"Oil and The King of Assyria"
I've pointed out many times the importance of following the energy resources to see the Nations line-up according to Bible Prophecy.
The AntiMessiah and the Oil Connection.
Many well-known Bible Prophecy teachers, assert that the AntiMessiah will come from what the Bible calls Assyria,
Here's the Bible Passage:
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.
Perry Stone teaches it:
"Unleashing the Beast"
p.48... "the Antichrist will rise from ancient Assyria--an area consisting of Lebanon, Syria and Iraq...He appears in the name of peace and signs a 7-year agreement with many nations."
Assyria is Northern Iraq.
U.S. pullout sharpens Kurdish oil dispute Published: Oct. 26, 2011
ERBIL, Iraq, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq is likely to exacerbate a potentially dangerous conflict between the Baghdad government and the semi-autonomous Kurdish enclave in the north over oil rights.
The dispute is made all the more critical since the minority Kurds, whose ultimate aim, though not publicly stated, is an independent state anchored on oil reserves, are sitting on what energy industry experts say are vast untapped oil fields.
Northern Iraq contains around one-third of the country's reserves of 143.1 billion barrels of oil.
The Kurds say the region run by the Kurdistan Regional Government, which covers three of Iraq's 18 provinces, could contain as much as 45 billion barrels.
This, says the Middle East Economic Digest, along with "the fact that Kurdish politicians are effectively kingmakers in Baghdad … is making Erbil more powerful."
The Kurdish region, badly neglected during the rule of Saddam Hussein, is locked a long-running dispute with the federal government in Baghdad over oil contracts the KRG has signed with 20 foreign oil companies since 2006.
But Baghdad doesn't recognize the contracts and, since Iraq's fractious Parliament is unable to agree on a badly needed hydrocarbon law to regulate national energy resources and revenue-sharing, that's unlikely to change in the near future.
The Kurds oppose the current draft because it would give Baghdad greater control over Kurdish oil.
In September, the Kurds halted oil exports totaling some 160,000 barrels per day via the pipeline from the Kirkuk oil fields to Turkey's Ceyhan terminal on the Mediterranean, apparently seeking to pressure Baghdad to review its position on the proposed oil law.
That didn't work, since the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad can easily make up the shortfall by boosting production in the Rumaila mega-field in the south.
In the meantime, the KRG continues to pursue its own ambitious -- and independent -- energy program, even though the new oil law, if it ever makes it to the statute book, would restrict this.
"In the space of four years we've increased production from a standing start to about 200,000 barrels per day by the end of this year," Saad Sadollah, commercial adviser at the KRG's Ministry of Natural Resources, said earlier this month.
The Erbil administration plans to raise that to 1 million bpd by the end of 2015, as well as expand its infrastructure.
"Major international companies are becoming interested in the development of Kurdistan's oil reserves and this is testament to the fact that we're pursuing an economically and legally viable way of developing those reserves," KRG Prime Minister Barham Salih told MEED.
But the most inflammatory issue in the dispute between Erbil and Baghdad is the city of Kirkuk and its oil fields.
The Kurds claim these are historically part of Kurdistan, which Saddam Hussein sought to Arabize as part of his effort to crush a long-running Kurdish rebellion, forcibly expelling Kurdish inhabitants and replacing them with Arabs.
Baghdad refuses to relinquish Kirkuk or the oil fields, which the Kurds want to provide the economic base of the independent homeland they've dreamed of for decades.
A referendum to decide Kirkuk's future was scheduled for 2007 but it has yet to be conducted because of fears it would trigger bloodshed.
Tension remains high there. Government forces and Kurdish fighters face each other along the boundaries between Kurdistan and Arab regions.
There were occasional clashes but the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq prevented large-scale fighting. Now those troops are being withdrawn under the U.S. pullout scheduled to end Dec. 31.
Frustrated by delays over the oil law, the KRG is driving to attract more foreign oil companies despite Baghdad's bitter opposition.
In the final analysis, the dispute between Baghdad and Erbil has wider ramifications that don't auger well.
Two-thirds of Iraq's known oil reserves lie in the south, where there have been rumblings for autonomy among the Shiite majority.
Although that seems to be on hold for the time being, if the southerners feel hard done by over the oil law that could change. They could even decide to pump their oil eastward through neighboring Shiite Iran.
And in Anbar province in western Iraq, which has a large Sunni population and where a new oil field was recently discovered, there have been calls for greater regional control of resources.
In a nutshell, it's Sunni verses Shiite.
The Shiite majority, roughly 60 percent of Iraq's population, and the Sunnis and Kurds, each about 20 percent of the population. (The Kurds, who dominate northern Iraq, are themselves Sunni Muslim but have little in common with the Arab Sunnis, who ran Iraq under Saddam Hussein and are usually referred to only as Sunnis.)
Daniel 11, also referred to the AntMessiah as the king of the North. The king of the North and the land of the North is what Jeremiah called the territory of the Assyria and Babylon.
The Assyrian Empire was conquered by the Babylonians in 626 B.C. Both the Assyrian capital of Asshur and the Babylonian capital of Babylon were located in present day Iraq.
These empires essentially comprised the same territory which included present day Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Present Day Middle Eastern Countries.
In Ezekiel 38 and 39 the Antichrist’s two campaigns against Israel are interwoven in the prophecy. Included are details of the Antichrist and his armies coming against Israel at the beginning of the Great Tribulation. The prophecy also describes the Antichrist and his armies coming against Jerusalem at the end of the age.
Ezekiel refers to the Antichrist as Gog, the chief prince, from the land of Magog. The ancient land of Magog included some of the territory represented by present day Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbajan, and Russia near the Black Sea.
What sets the stage for major change in Iraq?
The Burden of Damascus Isaiah 17's annihilation
In my post "The False Prophet Precedes Prince Charles" May 2011
I think P.Charles will go for the EU mideast envoy position thats been vacant. Why?
Because the Prophet Daniel calls him a little horn.
I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
The EU body that I think P.Charles fulfills his role in Daniel 7:verse 8, is called the European External Action Service.
The diplomatic service, responsible for implementing the EU's foreign policy and crisis management missions.
What crisis would that be in the Middle east?
A Psalms 83 War, Isaiah 17 War, that has just seen Damascus Syria destroyed.
The same war that King Abdullah II of Jordan(False Prophet) is warning of right now.
A further read on the Assyrian takes us to what the Prophet Micah warned:
5.) And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.
Why the two different numbers, seven shepherds, eight principle men?
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday canceled a scheduled meeting of the most senior cabinet ministers. The meeting involving Netanyahu's inner cabinet, known as the 'Forum of Seven.' -August 30 2010
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu convened the inner cabinet of eight ministers on Tuesday evening -September 28, 2011
6.) And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.
E.U. Poised to Overtake U.S. as Biggest Oil Importer
Oil imports to the United States are expected to decline significantly over the coming years because of new efficiency standards for cars and trucks and an increase in domestic oil and natural gas production, said Fatih Birol, chief economist of the agency.
By 2020, China should overtake the European Union to become the world’s biggest importer of oil, according to the Paris-based agency, which acts as a policy adviser to governments.
“The U.S. would be less and less vulnerable to oil price shocks,” Mr. Birol said at a news conference in London. “But increasing reliance on oil imports elsewhere heightens concerns about the cost of imports and supply security.”
The average crude oil import price is expected to reach $120 a barrel in 2035 based on last year’s dollar value, the report titled World Energy Outlook 2011 predicted. Demand for oil should ease in the short term because of slower economic growth worldwide and supply should recover as Libyan production picks up again, the agency said, but the oil price will continue to rise in the long term because of growing demand from China and India.
Oil-importing nations will increasingly rely on a small number of producing nations, the agency said. Oil production is expected to grow mainly in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Brazil. More than 90 percent of growth will come from the Middle East and Africa, the agency said.
Greater dependence on oil imports in Asia, where demand is rising because more people are buying cars, could raise concerns about the reliability of oil supply. Much of world oil supplies are transported via vulnerable routes in the Gulf, the Malacca Straits (all the earthquakes happening my emphasis) and elsewhere, the energy agency said.
The agency said it was unclear whether production from the Middle East and North Africa would actually grow as expected because some nations, including Libya, might find it difficult to find the necessary investment in exploration and production.
“After the Arab Spring there might be different priorities,” Mr. Birol said. “If they were investing a third less, then 2015 oil prices may go up to $150 per barrel.”
Global oil demand is expected to rise to 99 million barrels a day in 2035 from 87 million barrels a day last year, mainly because of a growing transport sector in China and other faster-growing economies, the agency said.
The agency also urged governments to agree soon on legally binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions so that investment in clean-energy technologies can increase by 2017, making it possible to meet the goal of limiting the average rise in global temperatures to two degrees centigrade.
“We cannot afford to delay further action to tackle climate change,” the agency said in the report. “For every $1 of investment avoided in the power sector before 2020, an additional $4.30 would need to be spent after 2020 to compensate for the increased emissions.”
Look at the above quote:
"Oil production is expected to grow mainly in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Brazil. More than 90 percent of growth will come from the Middle East and Africa."
Let's take 'em region by region:
I've already pointed out the Bible Prophecy pointing to Iraq's lead in oil.
That leaves Saudi Arabia and Brazil.
Saudi Aramco Raises Light and Medium Oil-Price Premium for Asia to Record- Oct 6, 2011
Right beside Brazil is Bolivia.
Rapidly Inflating Volcano Creates Growing Mystery LiveScience.com – Mon, Oct 24, 2011
Uturuncu is a nearly 20,000-foot-high (6,000 meters) volcano in southwest Bolivia. Scientists recently discovered the volcano is inflating with astonishing speed.
"It's one of the fastest uplifting volcanic areas on Earth," de Silva told OurAmazingPlanet."What we're trying to do is understand why there is this rapid inflation, and from there we'll try to understand what it's going to lead to.
Uturuncu is surrounded by one of the most dense concentrations of supervolcanoes on the planet. Supervolcanoes get their name because they erupt with such power that they typically spew out 1,000 times more material, in sheer volume, than a volcano like Mount St. Helens. Modern human civilization has never witnessed such an event.
Mid-Point - March 21st 2013