Israel suffered unprecedented floods over the past two weeks. While much damage was done, and at least five lives were lost, some are saying that the deluges also represented a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Or at least the beginning of such.
The Israel Meteorological Service reported that In the first half of January, precipitation in the north of the Land broke a 50-year record. In the south, Israel received more rain than it had in 76 years for the same period.
So much rain on the Judean Mountains over such a short period of time inevitably leads to massive flash floods. And where does all that water go? Depending on where exactly it falls, the water flows either to the Mediterranean Sea, or to the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea.
That already hints at the prophecy in question, and demonstrates how Ezekiel’s words could indeed one day be fulfilled.
As the prophet records:
“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.”
As Breaking Israel News noted, Genesis 13:10 tells us that the region around the southern end of the Dead Sea was once so lush that it was referred to as the “garden of the LORD.”
Were enough water to flow down from the mountains, it certainly could be so again.
Might we be witnessing the beginning of the fulfillment of this prophecy with the unprecedented winter rains?
While the notion of such was enough to catch the attention of some Hebrew-language media outlets, like Walla! News, secular Israelis ultimately concluded that they’d believe it when they see it.