The Dead Sea, on the eastern side of Palestine, is fifty miles long and ten miles wide; it lies 1300 feet below sea level. The Jordan River empties into its northern end, but because of the Dead Sea's high mineral content, no fish can survive in it. Cities near the Dead Sea in antiquity included Sodom and Gomorrah, which were said to have been destroyed by God (Genesis 19:24-28). David hid as an outlaw at the spring of En-gedi along the Dead Sea's western side (1 Samuel 24:1). Zechariah prophesied that on the Day of the Lord living waters would flow out from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea (Zechariah 14:8), and Ezekiel said that in that day the Dead Sea would yield fish (Ezekiel 47:6-12).
AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus