WHY CALL IT THE EZEKIEL'S WATER PROJECT?
Ezekiel's vision provides some key ideas for the project. Honoring his vision will encourage the
participation of those who believe the prophets of the Bible. His vision is very powerful.
3 As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits
and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. 4 He measured off another thousand cubits
and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through
water that was up to the waist. 5 He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that
I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in-a river that no one
could cross. 6 He asked me, "Son of man, do you see this?"
Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7 When I arrived there, I saw a great number of
trees on each side of the river. 8 He said to me, "This water flows toward the eastern region and
goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Sea. When it empties into the Sea, the water there
becomes fresh. 9 Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be
large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where
the river flows everything will live. 10 Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to
En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds-like the fish
of the Great Sea. 11 But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for
salt. 12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not
wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear, because the water from the
sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing." (NIV)
Key ideas for the project I gleaned from Ezekiel's Vision are:
1. Capacity, a river so large no one could cross
2. Location, south of the Temple, which happens to line up with the desirable intake and
exit points, and the shortest distance, from near Palmahim to near Nahal Avnat.
3. Hydraulic gradient, one in one thousand, repeated three times in the vision, a very
practical design grade for the project
4. Desalination, because plants will live where the water goes
5. Med seawater on top of the Dead Sea suggested by all the fish of the Great Sea (Med Sea) to
be found from En Eglaim to En Gedi.
6. Flats left for salt, preservation of the mining interests of Dead Sea Works and Arab Potash
7. Leaves will be for healing, showing the importance of the project for peace in the region
I do not believe that Ezekielís vision is a design for a water project, but that he used the
vision of a river of water flowing into the Dead Sea to suggest the power of Godís message going
from Jerusalem into all the world. That process began with the teaching of the disciples of
Yeshua, at the Temple, on the Day of Pentecost following the crucifixion and resurrection of
Yeshua. For more on this, see "What Is Ezekielís River" link below.
The vision of Ezekiel does show the power of the Creator, the God of Abraham, speaking through
Ezekiel, to describe the physical components of the vision in such a way as to have an obvious
connection with a very practical and much needed project for today.
Different concepts of the Dead Sea project have been the dreams of people in the Middle East for
one century. Now there is a design concept that matches the vision Ezekiel had thousands of
years ago. Since Ezekiel clearly had a vision of a great river flowing with an increase in depth
of one cubit each one thousand cubits, and that fish would grow in the Dead Sea, and that plants
would grow where the water goes, and the marshes would be left for salt, it follows that there
are real reasons that the project will be built according to that vision. Perhaps now is the
time it should be built, as pressure increases to find a way to peace in the Middle East.
What is Ezekiel's river?
Design Concepts Engineer, Ezekiel's Water Project.