The Dead Sea is both the lowest point on earth at over 1,400 ft. below sea level, and the deepest hypersaline lake in the world at a depth of 2,600 ft. below sea level. It is also one of the saltiest bodies of water on Earth, with a salinity of about 37%. It is twice as salty as the Great Salt Lake in Utah and 8.6 times as salty as the Atlantic Ocean. The high salinity prevents macroscopic aquatic organisms such as fish and aquatic plants from living in it.
Ezekiel prophesied that the Dead Sea would one day be teaming with life. There are recent reports of fish swimming in sinkholes of fresh water which have formed on the shores of the sea. These large freshwater sinkholes were discovered in 2011, are a result of dropping water levels. The Sinkholes are caused by fresh water running under the ground from nearby mountains are meeting the sediment layers and melting them. As a result, the sinkholes are teaming with fish and algae. The water has a salinity level less than 1.5% and is water you could drink. This is the beginning of the FULFILLMENT of Ezekiel’s PROPHECY:
“Then he led me back to the bank of the river. When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. He said to me, This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds—like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea. But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.” (Ezekiel 47:6-12)
Many of our Holy Land tours lodge one night on the shores of the Dead Sea at the Herods Dead Sea Hotel. This Five Star Plus Hotel affords guests a stay of incomparable luxury. This breathtaking location and exceptional range of spa facilities set the stage for the perfect pampering break.