Biblically Guided Dallas Drilling Company Still Hasn't Found Oil In Israel

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Zion Oil & Gas, via YouTube
John Brown gets asked the question a lot. What happens if he doesn't find oil in Israel? If his biblically inspired quest to restore the Holy Land to Israel comes to naught?

Always, he gives the same response.

"Well, I can't really deal with that," Brown explains in a promotional video for his company, Dallas-based Zion Oil & Gas. "Because for me to say that's not going to happen would almost be saying God's telling a lie."

To Brown, and to his 30,000 investors, the Old Testament is clear on that point. It never specifically mentions petroleum, of course, which was still several few millennia from becoming the world's dominant fuel source, but the evidence is there nonetheless, as demonstrated by the bevy of scriptures referenced on Zion's website.

In an interview with NPR this morning, Brown points specifically to Deuteronomy 33:13-16, which reads: "And for the precious things of the earth and the fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush; let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren."

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"He talks specifically about the land of Joseph, the blessing of the deep that lies beneath," Brown explains to reporter John Burnett. "It doesn't say specifically oil, but there's a huge possibility it could be."

A map on Zion's website shows Israel divided into the 12 tribes, with arrows pointing to the spots where the passage predicts oil will be found.

Brown traces his conviction back 32 years to when, as a newly born-again Christian, his church was visited by evangelical pastor Jim Spillman, who preached that biblical prophecy reveals that Israel is perched atop 1.7 billion barrels of oil and 122 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

It might seem strange that God would encourage the exploitation of a resource that a mountain of scientific evidence suggests is ruining His creation, but it's not about the oil itself so much as its ability to enrich Israel and bring about a new golden age.

Brown was convinced, anyway, and in 2000, he sold his tool business in Michigan and moved to Dallas to launch Zion. He had no experience in the oil and gas business.

So far, the company has come up empty. Four wells drilled, four dry holes. NPR reports it has gone through $130 million since its founding and that its stock has dropped by 90 percent. But Brown remains undaunted.

"Faith is not just believing that we'll find oil," he says. "True biblical faith is knowing that we'll find oil, and that's the kind of faith I have. I know we'll find oil."

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primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

The Supremes may proclaim the country cured of racism, but this board shows racism and anti-Semitism is alive and well.

smichaelclark591
smichaelclark591

What a scammer.  Can't believe people are so dumb.  Hope he drains all their life savings.  What a bunch of idiots.  True Christians don't live by the Old Testament.  That should have told true Christians right off this guy is a scammer.

TittyCruz
TittyCruz

The Beverly Jewbilly's with Jed Clapetberg. 

annff69
annff69

Maybe it's just enough oil to keep the temple lights burning and not the kind of oil for which greedy Westerners are searching. If God wanted this guy to have the oil, he would have put it in his country and not someone else's.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Where is shermbeck and dallas.drilling.wordpress and why aren't they protesting the drilling of these wells?

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

The last thing the people of the Levant need is for Westerners to go poking around looking for more ways to stir the hornets' nest.  I'm not an apologist for either side, Israel or the Palestinians.  There's right and wrong on both sides and there isn't a 'more right' or a 'more wrong'.

However, Middle Eastern Jews and the Arabs were more or less getting along, and more so in the Levant than anywhere else, until the West decided to step in and 'help'.  Decades of terrorism and strife are not a surprising result, when the impetus was the sudden military removal of families and communities from the land they had been living on for a couple thousand years.

dmtrousd
dmtrousd

Maybe the Bible verse refers to water, also a resource that comes from the ground and that would be infinitely more useful to the ancient Israelites than crude oil.

Your welcome.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

More insanity in the desert.

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

Oh, geez. Here we go again. I'm reminded of the various faith-based groups back in the Eighties who wanted to start drilling in the Dead Sea, solely because they assumed that the asphalt blocks found in the area naturally meant hidden oil reserves. Not a single one of them knew a damn thing about oil exploration nor introductory geology. but various scammers made quite a bit of money off "investing in the Bible" before running off to Rio with the money. I fully expect that the same people who got burned then will buy into Zion as well: for all of their extensive reading of the Bible, they always seem to read around Proverbs 26:11.

ruddski
ruddski

If Israel becomes an oil exporter, prepare for the left to get double-mad.

txtopnotch
txtopnotch

@bvckvs Well, what do you expect from people who worship a god that doesn't exist?  There's definitely a pattern here.

ruddski
ruddski

Your secular stupidity and religious bigotry have you convinced that there's no oil or gas in Israel. Try educating yourself sometime.

ruddski
ruddski

Everyone has a price?

Daniel
Daniel

@ruddski Aw bullshit, that's just lefties who still live within a couple miles of the student union. Lefties in high places sleep with the same people as righties. But what do I know, I'm just another peon in the cheap seats. Want to argue about gay marriage or abortion or something?

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@ruddski  The Israelis are double mad that the Saudis, Iraqis, Emirates and Iran have oil.  The Israelis have stolen all the water, they want all the oil too.

plainsman1
plainsman1

@ruddski  Yeah, but Israeli oil is a kerogen embedded in rock - it doesn't come blasting out of the ground like a scene from a movie.

ruddski
ruddski

I support the right to both, but I'll bet that the lefties that hate Israel are not going to be happy if the world gets kosher oil. Even you guys in the cheep seats know that much.

ruddski
ruddski

So if Israel finds oil, that oil will, in the propaganda sense, become the only oil in the ME? Or will those hook-nosed little Satans use horizontal drilling to sap the life blood of the Arab?

ruddski
ruddski

By 2014, half of Israeli water will come from desalinization. - a technolgy available to the PA, or whoever's in charge. The Muslim Kings of Oil could build some, but who would want to lose such good propaganda?

ruddski
ruddski

Funny how the most productive people tend to use the most resources.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@ruddski They've taken 98% of the water resources in the West Bank.  Oil is for fun, water is essential, particularly in the desert

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