Is Zion Oil on the Rocks?

September 22, 2011 by  

I received a comment from a reader (Bill) yesterday; he was worried, as a lot of folks are, about the recent fall Zion’s stock price. Here’s the comment:

“The price today at $1.50. What’s the process at this end. Does the company fall off the board if it hits below a dollar say? Is there limits? Is there continued values to these stocks if the price falls to say .50 cents or less than a dollar, or less than a quarter? I’m not a stock guy, so if you have this type of information, please post it.

I’m not a genie or a guru and, like Bill, I’m “not a stock guy.” I do have my own opinion of the situation, but before I share it, let me tell you a story.

Not quite 2,000 years ago there was a guy – his parents named him ‘Saul’, but he went by ‘Paul’. After a dramatic meet up with G-d on the road to Damascus, Saul/Paul literally ‘saw the light’ and became the world’s most famous Jewish missionary. This did not please the Jews at the time, at least those who held the community’s political and religious power. They were always accusing him of ‘crimes against G-d and against Rome’ (whatever that meant) and as a result, Paul spent a lot of time in court or in jail. Things began to get dicey; there were death threats and plots, and there was a pretty good chance that if Paul let the locals have their way he would meet an ‘accidental’ death on the way to court. Paul played his trump card – even though he was a Jew, he was also a Roman citizen, and as such he had a right to be tried for his ‘crimes’ in Rome, far away from the locals who had promised that Paul would be dead before he made his court date.

The Roman authorities put Paul on a boat to Rome (really it was just a connector boat, but it did get him to the real boat to Rome). While he was sailing on the real boat to Rome a storm came up – a big storm. The crew did all they could but everyone on the ship knew this storm would be the end of them. Everyone but Paul. In the night an angel visited Paul and said (paraphrased), “Look, you’ve got to tell Caesar your story, you’re definitely going to Rome. Don’t worry about your life or the lives of those on the boat, not one person will be injured or die from this storm … but, the ship will run aground on some island.” Paul would fulfill his mission of standing before Caesar; the storm wasn’t a catastrophe, just a detour.

Nice story, but what does it have to do with Zion Oil?

Zion Oil isn’t the only stock in the cellar right now, have you looked at the Dow averages? We won’t even talk about European economies. It ain’t pretty. How about Israel and all this talk at the UN about Palestinian Statehood? That can’t be good. And there sure is a lot of sabre rattling by Israel’s neighbors to the north about offshore drilling. Things are tense, they don’t look good, there’s a storm a-brewing!

The sailors on Paul’s boat threw everything overboard and tried to escape in the lifeboat. Good thing they didn’t, they would have been killed.

When you’re in the middle of a storm the natural thing to do is panic, toss stuff overboard and go for the lifeboats. That’s the natural thing … sometimes the natural thing is the wrong thing. It’s tough to keep the goal in mind when waves are coming into the boat, but storms come, and then they go, and the goal remains.

John Brown was given a vision and a mission thirty years ago; before there ever was a Zion Oil & Gas, before there were any stock prices to worry about, before anyone knew there actually was oil and gas in Israel. In thirty years there’s been a lot of foul weather and a lot of fair weather, but the goal hasn’t changed. I don’t know if Paul’s angel ever visited John Brown in the night, but I do know that there’s oil and gas in Israel and that Zion is committed to finding their share of it. It’s not easy to ignore the storm and keep your focus on the goal. The easy thing to do is cut and run for the lifeboats … it’s just not the right thing to do.

So Bill, I’m not a ‘stock guy’. I’m just a guy on the boat; I know that storms don’t last forever and, eventually, we’ll get to where we’re going. Until then, I’ll look for daylight.

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44 Responses to “Is Zion Oil on the Rocks?”

  1. Karen on September 22nd, 2011 9:17 am

    Israel shall not fall into wicked hands…Zion Oil & Gas will go forward in prosperity and power as Israel shall….

  2. Gary on September 22nd, 2011 9:25 am

    The most speculative are often those that get hit but are also those that rise the most after a downturn, keep that in mind.

    Usually when things start to fall apart — and they are broad market as opposed to just one sector, or just one stock it is a result of emotion and when emotion drives a market the first thing I would say is don’t panic on the sell side — and don’t panic on the buy side just be buyers.

    If you like the stock you may love the stock if it goes lower.

    About the market in general. It had to go down, why? People were nervous, they needed any excuse to sell – well thank heavens we have had it. Let’s get this feeling out of our minds and move forward. Do markets always turn up — yes they do. So, what is positive today? Stocks! The S&P 500 up until a month go was a cheap as it was during the time of Ronald Regan. Yes we would have to go back two decades to find bargains as we do today.

    What should this tell us? Two things — not a good time to sell, and a good time to buy. Buy, buy with patience, buy, nibble at what you want. Add to your positions.

    And I am not just speaking of Zion. I am speaking of stocks in general.

  3. admin on September 22nd, 2011 9:32 am

    Thanks Gary. Apparently you are a “stock guy”. Nice input. If I believe in a company, I’d rather buy it at $1.50 than $7.00.

  4. Richard Mason on September 22nd, 2011 9:43 am

    I am still Here!!!!!

  5. ronnie d sutton sr on September 22nd, 2011 9:53 am

    Its only money Brother, so don’t fret none, cause its in God’s hands anyway.
    Have Faith.

    //////////////////////////////// Ron ////////////////////////////////

  6. Earl Bainbridge on September 22nd, 2011 9:56 am

    Thanks Steve for the comments on Paul and the angel telling him to bail out, but to hold fast, I am not a stock guy either but I am a God’s guy. I believe this will only bring out the best of us all, as we trust and obey the Lord’s direction. As for the Times, every thing is shaking now and will get worse, but in the end, we will come through, and it’s not if there is oil in Isreal, it’s when God decides to turn the spicket on for Zion Oil and Gas.
    God’s richest Blessings on Zion Oil and Gas

  7. Winston on September 22nd, 2011 10:07 am

    First and foremost, I am a Biblical Christian who will always support Israel, in keeping with Genesis 12:3 “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” That being said, I also believer I am personally charged to “be a good steward” with all that God has blessed me with… including my investments in providing for myself and my family, because out of that blessing does come my tithes and offerings. So, when I bought ZN I bought with a dual intention… to bless Israel and to be a good steward of that investment for my own benefit. I bought ZN low and sold when it was much higher in price and before I saw the markers that it was in a down trend due to the exploration drilling coming up short. I’ve learned that “mining and exploration” stocks are uber-risky and take that into my decision making on what, when to buy and sell. There are a few stocks I hold because they are high quality stocks giving good dividends (BIP), while others may not give a dividend (e.g. AAPL) yet are creme-de-la-creme stocks to own. Even then I buy and sell AAPL as I desire income growth.

  8. Mike on September 22nd, 2011 10:10 am

    About 3 years ago, before I had any knowledge of Zion Oil & Gas, I came across an article on them in a Christian magazine. When I read the article, I felt the Holy Spirit strongly nudge me to invest. I didn’t since I had never bought stock before. But for weeks, I thought a lot about it and felt fairly sure that God had impressed upon me to buy Zion’s stock … but I didn’t.

    Then, about one year ago, after I had long forgotten about my previous experience, I once again came across an article about Zion, this time online. Again, I suddenly felt a very strong compulsion to invest. I talked it over with my wife and this time, I obeyed.

    Having the Lord strongly impress this upon me twice has been the sole factor in keeping my confidence up through this time. I am not basing my confidence on the price of Zion’s stock, the discovery of hydrocarbons or any such thing. Although, I must say I was disappointed when the recent well went belly up. And to be honest, I once again had to revisit why I invested in the first place.

    I don’t know about you, but as for me personally, I invested heavily in direct obedience to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Only good will come of it.


  9. MARGARET HATCH on September 22nd, 2011 10:13 am

    I have read the story you have told, several times. so I know what it means, yes
    we are in a very big storm right now. but for me and my housewhole we are trusting GODS word and all his promises, GOD BLESS YOU & ZION OIL.
    GODS word says we are to bless ISRAEL and he will bless us, But if we curse ISRAEL he will curse us & our country, enough said.

  10. Spencer Sloane on September 22nd, 2011 10:32 am

    Let’s not forget that the first ship did sink and Paul had to continue his voyage on a different ship. The huge natural gas discovery in Israel’s waters seems to confirm Spillman’s exegesis of Gen. Ch. 49, Deut. 32:13, & Gen. ch. 33. But hundreds of dry wells have already been drilled in Israel. Perhaps an earthquake will turn those dry wells into gushers later this afternoon. But maybe that oil is stored up for The Messiah’s Milennial rule.

    John Brown believes that he was given a vision. Zion Oil’s stock price reached an all time just about the time that the major stock indeces hit bottom in the crash of 2008-2009. That clearly seemed like prophetic confirmation then. Now it doesn’t seem quite so compellingly prophetic. G-d speaks, but so does our imagination which we often mistake for His voice. At these prices, ZN stock is probably worth a shot for those who have a little money that they can afford to lose. But I hope that we aren’t tempting struggling widows to gamble what the can’t afford on more dry holes.

    I believe that the last well that ZN drilled cost $30 million. If so, that means that ZN currently has enough $ for one last shot at validating John Brown’s vision. I truly hope that The Eleventh Hour G-d confirm’s Mr. Brown’s vision.

  11. Anthony Woodward on September 22nd, 2011 10:37 am

    Rough seas make good sailors.
    Retired US Navy

  12. Keith Daugherty on September 22nd, 2011 11:06 am

    As I was doing my studying a few years ago on Scripture, I found some of these very same passages and felt led to understand that there would be oil found in Israel. Interestingly enough, what my studies showed me its in some of the very areas that Zion Oil is looking. There are two Hebraic New Years, one is spiritual, one is physical…the same holds true with what happens in the world, and many times the bleakest times people see are when we are in the spiritual season, prior to it being manifested into the physical. I seriously wouldn’t worry about the recent drops.

  13. Jeanne Sant on September 22nd, 2011 11:28 am

    I believe that God will show us oil in Israel…so I used the new, lower price to purchase more more more stock…when it goes back up to $6.00 a share I will have a big smile on my face!

  14. Mary Byrd on September 22nd, 2011 11:29 am

    This is the Time to Trust the Heart of God, even when we can’t trace the Hand of GOD..For we are called to walk by Faith & Not BY Sight! We as born-again believers have to remember THAT It is NEVER what it LOOKS LIKE! :} Whose report shall we believe? WE SHALL BELIEVE THE REPORT OF THE LORD..STAY IN THE SPIRIT OF EXPECTATION MY BROTHERS & MY SISTERS BECAUSE THAT IS THE BREEDING GROUND FOR MIRACLES!!!!!!!!!

  15. Jean johnston on September 22nd, 2011 11:40 am

    The story given in the email was nice and applicable but you did not answer the question posed, “The price today at $1.50. What’s the process at this end. Does the company fall off the board if it hits below a dollar say? Is there limits? Is there continued values to these stocks if the price falls to say .50 cents or less than a dollar, or less than a quarter?” Can you give a straight answer to this question?

  16. sydelle rothstein on September 22nd, 2011 12:07 pm


  17. sharon schild on September 22nd, 2011 12:30 pm

    Gods’ ways are not our ways & I feel this is about to turn around & right side up…Ez. 21:26-27. This has happened for such a time as this….for the wealth transfer is being set up & it will come at the right time.

  18. patricia on September 22nd, 2011 2:10 pm

    ZION IS my Lifeboat!!….:)

  19. Bonny Ledwith on September 22nd, 2011 2:23 pm

    Does our GOD ever start “anything” and NOT complete it “TO HIS GLORY”?

    Does our GOD test our measure of faith?
    Absolutely !

    Is it His desire that we learn to TRUST HIM implicitly in every and all of life’s experiences?
    Without question!

  20. Julia Hahn on September 22nd, 2011 2:34 pm

    Hold on Everybody to the knot on the end of the rope. God is Faithful. He loves us and will not abandon his children. Thank you John Brown for your faithfulness.

  21. S/Msgt. (RET) Wilfred E. Bamford on September 22nd, 2011 2:40 pm

    A SINCERE ***THANK YOU**** for sharing, Like everything in this world, unless you have ***FAITH**** you have nothing. ZION OIL has given HOPE to many, and I am sure, ***HE**** will show the way in ^^^^HIS^^^^ good time.

  22. Bill Baker on September 22nd, 2011 3:34 pm

    To Steve and to you all commenting, “Thanks” it was a little quiet on the boat, I wanted to hear some minds on the subject. Steve I like the story, the similar story of Jesus on the boat with the apostles, they were quiet scarred of the boats sinking, their demise… Jesus’s comment of ‘hey who do you think your on the boat with’… so that’s the boat I’m on as well. My God is the God of John – I know we’re riding a storm, I even have some ‘ideas’ as to how long the storm will last (not much longer) but I still don’t know what happens to the stock with regard to my questions. Thanks “your right”, its not that big a deal, it’ll work out as its supposed to. Thanks for all of your comments – oil in the lamp is a good thing’.

    With the push now on to move the UN from the United States, I think this will open the window to move this to ROME – the EU’s new Capital… the city of seven mountains, .it will happen in astounding speed I think… and the pieces start to fall into the place where they belong as we all observe.

    Have a good day


  23. Esmer on September 22nd, 2011 3:59 pm

    Of course I don’t like our stocks going down like that! Are we bailing out? NO!!! Having no experience in buying stocks, we prayed and prayed. We researched internet on oil co’s. Then we narrowed it to Israeli stocks only. Then “interneted” all Israeli stocks and were led to Zion Oil and Teva Pharm. Before buying stocks and waiting, we heard a preacher on TV deviate from his sermon and said: if you want to invest, buy oil and pharmaceutical stocks. We took it as a sign to buy. That was in spring. We’re not leaving Zion Oil. By the way, we checked into a hotel 2 wks ago and clerk couldn’t find our reserv. Turns out someone misspelled our last name and put our last name: ZION ! Go figure! We’re keeping it as a souvenir!

  24. Terrill Elniff on September 22nd, 2011 4:12 pm

    Is Zion Oil on the rocks? Well, I hope so! Because the whole Zion idea is that those rocks will eventually yield (abiotic) oil. So, keep on the rocks–keep on keeping on.

    Thank you for your faithfulness.

  25. Sue Efant on September 22nd, 2011 4:37 pm

    I stand with Zion Oil. If G-D gave John Brown the vision, then their is oil there. Keep the faith, brother, and press on.

  26. angelika dumanski on September 22nd, 2011 4:39 pm


  27. Leroy Dean on September 22nd, 2011 5:12 pm

    Hi Steve I am still here and will be when the gusher comes in. I’m not a stocks man I’m a Christian man and have had a peace since the beginning. Ill stick with the promise. Thinks Steve for keeping in touch.

  28. Gary L. Pence on September 22nd, 2011 5:41 pm

    I admire you for you’re perseverence. Most people have never stepped out much on a real big time God compelled venture. The biggest thing I Observe most people involved with is the accumulation of creature comforts and very vain desires and persuits….like sports, sports, more and more sports, relentless shopping for things one already has ten of, but, this one is a different color,’so I’ll buy that also. Relentless television programs.”Really fullfilling and contributing and improving stuff.”

    If I hadn’t myself been pursuing many and varied business interest and venture capital for the last 30 years, I would not have a half a thimble full of knowledge or expertise to even come close to understanding what you’re going through. But, i do. The oil business is high risk and big time bucks….unless you are pretty certain you’re “wildcater

  29. W.C. Parker on September 22nd, 2011 6:23 pm

    I bought in because I felt that it was a good cause and I believe in the companies mission. I didn’t have my funds available when I first wanted to buy in, so I ended up bying in as the stock was on a rise and at the time it looked like a good move; looking back on it I probably should have waited and bought in lower. I still believe in the cause and I hope that Zion will come through for us all that have invested and especially for Israel. If it is God’s will, oil will certainly be found! May God’s will be done! I’m still in!

  30. Spencer on September 22nd, 2011 9:03 pm

    Hello to All,

    Knowing God has called you to help Israel find oil is fulfillment of prophecy and scriptures say foreigners will come to do this. Zion has this call and my partners and I have this same call. Please pray for us as we go forward. Joel Rosenberg and Hal Lindsay have stated that they have studied long and believe the spoil they come down to take, is oil. These are the last days and finding the oil will be very soon.
    Pray, pray, pray.

  31. Grace KAMALA on September 22nd, 2011 11:06 pm

    Come on Belivers!! What is Faith?
    So we are believers and we know whom we have believed that He is more than able to do exeedingly abundantly above what we could imagine. God Bless Israel and us all – 23 Sept 2011

  32. bernard muchiri on September 23rd, 2011 12:55 am

    I share strongly your sentiment about Gas and Oil in Israel. Am a passionate believer of the Bible and prophecy herein. Brown do not divert from your vision. It came from the God of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob and will come to fruition. Zion Oil will have its share.Our God does not lie. Yes we are in the middle of a storm. We have been there before and there will always be storm. If I had the money I will buy into Zion, in as much it will weather the storm and come out stronger.

    God bless you guys. Lets endure and finish the race. Nobody could have marched Paul in this. We need to emulate him.

  33. dean staples on September 23rd, 2011 3:40 am

    HEY STEVE, Thank you so much for your commententary using a bible account about faith to help get your point across..BIBLE says that in the MOUTH of two or three witnessess let a thing be established..MATT. 18 vs 16. I believe the LORD is concerned with the people who vested in ZION and He sees there fear about the share value plummetting.Therefore HE sent HIS word and it tells us of what shall be in order to right our ships..I went to bed after I read the story still wondering about where I heard that story..Lord woke me in the night and sure nuf, I remembered who and when I heard it..WE were in Tulsa OK living there in 1993 and a man by name of Evangelist DALE GENTRY at EASTLAND ASSSEMBLY GOD told us a story of when he was asked to go to be PASTOR at a church in OK>..HE knew he had heard from the LORD but the church called to cancel his PASTORATE..He fell into depression for quite a while but KNEW in the back of his mind that GOD had said he wasa going to ROME…God had told PAUL he was going to ROME that is how he knew that he knew he would survive the SHIPWRECK…I believe the LORD has impressed JOHN BROWN to the point that he KNOWS there is a GOOD ending for ZION, or in other words the LORD has made certain to JOHN that we are going to ROME..GET it???A direct confirmation of HIS word through the story that I heard over 16 years ago..THANK you STEVE and God for your listening and answering service…AND confirmation service…So on the journey we continue….

  34. admin on September 23rd, 2011 4:22 am

    Hi Jean,
    Here’s the ‘straight answer’, the same one I gave to Bill – I’m not a ‘stock guy’, I don’t work for the SEC and I don’t fret what Zion’s stock price is today and don’t conjecture about what it might be tomorrow. This isn’t a ‘stock’ website; it’s a website that gives news about what is happening in Israel’s search and discovery of oil and gas and those who are doing the exploration and discovery. Year ago I said that Israel would discover oil and natural gas – because it was a fulfillment of prophecy, they have discovered oil and natural gas, lots of it. For years I’ve been reporting on Zion Oil, a faith and science based company whose mission it is to produce oil and gas for Israel. As far as this site is concerned, guessing about daily stock prices is off topic.

  35. Stephen J. Schildwachter on September 23rd, 2011 6:21 am

    what’s happening will only enlarge the miracle!
    It will happen

  36. Elizabeth in Phoenix on September 23rd, 2011 12:40 pm

    I have a couple of things to say… First, well done, Steve!
    Second, I believe the Holy Spirit said to me, “There is oil under the plains of Jericho.”
    I am a Christian housewife who has never purchased stocks, studied business or followed the stock market. I was simply going about my day doing what I normally do. As I walked through my kitchen, I heard the statement in my mind. It was so contrary to my normal thoughts that I noticed it. As I prayed into it and meditated on it, I felt empassioned to look into the concept. That is how I discovered Zion Oil and Gas.
    God has such a sense of humor! Why would He tell a housewife in Arizona the location of oil in Israel?? One thing I know: I believe Him.

  37. admin on September 23rd, 2011 1:36 pm

    Thanks for the good word.
    God chose to tell a few shepherds in the hills of Judea about His Son’s arrival, I don’t see why he wouldn’t share with an Arizona housewife.
    Thanks for reading.

  38. Marjorie Collins on September 23rd, 2011 1:55 pm

    Buy as much Zion Oil & Gas stocks as you can, when you can…………like about now! My husband and I believe the vision the Lord gave John Brown, and totally believe G-d’s Word. Remember, the oil and gas strike is “not if, but when!”
    “Blessed are those that see and believe, but more blessed are those that have not seen and yet believe”! G-d go with you, John Brown.

  39. Nancy Rivard on September 23rd, 2011 6:50 pm

    Dear John, Knowing the Kind of man you are, I want to “lift” you up with these
    Words of Hope: “The effectual fervent prayer of a Righteous man (you), AVAILETH
    MUCH” ! James 5:16 And….. ” Now Faith IS the Substance (assurance) of THINGS
    Hoped for, the Evidence of THINGS not seen……..YET! Hebrews 11:1
    I have never seen such a “Fervent Praying Man” such as you. I pray with you that Our Blessed Saviour will soon, Bless all the prayers going up for that great pouring
    out of that Golden Sweet Crude Prophesied in Deuteronomy. Shalom………..
    Sincerely……………… Truth Hunter!

  40. Rainman19 on September 23rd, 2011 11:29 pm

    Recent short numbers show 1,855,200 shares short. (updated numbers should be available next week.) Anyway, in an attempt to cover, short sellers attacked the stock, pushing it as low as possible in an effort to shake out weak hands. The attack was so severe that it was mentioned in the latest company update. Once the shorts cover, or at least back off a bit, the market can start dealing with the warrants. By my count we have 14,337,665 outstanding with a weighted average price of 3.78. This relates to a potential value of $US54,220,349. An effort will likely be made to push the share price higher, to encourage warrant holders to either exercise, or sell to someone else who will. This should provide the company with the money they need to carry on a fairly aggressive drilling program and possibly find the oil wealth that we all suspect is there. jmho (Enjoy your commentary)

  41. chris on September 24th, 2011 9:32 pm

    The truth is,…………. God is blessing Israel in the days amidst it’s Arab neighbors. God is not blessing America at all. IT would not surprise me one bit if there was a ton more Oil found in Israel whether it be through Zion Oil or another company in these last days to show his favor towards Israel. It’s like 1.67 now. That is less than a lottery ticket. Many are concerned over the markets. I was the other day. It took reading a few things for me to settle down. I’d bought some silver and the silver market just buckled. BUT, and is say BUT, my goal wasn’t to have it double next week. Thought it would have been nice. It was to leave it in until April of 2012. That was the plan. Now, It’s much cheaper, and this is another topic or commodity, however, stick with your plan. Things go up, and things go down. I think of it as God has a lever in the sky and he moves the markets where he wants to. One of my favorite proverbs is , “The kings heart is like channels of water in the hands of the Lord, he turns it whichever way he chooses.” Proverbs 21:1 He can show favor to one, as opposed to another if he so chooses. And vice versa. Be blessed and remember, the Lord is in control.

  42. Nick on September 28th, 2011 5:32 pm

    I think and feel that Zion oil and Gas will soon have more oil than all the arab countries put together. I think in the future somebody will discover that all oil feilds are connected deep and the one oil feild that controls them all is the one Zion Oil and Gas will have:) GOD Bless Zion Oil and Gas forever!!!!!!!!!

  43. Roy Biles on October 21st, 2011 8:51 pm

    I’m new at this but am interested in investing in ZION OIL it just keeps coming up to my mind;;; I don’n know how to inveat;;;and I know it’s time now to get on board.many thanks

  44. Tammy d duff on November 12th, 2012 8:18 pm

    How do u buy this stock?

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