The Wonders of Israel

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When you think of Israel, what comes to mind geographically? Perhaps you think of the Jerusalem, the city on a hill. Or, maybe the Sea of Galilee, or even the Dead Sea. The barren wilderness of southern Israel may come to mind.

Those places alone represent significant diversity in geography and climate. But I want to stretch your mind a little. Israel is the size of New Jersey…or the size of my home county, Maricopa County (Arizona). It is a tiny nation!

Yet, in that tiny place, climate ranges from temperate to tropical, hot and dry to cold and rainy, and even arid in a large swath of southern Israel. One might take a four hour drive from one end of Israel to the other, and see snow on Mt Hermon, tropical beauty in northern Israel, fertile valleys in central Israel, Mediterranean mildness on the coast, crisp coolness and rain in Jerusalem, and balmy beach weather in Eilat (southern tip of Israel). Yes, all in one nation the size of my home county!

Because God has blessed Israel with such geographic uniqueness, Israel has an abundance of nature reserves (10) that clearly display the handiwork of the Almighty Creator. Take a look and enjoy:

Is the Sea of Galilee Drying Up?

When in Israel, I have seen the low levels at the Sea of Galilee.  Some are fearful that the Sea of Galilee may soon drop below a level at which irreversible damage may be done to the ecosystem.

Here is a report from one of the news channels in Israel:

While I don’t necessarily agree with every statement made in the newscast, these types of reports are becoming more and more frequent.

I find Biblical significance in reports of this nature.  Scripture tells us of famines, earthquakes and various natural disasters that will take place during end times.  The lack of water is just one of many possibilities upon and earth that is groaning for the Lord’s return.

Thus, this serves as a reminder to pray on two different fronts.  First, it is good to pray for Israel’s resources, including water.  Ultimately, though, we know things of this earth will pass away.  Therefore, it should also remind us to pray for salvation of the Jews, Arabs and others in the region (and around the world).  Indeed, we see preparations for the Lord’s return and time is short.  Let’s be people of prayer!

Israel Facing Worst Drought in Almost 100 Years

Image result for sea of galilee droughtIsrael is entering the 6th year of a major drought, with no relief in sight.  As a result, the Sea of Galilee, Israel’s primary source of water, is approaching a 100-year low.  In fact the water level is dangerously close to the level in which intake pipes of water pumps will be above the water line, making it impossible to pump needed water out of the Galilee to neighboring farmland and orchards.

Fortunately, about 70% of Israel’s drinking water now comes from desalination plants along the Mediterranean Sea.  If not for that fact, Israel would quickly be out of water.  Regardless, water needs are such that authorities are warning residents that water consumption may be limited within a year or so.

I am reminded of a time when water will not be an issue!  Zechariah 14 describes that glorious day when, after gathering the nations against Jerusalem, Jesus steps foot on the Mount of Olives to take care of business!  A mighty earthquake will split the Eastern Gate wide open and He will enter.  Then, notice:

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.
~Zechariah 14:8

Plenty of water will flow from Jerusalem (of all places!)

However, today’s drought is real, and I hope you will join me in praying for the Lord to bless Israel with significant rainfall.  But there is a greater need.  Jesus described Himself as “Living Water” in John 4:7-14.  Then, in Revelation 22:17, He says:

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.

A greater drought is occurring in the heart and soul of the Jewish people.  Spiritually, they are thirsty, and we (the bride of Christ) join with the Spirit of God, saying “Come…drink from the Living Water!”  God will take care of physical drought conditions, but only Jesus can rid the spiritual drought.

As we’re “about our Father’s business” in these last days, let’s engage in the task before us.  Let’s pray for Jews and Gentiles alike, who are experiencing spiritual drought.  We know the solution!  Are we sharing it?

HAPPENING NOW: Flare ups on Israel’s Northern and Southern Borders

Israel artillery fire into Gaza (photo credit: REUTERS/NIR ELIAS)

Over the past few hours things have heated up on Israel’s northern and southern borders.  An IDF soldier was hit by sniper fire, the IDF is carrying out operations on the Gaza border, stray missiles from the Syrian conflict landed in the Sea of Galilee, Israel is also taking action on the northern border.

The Jerusalem Post has posted a running timeline of events.  You will find it here:

Two Front Flareup: IDF Strikes on Northern and Southern Borders

Pray for wisdom and the Lord’s protection of Israeli troops and leaders, and for safety of civilians caught in the midst of conflict.