The Dead Sea in Israel is known by that name because with nearly 10 times the salt of the ocean, life in its brine is largely unknown.
A report in Breaking Israel News puts developments in a stunning end-of-times context.
“For those who have visited the lowest point on the face of the earth, Ezekiel’s end-of-days prophecy of the Dead Sea coming to life seems impossible, yet recently, scientists have been shocked to discover that the sinkholes appearing around the sea are quickly filling up with fish and other forms of life previously unseen in the inhospitable region.”
Israeli photojournalist Noam Bedein of the Dead Sea Revival Project says the name was a political term used by the Romans, but in reality, the Dead Sea is “anything but dead.”
BIN reports that Bedein “has witnessed fish in Dead Sea sinkholes, microorganisms, growing vegetation and millions of visitors each year who come seeking life through the body of water’s high oxygen levels and special minerals. ”
The shores of the Dead Sea, some 400 yards below sea level, contain freshwater sinkholes created by dropping water levels.
The sinkholes are carpeted now with microorganisms and on the sea’s shores, fish and algae, the report said.
“One hundred and sixty researchers and almost every university has something to say about saving the Dead Sea,” Jackie Ben Zaken, an expert on the Dead Sea ecosystem, told BIN.
The sinkholes appear when fresh water running underground melts layers of sediments, and the result is pools with not even 1.5 percent salinity – compared to the Dead Sea’s 37 percent – and that’s “water you could drink,” he told BIN.
Bedein characterized it as “biblical prophecy coming to fruition.”
“According to the Bible, the landscape changed with the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, which turned the valley into a wasteland. The Bible also describes the area as fertile and well-watered in its narrative of Lot looking out onto the valley where the Dead Sea is now,” BIN reports.
Bedein said: “A place that was once cursed in biblical times, now you can come here to the Dead Sea, explore the sinkholes and see fish where the water has receded – fulfilling prophecies from Ezekiel who talked about the land flourishing and blooming when the Jews return,”
BIN reported others who have witnessed life in the Dead Sea have similarly pointed to prophecy.
It quoted a young Jewish immigrant named Samantha Siegel.
“I still go to the Dead Sea every week,” Siegel told Breaking Israel News. “It is the best thing to keep me sane and connected to Hashem. It is a glimpse into another world. I went there for Yom Kippur. If I was going to be praying all day, I wanted it to be there, where I could see Hashem in front of my eyes.”
Various manmade projects have been suggested as a solution for the Dead Sea, including the “Red-Dead” canal, a desalination pipeline from Aqaba, Jordan, and desalination plant in the Gulf of Eilat that would give water to Jordan, the report said.
WND CEO Joseph Farah spoke to the Koinonia Institute in Idaho only last year on the topic.
He cited a number of reports on water coming from within earth’s mantle, which scientists are calling “Primary water.”
There are, he explained, at least three world-shaking consequences as a result, including:
- That far from Earth having a limited amount of fresh water for its teeming population, there may be an unlimited amount deep beneath its mantle.
- That virtually unreported in these findings is the fact that, if correct, this theory and these findings would seem to confirm the biblical account of the great Flood in the time of Noah.
- They could also provide a glimpse into future biblical prophecies about the period known as the “Kingdom of God” on Earth that the Bible predicts will occur after the return of Jesus the Messiah.
He pointed out 71 percent of the earth is covered with water, but nearly 97 percent is salty.
“But if, as more scientific studies suggest, ‘primary water’ deep beneath the mantle or crust of the Earth exceeds the amount found in all the planet’s oceans, there is hardly a shortage. If it can be extracted to the surface through natural processes or through deep-well drilling, supplies would be unlimited for a thirsty world,” he wrote.
He continued, “More scientists and researchers are coming to the conclusion that some of this ‘primary water’ is still breaking through to the surface as a result of earthquakes just as the Genesis account of the Flood explained how the entire world was once covered with water. They are also theorizing that the vast reserves of highly pressurized ‘primary water’ are actually causing quakes – again, just as the biblical Flood account described in Genesis 7:11 when ‘all the fountains of the great deep [were] broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.'”
He went on: “Everyone has heard of the Dead Sea, the lowest point in the world. It’s truly lifeless, with a mind-blowing salinity level of more than 34 percent – 10 times saltier than ocean water and about twice as salty as Utah’s Great Salt Lake. Tourists from all over the world come to the Dead Sea today to experience its healing properties of the minerals, the very low content of pollens and other allergens in the atmosphere, the reduced ultraviolet component of solar radiation and the higher atmospheric pressure. They also come to float haplessly in the water that won’t allow you to sink.
“There’s a historic town near the Dead Sea. It served as a refuge for David when he was running from King Saul, who was trying to kill him. It’s called En Gedi, as it was then. It’s a rocky, mountainous oasis in the midst of a wilderness today. But it, too, will take on new life when Jesus returns – becoming an abundant fishing village where today no fish are found.
“It seems En Gedi will become lakefront beach property.
“Ezekiel 47:10-12 tells us: ‘And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many. But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt. And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.'”
He wrote, “Thus, the Dead Sea will be resurrected like the land of Israel and the nations during Jesus’ earthly reign as King.”