At 429 meters below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest land spot on earth. And as its name suggests due to its salt density (nearly 10 times denser than the ocean), nothing is able to live in the water. This includes fish and other aquatic life. It doesn’t even have plant life along its shore because of the layers of salt.
The sea which is 50 kms long borders Israel, Palestine and Jordan. It is a popular Mediterranean tourist destination, and due to the water’s density, people float more than swim in its water.
Because of its high mineral concentrations, many believe its water and mud have medicinal qualities. Apparently, even King Herod the Great had a health spa of sorts along its shores.
The Bible talks about the Dead Sea a few times. The first is found in Genesis 14:3.
But perhaps one of the stranger mentions is an end-time prophecy by Ezekiel that one day the Dead Sea will come back to life. Its dead putrid waters will be healed.
8 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. 9 It will come about that every living creature which swarms in every place where the river goes, will live. And there will be very many fish, for these waters go there and the others become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. (Ezekiel 47:8-9 NASV)
So what are the bizarre things that are starting to take place in Dead Sea? There is life showing up along the edges of the sea.
One of the major sources of water for the Dead Sea is the Jordan River. There are fish in the river, but they turn back at the Dead Sea.
However, with farmers using the Jordan River for irrigation, the flow into the sea is substantially reduced. This combined with evaporation has resulted in the Dead Sea shrinking by a meter a year.
In the midst of this dramatically receding shore line, sink holes are showing up. And this is where it gets strange. Some are filled with fresh water and are so big they even have fish in them.
Below is a video showing some of the sink holes numbering in the thousands with fish in them. (Note: the video does get a bit weird in spots, but shows what is happening.)
Samantha Siegel, an American Jew now living in Israel, made the video in 2015. It took her a while to connect the fish in the sinkholes with Ezekiel’s prophecy.
In an interview with Breaking Israel News, Siegel said:
“Last year, when I saw the fish in the pond, I remembered the prophecy, but I didn’t realize the significance. I wasn’t really blown away. I just thought, ‘Gee, that is pretty cool. The Dead Sea is coming back to life.’
“A few months later, when I reread the prophecy, it clicked. Once you see it, the connection is so undeniable. It is right in front of your face.”
But according to Breaking Israel News, it gets even stranger. Because of the high salt and mineral density, scuba gear doesn’t work in the dead sea so it had not been properly explored. In areas it can be as deep as 304 meter (997 feet).
But that changed in 2011, when researchers from the Negev’s Ben Guiron University using modified equipment were able to dive its depths.
They found massive craters (15 meters wide and 20 meter deep) at the bottom of the sea full of fresh water, being fed by springs beneath the sea. Though these craters did not have fish in them, they were spots where several kinds of microorganisms thrived.
Though I don’t believe these sinkholes necessarily fulfill Ezekiel’s prophecy, it does suggest something may be brewing — perhaps a sign of the times.
The prophet Ezekiel saw fisherman at the sea’s edge plying their trade:
10 And it will come about that fishermen will stand beside it; from Engedi to Eneglaim there will be a place for the spreading of nets. Their fish will be according to their kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea, very many. (Ezekiel 47:10 NASV)