Faith is the assurance of things hoped for…

Subject: “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the proving of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)


In 1983, I was in Israel when God gave me these scriptures in (1 Kings 8:41-43) and then it was confirmed to me in (2 Chronicles 6:32-33). As instructed, I prayed towards Jerusalem first, and then went to the Western Wall in Jerusalem and prayed again. I asked God for "The Oil of Israel" and I believed “By Faith,” that He heard these prayers and would grant them (Mark 11:22-24). To me, this was simple enough that “all” includes oil in both scriptures. And, in Deuteronomy 8:9, God said that the land of Israel would not lack anything. Therefore, the oil is there just as He has promised (Psalm 119:130).

I believe these scriptures all were given to me to confirm the written prophecies about the blessings of the oil on Joseph’s land which both Jacob and Moses had prophesied. These same prophecies were first revealed to me by Jim Spillman at Zion Temple in 1981 and again when I first went to Houston, TX in 1986 to follow God’s calling to form Zion Oil “By Faith,” to write "The Vision" (Habakkuk 2:2-3) and prepare to go to Israel to fulfill these prophecies. This is my calling and purpose for my life (Acts 22:14-15).

Our mission statement is to bless Israel and the Jewish people by finding the oil in Israel. Our “Journey of Faith” has continued for over 35 years, and I believe we are very close to seeing it happen just as God has promised in the Bible. Recently, God led me to open a Facebook account for the sole purpose of putting this scripture by itself on Facebook – Numbers 10:32. We are now sending this scripture to all of our supporters and friends.

We are still determined to drill our new well (on our Megiddo – Jezreel License) this year (James 4:15). Also, this past Sunday, I heard two different sermons. One was by Pastor John McKeillar (White Chapel UMC) on Habakkuk 2:2-3  and this reminded me of “The Vision” that God told me to write in 1983 about the oil of Israel. And, the second sermon by Pastor David Jeremiah was about “What is Faith and How does it work?” What both of these men preached on were both confirmations to me because it’s exactly what I believe and what we are doing while waiting on God (Psalm 130:5).

Finally, what we should all do is pray: “Not as I will but as you will” (Matthew 6:10). Why? Because there may not be much difference between God’s Will and what we ask for. So, if we pray and then trust Him (Proverbs 3:5-6), then He will always do what is best for us. And, all those who only depend on what they “see” first may miss God’s blessings that only come by Faith (Hebrews 11:6).

“Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” (James 1:3, 4)


John Brown
Zion Founder & Chairman