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#29 God Splits a River


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.