|Dead Sea pipeline agreement signed|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Monday, 09 December 2013 21:13|
Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority signed an agreement in Washington today paving the way for the construction of a pipeline that would link the Red Sea with the Dead Sea. Under the terms of the agreement, the Dead Sea conduit would transport around 200 million cubic metres of water annually to the north. Israel would receive around 30-50 million cubic metres of this water from the new pipeline to irrigate the south. Jordan would take around 50 million cubic metres. In exchange Israel would transport around 80 million cubic metres of water from the Sea of Galilee to northern Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.
Around 95 percent of the water from the Jordan river is currently used by Israel and Jordan for irrigation purposes. As a result the Dead Sea has been shrinking rapidly. Every year the water level of the sea drops by around one metre. Hotels that were once built on its shore now lie around 2000 feet from the water's edge. Experts believe that unless something is done soon, the Dead Sea could dry up completely within 40-50 years time. Politicians hope that today's deal will prevent that, as well as giving a boost to the local economies of Israel and Jordan. But environmentalists fear the project could do more harm than good. Part of the Great Rift Valley fault line runs through the Mount of Olives, along the Jordan river and through the Gulf of Aqaba. Because of this the region is prone to frequent earthquakes, and a pipeline carrying salt water could do immense damage to agriculture if cracked. The Israeli government has agreed that the pipeline will be built on Jordanian side of the river, to try and circumvent these environmentalist issues. The politicians believe it could be completed within a four to five year period. But we believe the Bible indicates that this project will never be realized.
The Bible describes the plain of Jordan at one time as being like a garden of Eden, so lush was its vegetation and so well-watered (Genesis 13:10). But the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in the days of Abraham and Lot changed all that. As a result the region came under the curse of God, and to this day, nothing much grows there. The salt content of the Dead Sea is such that it is incapable of supporting life. Men have tried their best to lift God's curse on the region by proposing various schemes to link the sea with either the Mediterranean or the Red Sea. But every time their plans have come to nothing. This time will be no different. For the Bible declares that the Lord Himself will be the one who will lift the curse of the Dead Sea and bring healing to that land.
The prophecy of Zechariah predicts that at the time of the end, the topography of Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley will be changed dramatically. Zechariah 14 states that at the Messiah's return, there will be a very great earthquake. The Mount of Olives will split in two (Zechariah 14:4), and the Jordan valley region will be lifted up (Zechariah 14:10). As a result of these changes, water will issue out of an underground spring at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and will flow down towards the Mediterranean Sea, the Gulf of Aqaba and the Dead Sea. The Bible says that these 'living waters' will bring life and healing to the waters of the Dead Sea (Ezekiel 47:8-9).
The same principle can be applied to you and me today. There was a time when mankind enjoyed a perfect relationship with his Creator. We read in Genesis that Adam walked with God in the garden of Eden. But Adam's disobedience brought about a separation from God (Genesis 3:8, 24), and as a result of his sin, death and the curse came into our world (Romans 5:12). Men have tried their best to lift the curse through various means. Some think that by doing good deeds they will somehow merit favour with God. Others try their best to keep the commandments. But these ways cannot take away sin or restore our relationship with God. It is only through the Messiah coming into our hearts that our sin can be taken away and the curse can be lifted. It is only through trusting in what He has done for us upon the cross that we can have eternal life and enjoy a relationship with God once more (Isaiah 53:11). He is the one who bore the penalty for our sin when He gave His life upon the cross. He is the one who can lift sin's curse and bring us life.
Jesus said in John 7:37-38, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” Would you like to have this 'living water'? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).