Zechariah and the Rift Valley
The Great Rift Valley is a unique topographical feature along which the ground has sunk between parallel faults. It extends north and south along the Jordan Valley, the Red Sea, and through Africa to the Zambesi River, in the south-east.
Zechariah wrote of
"the day of the Lord", when He will come in power and majesty,
"And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives ... and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof ... and there shall be a very great valley" (ZECHARIAH 14:4).
Such tremendous topographical changes would be the result of a great earthquake along a unique fault line scarred with signs of earth movements. This fault line is regarded by seismologists as a region of great potential earthquake danger.
The River Jordan runs north and south through a portion of this great fault in the earth's crust. This fault begins in the Toros Mountains, in Turkey, continues down the Jordan Valley, through the Gulf of Aqaba, across the Red Sea, and ends somewhere in south-east Africa. From its source in the mountains in Turkey the Jordan River flows southward over a distance of 240 miles, descending to a remarkable 1,290 feet below sea level where it reaches the Dead Sea. This is the lowest body of water on the surface of the earth.
Rift Valley "widening"
NAIROBI, Sun., AAP. - A team of eight British geophysicists has arrived in Kenya to carry out a study of the Rift Valley.
It is feared the Rift is widening, and East Africa may break off from the rest of the continent.
The Rift, which starts at the Dead Sea in the north and runs down to Tanzania, is one of the major faults in the Earth's surface.
The old city of Jerusalem lies 15 miles west of the Dead Sea and 36 miles east of the Mediterranean Sea, and the altitude of Jerusalem is 2,500 feet above sea level. The Mount of Olives, situated close by, is 2,600 feet above sea level and belongs to the same range of hills, which runs north and south.
The Dead Sea was known in olden times as the
"former sea", and the Mediterranean as the
"hinder sea" (ZECHARIAH 14:8). At the time of the great upheaval in this area of Palestine, which is prophesied to coincide with the return of Jesus, it is predicted that the Mount of Olives will split east to west forming a very great valley, and the Jordan Valley
"shall be lifted up" - an immense cataclysm. An enormous subterranean lake said to exist beneath Jerusalem will be released to flow west to the Mediterranean, east to the Dead Sea, and south through the Gulf of Aqaba to the Red Sea.
ZECHARIAH 14:10 indicates that the country south of Jerusalem will be changed into a plain from Geba (6 miles north of Jerusalem) to Rimmon (45 miles south of Jerusalem). That area will be lifted by great subterranean forces to its former elevation (prior to the subsidence of this rift valley).
The prophet Isaiah tells us that at the time of the great earthquake in the Jordan Valley, the Lord will also destroy the "Tongue" of the Egyptian Sea, possibly indicating the disappearance of the Gulf of Suez and the diversion of the waters of the lower Nile probably eastwards towards the Red Sea. The devastating effect of this on the land of Egypt is described in EZEKIEL 29:1-11.
Our scientists confirm the possibility - are things on the move?
"Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh" (MATTHEW 24:44).
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