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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Reviews by Hubie Goode: Ignoring Israel Part 6

Aravah in Flood Stage Aug 2011

Ignoring Israel

Part 6: Israel Rebirth

The blossoming of Aravah is not the only thing that has happened in the barren desert that was once the promised land. Isaiah also saw a great pool of water surrounded by reeds and rushes and breaking out in the desert as a spring of water. Today this great pool is called “Sapphire”. Out in the desert of Aravah, as I type this post, the desert is in flood stage. Yes, FLOOD stage.

Isaiah also told of the glory of Carmel and how this would be given to the area. The leading packing company in Israel that sends food out to the world is known as the Carmel Packing Company. This prediction of agricultural blessing to the world is also contained in Isaiah:

Isaiah 27:6

He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.

(Hey! That rhymes!)

Isaiah saw the people of Israel returning from all over the world, where their ancestors had been dispersed, and striking the soil. They would take root, as it were, and the land would be blessed, then the people would bless the world with the fruit of their labors. Israel, once surrounded by desert and desolate herself, has become a major exporter of food to the world. The Hebrew word, “turnavah” means “crops”, and the major export company of Israel is called: “Kunavah”. Isaiah predicted this in the Word of God over 2,600 years ago and the fruit of the land blessing the Earth not only applies to the physical food being exported, but also to the fruit of God’s Word being confirmed.

In Zechariah, he speaks of the nations left on the Earth that shall come every year to Israel to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, and pay their good homage to the Lord of Hosts. (Zechariah 14:16) While Isaiah points out that there will be a  road that passes through this area, Zechariah defines the reasons that the road will exist. There is already a great road that passes by the area of the Gulf of Aqaba, a resort area that Israel, Jordan and Egypt share. When you head north, it takes you directly to the Dead sea. This pilgrimage to the Holy City that many will take, will be surrounded by every good and best food that the desert is now producing, in the area once known as the promised land, a land filled with milk and honey. A land once a desert full of nothing but sand and brush.

Isaiah 19:23-24

In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land. 
The King's Highway

Israel is currently drilling through mountains and building super highways that will link them with all the surrounding nations. These prophesies of Isaiah and Zechariah speak of a time when the Messiah will rule from his throne. Rule the whole Earth, that is. And yet, we are seeing the land prepared even in our day.

The implication of the multitude of floods, and fruit production, and highway production in the once desolate area, while meaning perhaps not as much in any other area of the world, speaks volumes of shouts to those who are awaiting the return of the Messiah, whom we all know a Jesus Christ. The ongoing development if Isaiah chapter 35 is a joy to those who know what to look for, those who keep their “lamps burning”, and a dire warning to those who  just won’t see how these developments mean everything when they happen to Israel.

But why is it important that this highway head up into the Dead sea? What could possibly be in the Dead sea, once the land of Sodom and Gomorrah, now cursed with ground ruining salt. You’ll remember that when the Romans destroyed the second temple, they also plowed the land with salt. The idea being to make sure that the land was worthless and not suitable for returning to by the lost inhabitants. So what could possibly come out of the Dead sea?

“Dead Sea” in Hebrew is Yam Ha-Melach, or sea of salt. It is actually a large lake formed by the waters of the Jordan river flowing into it from the north. The south has no outlet. It is 38 miles long and 11 miles wide. It lies between Israel and Jordan. It has so much mineral wealth that it is easily worth about two trillion dollars in minerals, those minerals being the likes of magnesium, calcium chloride, bromide and many others.

It is also the lowest spot on the planet. At about 1,378 feet below sea level it sits in a rift that stretches from Turkey to South Africa. The whole rift stretches about 3,700 miles. It used to be known in Biblical times as Sodom, Gomorrah,  Admah, Zeboiim and Zoar. More than likely, geologist say, the destruction of the area was due to volcanic eruption. In Genesis 19:24, Abraham describes the destruction of these cities as being due to fire and brimstone.

Mineral laden in its makeup, no sea life can exist there. Ezekiel, however, predicted that in the time of the Messiah, men would spread nets and catch fresh fish there. Before 1985, if one had looked out onto the landscape of this sea, they would have wondered how anyone could ever catch fish in such an moribund area.  (Ezekiel 47:8-12)

According to end time prophecy of the Bible, when Christ returns, a Temple will be built in Jerusalem. Fresh water will flow out from under the altar of this temple. It will head out toward the Dead sea and eventually become so deep you could launch boats in it. This fresh water will empty into this salty dead lake, and transform it into fresh water teaming with fish. For some time now, the water level in the Dead sea has been dropping. In the meantime satellite photos have confirmed the existence of TWO bodies of water contained within the Dead sea region. The Dead sea has now divided and is comprised of a northern and southern half. 

The north is bluish and clear, while it is the south part that remains choked with salt. According to Ezekiel, this southern half will not be healed, in fact as time goes by the south sea will become even saltier as the combination of hot weather and lack of an inlet literally evaporate the sea away to nothing. It is the northern half that will be miraculously transformed. Winter rains accumulate in the higher elevations of the mountains and river beds channel this fresh water into the Dead sea after a trip through the surrounding land. From 2,500 feet above sea level, this lowest point is provided with a steady amount of purified water from the sky. 

What has been happening for the last twenty years, of course, is that the waters have been not only evaporating, but they have also been tapped in an effort to sublimate the irrigation of the surrounding land while developing the area of Aravah benefitting from underground springs. But is the addition of the rain water and the runoff of the Jordan enough to do the job described in Ezekiel of transforming the land and the sea? Could it be that the high to low elevation of the land itself can be used for assisting in this transformation?

more on this next time 

The King's Highway thru Jordan

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