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BIRTH PANG NUMBER 20 Chapter 22 - God suddenly Makes a Great Valley October 26, 2001

In Chapter 21 we observed how God slowly formed a great valley over a very long period of time. In this Chapter we shall observe how God forms another great valley in a very short period of time.

[4] And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. [5] And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. Zechariah 14:4-5

The word used for “cleave” is “baqa,” which means to break, rend, rip up, make a breach, separate, split, cut out, break through or into, or to divide. A valley itself is often referred to as a cleft (baqa), such as the Beqa Valley in Lebanon. The context of these verses leaves little doubt that the Lord intends to form a great cleavage valley in the “midst” of the Mount of Olives. It is also quite clear, from the linguistics of verse four, that it will not merely be a narrow ravine, but rather “a very great valley.” It will be sufficiently wide for multitudes of Jews to flee through it. The Hebrew word used for “midst” in verse four, in this particular context, means “to divide, to reach to the midst.” This word does not have to mean dead center or exactly half way, as the following Scriptures, where it is used, attest:

[24] I said, O my God, take me not away in the MIDST of my days: thy years are throughout all generations. Psalm 102:24


[11] As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the MIDST of his days and at his end shall be a fool. Jeremiah 17:11

The Bible indicates a normal lifespan of seventy years for a human. You can see, from the preceding Scriptures that if a man were to die between thirty and forty, he would have left the land of the living in the MIDST of his days. The word used for “midst” does not require that the Mount of Olives cleave precisely in the center. The Scripture merely indicates that a division will be effected in the middle section of the mountain.
 
May I now direct your attention to Figure 31. The two dashed black lines (oriented west to east and labeled “X” and “Y”) indicate normal faults in the upper crust of the earth. As you can see, they pass north and south of Jerusalem on a converging track toward the Mount of Olives. These normal faults are not there by accident. I am persuaded they have been created there by God and, at His command, will collapse to fulfill Zechariah’s prophecy. Please note that fault X intersects the northern flank of the Mount of Olives, while fault Y passes through its southern end. That section of the Mount of Olives between X and Y is the MIDST of the mountain, and is the section that will collapse and sink downward when God issues His command. These two normal faults pass through the Mount of Olives, and then make contact with a series of north to south faults that exist along the eastern lee of the mountain. In this zone, where the intersection of east-west & north-south faults occurs, a structural weakness like the Afar Depression will be generated in the earth’s crust when violent earthquakes are occurring in the Jordan River Valley (See Birth Pang 19, Chapter 21 and associated Figures). The center of this geological weakness zone is on the eastern side of the mountain, approximately four thousand cubits (six thousand feet) directly east of the Jerusalem Eastern Gate.


The old city of Jerusalem sets atop Cenomanian and Turonian limestone, a rock strata that will safely support the largest structures. One might naturally suppose, that just across the narrow Kidron Valley, you would find the Mount of Olives composed of a duplicate rock strata. However, its slope betrays its actual geological composition, for it is made of Cenomanian chalk - the same type of chalk that crumbles into a thousand pieces when it falls from a blackboard railing. I believe God deliberately formed it of chalk. When its northern and southern ends divide from its middle section, the entire middle section will sink downward and crumble into billions of pieces of chalk. This geological transformational process is shown in Parts A and B of Figure 32. Such a downward slippage process has been used many times in the past by God to form large fault block valleys around the globe.


When the critical force, holding the Arabah Fault together, is finally exceeded by the force spreading apart the Red Sea, (See Figure 25), then the Arabah fault will suddenly rip open from the Gulf of Aqaba northward for about 185 miles. The resultant fantastic earthquakes produced in Israel will cause: (1) A new triple point depression to be formed with a center about four thousand cubits east of the Eastern Gate of the old city of Jerusalem, (2) Everything between points X and Y on Figure 32 to sink downward and crumble, (3) The remaining northern half of the Mount of Olives (the section north of point X) to move northward on a newly created Gaza Plate, (4) The remaining southern half of the Mount of Olives (the section south of point Y) to move southward on the newly created Sinai Plate, and (5) the Jericho Valley to rip open southwestward from the Jordan River to the new triple point depression I call Zechariah’s Triangle. Figure 32 (looking eastward from the old city of Jerusalem) illustrates the horizontal sequence of events as they affect the Mount of Olives before and after the cleavage. Figure 33 portrays the overall local area action as if you were viewing it from a point about three miles above the ground thirty miles west of Jerusalem. The spring and river system shown in Figure 33 will be discussed in future chapters. Figure 34 shows the effect.


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 21 Chapter 23 – God Forms a Dry Highway

[15] And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dry-shod. [16] And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt. Isaiah 11:15, 16

In Isaiah’s day the “tongue of the Egyptian Sea” is what we identify as the Gulf of Suez, a northern extension of the Red Sea that slithers between Egypt and Sinai like a long wet tongue.  Since Isaiah’s writings man has dug out a northern extension of the “Egyptian Sea” to link the Mediterranean and Red Seas together.  This extension is known as the Suez Canal.  The two words “utterly destroy” come from “charam,” which means “to be cut off” or “to shut up.”  We are advised by God, through the prophet Isaiah that He intends to completely shut-up the waters of what we identify today as the Suez Canal.  He will do so by crushing the western and eastern banks together by movement of two tectonic plates.

In Birth Pang Number 18, Chapter 20, the division of the Mount of Olives into two remaining halves was described, with one half being carried northward on the extreme southern edge of a newly created Gaza Plate, while the other half drifted south on the northern tip of a newly formed Sinai Plate (See Figure 33).  In Figure 34 you may observe the consequences of the movement of the Sinai Plate as it floats southward on an underground liquid sea of magma.  As the southward drift occurs, the Sinai Plate will be jammed against the massive African Plate.  Dry land will crunch against dry land, and the “tongue of the Egyptian Sea” will be “completely shut-up.”  It will be possible to walk across this area on dry land throughout the millennial reign of Christ. 

When the expression “the river” is used in Hebrew, if there is no context above or below to identify it specifically, always means the Euphrates River.  The term “the river,” found above in verse fifteen is “hannahar,” and it applies to the Euphrates River.  When it states that the Euphrates should be smitten “in the seven streams,” the Hebrew construction does not mean that it already existed as seven streams, and that God smites all seven.  Instead, it states that God shall smite a single river and, when he has performed that action, it will have divided it into seven streams.  That single river is none other than the massive Euphrates River.  This drying up of the great Euphrates is also echoed by John in Revelation.

[12] And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. Revelation 16:12

We are advised in verse sixteen that the drying up of the great Euphrates creates a dry highway, a highway for the millennial return of Israelite tribulation survivors from lands east of the Euphrates.  The latter portion of this verse also indicates that the dry highway will extend into Egypt.  The “Israel” of verse sixteen represents the descendants of the man Jacob, hence the personal pronoun “he” is used, even though it refers to the entire nation that came forth from him through his twelve sons.  When the nation of Israel “came up out of the land of Egypt,” God parted the waters of the extreme northern extension of the Red Sea, the extension that Isaiah identified as “the tongue of the Egyptian Sea” in 700 B.C., but which is identified as the Gulf of Suez today.  On the day Israel crossed the “yam cuwph” extension of the Red Sea, while fleeing from the Egyptian Pharaoh, it could be said that God created a highway of dry land from Egypt to Assyria.  But God closed his dry land bridge to destroy the Pharaoh’s mighty army with a flood of closing walls of water, however, the dry land bridge he describes in Isaiah will last a thousand years.

Because of the drying up of the Euphrates, and the shutting up of the Suez Canal, it will be possible to walk all the way from Egypt to Assyria without passing through waters that cannot be waded in sandals.  When God jams the Sinai Peninsula against the extreme northeastern tip of Africa, a sea-free highway will be created, a highway that will last for a thousand years.  Two great continents, the African and the Eurasian, will be fused together by God.  Throughout the millennial reign of Christ the many nations of these massive continents will move up and down this dry land bridge to worship Christ in Jerusalem, the new capital of the world.  The commerce of Africa will flow through Israel to Eurasia, and the products of Eurasia will flow through to Africa.  Israel will sit at the crossroads of the world’s land and sea commerce.  She will be the center of the world.  God will destroy those who came against Jerusalem during the Tribulation Period.  And the city of Jerusalem will be the place where all the nations of the world come up to worship the King of kings, Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Israel.

[2] For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. [3] Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. [16] And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. Zechariah 14:2, 3, 16

[30] And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. [31] And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. [32] He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: [33] And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Luke 1:30-33

[13] I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. [14] And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. [27] And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. Daniel 7:13, 14, 27


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 22 Chapter 24 – God Smites the Great Euphrates

[15] And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dry-shod. [16] And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt. Isaiah 11:15, 16

[12] And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. Revelation 16:12

In Birth Pang Number 21, Chapter 23, proof that “the river” of verse 15 is the great Euphrates River was fully exposited.  We were advised that God will smite it and, as a result, it will be subdivided into seven smaller streams.  The question then arises as to the geographical location on the Euphrates that will be smitten by God.  At what point will God strike the Euphrates to dry up the southern part, and turn the northern section into seven smaller streams?  I call your attention to Figure 35 for the answer to this question.

The same God who inspired this Scripture has created a long zone of structural weakness in the crust of the earth – a weakness that extends from the upper headwater tributary of the Jordan River system across Syria to near El Rashid on the Euphrates River.  This structural weakness consists of the an elongated area of major faults and folds in the earth’s known as the Palmyra belt.  Please observe on Figure 35 that this belt of folds and faults links the northern Jordan and Euphrates Rivers together.

The Euphrates is one of the greatest carriers of topsoil silt on the face of the earth.  It tears it from Turkish mountainsides and carries it through the Fertile Crescent of Syria and Iraq into the Persian Gulf.  The land delta of the Persian Gulf is one of the fastest growing deltas on the earth.  This growth is produced by massive influxes of silt carried into the Persian Gulf by the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.

Isaiah indicates that God will smite the Euphrates into seven sub-streams.  This will occur in the zone of the earth that begins on the Euphrates in the vicinity of El Rashid, Syria, and then continues southwestward into extreme northern Israel near Dan.  When the Arabah fault (See Figure 25) is ripped open from the Gulf of Aqabah to Lebanon, the fantastic shaking will cause the Palmyra fault zone to collapse, and the Euphrates River will be diverted across this crumbled zone of rock and earth to link up with the northern headwaters of the Jordan.

Whenever sediment carrying river moves into a zone with more sediment than it can carry due to deceleration, then it invariably produces what geologists call “a braided river.”  A braided river is the division of a single river into many streams.  Isaiah counted seven.  Seven streamlets will weave their way southwestward through the newly formed cracks in the Palmyra Weakness, and will eventually feed into the northern tributary system of the Jordan River.  It will be what geologists refer to as “headwater piracy”—piracy by the Jordan upon the Euphrates. The additional waters, fed into the Jordan River system, will add more water and topsoil than Israel can use during the millennial reign of Christ.  Israel will become the breadbasket of the world.

We are advised by John in Revelation 16:12 as to the effects of this massive water diversion into the upper Jordan.  The section of the Euphrates to the east of Israel will go dry.  It will then be possible for the kings of the east to wade in sandals any water lying before them on their way to Israel.  Figure 36 shows the combined effects of the drying up of the Euphrates, and the Idumean opening of a Jordanian drainage through the Arabah desert into the Red Sea.  (See Birth Pang Numbers 15 and 16)


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 23 Chapter 25 – God Restructures the Jordan Valley

[3] For, behold, the Lord cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth. [4] And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place. Micah 1:3, 4

In chapters seventeen through twenty-four we discussed the ripping apart of the Jordan River Valley, the creation of a vast flood basalt plain in the wake of its ripping, the division of the Mount of Olives, the destruction of Idumea, the diversion of the Euphrates, and the shutting up of the tongue of the Egyptian Sea.  Now we find Micah’s figurative picture of a great geologic horror wrought by the power of God.  This figurative description, of God’s ability to change the topography of His earth, will be literally portrayed in His unbelievable transformation of the Jordan Valley.  The most devastating changes, on the face of His earth, will occur through this great fault block valley, which extends northward through Israel and Lebanon.  This great valley is identified as the Arabah Fault on Figure 25 (See Birth Pang Figure menu above).

As you can see on Figure 27, this valley consists of a block of earth held in place by the pressure of two tectonic plates pushing horizontally against it.  Deep within this great block of rock and earth there exists a vast lake of hot, liquid rock.  Within, and below, this undersea lake of magma, there is a vertical pressure pressing upward on the block.  Only the greater horizontal tectonic pressures restrain the block from lifting, and the liquid rock from rising through the cracks on both its sides.  When the horizontal pressure is suddenly released erratically along the faults on both sides of the block, then magma will shoot forth on the surface as great lava fountains.  But while this is occurring, large sections of the block will be in a massive up and down motion.  This upheaval will continue for some length of time, but will finally stabilize to produce a completely restructured Jordan River Valley.  The changes anticipated to occur are portrayed in Figure 37.

From the Gulf of Aqabah to the southern tip of the Dead Sea the great fault block will subside as the plates spread apart.  After the surface lava cools in this area, a narrow riverbed will exist in its center from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqabah.  At the southern tip of the Dead Sea a new elevation of about 200 feet above mean sea level will slope southward to sea level at the Gulf of Aqabah.  From the southern tip of the Dead Sea northward to Lebanon the block will be lifted by sub-surface magmatic pressure and, while the lifting is occurring, springs of lava will spurt up along both sides of the block.

Once massive lifting has occurred, horizontal readjustment pressure will lock the block into a new, much higher, elevation above sea level.  The portion of the block, upon which the Dead Sea lies, will be lifted such that the Dead Sea, now about 1300 feet below sea level, will have a new sea surface approximately 300 feet above mean sea level (See Figure 38).  From southern Lebanon to the Syrian Border there will be expansion and subsidence as shown in Figure 37, and from the Syrian border to northeastward to the Euphrates River there will be massive rifting and subsidence through the Palmyra folds and faults. 

All of these fantastic horizontal and vertical adjustments in the valley will produce a new Jordan River system, a system planned, prophesied, and created by God.  As the lava cools, and the isostasy balance returns to the Jordan Valley block, one will discover a new river system forming into what Figure 36 depicts.  The headwaters of the Jordan River system will begin in Turkey, flow across northern Syria into northern Israel, move slowly through the Idumean rift, and finally empty into the Gulf of Aqabah.  The Euphrates River will be diverted from A to B on Figure 36, and the Arabah Fault will be opened from C to D.  What we know now as the Dead Sea will gradually become an inland lake as most of its salt content drains slowly southward into the Red Sea, and its waters will be used to make the deserts of Israel blossom as the rose.


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 24 Chapter 26 – God Lifts His Land and His City

[10] All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses. Zechariah 14:10

Because of its exacting detail as to the section of land that would be lifted up, this is perhaps the most remarkable geological prophecy in the Old Testament.  We are advised that, along a line from Geba to Rimmon (See Figure 39), God intends to produce a fantastic geological transformation of the landscape.  When this violent transformational action is completed, there will be a plain like zone from from Geba to Rimmon and, at the same time, a lifting movement will have elevated the two hills of western Jerusalem.  This Scripture indicates that all of the land, immediately to the west of the line from Geba to Rimmon (See Figure 39), will be “lifted up” to a higher elevation, while all the land, immediately to the east of this line, will be lowered to form what appears “as a plain.”  The lifting of the land from Geba to Rimmon will include the city of Jerusalem.   The sections west of the Tyropoeon Valley will be lifted up, and those sections to the east will collapse into a plain (See Figure 40).

The prophet Zechariah knew nothing about the existence of the many structural weaknesses in the crust of the land of Israel, nor did anyone else in his day.  There was only one being who did, the God who made the earth.  The same God, who inspired Zechariah to write of this event, placed a structural weaknesses in the crust of the earth from Geba to Rimmon long before the prophets were born.  It was an appropriate type of weakness; one that went up and down in response to shakings in the earth.  It is only within the last century that men have begun to understand how this particular type of mechanism works in the earth’s crust.  Within the last 50 years, geologists uncovered a structural weakness, within the crust of the earth that passes through Jerusalem on its run from Geba to Rimmon.  It is a structural weakness, embedded within the Judean Folds, and has a long history of up warping.  This up warping zone is known as the Shekhem Syncline, which is one of the lineaments within the Levantine faulting and up warping system of the Holy Land.  Along the part of this lineament, that extends from Geba to Rimmon, there is a historical pattern of lifting to the west of it, and of down warping to the east of it.

Concerning the uplifting and down faulting, along the Shekhem  Syncline, and the Jordan-Arabah Rift Valley, Horowitz, in his 1979 text, “The Quaternary of Israel,” states:  “It should be noted that the age of uplifting and up warping is synchronous with the age of major down faulting of the Jordan-Arava Rift Valley, and the opening of the Bay of Elat.  It seems, therefore, that these two lineaments acted simultaneously, but in opposite directions.”  When violent up warping begins along the line from Geba to Rimmon, then a simultaneous down faulting to its east will occur through the Mount of Olives.

God has been lifting and lowering large sections of the earth’s crust, across the entire earth, along these types of weaknesses, for many centuries.  It was along a weakness like this that the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range of California was formed (See Figure 41).  I believe the immediate land sections, west of a line from Geba to Rimmon, will be lifted like fault block mountains, and the land, immediately to the east of it, and will collapse into a narrow valley plain.  Please note the two mile high fault scarp in Figure 41.  The fault scarp in Israel will not be nearly as high, perhaps ranging from increases of 500 to 2500 feet in height.

Please observe, in Figure 40, the up warping structural weakness line that separates the two western hills of Jerusalem from its three eastern hills.  This topographical feature is known as the Tyropoeon Valley.  The zone “from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepresses” is that section of land which includes the two western hills of Jerusalem.  It is not by accident that this structural line of weakness extends north to south directly behind where Solomon’s Temple was located.  If you visit Jerusalem, go north through the Dung Gate and walk straight north until the Wailing Wall is visible to your right.  Then turn and face west, with your back to the Wailing Wall.  You will be facing a fault scarp that has been lifted many times in the past.  Soon it will be lifted again when great earthquakes ripple through the Jordan Valley.

When the critical pressure is reached in the Gulf of Aqabah (See Figure 25), then the Arabah Fault will rip open northward across Israel.  It will generate the greatest earthquakes and topographical transformations in recorded history.

[18] And there were voices, and thunders, and lightning’s; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. [19] And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. Revelation 16:18, 19

The structural weakness from Geba to Rimmon, with its branch through the Tyropoeon Valley, will undergo massive uplifting to its west, and down faulting to its east.  This prophecy will soon be fulfilled by the God who led Zechariah to write it.  Figure 42 visually displays the city of Jerusalem after the lifting has occurred.  The exposed bluff, created by the uplifting, is what geologists call a fault scarp.  There will be a massive fault scarp extending all the way from Geba to Rimmon.

During earthquake activity down through the ages, God has created thousands of fault scarps across the surface of His earth.  In this instance God has chosen to give us the exact location where He will perform His handiwork.  And he has told us thousands of years before he does it.

[19] For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; [20] So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. Ezekiel 38:19, 20

[4] And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. [5] And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. Zechariah 14:4, 5


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 25 Chapter 27 – God Forms a Spring on a Temple Mount

[1] Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. Ezekiel 47:1

Birth Pang Number 24 ended with the creation of the fault scarp shown in Figure 42 (click on Figures above).  God has been creating thousands of fault scarps, just like this one, all across the earth since the dawn of creation.  Figure 42, in the lower right hand corner, pictures an extract, from a standard geological text, that shows a normal fault scarp.  Please note that God has been using fault scarps for countless centuries to produce springs of water.  The text states: “A fault line is sometimes indicated on the surface by a succession of springs which emerge along the line of displacement.”  It was not by accident God made a basic limestone formation as the first one thousand feet of rock strata under Jerusalem.  Limestone is the perfect rock for the generation of beautiful, clear springs, when uplifting of limestone layers occurs.

When rain falls upon limestone it forms a weak, carbonic acid, which slowly eats away at the basic composition of limestone, so that the water permeates downward through the limestone.  It is this process which eventually forms vast underground water reserves and streams on top of impermeable rock layers below the limestone.  The topography of Jerusalem and its environs is one of permeable limestone over impermeable rock layers.  This karst type of landscape has produced a system of underground water reserves and streams.  This system slopes downward from the middle ridge of the Judean Mountains eastward under the city of Jerusalem.  It is the watershed zone for the springs in and around Jerusalem.  The royal cistern of Solomon’s Temple, which now underlies the courtyard immediately to the north of the Dome of the Rock, is supplied by permeation and limestone springs.  This system is only a part of a vast underground water supply stretching north, west, and south of Jerusalem.  Sorek  Cave is located just fifteen miles west of Jerusalem within the Avshalom Reserve.  Permeation of water downward has created this great limestone cave, and upon the floor of this great cavern are pools of clear water.  These types of underground water reservoirs exist all across the earth’s surface.   Figure 43, from a geological text by Tarr shows the immergence of springs at the surface from underground reservoirs.  In his text, New Physical Geology, Tarr states: “Water percolating through soluble rock, like limestone, dissolves the rock along joint planes and bedding planes.  This often results in the formation of long, irregular, underground valleys, or caverns, such as the Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.  In such places much of the drainage is underground.  There are large surface streams and few tributaries, the chief water supply coming from the springs that bring the cavern water to the surface.”  There are numerous springs to the immediate south, west, and north of Jerusalem, as well as one under it, and another under the old city of David.

Figure 42 shows the exposed scarp (or bluff) generated by the lifting along the line through the Tyropoeon Valley.  This lifted zone consists of layer after layer of permeable limestone, and at its base is a thick layer of impermeable flint and hard dolomite.  When this layer of permeable limestone is lifted, its water zone, flowing above the flint and dolomite, will suddenly burst forward as a limestone spring just to the north of the Dome of the Rock.  This is the spring of Ezekiel 47:1.  Figure 44 shows the geological formation that will exist after the lifting.  There will be a continuous feeding of meteorologically stored water into the system throughout the millennial reign of Christ.  As rain falls upon uplifted western Jerusalem, and its Judean watershed, it will seep slowly downward through the limestone to constantly re-supply a great invisible reservoir perched above an impermeable layer of rock.  This is quoted from a standard earth science text, concerning this type of spring: “However, one type of hillside spring is likely to flow continuously.  This is a spring formed at the zone of contact between permeable and impermeable rocks.  Water filters down through the permeable rock and comes to the surface on a hill side when it meets the impermeable rock layer.”  The Bible indicates Ezekiel’s spring will flow continuously throughout the millennial reign of Christ, and this is exactly what happens when strata, like that under Jerusalem, is lifted.

There are some commentaries that identify the waters found in Ezekiel 47 as “spiritual” waters, not literal waters.  But this is not the case, for we are told in this chapter that:  (1) the waters empty into a river, (2) the river empties into a salty sea, (3) the fresh water eventually removes most of the salt, and (4) fish will live in the freshened water.  I have great difficulty in accepting “spiritual” water that has “physical” fish living in it.

Once the spring has been formed, the remnant of Israelites, which God brought through the Tribulation Period, will see the spring where Solomon’s Temple once stood.  They will take the blueprint narrative instructions, contained after chapter 39 in Ezekiel, and will build the Millennial Temple such that the waters will issue out “from under the threshold of the house eastward,” and such that they come “down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.”


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 26 Chapter 28 – God Digs a River Bed

[2] Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side. [3] And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ancles. [4] Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins. [5] Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over. Ezekiel 47:2-5

These are the literal, physical waters that will flow out of the Temple, which will be built in Jerusalem immediately following the Second Advent during the Millennial Reign of Christ.  As is typical of springs that suddenly surface from karst topography, when one walks away from the spring source, he or she notes that it becomes wider and deeper.  Like many other springs, as the water flows away from its source to cut a “V” shaped valley through limestone strata, it will eventually be fed by side springs from the limestone water table along the lower sections of the “V.”  This feeding by subterranean springs, from the water table source, will eventually cause the millennial spring to become wider and deeper as one walks eastward through the Eastern Gate of the new Temple (See Figure 45).  It is basically no different from thousands of other limestone springs that God has formed in altered topography – springs that bubble forth, and then keep getting wider and deeper as they obey gravity along a path of least resistance, eventually flowing into a larger stream, creek, bayou, marsh, or river.

As you may observe on Figure 45, the actual cubit measurement begins at the “utter gate” of the newly built millennial Temple.  The measurement of four thousand cubits, or six thousand feet, carries us directly through the valley created by God at the end of the Tribulation Period when he split the Mount of Olives.  The stream will flow between the two divided sections and, on the opposite side of the Mount of Olives, a dramatic hydrologic change suddenly occurs at the end of four thousand cubits, which is a great change in the depth of the stream.  The increase in depth is very gradual for almost four thousand cubits, going from the ankles, to the knees, and to the thighs.  But suddenly, at the end of the six thousand feet, Ezekiel encounters a river he could not pass over except by swimming.  I am convinced this great river is the diverted Jordan River.

When God rips open the Arabah Fault, shown in Figure 25, the Jericho Valley will be opened as a riverbed from north of Jericho to the point four thousand cubits east of the present Golden Gate of Jerusalem.  When this opening of the Jericho Valley occurs, the Jordan River will be dammed temporarily by massive landslides in its central portion, but will eventually flow southward into its newly created riverbed, finally to link with the end of Ezekiel’s spring stream.  All of this may seem to be unbelievable, but let me assure you this has occurred before in God’s creation, as the quote from this 1692 earthquake report attests: “But the greatest violence was among the mountains and rocks.  Most of the rivers were stopped for twenty-four hours by the falling of the mountains; till, swelling up, they made themselves new channels, tearing up trees, and all they met in their passage.  A great mountain split, and fell into the level ground, and covered several settlements, and destroyed the people there.”  The Jordan River itself has been dammed up before on several occasions by earthquake landslides.  But this time it will be the greatest earthquake upheaval Israel has ever known, and the Jordan will be diverted permanently to link with Ezekiel’s stream.

[19] For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; [20] So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. Ezekiel 38:19, 20

 [18] And there were voices, and thunders, and lightning’s; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. [19] And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. [13] And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. [14] The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. [15] And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. [18] And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. [52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. Revelation 16:18-20 + 11:13-15, 18 + I Corinthians 15:52


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 27 Chapter 29 – God Divides the Great City

[18] And there were voices, and thunders, and lightning’s; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. [19] And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. Revelation 16:18, 19

Birth Pang Numbers 2 and 3 contained a lengthy exposition of Revelation 16:18-21.  Therefore, to preclude repetitions, I will attempt to limit myself, as much as possible, to verse 19, but I do recommend a review of the aforementioned birth pang numbers for a better understanding of Birth Pang Number 27.  We are advised that a great worldwide quake, which affects not only the Jordan Rift Valley but also all the “cities” of the “nations,” will also divide “the great city” into three parts.  The great city that will be divided is not Rome.  It is the great city we identify as Jerusalem.  I will not dispute that the “great Babylon” of the latter part of this verse will have its ecclesiastical headquarters in Rome, but these are two different cities, which are separated grammatically by “the cities of the nations.”  The Jordan Rift Valley connects with the east-west fault line across the northern coastline of Turkey, which in turn moves between the toe of the Italian Boot and Sicily up to a point off the coast of Rome, and then westward through the Straits of Gibraltar.  The world’s greatest earthquake since God placed man on this planet will occur in the Jordan River near the southern end of the Dead Sea, but it will eventually send a rippling effect to set off a chain of worldwide earthquake activity, and one of the greatest will be off the coast of Rome on the Mediterranean Sea Floor.  This chain of earthquakes will eventually affect most of the “cities” of most of the “nations.”  Some believe “the great city” is Rome, but the same inspired Koine Greek construction for “the great city” is also used by John in Revelation 11:8.

[8] And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. Revelation 11:8

The Apostle John wrote Revelation about AD 96, some 26 years after the leveling of Jerusalem by Titus and his Roman Legion.  Once this happened in AD 70 to fulfill the Olivet prophecy Jesus had made 40 years before it happened, the living disciples began to refer to the great city of Jerusalem as “Sodom and Egypt.” So “The great city” of Revelation 11:8, and of 16:19, is one and the same.  Jesus was not crucified outside Rome, but outside the city of Jerusalem.  John had looked down on Jerusalem many times as he approached it from a higher elevation coming west on the Jericho Road.  He recognized it once again as he looked down on it from above in his vision from heaven, and he saw it divided into three parts from the earthquake activity.

Throughout the Bible, when God makes divisions of physical things, He invariably uses land and water to make separations.  He uses mountains and valleys in the landscape, and rivers, seas, oceans, creeks, or streams in the hydrological pattern.  When all the changes of the previous birth pangs have been completed, Jerusalem will have been divided into three parts by land, elevation, and water.  In Figure 46 (See top of this Birth Pang for menu) you may view all three topographical divisions of Jerusalem.  Part 1 will be the down faulted section north of Ezekiel’s stream, Part 2 will be the section south of the stream, and part 3 will be the uplifted western section of “the great city.”


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 28 Chapter 30 – God Splits a River

[8] And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. [9] And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one. Zechariah 14:8, 9

[8] Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. [9] And it shall come to pass, that everything that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and everything shall live whither the river cometh. Ezekiel 47:8, 9

[18] And all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim. Joel 3:18B

In order to determine the time of “in that day” given in Zechariah 14:8, it is necessary to examine 14:9.  Verse nine clearly identifies “in that day” as the time when Jesus Christ will be king over all the earth, a period of time known as the millennial reign of Christ.  However, in order for Jerusalem and Israel to be as verse eight describes, it is obvious that fantastic geological changes must first occur in the existing topographical structure.  These drastic land mass shifts will occur during the last part of the Tribulation Period as outlined in verses 4 and 10 of Zechariah 14, and in numerous other Scriptures exposited previously in the Birth Pang Updates.

What are “living waters?”  They are simply waters that support organic aquatic life.  Zechariah advises us in verse eight that water, with the capacity to support aquatic life forms, will go out from Jerusalem.  This water is the water from Ezekiel’s spring (See Birth Pang Number 25).   We are advised that half of the waters go toward the Dead Sea (Former Sea) and the rest flow toward the Mediterranean Sea (Hinder Sea).  We also are informed that the water will be a continual stream that does not dry up between the two rainy seasons (most of the interior streams in Israel are dry creek beds a large part of the year).  To an oriental mind, “in summer and in winter shall it be,” means a perpetual flow of life supporting water.  The typical limestone spring, which is generated by permeable rock over impermeable rock in a lifted fault scarp, flows the year round.   

The prophet Joel indicates a fountain (spring) will come from the Millennial Temple of the Lord, and will water the valley of Shittim.  The valley of Shittim was located in the general area of Nebi Musa and Khirbat Qumran, the extreme northwestern tip of the Dead Sea.  The springs of Zechariah, Ezekiel, and Joel are all one and the same, and Figure 47 (See Birth Pang Figures Above) portrays their path from source to seas.  I really do not believe the new Dead Sea will look anything like what Figure 47 pictures, nor will the Sea of Galilee.  However, I have left them as they are today for a point of reference familiar to Bible students as old landmarks.  The massive upheaval of the entire Jordan Valley, and the horrifying creation of a flood basalt plain will leave in its wake a river system almost totally unrecognizable from current geography.


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 29 Chapter 31 – God Heals the Eastern Sea

[6] And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river. [7] Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other. [8] Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. Ezekiel 47:6-8

[3] Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. [4] And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. Zechariah 14:3, 4

As we begin with verse 6, we have just walked eastward a little over a mile (4000 cubits) from the “utter gate” of the Jerusalem Millennial Temple, and have arrived at the brink of the diverted Jordan River shown in Figure 47.  Please look at Figure 47 and read Birth Pang Numbers 25 through 28.  During our walk, we passed directly through the graben valley created during the Tribulation Period when the Mount of Olives divided into two sections, one moving to the north, and one moving to the south.  The stream along which we walked developed after the splitting of the Mount of Olives, and is the stream of Zechariah 14:8 – “And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.”  It is also the same spring described in Joel 3:18B – “And all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim.”

The area through which the entire stream and Jordan River complex is prophesied to flow has a very fertile soil profile.  But no matter how fertile and perfectly zoned a soil horizon exists, unless there is water, no vegetation will spring up.  This has been the problem in this dry arid region for centuries, but God is going to change all that.  Trees and all types of vegetation will flourish along the length of these two living water rivers (Figure 47) as they flow toward the Mediterranean and Dead Seas.  The remnant of the nation of Israel will use this new source of water to irrigate the deserts of Judah and most of southern Israel, including the Negev.  Israel will become the breadbasket of the world.

As verse eight of Ezekiel 47 begins, we find ourselves standing at the brink of the diverted Jordan River, about four thousand cubits east of the “utter gate” of the Millennial Temple.  We are told that from this point the waters go out into what he calls “the east country.”  The “east country” is the section of land that includes the Dead Sea, which has been referred to in the past as “the Eastern Sea.”  We have the water moving, as shown in Figure 47, into the country east of the Mount of Olives like a pattern known as a bird’s foot delta.  We are then advised that from “the east country” the waters “go down into the desert.”  We are informed in the Hebrew which desert, for the word used for “desert” is “Arabah,” which is the desert that lies between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea.  Strong’s Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary identifies the Arabah as “the sterile valley of the Jordan and its continuation to the Red Sea.”  Wilson’s Old Testament Word Studies “the desert” as “the land between the Dead Sea and the Elanitic Gulf (Gulf of Aqabah).   First the waters flow southward through the Arabah Desert to eventually empty into “the sea,” and that sea is the northern extension of the Red Sea, which is also known by the Arabs as the Gulf of Aqabah.  As indicated, in previous Birth Pang Updates, a channel will be opened in the land that lies between the Dead Sea and the Gulf of Aqabah.  This land was once known as the land of Idumea.   Gradually the flow of fresh water from the Temple and the diverted fresh water from the Euphrates will “heal” the “east country” of its high salt content.  The “healing” will be accomplished by most of its salt being carried southward into the Red Sea.  Figure 47 shows the completed hydrological structure prophesied by Ezekiel, Zechariah, and Joel.  I believe that the shape of the Dead Sea will be quite different from what I have shown in Figure 47, but so that the reader may relate to a known geographical feature, I have left its present shape unchanged.  Actually, it will become more like a fresh water delta marsh from Engedi to Eneglaim, and that section from “the brink of the river” to the fresh water marsh will be similar to the Mississippi Delta, but on a much smaller scale.

Figure 48 gives a general pictorial summation of many of the geological changes prophesied to occur in previous Updates.  All of these terrifying changes have a twofold purpose:  to show man the power of God and to prepare the land for the reign of Jesus Christ when he returns.