Among Ezekiel’s well-known prophecies – commonly believed to be allegorical instead of actual, is now being fulfilled just as he stated it would 2,600 years earlier!
Simply put, the Dead Sea is coming alive! Fresh water is now streaming into this Rift Valley area that has actually been not capable to support life ever since the devastation of Sodom and Gomorrah 1000’s of years ago, very useful merely for drawing vacationers to sample its recovery qualities while floating unsupported. And freshwater fishes have actually now been seen swimming in the surrounding 6000 sinkholes that have actually opened over the last few years as the sea, comprised of 33% salt, has actually been regressing.
In chapter 47 of Ezekiel, who prophesied while in exile in Babylon from 597 BC, the prophet explains a vision of a significantly deep river streaming from the Temple in Jerusalem down towards the Dead Sea, bringing brand-new life anywhere it streams and supporting the exact same type of fish as those living in the Mediterranean.
Ezekiel recorded: “He said to me: ‘This water flows towards the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah (the Jordan Valley), where it enters the Sea (the Dead Sea). When it empties into the Sea, the water there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea (the Mediterranean).” (Ezek 47.8-10).
The vision comes in the middle of the latter part of the book addressing the promised restoration of the Jewish men and women both to their Land and their Lord. It is strongly believed that the ‘resurrection’ of a dead stretch of water demonstrates a time near the end of the age when the fortunes of Israel, long abandoned and maltreated; would be reversed (as shown in it’s prophetic evidence).
This is what the world is now experiencing with the Jewish state becoming a significant participant on the world scene with a flourishing economy borne out of remarkable development.
At the same time there is a growing activity of those who think that Jesus is the long-promised Jewish Messiah, satisfying the word that when the Jews are ultimately brought back from all the nations to which they were scattered because of abandoning God’s ways, they would be bestowed a ‘brand-new heart’ and, just like the Dead Sea, cleansed and ‘sprinkled clean’ of their sins. (Ezek 36.24-26).
You can be sure that all prophetic evidence of Scripture will be fulfilled to the letter. Around three-quarters of Ezekiel’s predictions (81% of Bible prophecies on the whole) have actually already been fulfilled with pinpoint precision.