Jun 14, 2022
3 mins read
One of the main tenets of scripture is the theme of death to life. Elisha raised the son of the Shunammite from death. Really - he was dead. Refuse to let someone steal that truth! Doornail... dead. Elisha was an Old Testament picture of Jesus! Elijah's disciple, he started a new precedent: hope. Just because something appears 'done', well, apparently that isn't the last word on the subject.
Since that time, many things died that have been raised again. Lazarus, Jesus, Israel... the Dead Sea... wait what? YES! Even the Dead Sea is coming back to life. When, then, did it die? Some would say it died when Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. You see, the Dead Sea is fed by the Jordan and is part of the Jordan Valley.
Gen 13:10 And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
If your doctor tells you that too much salt can kill you, listen! Lot's wife did not. The entire sea died after that event. But now, things are changing. Just a few scant decades ago, something was noticed that had never been recorded. The Dead Sea had divided.
The significance seems lost, unless you know the prophecy!
Eze 47:8-12 And he said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, and enters the sea; when the water flows into the sea, the water will become fresh. (9) And wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. (10) Fishermen will stand beside the sea. From Engedi to Eneglaim it will be a place for the spreading of nets. Its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea. (11) But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt. (12) And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”
Swamps and marshes? Until a few years ago, the Dead Sea had no swamps or marshes. These have appeared in our generation. Every bit as exciting is the fact that there are now fish being found in and around the Dead Sea. Make no mistake, the sea has been truly dead for eons. But recent discoveries are finding sinkholes in and around the sea. These sinkholes are a bit of a mystery, but scientists have explored the bottom of the Dead Sea only to find massive sinkholes from which gushes fresh water! Is the chemistry of the sea changing? Ezekiel records that water issuing forth from the temple mount will run into the Dead Sea, healing the waters. People are already finding fish trapped in the pools on the edge of this once inhospitable liquid desert. We still have a ways to go before the Dead Sea has become a haven for fishermen and a place to spread their nets. But IT'S COMING!