CYPRUS - Connecting Israel to European Power Grid

Arno Froese

The European Union committed 657 million euro ($732 million) to connect the electricity networks of Cyprus and Greece as the first step in forming the EuroAsia interconnector, which will eventually link the power grids of Israel, Cyprus, Greece and Europe.

The 898 km undersea line will end the energy isolation of Cyprus and allow the transmission of electricity in both directions. The line will reach a maximum sea depth of 3,000 meters, setting new world records for a project of this kind.

The EuroAsia interconnector is set to be a 2,000 MW electricity interconnector between Israel, Cyprus, Greece and Europe through a 1,208 km undersea cable, creating an “energy highway” between Asia and Europe. The line will ensure a secure supply of electricity from Cypriot and Israeli gas reserves as well as from renewable energy sources.

The project is set to provide socio-economic benefits in the range of 10 billion euros, according to the project’s website. Construction work is set to begin this year and to be completed at the end of 2025. The interconnector is expected to be commissioned in the first half of 2026.

-www.jpost.com, 30 January 2022

Arno's Commentary

The small island nation of Cyprus, a member of the European Union, is being connected to Israel. The island is divided between the Greek-majority Republic of Cyprus, recognized by most nations, and the Turkish-dominated Northern Cyprus (TRNC), recognized only by Turkey.

In the Bible, Cyprus is also called Kittim or Chittim, where once the Kenites dwelled. We have a report in Number 24 about Balaam and Balak. The prophet Balaam was asked by the king of Moab to curse Israel, but Balaam was instructed by God otherwise: “I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly. Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city” (Numbers 24:17-19). Balaam saw the coming of the Messiah, the “Star out of Jacob.”

The future of Israel’s enemies is mentioned in the last four verses: “Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive. And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this!  And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall perish for ever. And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place: and Balak also went his way” (verses 22-25).

In the New Testament, when the foundation of the Church was established, we read of one by the name of Joses: “And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet” (Acts 4:36-37).

This was followed by two deceivers, Ananias and Sapphira, who pretended to donate all the proceeds of a sold possession to the Church, but were exposed: “Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband” (Acts 5:9-10).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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