The valley of Shittim

Arno Froese

And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth out of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim” (Joel 3:18).

About the name “Shittim,” Unger’s Bible Dictionary notes: “The barren valley of the Jordan above the Dead Sea, and was chosen by the prophet Joel (3:18) to denote a very dry valley…In the prophecy the springs which water this valley, and proceed from the house of Jehovah, the physical as well as spiritual blessings, which will come to [Israel] and its inhabitants in the Kingdom Age, are portrayed.” When reading chapter 3 of the prophet Joel, we realize that the whole world is involved. It is the Lord’s day of judgment against those who have opposed God’s elect. Verse 2a states: “I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat.” Why is He doing such? Read on: “and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel.” Very clearly, a distinction is made: all the nations of the world, and “my heritage Israel.” Then comes the reason for the judgment: “whom they [nations] have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” 

Let us be up front and strongly emphasize the words “all nations.” Is this applicable for our days? Absolutely. It does not matter which nation or who is governing it—they are all, without exception, ruled by the prince of darkness, the god of this world. When we begin to realize this fact, we should immediately understand that we, as believers, belong to a different group, because we are organically connected to Israel. We may be patriots and love our country, but that does not change the fact that wherever we are, whatever nationality we may have, for believers, we only have a temporary address here on earth. Thus, our calling is to identify ourselves as heavenly citizens. We are the light of the world. Philippians 2:15 instructs us: “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.” The more we let our light shine, walking in His light, the more those who are still in darkness will see our light. Ephesians 2:19 reveals our real citizenship; we “are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.”

When we again look at the introductory Scripture, we notice that this is a prophecy about the millennium; the fountain of water “shall come forth out of the house of the LORD.”

Water is not only a problem for Israel, but also particularly for the entire Middle East. While the Bible makes clear prophetic utterances regarding the future—which will be fulfilled in due time—we know that in the meantime Israel, whose population is growing year by year, needs more water.

An article in the Jerusalem Post was headlined, “Israeli AI Company Develops Tech to Manage Water Infrastructure.” Here an excerpt:

Evolution Networks, an Israeli AI technological group, has established a venture that will develop, promote, manage and commercialize technologies for energy efficiency in national water infrastructure for the first time in Israel.

The venture, Evolution Water, has been chosen by Mekorot, the Israeli national water corporation, to increase energy efficiency in its systems. The company expects to increase efficiency and reduce electricity costs by 10–18% gradually.

Evolution Networks also runs projects in the electricity, mobile and datacenter industries and has additional ventures in development.

Evolution Water’s system can study activity templates of national water corporations in every country and execute optimization based on that data, including switching off systems according to consumption, decreasing loads at data centers, directing activity during emergencies and more.

The global demand for water is expected to increase by tens of percentage points by 2030 in comparison with the present ability for an optimal supply. According to the CEO of Evolution Water, Amir Yaar, decision-makers are beginning to understand that finding solutions for increasing supply and improving productivity is important to deal with this issue.

-www.jpost.com, 15 February 2021

Israel’s technology will contribute greatly toward the supply of more water for more nations on planet earth. Howbeit, that is not the final solution. Scripture gives the answer. The real future, the eternal future, is not dependent on man’s technological know-how, but on God and the Lamb: “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb” (Revelation 22:1). In the preceding chapter, we note that there will be “no more sea…no temple…no need of the sun, neither of the moon…no night.” Everything in God’s new creation will be dependent upon God the Creator.

We close with the second to last verse of the book of Revelation: “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

Midnight Call - 06/2021

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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