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OIL OR WATER

Written by: Buttram, David    Posted on: 03/19/2003

Category: Christian Living

Source: CCN

OIL or WATER

            By David Buttram

Which is the Mideast's most important resource?

Recent discovery reveals answer...

New and important geological discoveries in the Mideast have focused the attention of many Christians on the ancient land of Egypt.

The newspaper Al Ahram recently reported that geologists have discovered a huge underground reservoir of water beneath the parched deserts of Egypt.

The newly discovered subterranean water lies from 2,000 to 4,000 feet below the sandy and rocky surface of the earth. The reservoir reaches from the Libyan border eastward to a mountain range on the shores of the Red Sea, a distance of approximately 500 miles.

The giant underground lake is fed by seepage from the Nile River and from other smaller rivers from as far away as central Africa.

Researchers have indicated the underground supply could produce 181.2 billion gallons of low-salt content water a year. That is approximately equivalent to 20% of the annual flow of the Nile River. This large amount of water could revolutionize the economic system of Egypt.

God's Word tells of a day in the future when the waters of Egypt will be dried up. The prophet Isaiah foretold in detail of the desolation that will occur prior to the time of its conversion to Jesus. "And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up. And they shall turn the rivers far away; and the brooks of defense shall be emptied and dried up; the reeds and the flags shall wither. The paper reeds by the brooks, by the mouth of the brooks, and everything sown by the brooks, shall wither, be driven away, and be no more. The fishes shall also mourn, and all they that cast angle into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish." - Isaiah 19:5-8.

The desolation of Egypt described by Isaiah will occur during the Tribulation period, and is just one of many terrible things that will happen there and throughout the world. But healing will come when Jesus begins his thousand year reign. During the Millenium the Lord will begin to heal the land of Egypt (Isaiah 19:22). Egypt will turn their allegiance to Jesus and join with Assyria and together they will embrace their former enemy, Israel (Isaiah 19:23-25).

Then Israel's later prophecy will come to pass. "The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God." - Isaiah 35:1,2.

Isaiah's prophecies will come to pass and perhaps the vast store of water beneath the sands of the desert will be utilized by God to bring life and blossom to the desert.

In the Old Testament there are accounts of God giving his people miraculous supplies. Read Ex. 17:6; 20:11; and Num. 21:16-18 for these accounts. Water is essential to man's survival as it is for all life. To have spiritual (eternal) life we must partake of the spiritual water that is available to us. Jesus provides us with "living water" for our spiritual life if we come to Him in prayer and ask Him to come into our life. Jesus said, "Whosoever drinketh of this water "hall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." - John 4:13-14.

The newspaper and magazine reports of Mideast events are exciting. The prophecies of men writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit are being fulfilled before our eyes. The fulfillment of the many ancient prophecies should cause us to look up and rejoice for our redemption is drawing nigh. - Luke 21-28.

For more information on the exciting events of the future and how you will be affected, please write to the Gospel Tract Society, Inc.

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