Zion Abandons Elijah #3

February 2, 2014 by  

Sun going down on the Elijah #3

Sun going down on the Elijah #3

In his January 31, 2014 Zion Oil & Gas Update, Company President Victor Carrillo announced: “Our original plans to re-enter the Elijah #3 well were delayed primarily due to problems that Lapidoth, our drilling contractor, experienced while drilling another well for a third party. In early January 2014, we initiated re-entry operations and the Lapidoth rig has now been released. Although we had hoped to encounter producible hydrocarbons, we did not (other than minimal amounts of gas) and we will now work to finalize all remaining plugging and abandonment procedures for that well.”

Mr Carrillo also noted part of a scripture verse at the end of his announcement – Proverbs 24:16a “for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again …” That bit of scripture is defines Zion’s drilling efforts over the last nine years. I attended Zion’s first ‘spudding’ (beginning of drilling a well), the Ma’anit #1, in the Spring of 2005. Between 2005 and 2014 Zion has launched a total of six drilling operations, the last one concluding in January 2014. None of them successful.

I see a lot of Internet banter about Zion never drilling, only raising money, that just isn’t fact; Zion has launched six in-well operations in nine years. Yep, I agree, Zion always seems to be trying to raise money. I think it has had about as many offerings and follow-on offerings as it has unsuccessful wells.  But that kind of makes sense, doesn’t it? Drilling wells is ridiculously expensive. Zion has never been financed by big money, deep pocketed investors; it has always been financed by regular folks (me included) who believe in Israel and believe in Zion’s vision. When I met John Brown in 2004, Zion Oil & Gas was a privately held company with not much money in the bank. John drove a used (I mean used) Oldsmobile and lived in a rented condo. Since 2004 Zion Oil & Gas has spent about $125 million exploring for oil in Israel (all money from us regular folk). The last time I saw John Brown he was driving a Ford pickup and living in the same condo. Whatever that $125 million got spent on, it wasn’t John Brown.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot – since I met John in 2004 commercial quantities of oil and gas have been discovered in Israel, onshore and offshore – just not by Zion Oil & Gas. So, like the scripture Mr. Carrillo alluded to, “for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again …”

What do you think? Should Zion stay down or rise again?


118 Responses to “Zion Abandons Elijah #3”

  1. Maureen Nelson on February 2nd, 2014 11:15 am

    Zion Oil must rise again – for the sake of Israel and its investors (which includes my husband and me). You can only lose if you give up. Quitters won’t inherit the promise.

  2. Marcia English on February 2nd, 2014 11:15 am

    I’m sorry to read what you wrote about the closure of this well. What if Zion found someone else to go along with them on this?

    I know of others who sold out. I’ve hung in there. I support Israel, but I don’t see anything happening in my lifetime with this stock. I’ll just let it ride to a negative….I guess. What else can one do?

  3. Eleanor Wright on February 2nd, 2014 11:15 am

    Don’t even consider the word quit. It isn’t in Gods vocabulary. He is the author and finisher of our faith. He said whatever you do, do it with all thy might. If God be for us who can be against us. Hang in there. Jesus is coming soon.

  4. Gary Robertson on February 2nd, 2014 11:28 am

    Like you I put a lot of distance between me and Zion Oil, I sold my shares — maybe I will take a look again. But like you I got tired and very tired of nothing… is there any thing to hang a person’s hat on other than “for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again …” for the bible says a lot about fools.

    I’d like to believe in Zion based upon drilling confirmation — do we have any drilling results in the area that we are drilling to confirm that there is oil and gas, what other than failing seven times do we have to go upon?

    I’d like to support Zion’s shares but I’ve been there and done that — I could do it again but I want to know if there are indications of oil or gas. Also what number of shares have been issued? Steve, it’s been a long journey, you could have oil but it would be nice to know what criteria are they using to decide on a exploration hole, are they just taking a verse out of the bible and using that as an excuse of drill or are they dong it with some technical understanding?

    Gary R

  5. Jeff Prevost on February 2nd, 2014 11:35 am

    I believe Mr. John Brown to be a righteous man with righteous motives. I Think we need 1st to be in prayer. The mind of man plans his way but the Lord directs his steps. We need to press on.
    Several years ago I was going through some harsh financial times. There was no human solution. I had real estate taxes due of 6,000 and 0 in the bank.
    I fasted and went to God’s word for help. God gave me the answer.
    I read the story of the woman whose husband died and left her in debt. They were going to take her children. She was destitute. What did she do ? She went to the high priest (Word) and he said what do you have in your house? She said all i have are empty vases. The priest said take the empty vases to your neighbors and get their extra oil. she did (obedience). That’s when God stepped in and did a miracle for when she went home she poured the oil in other vases and she had enough oil to retire. I looked around my house and in my garage i had a 30 year old bicycle that i almost gave away twice. I had an old barn that was starting to fall down. And I had an old gibson guitar. How was I suppose to know that the bike was a collectors item, that there is quite a market for barn timber and the guitar was a sought after model. Sold all 3 online. My bank acct. went from 0 to 11,000 in 3 weeks. Amen.
    Sometimes the answer is right in front of us we just God’s direction.
    Speak the truth and God’s people will support.
    God Bless

  6. karen on February 2nd, 2014 11:37 am

    I sense Zion Oil & Gas should rise again and trust Y’Shua . Stand with the Jewish people of Israel.
    Shalom/ God Bless Karen Simons

  7. joeli.nawai on February 2nd, 2014 11:39 am

    as been requested : I do mention the word stand up,because your drilling company is an Israel name and also do like it,it also conjuction with the Lord’s verses.
    As been mention before my Island do like to work with your company due to oil which is now matured and waiting for your reserch.
    For your information.

  8. Annie Cooper on February 2nd, 2014 11:39 am

    Rise AGAIN!!!!

  9. Spencer Wilcox on February 2nd, 2014 11:41 am

    Mr. Spillman,

    I know where one of the oil fields is in Israel and hope to be able to let your know in the near future. I thought that I’d be involved in drilling this field several years ago but still not to be. I am not sure why but you know the Lord, He’s not on our schedule and we always seem to be in a hurry.

    God Bless You,


  10. Rick Powell on February 2nd, 2014 11:41 am

    Rise! What do we have to lose?

  11. Sal on February 2nd, 2014 11:44 am

    ZION should plow ahead and drill on their newest license. The state of Israel did not give ZION their 4 licenses and not check to see if he was drilling. He was drilling! Why didn’t he strike oil on the first site they drilled? Nobody is that lucky.
    When GOD’s timetable is right, oil will be found, and considering world events concerning the middle east and Israel, I don’t think that day is far away.

  12. Matt Aloisio on February 2nd, 2014 11:48 am

    I Iinvested and then had to sell I have failed two business we will rise again RISE ON I WOULD REVINEST AGAIN

  13. noreen on February 2nd, 2014 11:49 am

    Do not give up – God alone will do this so that He gets all the Glory. Not by might, not by power but by my Spirit saith the Lord. Praying for you all.

  14. Charlie Bartholomew on February 2nd, 2014 11:50 am

    Please explain “small amount of gas found”. I need the depth found, the drilling fluid mud weight there, and was gas observed during drilling or calculated after logging? 1,000 cubic feet of gas can be turned into 10 gallons of liquid natural gas.
    If the gas found is shallow, it should be drilled with an air drilling rig; not a large drilling rig.
    To be commercial, the gas must produce at least 1/2 MMcfgpd, and the next wells in that zone must keep up the production for at least 3 years at this rate for an Internal Return on Investment.
    In addition: that gas produced and turned into liquid must have customers using 5,000 gpd LNG — vehicle fuel grade. We have done this many times and can help.
    my warmest regards to all of you trying to help Israel;
    My mentor, Dr. Joseph Clair tried many years ago, but found little oil for Israel.
    He was not so interested in natural gas as we are.
    Charlie Bartholomew PE DE Geologist
    Bookcliff Engineering Inc.,

  15. Russell & Janice Harrold on February 2nd, 2014 11:53 am

    Go for it!
    We are in it to win it! :)
    God told me a long time ago not to gamble on lotteries, etc., but ‘gamble’ on Me!
    I believe we are. His word does not come back void!

  16. Thomas White on February 2nd, 2014 11:55 am

    I do believe that it is just a matter of time before they find hydrocarbons. This company was established on strong faith and that is what will see them through. the LORD will not let this company fall short of HIS plan for Israel. May the LORD bless John Brown and his entire staff.I

  17. Catherine M. Piper on February 2nd, 2014 11:56 am

    I am not qualified to know the likelihood of finding the resources Zion seeks in Israel. My life experience with the Lord has shown that I should ask what He wants rather than my asking Him to give what I want.

    I yield to His wisdom in this matter and to that of the leaders of the company. Would tend to buy a little more stock rather than sell all.

    My only other thought is “Through it all, Jesus is Lord.”

  18. Guillermo Lopez on February 2nd, 2014 11:56 am

    Israel´s Elijah #3 will rise again

  19. Nancy Shaw on February 2nd, 2014 12:03 pm

    Hello, I do believe in Isreal & know there is oil.
    Keep on drilling & we pray our Lord will guide you every step of the way. For sure we do not know when but we do believe His Word will not return void. God does not tease His children, it will come to pass because His Word says so.
    Praise His Holy Name!!

  20. Rick on February 2nd, 2014 12:05 pm

    Well if you get bucked off a horse you get back on or you will never get him sadle Brock so I’m thinking just keep drilling you will hit oil or gas and if you don’t you will be Brock but what I’ve seen in my life and my company’s if you give up your Brock anyway so keep drilling it’s there you just have to find it may you need a new rock hound to help find the that oil or gas pocket but I think if you are hard headed man sooner or later your going to hit and then all is well and everyone is happy it’s all ways the same no one is happy when the pocket book is empty but when it’s full everyone is happy so I think give it another shot keep your head high :):)

  21. Janet Rousch on February 2nd, 2014 12:07 pm

    Dear Israel: Wish to buy shares of oil in Israel: however, it may take awhile for me to have money to pay for it. Would like to send a check when buying shares.
    Also, just want to tell you Israel, how proud I am about you, and all your accomplishments. Would love to visit before I pass from this earth, however; that’s another money problem.
    Also, am so proud of Scarlet Johansen for the stand she’s taking.
    Take care of each other, stay safe, and be happy.
    Sincerely, Janet Rousch

  22. Jeff on February 2nd, 2014 12:12 pm

    Never Give up….

  23. Mike Ingalls on February 2nd, 2014 12:23 pm

    Hang in there

  24. Darrell Hess on February 2nd, 2014 12:24 pm

    Firmly believe God blesses those most dedicated to honest effort seeking his wisdom. I pray blessings will soon be Israel’s through successful drilling…

  25. Cleff Bedward on February 2nd, 2014 12:25 pm

    A great man, Sir Winston Churchill said the formula for success is: “never, never, never give up.” Don’t even consider quitting as an option. Go Zion Oil & Gas.
    There is gold (black) in them thar’ lands. God has promised.

    To The King,

    Cleff Bedward

  26. Bruce Rosenberg on February 2nd, 2014 12:32 pm

    it’s too bad. This is a very tough and unforgiving business. I am familiar with mineral exploration mining and it’s always a casino, even with very good science. Oil exploration is much the same but the exploration costs are far more staggering.
    I wish them well and hope that all of their investors do not turn on them.

  27. William Brown on February 2nd, 2014 12:40 pm

    I am a stockholder who is NOT discouraged. Also, am aware that Oil and Gas HAS
    been discovered in Israel; thus am NOT of any negative opinion. The fact that John Brown hasn’t changed life-style having stockholder money available is proof enough to me that he is dedicated to finding oil in Israel. After all …. how can this nation at some future date ask. “…have you come to take a spoil?” Thus, Zion MUST continue. Remember ….. Quitters never win and Winners never quit !!! Therefore,

  28. Derek on February 2nd, 2014 12:41 pm


    I think the Zion oil company needs to press in to see what God is saying. You cannot bring the oil before Gods time or there could be fighting over it or worse. See what the lord is telling you. He will guide you where and when. The rest is simple for now. Do another offering at a lower price. I’m sure it is very frustrating for the company and share holders. But the way I see it, your blessing Israel now! And possibly there future. And hey, if ZN happens to find the oil then you all may end up being blessed in return. If not, you have still made a huge investment and advancement for the country and future of Gods chosen people and nation.

    I pray knowledge and understanding from the lord for Zion Oil & Gas Co. Continue the hard work for the advancement of the lords kingdom here on earth.

    Good luck my friends.

  29. Charlene Elwood on February 2nd, 2014 12:47 pm

    I have not invested a lot but it was a lot for me. Won’t make anything on it now.
    I say…move forward.
    This is the Hebrew year 5774 The year of the OPEN DOOR. We might as well go through it and LOOK AND LOOK AGAIN.
    Praying and asking God’s blessing …

  30. Jan Kelley on February 2nd, 2014 12:48 pm

    As the hymn says, “Rise Up Oh men of God”. God hears prayers and answers them. He will bless those who bless Israel. Don’t fail us now. Keep on drilling.

  31. KEITH THOMPSON on February 2nd, 2014 12:50 pm


  32. Donald Taylor on February 2nd, 2014 12:55 pm


    We have been in Zion Oil and Gas since July 2009.
    I find it hard to believe that God will not provide Israel with oil and gas.

    Are there plans to start drilling another well?

    Donald and Virginia Taylor
    451 S. Kelsey Ave.
    Evansville, IN 47714

  33. Rosia Morrison on February 2nd, 2014 12:59 pm

    Rise again ! G-d is with you ,keep the faith and go for the oil *****

  34. BOB on February 2nd, 2014 1:11 pm

    GO 4 IT

  35. Tom Stillwell on February 2nd, 2014 1:21 pm

    Thanks for the update. Do you have any land close to oil discoveries by others? What is your short and long term plans?

  36. Don Baker on February 2nd, 2014 1:26 pm

    Drill and deeper.
    abiotic oil is there and God made the earth to produce it.

  37. Richard Hudon on February 2nd, 2014 1:31 pm

    IT is very important to never give up on what you believe in. One day our FATHER in heaven will reward you Zion oil. God Bless You and keep on the journey.

  38. Sandra Babik on February 2nd, 2014 1:34 pm

    Rise again. Speak the prophecy, and God will work in His time. This isn’t just about finding oil in Israel, but the possibility of finding oil as part of the plan of end time prophecy. Have you considered what the neighboring countries might do if oil is discovered in Israel. Truly, just give it to the Lord and allow Him to guide you. The Lord revealed Zion oil and gas to me when I wasn’t looking for an investment and I didn’t even know who you were. It was truly a spirit filled decision and one I wouldn’t make on my own. I trust Him to be Jehovah Jirah and my money is His anyway. Where He leads I will follow. You do the same. Wherever that may be.

  39. JA on February 2nd, 2014 1:36 pm

    Zion should be open to any natural gas plays in Israel in addition to the oil – if economically feasible to develop so some revenues can be received. NG technologies keep changing and improving. My Q: is this feasible in any of the licensed areas?

  40. Max on February 2nd, 2014 1:40 pm

    I think the timing of offerings was done to gain leverage over the stockholders because the timing was always in relationship to the rights offerings ending just before any concrete information would be given to investors. But unlke a lottery ticket, Zion would be privy to the forth coming news and hold put until squeezing potential speculative dollars out of investors. And the language used was always to the positive (hint-hint, wink-wink) suggesting success. Thank Richard Rinberg for your masterful use of english vocabulary in hyping press releases.

  41. Randy A. Smith on February 2nd, 2014 1:45 pm

    Thank you for the new update. Last year I sent Mr. Brown a map near Mt. Carmel in the valley .There is a small air strip . About 3 miles south of that try drilling really deep around 25,000 ft or more. There is where you will find the oil. When you talk of the foot . You always dip your toe in first. The toe is in the valley. The oil will be found in our life time in Israel .Thank you for your time .

  42. charles pearl on February 2nd, 2014 1:46 pm

    well years ago my daughter told me about zion oil I liked its principles so I took the chance and invested , because of the beliefs of the co. its just not for the co.s pockets its all about Israel sure we will all make money when she hits oil but that isn’t whats its all about, I pray Israel will be oil independent some day and hope its because of zion oil. keep up the good work chuck pearl

  43. Grace on February 2nd, 2014 1:55 pm

    If you don’t quit, you win!!!
    We never quit, never give up,
    Instead press on believing and remembering
    the written Words!!!

  44. Gary Bills on February 2nd, 2014 2:00 pm

    I think they should go for the 7th hole and see what the Lord gives us. It may be the discovery of oil that will take us into the end times. We are most there but a energy rich Israel would infuriate the Oil producers who think they have an ace up there sleeves.

    Is there any one in the big oil company’s that wants to be a partner with Zion Oil????????

  45. Glenn on February 2nd, 2014 2:08 pm

    I am mostly disappointed at what will be said as “that’s the way the market goes”. I bought in at higher prices, and the SP has tanked to the point where I no longer hold any shares. how could a company that has no discovered commercial oil get up to 10 dollars a share, and then be worth what it is now? with my circumstances of paying the bills and surviving, I had to sell what I had bit by bit due to the cost of living going sky high, and lost a bunch of money. so as they say, no guarantees hey? that doesn’t make me feel any better by a longshot. then when I hear that management was able to purchase shares at a penny each, if there is any truth to this on how others have written about the internal workings of zion, I think it’s completely unfair to the shareholder. why should management get perks on my dime? yes it costs a lot to drill, but I will not tolerate the company I invest in to not be run as I see it should. And then to see Rinberg leave, and the lack of explanations to all other departures, just saying it was mutual. that is not biblical transparency to me…

  46. laura m bender on February 2nd, 2014 2:10 pm

    rise again!- keep drilling! much prophecy given regarding oil in Israel!!
    I am meeting with my broker next week to buy MORE stock in Zion oil!
    God’s word does not return void.


  47. Leroy Dean on February 2nd, 2014 2:14 pm

    Thank you Steve, I will stand with Israel until the rapture of the church. I believe John Brown is a humble man of God. This is just a test of faith. there is no doubt in my mind that the oil will come when God pulls the plug. Lee

  48. Craig Seamas on February 2nd, 2014 2:18 pm

    Seven is God’s Number.

  49. Jamie on February 2nd, 2014 2:28 pm

    I am just an observer with Zion Oil and Gas…. soon to be an investor…
    I have followed your newletters for about 3 years and you have encouraged my very much…. I love Israel because I love God with all my heart mind and soul…..
    Those who support Israel …. WILL be blessed. I have 3 words to say for Zion…
    Never give up….. never ever give up… never ever ever give up……
    Israel is BLESSED…. with the OIL of JOY…..
    Amen….. Jamie

  50. Boyd on February 2nd, 2014 2:37 pm

    2 Chronicles 20: 20b “Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.”

  51. Bobby Fuller on February 2nd, 2014 2:39 pm

    Thanks for the honesty and integrity that Zion lives by……Dont’ give up…..we play till we win ! God is faithful to those of us that Trust Him,

  52. glenda on February 2nd, 2014 2:44 pm

    If this is where Ashur’s toe is, keep drilling because the Bible does not lie!

  53. george on February 2nd, 2014 2:49 pm

    i say drill until you hit big or go broke ! YHVH will be done ! if iwe lose invested money or hit big are objective is to find oil in israel and be a blessing to the people of israel. YHVH will be done ! amen !

  54. G. Lee on February 2nd, 2014 2:52 pm

    Sunday, February 02, 2014

    I own some shares of stock in Zion and am a long way from giving up. Every day I daven HaShem that He should let Zion strike it rich. (Think of “The Beverly Hillbillies” with yarmulkahs.) The cause of world peace would be greatly advanced by the discovery of gushers in Israel– no more wicked Saudi dictators having a grip on the world market.

    (This isn’t my real name because I don’t trust the N.S.A. in Obama’s Orwellian America. Please don’t publish my e-mail address either.)

  55. Betty on February 2nd, 2014 2:55 pm

    Rise again & again & again as long as it takes. God knows the perfect timing even though we want it now. Joseph was in prison for years with no hope in sight and then when the time was right he became Egypt’s prime minister overnight and saved his people as well as countless others. Zion will be all that you have believed it would be! I believe it too!!

  56. Larry Brown on February 2nd, 2014 3:06 pm

    If you feel God is still leading you and the Holy Spirit has confirmed your pursuits, then you can’t turn back. You must move forward with unwavering faith knowing that you are being obedient to His leading and God’s blessing will be on you.

  57. Charles Mitchell on February 2nd, 2014 3:25 pm

    You have to get up again. You are not whipped until you QUIT trying.

  58. Mbailes@cfl.rr.com on February 2nd, 2014 3:38 pm

    What us the good news? Is there any hope offered that would encourage an investor?

  59. Rob Arnold on February 2nd, 2014 3:41 pm

    I think you & NESS ENERGY should join forces….Pray about it !!! GOD BLESS, Rob

  60. Robert Zerwick on February 2nd, 2014 3:46 pm

    So the next well will be number 7. Seven in the Bible is “perfection” – “completion” that’s a powerful number in Jewish tradition as well as Christian faith. Seems like you must push on how could you stop on 7. We have faith to believe that the next well will bring the return you seek… it’s on our prayer list.

  61. Mbailes@cfl.rr.com on February 2nd, 2014 3:47 pm

    Shouldn’t you tell us, the investors, reasons why staying with this is a good decision rather than calling for a rally call from the investors?

  62. Bessie rankin on February 2nd, 2014 3:51 pm

    Steve…all i can tell you is this…I met your dad years ago…He was packed full of God. I still have some of his tapes and books..If he believed there is oil in Israel then I believe it .Such was his influence on me. Go for it and God bless your efforts…Bessie Rankin

  63. tom bisig on February 2nd, 2014 4:10 pm

    Please don’t quit now !! We have come too far. The level of discouragement is so high now that striking oil must be very, very close. Isn’t this the point that everyone finds themselves just before all the great victories in the bible……..

  64. Roy Waldrom on February 2nd, 2014 4:11 pm

    We are all required to walk in obedience, you are working through the last direction when that has run it,s course it wll then be time to get fresh direction.

    So easy to get distracted.

    Yours in and through The Lord Jesus Christ,

    Roy Waldrom.

  65. GEORGE H TERRLEE on February 2nd, 2014 4:24 pm


  66. Eunice Ann Carr on February 2nd, 2014 4:25 pm

    Unless you do, you’ll never know.

  67. Franklin Paredes on February 2nd, 2014 4:45 pm

    I have been exploring for oil in Ecuador for 38 years, and we have discovered at least 7billion OOIP.
    We use the best seismic data available (be sure you have the best of the best), because most of the times 4 milliseconds can make a 400 MBO difference.
    I would check the quality of the seismic data, find a clue, and go for a new challenge to find oil.
    If the Lord put you on the pathway, He will let you remember when He did it.
    Choices like career, opportunities, circumstances come from Him, He is in control.

    So do not be afraid
    Isaiah 41:10 Fear not; for I am with thee: wander not; for I am thy God, who have strengthened thee; and I have helped thee, and have established thee with my just right hand.

    PD Sometimes is better to drill a new well than to make a reentry

  68. Geoffrey McKee on February 2nd, 2014 5:12 pm

    Attention Mr Steve Spillman.

    Based on exploration success, prospectivity offshore Israil is better than onshore. And with all due respect, exploration through the techniques of modern geology and geophysics will yield better results than modern interpretations of the Bible. Why should a board of directors of a capitalist free-market oil & gas exploration company bring religion and politics into their exploration and investment targets? That is one way to go broke. If you are focussing your exploration and development efforts and investment into a region you love, why not consider farming into the BG Group’s Gaza Marine discovery? Its development is being held up by politics and religion yet their is a crying need for its development. There is huge energy hunger in that territory close to the offshore Gaza Marine gas discovery. A pipeline from Gaza Marine and a pipeline to shore with a new combined cycle gas fired power station is needed urgently for God’s humanitarian reasons. Since the people living in that territory are God’s children who find themselves living in Greater Israel, why not be a capitalist free-market oil & gas company and help them? Why wait for permission from the masters of Lesser Israel? The people of Gaza live in Greater Israel as prophesied in Ezekiel 47:13-20, so why have your company’s business policies controlled by race issues? Gaza needs foreign direct investment in gas projects! The people living in Gaza are crying out for more electricity. Electricity usage – that modern measure of health and welfare – is taken for granted by those other of God’s children living in Lesser Israel.

  69. Marlene Efstration on February 2nd, 2014 6:36 pm

    I was glad to receive your newsletter. I believe you sowed good seed with all you’re hearts. Now Yehovah will open to you the wells you didn’t dig at His appointed time. DO NOT LOOSE HEART for you certainly will see the vision He gave you come to pass. YOU WILLRISE again. Shalom Marlene Efstration
    Satan would have you believe it’s over, but we know when Elohim gives a vision He Will Cause It to Come to Pass in due season If you DO NOT loose Heart.

  70. Marlene Efstration on February 2nd, 2014 6:50 pm

    I was glad to receive your newsletter. I believe you have sown good seed with all your hearts. Now Yehovah will open to you wells you didn’t dig, at His appointed time. DO NOT LOOSE HEART for you certainly will see the vision he gave to Zion OIl come to pass. YOU WILL RISE AGAIN.
    Satan would have you belive it’s over, but we know we know when Elohim sends forth a word it does not return void. HE WILL CAUSE IT TO COME TO PASS IN DUE SEASON. Hold fast to the vision you’ve been given. Shalom, Marlene Efstration

  71. DeLana Wallace on February 2nd, 2014 7:18 pm

    Just get going on the drilling…;less talk, more action.

  72. Dawn on February 2nd, 2014 7:25 pm


    If Mr. Carrillo and Zion receive incontrovertible confirmation that that scripture has
    been given to them by God and if he and Zion can say that God has declared them righteous, then I would encourage them to ‘rise again’. Maybe they could ‘put out a fleece’. I’ve heard about some people doing that.

    Just a thought for what it’s worth from someone who doesn’t know all the facts
    but who wants to encourage if that’s what’s needed.

    Kind regards,


  73. JoAnn Dolberg on February 2nd, 2014 7:30 pm

    Zion will rise again and furthermore, will be successful. Global events must all come together, as the world prepares for her final ruler before Christ appears. We are so close, within maybe ten years. We don’t know the day or the hour, but the time is developing itself right on schedule according to Bible prophecy; we only have to watch global events, while understanding human nature, to see this. The problem with naysayers is they want everything to happen “now.” It will happen, but only in God’s own time.

  74. Debra Weimer on February 2nd, 2014 7:32 pm

    Out of Desperation comes Miracles .Go for # 7

  75. Arthur on February 2nd, 2014 7:46 pm

    Seven is the number of completion. You will park on 7.

  76. Sunetta Curtis on February 2nd, 2014 8:08 pm

    I’ve been following John Brown and Zion Oil since before it went public. I have a few thousand stock in Zion and I’ve got to say in all honesty, I have never waivered nor doubted nor worried for one minute that Zion Oil will one day reap it’s rewards and John Brown will realize his vision from God.
    When God makes a promise, we can know He will, in His own time, follow through on that promies. He said He would bless those who bless Israel. I’m keeping the faith.
    God bless all of you.
    Your sister in Christ Jesus,
    Sunetta Curtis

  77. David on February 2nd, 2014 8:10 pm

    interested to see what transpires in the Meggido valley acreage that has been licensed to drill.

  78. Nina Wade on February 2nd, 2014 8:26 pm

    I pray for ZionOil every day and I will keep praying. (I will Bless those that Bless Israel) That is what GOD said! Israel will find oil at GOD’s time. Faith in GOD at all times. GOD does what man can not do. I’m standing with Zion Oil!

  79. murray armstrong on February 2nd, 2014 8:34 pm

    We need to pray that Jesus will give Zion Board members creative ability to start Zion Drilling with minimal cash resources. Zion Oil needs to rise.
    Jesus will do it and the credit has got to Jesus.
    We have a Jesus that can make possible what is impossible.
    Thank You in Jesus name.

  80. G. Michael Dennis on February 2nd, 2014 9:07 pm

    The Jezreel Valley is where I expect you will find success.
    God speed.
    In our Lord’s love and truth and peace,
    Michael Dennis, Ph.D.

  81. jenean on February 2nd, 2014 10:17 pm

    Trust in the Lord! He will bless you in all that is in His prefect plan…to His glory

  82. Ted Pulfer on February 2nd, 2014 10:23 pm

    Hi, I guess it depends on your level of faith/courage whether to drill again, however 7 is GOD’S number of perfection and perhaps there is a hint there? Ted.

  83. Elijah's Raven on February 2nd, 2014 10:49 pm

    Hey Steve it’s good to see you’re finally starting to wake up. Unfortunately it’s a little too little too late. Especially after Zion Oil just spent over $1,000,000 in shareholder funds confirming dry dirt is still dry. You’re going to have to do a lot more than distance yourself from Zion, you’re going to have to do some penance and shine a light on the truth. If not, who is ever going to believe anything you publish? You had a great opportunity to carve out a niche reporting on the oil in Israel story. Instead you became a de facto spokesperson for Zion Oil. Your father Jim was a good man and he would not want you hanging out with liars and thieves who claim to bless Israel yet do not even fund their own charities, who claim to be good stewards yet spend over $1M dollars retesting dry wells, who reward themselves with $.01 shares, large salaries, and non performance related bonuses, who gift shares to religious broadcasters so they will put the word out and raise even more money, who call themselves a faith based exploration and drilling company with a map from God yet haven’t drilled in almost three years and have no plans to drill before 2016. Hey Steve there is a lot more that could be said and should be said, but I think you get the message. God does not bless these types of things. Now sit back and watch the sheep get sheared again.

  84. charles olson on February 2nd, 2014 10:52 pm

    I don’t want the money I invested to be at question. Make a plan and tell us how you will move forward.

  85. Dave on February 3rd, 2014 12:02 am

    Oil may be the Hook in Russia’s Jaw but not necessarily in Zion’s licensed areas.

  86. Jay W Knight on February 3rd, 2014 1:34 am

    I would only like to thank all of you for trying to help our friends in Israel. If it God”s will of which I think it is, Zion Oil will strike oil and gas. Keep your chins up, I know the Lord will bless those who Bless Israel. That scripture with a promise.

    From a brother in Christ,

    Jay Knight

  87. Maarten van Amersfoort on February 3rd, 2014 1:43 am

    Its a tough game, drilling with limited resources, but if we were meant to strike oil in Israel, then we will get there!
    Lets take this opportunity to pray. Come on guys lets pray together?
    This is essential that Zion gets a strike.

  88. Oluchukwu Opara on February 3rd, 2014 4:25 am

    Zion has said it already. Zion should stay with God. Zion cannot fail.

  89. Patty Harlan on February 3rd, 2014 4:28 am


  90. billy fowler on February 3rd, 2014 5:01 am


  91. Kathy Hardin on February 3rd, 2014 5:55 am

    Rise again, and again, and again…
    Mrs. Kathy Hardin

  92. Valeria hughes on February 3rd, 2014 6:24 am

    Keep going!!

  93. Kenny windham on February 3rd, 2014 7:25 am

    I, appreciate the fact, the company has to raise money, but it has been Nine Years and still no oil, just more bad decisions are still being made, twice you have reentered old wells, why ? Do you guys not do a thorough job, that you continue to question yourselves, that is a sign of incompetence. Also we very rarely get updates and when we do it`s the same old information as before, nothing but old news. I, don`t think most oil companies have these kind of problems , plus with all the new technology to find oil, I, just can`t figure out what the problem is. Don`t get me wrong I, wont this company to do just as good as ”GOD” had promised. So lets make a turn around and lets find some oil and be aggressive please.

  94. sspillman on February 3rd, 2014 7:35 am

    Elijah’s Raven,
    Sorry, since I don’t know your name I can’t really judge whether you knew my father or not. I’m not positive how much you know about exploring for oil, either; in my limited experience following Zion they only tested wells (2) that showed hydrocarbons in the hole. I don’t know a lot about petroleum science, but testing seems like the right procedure when you find hydrocarbons in a well. And I don’t believe in penance, just grace and truth. John Brown, by the way knew and became friends with my father before he passed in 2002. Dad didn’t like liars and thieves either, so at least Mr. Brown passed that test.
    Again, since you’re hiding behind ‘Elijah’s Raven’ I don’t know what has made you so personally angry, but I wouldn’t subscribe to any more news about looking for oil in Israel if I were you, it can’t be good for you.

  95. Stephen J. Schildwachter on February 3rd, 2014 7:36 am

    John Brown’s call is so unique and specific just like the Lord’s call. So, rest in His
    Word and look for a “7” spectacular!

  96. sspillman on February 3rd, 2014 7:41 am

    You might have me and http://www.oilinisrael.net mixed up with Zion Oil & Gas. I know those folks, but we’re not them. The prophecy regarding discovering oil in Israel in the Last Days, as interpreted by my father, Jim Spillman doesn’t include Zion Oil & Gas as the company who discovers the oil – that would be a little myopic. I wish Zion great success for their efforts and their faith. I wish the same for Givot Olam, Noble Energy and anyone else who has substantially invested in Israel.That said, the prophecy is the prophecy – independent of who or how many people discover or benefit from it; I believe God’s intended beneficiary has always been Israel.
    Thanks for reading.

  97. sspillman on February 3rd, 2014 7:55 am

    Hi Kenny,
    Thanks for reading and for commenting. I’m not Zion Oil & Gas – just an outside follower. I appreciate the frustration, 9 years is a long time, but that’s the oil business in a lot of cases. Yes – other oil companies do have these kind of problems. When (if) the strike all the problems are forgiven and forgotten – but they’ve got to strike.

  98. sspillman on February 3rd, 2014 7:57 am

    Thanks for your comment. I agree with you.

  99. sspillman on February 3rd, 2014 7:59 am

    Hi Dawn – That’s the problem, incontrovertible confirmation and subjective reasoning don’t always sync. I know Victor (Carrillo) and I imagine he included the scripture as encouragement rather than a word from God.
    Thanks for reading.

  100. sspillman on February 3rd, 2014 8:04 am

    Thanks for your comment. Offshore seem to be a lot more productive right now and a a lot more expensive always. I don’t think offshore was ever within Zion’s reach or plans. As far as Gaza is concerned, all we can do is pray that Gazans or Israelis who benefit from God’s resources will use their benefit to promote peace and not violence.

  101. sspillman on February 3rd, 2014 8:09 am

    Hi Rob,
    I’m Steve, you may have me mixed up with Zion Oil & Gas. I wouldn’t recommend Zion or anyone else joining forces with Ness at the moment.

  102. Olajide Adebule on February 3rd, 2014 8:26 am

    Quiters never win. Hang on there until God says otherwise.

  103. Bill Baker on February 3rd, 2014 10:02 am

    DRILL IT! This is about Israel – this is about ‘self sustaining a nation’ – this is about assisting in the destiny of the nation of Israel- Prophecy says in the face of all adversity Israel will not fall to the anti-christ will not come under that dominion when all of the world has – yes there will be great strife and war – but in the end – we know the outcome. I wish I could climb up on that rig grab the tongs working some towers myself drilling that hole – DRILL IT! The time has come.

  104. richard jimenez on February 3rd, 2014 10:15 am

    We shall all come into agreement with Proverbs 24, we have faith in our Lord Jesus. It is written “for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again…”

    We are in Covenant in JESUS CHRIST, AMEN!

  105. Jay Eldridge on February 4th, 2014 7:03 pm

    I have no doubt about it. God is going to bless Zion Oil and Gas. Seven is a perfect number, isn’t it? Please keep drilling!
    Jay Eldridge

  106. Garret on February 5th, 2014 1:39 am

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/bZFh89DoULQ This company was built on Faith and will be a success not just for the believers that have invested but Israel as a nation and a witness to the unbeliever. The world will soon turn there back on Israel so much so that G-D will continue to supernaturally Bless them and anyone else who Blesses them.. These dates are very important MAY 17 and JUNE 14 .Hebrews 11:1. Shalom.

  107. KENECHUKWU EZEKWEM on February 5th, 2014 3:29 am

    i have faith in my Lord Jesus.for though a righteous man falls seven times,he rises again.IN JESUS NAME AMEN

  108. Bill Bauman on February 5th, 2014 7:20 am

    From the first share of stock in 2005 and as many as I could afford to buy, I always felt I was joining something that would bless Israel. If no oil is found and we give up, would all the prayer and money be of use to our Lord not that he needs it but I feel I did what was right to bless Israel God knows our hearts and knows who invested for the right reasons. Keep drilling. I pray for Johns health and strength to move forward, to find a way to give GOD all the glory

  109. Gary Simmonds on February 5th, 2014 8:53 am

    Hi Steve,
    Great to hear from you! As you may recall, I was there at the spudding ceremony back in “ought 5″ as well and still own my original shares since 2004. I think actions speak louder than words as to what I think ZN should do. Whenever I get discouraged about the lack of success at Zion I think about John Brown and how much longer he has endured and despite the setbacks he has remained faithful to the promise that he believes God gave him back in the 1980’s. This is the kind of faith that Abraham exhibited after God promised to bless a 75 year old man with a son and it took 25 years for it to manifest into the birth of Isaac. I think of your own father who received God’s vision of oil in Israel and even though he didn’t live to see it manifest, his faith has been proven as there has been oil and gas discovered in Israel in huge quantities in recent years. God has his plan and his timing and I continue to have faith that He will bless ZN with a huge onshore discovery “in the fullness of time”.

    Keep up your good work of keeping us informed of any and all news regarding oil in Israel, it is an encouragement and above all, keep the faith!

    Yours in Christ,
    Gary Simmonds
    San Antonio, TX

  110. Betty Hampton on February 5th, 2014 8:12 pm


  111. Mimmo on February 6th, 2014 1:07 am

    The first taught that came to my mind was that “Naaman ” had to go under water 7 times in order for him to be healed. After so many attempts there will be ofcourse a reward having endured and kept the vision close to whatever God had promised since the beginning of the drilling, and God for sure will do the rest according his will.
    May every effort be blessed by Jeshua!


  112. Mary Sumner on February 6th, 2014 6:30 pm

    Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in “well” doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. “Well” doing is doing well for Israel’s sake !! Faint NOT ! Keep drilling!

  113. Patricia Davis on February 8th, 2014 1:12 am

    Wow! What a lot of wonderful comments!..Thank you Steve for reaching out to all of us again. I have missed your e-mails. When I bought my first shares, they were $5. As time went by, the shares dropped in price until they were $,89. I looked at every “drop” as an opportunity to buy more shares. I sold other stock to buy Zion. The fact that no drilling has been successful, so far, should not be the issue. This after all is what is called “wild catting” in the oil exploration biz. The price of shares are going to rise and fall as investors become discouraged or encouraged. The end result will come when they hit a gusher. Until then, those of little faith will fall by the wayside. There is no right or wrong decision, only to follow one’s heart. My heart said “yes” the first time I heard about Zion. I thought about reaping some riches and became excited. Since then my excitement is more about G-d’s word on the subject of oil in Israel and all will be revealed in His time. Thy will not my will is the number 12. I hope number 7 is revealed to be the one. I believe they will do it!

  114. OMOTAYO, J. A. on February 11th, 2014 11:45 am

    Keep trying.

  115. Stan on February 16th, 2014 10:31 pm

    Thanks so much Steve your kind update! Zion Oil & Gas should rise again! Have a good one!

  116. Jay Bohannan on March 4th, 2014 9:36 pm

    Stand UP and go for it ! Reach for the sky , there is nowhere but up from here !

  117. shirley on March 12th, 2014 9:04 pm


  118. Lisa. W on March 18th, 2014 2:52 pm

    God knows the plans for each and everyone of us. Deuteronomy 15:10 reminders of how God blesses us when we have His people in mind>

    Deu. 15:10 Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.

    I heard John speak on DayStar: I could hear HIS HEART to bless the people of God. The word also reminds us to FAST as well as PRAY!!!

    As we pray that God bless ZION OIL and lead John in every step, Rejoice at GOD”S timing!!!!!


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