life depends upon it. Not because they want to do God's will and bless Israel, but the ease of life on earth is of more importance that following His will and desire.
The oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is an example that God will have His way. I think He has determined that we will continue to be dependent upon imported oil and the great showdown in the Mideast is just around the corner. We will never be able to circumvent God's declarations. There is a heavy price to pay for such foolishness.