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Trend Update: Removing Land Mines on the Jordan River, April 2018

Posted in Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2018 by paulthepoke

Matthew 3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.

March 2018: The Israel National Mine Action Authority and HALO Trust are removing land mines from the Qasr al-Yahud Baptism Site on the Jordan River. Many believe this is where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.

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Qasr al-Yahud means The Castle of the Jews. The location is approximately 6 miles east of Jericho. 3,000+ mines are expected to be discovered and removed. Cost of the project is estimated to be around $4 million.

“Once the clearance is complete and INMAA and HALO officials can assure the site is safe, the church plots will be returned to the respective denominations and visitors will once again be able to visit these holy sites,” Israeli Defense Ministry.

The geography is a historical location of action in the Bible. It is believed to be the place where nation Israel crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land after the Exodus from Egypt.

Joshua 3:1 Then Joshua rose early in the morning and they set out from Shittim. And they came to the Jordan, he and all the people of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over.

Joshua 4:19-20 The people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they encamped at Gilgal on the east border of Jericho. And those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal

Gilgal is immediately east of Jericho.

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Elijah’s chariot ascended into Heaven from this location on the Jordan River.

2 Kings 2:1 Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal.

2 Kings 2:4 Elijah said to him, “Elisha, please stay here, for the LORD has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho.

2 Kings 2:7 Fifty men of the sons of the prophets also went and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan.

 

Elisha performed many miracles from here on the Jordan River. These are noted throughout 2 Kings.

2 Kings 5:10 Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-begins-clearing-thousands-of-landmines-from-jordan-river-baptism-site

This particular geography has historically been a hot spot for Biblical activity. Makes one wonder what the future has in store for this location.

 

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Trend Update: Dead Sea Resurrecting to Life, August 2016

Posted in Prophecy, Resurrection, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2016 by paulthepoke

Genesis 13:10 Lot lifted up his eyes and saw all the valley of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere— this was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah—like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt as you go to Zoar.

The Dead Sea area is believed to be the home of Sodom and Gomorrah. Scholars point to the southeastern tip of the Dead Sea as the location. In the past, it was not a barren desert and wasteland. This area was compared to the Garden of Eden in Genesis 13. The Hebrew grammar makes the point the area was well watered everywhere. Destruction of the area is estimated around 2,000 BC with God’s judgment. The area has been literally dead for approximately 4,000 years. See Genesis 19 for details.

Ezekiel 47:8-10 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. 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. 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.

The context and location of these two verses in Ezekiel is the promised, future Temple in Jerusalem during the reign of the Messiah, Jesus. This is another example of a future Temple. Water flowing from Jerusalem to the east has to go to the Dead Sea. Currently in 2016, there is no river from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea. The Jordan River is the only water source to the Sea.

These verses are stating the water of the Dead Sea is so incapable of life and beyond sick. Today, the Dead Sea is 10 times saltier than the oceans. But life giving water from Jerusalem and the Temple will heal and resurrect the Dead Sea.

Engedi is on the western shore of the Dead Sea approximately at the halfway point. Eneglaim is believed to be on the northern tip of Dead Sea where the Jordan River spills into the sea. The reference to Eneglaim is the only occurrence in the Bible. This is roughly 20-25 miles between the two locations. The amount and diversity of fish will be consistent with the Mediterranean Sea. (http://biblehub.com/commentaries/ezekiel/47-10.htm)

During 2011, divers from Ben Gurion University went to the bottom of the Dead Sea. Craters (15 X 20 meters) were noted with fresh water flowing out of them. Microorganisms were observed to coat the craters. Signs of life were noted at the bottom of the Dead Sea.

In the summer of 2016, fresh water ponds with fish have been reported near the shores of the Dead Sea. Green vegetation is beginning to sprout. Ducks are moving back into the area.

http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/72711/fulfillment-dead-sea-prophecy-begun/#WKorD43rEy0oXuoW.97

http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/72816/story-behind-viral-dead-sea-prophecy-coming-life/#UPpmoyVZkHr8HQ2b.97

Zechariah 14:8 And in that day living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter.

Here is another verse indicating life giving, fresh water will flow from Jerusalem to the east and down towards the Dead Sea. The context of this verse is the Messiah standing on the Mount of Olives. The culmination of Zechariah 14 is the great earthquake that splits the Mount in two leaving a valley.

It appears this process is beginning to take place. The Dead Sea is resurrecting back to life.

 

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