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Is it the End of the World?


”Therefore as I live, saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them.” (Zephaniah 2:9)

One of my favorite things to do is look for what I call obscure prophecies in the Bible. Everyone wants to know who the antichrist is, etc., but that’s not very interesting for me. Rather, I am continually amazed at how finely calibrated Bible prophecy is.

A recent trip to Masada, at the southern end of the Dea Sea, was confirmation of this. The prophet Zephaniah predicted that the area where Sodom and Gomorrah once existed (I reject the almost-comical claim of liberal scholarship that the biblical references to these doomed cities are myth) would become a perpetual desolation and a saltpit.

That is certainly correct today. The Dead Sea region is so barren and desolate…the Dead Sea is one great saltpit.

Moreover, the reference to Moab, that ancient region that is now in the present-day country of Jordan, will one day be a possession of the people of Israel, that remnant. One can see the “hills of Moab” just on the other side of the Dead Sea.

The Bible is full of such prophecy, and it is there for anyone to see. Enrich yourself by studying it. In a day when so many people are looking for comfort and hope, try something different today: see the power and majesty of the true God, as He reveals Himself in our day through the marvelous backdrop of predictive prophecy.

The summit at Masada, overlooking the Dead Sea

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