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?

Innovation Nation: Water, Food, Seeds

What if you could make water from thin air?  Or, how about healthy, delicious meals from a small capsule?  What would happen if a farmer’s yield increased significantly simply by producing better seeds?

Sound like an episode of the Jetson’s or some other futuristic, fictitious scenario?  What seems impossible to some is simply a challenge to be met by Israeli Food Technology!  Check out this 2-minute Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs video:

 

Those who believe God has not blessed the land and the people of Israel just haven’t experienced Israel, the most unique place on earth!

Shabbat shalom!

Helping the World Grow More with Less

Do you have a drip system in your yard?  I live in the desert, and I know of very few people and places around Phoenix AZ that do not have a drip system.  Most of what grows here is watered by the drip…drip…drip of a system that provides only small drops of water over a period of time to help plants exposed to extreme sunlight and temperatures survive.

Well, the terrain and climate I’m used to is similar to parts of Israel, where the drip irrigation system was invented.  You see, after being exiled to the four corners of the earth following Roman conquest in 70 AD, Jews began returning to their land in significant numbers in the 1800’s.  What did they find when they returned?  Barrenness, sand dunes and hardened desert.  No one wanted this strip of useless, good-for-nothing land, yet it was the land God had given to Abraham and his descendents.

The Jewish people worked hard to make something of their homeland, and in the mid-1960’s a man noticed that a particular tree was growing much better than those around it.  When he examined the tree closer, he noticed that a broken pipe was emitting single drops of water that were providing the moisture needed to make this particular tree thrive while those around it did not.  Using his Jewish intuition, the man soon founded Netafim, and introduced drip irrigation to the world!

Since then, Netafim has been the industry standard in drip irrigation, and has taken their product around the globe, helping the world grow more with less.  Here are a few interesting facts:

 

Netafim is also a key player in making Israeli deserts bloom!  (Fast forward to the 7:00 mark in that video.)

So, next time you notice your drip system, thank God for Israeli innovation!  Oh…and BTW, just a few days ago Netafim was sold for $1.5 billion, but will remain in Israel for the next 20 years, providing jobs for Israelis!  Now that’s a bargain!

Israel: The World Leader in Water Recycling

Technology abounds in many areas in Israel: electronics, medicine, agriculture and more.  Israelis lead the world in water conservation and recycling…and it’s not even close!  Almost 90% of Israel’s wastewater is recycled and used for irrigation, and the next closest nation recycles less than 20%.

Furthermore, Israel has more than enough water for itself and uses the excess to build bridges of peace and friendship with others (including the Palestinians).  Their desalination plants turn the salty Mediterranean Seawater into drinking water in less than an hour!

Learn more about how Israel supplies itself and its neighbors with water: