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Saturday, October 20 2012

The Parched Ground Shall Become A Pool

The English word "desert," meaning "an arid region with little or no vegetation," originated from an Anglo-Saxon word which meant to forsake. Notice that the definition of desert identifies the key factor as arid - very low precipitation. Deserts can occur anywhere on earth, hence the reason that they are classified as either "hot" or "cold" i.e. there are deserts in northern Canada, just as there are deserts in the southern U.S. - while there are also seasonally cold deserts in the U.S. (e.g. in Montana) and seasonally hot deserts in Canada (e.g. the Alberta Badlands, that have cactus, scorpions and rattlesnakes).

A Wadi In The Negev Desert The common illusion known as the "mirage" is often thought of as occurring in deserts, however they can occur anywhere that it gets hot, even for a few hours. The English word "mirage" originated from a French word meaning to be reflected, as in a mirror. A mirage, such as an illusion of a pool of water in a desert, or on a summertime highway, is just that - a mirror image. The phenomenon is caused by the refraction (bending) of the rays of the sun on a hot surface; what appears as a pool of water is actually just a reflection of the blue sky.

As is so often the case, a single English word, in this case "desert," is used to translate many different Hebrew words of the actual Holy Scriptures (keep in mind that the Word of God is the Word of God, translations are translations; see also Translation Of Translations). Examples:

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced mid-bawr, which means dry wilderness

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced yesh-ee-mone, which means desolation

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced khor-baw, which means drought, as in anywhere can become a desert

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced tsee-ee, which means nomad

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced ar-aw-baw, which means a desert area (the word "Arab" originated from that same word)

"The parched ground shall become a pool and the thirsty land springs of water"

The defining-fact that deserts are dry because they receive little precipitation doesn't mean that water can't be found in a desert. As recorded in the Scriptures, water was and is available from an oasis, or from underground supplies, as in these examples in the Sinai.


"2:15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian [see Moses Of Midian]: and he sat down by a well. 2:16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock. 2:17 And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock." (Exodus 2:15-17 KJV)

"15:22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea [see The Night Crossing], and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. 15:23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. 15:24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? 15:25 And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD showed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. 15:27 And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters." (Exodus 15:22-27 KJV)

"17:5 And the LORD [see Who Is The LORD?] said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. 17:6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel." (Exodus 17:5-6 KJV)

Interestingly, the Commandment against idolatry includes not making an idol out of "the water under the earth."

"20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 20:6 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments." (Exodus 20:4-6 KJV)

The return of the Messiah (see What Happens After The Messiah Returns?; also Could Christ Return Tonight?) is going to produce a new world in which all of the "dry places," geographically ("the parched ground shall become a pool and the thirsty land springs of water") and spiritually ("the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped") will be abundantly watered.


"35:1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. 35:2 It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.

35:3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. 35:4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you.

35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 35:6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. 35:7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.

35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. 35:9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away." (Isaiah 35:1-10 KJV)

"14:8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. 14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one." (Zechariah 14:8-9 KJV)

Fact Finder: Are there vast amounts of underground water that may one day turn the dry deserts into well-watered pools?
See How Did The Flood Happen?

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This Day In History, October 20

480 BC: Greek naval forces defeated the Persian forces in the battle of Salamis (see The Prophet Daniel: The Ram and The He Goat).

1632: Sir Christopher Wren was born. He became one of Britain's most outstanding architects.

1740: Charles V, Holy Roman emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire) and head of the house of Habsburg, died. Two of the Wars of the Spanish Succession developed directly from his death.

1921: The Treaty of Ankara between France and the Grand National Assembly of Turkey was signed. It formalized the French recognition of the Assembly rather than the government of Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI, as the sovereign power in Turkey (listen also to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1822: Andrew Bonar Law became the first Canadian-born Prime Minister of Britain.

1827: In the Greek War of Independence, the Turkish and Egyptian fleets were devastated by the British, French and Russians at the Battle of Navarino.

1867: Ottawa was proclaimed the capital of Canada. Founded in 1827 by Col. John By, Ottawa was first named Bytown. It was renamed after the Ottawa Indians in 1854. In 1858 Ottawa was chosen by Queen Victoria to be the capital of the "United Provinces of Canada," and in 1867 it became the capital of the sovereign nation of Canada.

1911: Roald Amundsen set off with 4 others on his journey to the South Pole. They arrived on December 14.

1930: Jews in "Palestine" ("Palestine" is an English-language rendering of "Philistine") were banned from purchasing Arab land by the British authorities. After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Britain controlled Palestine from the end of World War 1 in 1918 to Israeli independence in 1948 (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration).

1935: The "Long March" of Chinese communists led by Mao Zedong ended. Of the 80,000 who set out, only 9,000 completed the 6,000 miles (9,700 kilometers) to Yanan.

1944: Aachen became the first large German city to fall to the advancing allied forces near the end of the Second World War.

1971: West German Chancellor Willy Brandt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1973: During their Watergate investigations of Nixon himself, President Nixon fired Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus.

2011: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed by rebel forces after the Battle of Sirte (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).


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