The Dead Sea, referred to as the Sea of Arabah in the Bible, is located on Israel’s western edge bordering Jordan and Palestine.
It is popular with tourists because of the water’s buoyancy due to a high concentration of salt.
In this video, a group of unnamed people stumble upon cubed-shaped salt formations on the shore of the Dead Sea. Most varieties of salt naturally form into cube-shaped crystals. Though crystals are found on the shores of the Dead Sea, perfectly shaped cubes with straight lines and right angles are rare.
The salinity of the Dead Sea can reach levels of 34% in parts and is 10 times saltier than our oceans. The Jordan River flows into the sea and because there is no water flowing out, there has been a build up of minerals and salts. With its shores at 1,400 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest sea on earth.
Biblical references to the Dead Sea
There are a number of references to the Dead Sea in the Bible, under its name Arabah.
When Joshua led the Israelis into the Promised Land, they needed to cross the Jordan River. When the feet of the Priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant touched the edge of the Jordan, the waters were blocked up-river at the City of Adam. The Bible records this cut off the flow of water to the sea of Arabah, where its nick name is also given — the Salt Sea (Joshua 3:16).
But there is a day, when God will transform this sea. In a vision recorded in Ezekiel 47, the prophet sees a third Temple being built in Israel. Most consider it the temple that will be built in Jerusalem during the thousand-year reign of Jesus, as its construction takes place after Gog and its hordes are destroyed (Ezekiel 38-39).
This new temple is patterned after Solomon’s temple with one exception — there is no mention of a laver also called a “sea” (1 Kings 7:23-26).
Instead, Ezekiel sees a river flowing under the new temple to the Sea of Arabah. When the waters reach Arabah, the sea became fresh and the area surrounding the Dead Sea will spring with new growth because of it (Ezekiel 47:1-12).
Then he said to me, “These waters go out toward the eastern region and go down into the Arabah; then they go toward the sea, being made to flow into the sea, and the waters of the sea become fresh. (Ezekiel 47:8 NASV)