Iran’s Lake Urmia Is Drying Up - Largest Lake In The Middle East!

                 Iran’s Lake Urmia Is Drying Up                          – Largest Lake In The Middle East!

Lake Urmia in Iran may be drying up because of its evil against the Jews of Israel! The lake’s name means “city of water”. “At its full size, it was the largest lake in the Middle East and the sixth largest saltwater lake on earth with a surface area of approximately 5,200 km (2,000 mile²), 140 km (87 mi) length, 55 km (34 mi) width, and 16 m (52 ft) depth.” (1)

Because of many years of drought and a great demand for water used in agriculture, large parts of Lake Urmia have dried up. The lake has become so salty that fish no longer can live in it and birds do not come to it like they did at one time. Most of the people have moved away from the disappearing lake because their farms are no longer supplied with water.

“Lake Urmia has been shrinking for a long time, with an annual evaporation rate of 0.6m to 1m (24 to 39 inches). The lake has shrunk by 60% and could disappear entirely. Only 5% of the lake’s water remains.” (2)

Lake Urmia has shrunk by almost two-thirds since 1997. In 1997, the Muslims in Iran put out a very hateful video about their hopes for the destruction of Israel. I do not think the drying up of Lake Urmia is a coincidence. The God of the Bible is in control of the rain that falls on the just and the unjust.

Iran has long supplied the terrorist group Hamas and others with weapons to wage war against Israel. Many of Iran’s Muslims would like to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.

“Calling Israel a danger to Islam, the conservative website Alef, with ties to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the opportunity must not be lost to remove ‘this corrupting material. It is a jurisprudential justification to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and in that, the Islamic government of Iran must take the helm.’ (3)  Khamenei became the supreme leader of Iran in 1989. He has had a great hatred for Israel, God’s chosen people, for many years. Khamenei’s hateful actions against Israel and the actions of other Iranian Muslims may bring great harm to the people of Iran.

God warns the enemies of Israel that He will deal with them harshly if they try to do harm to His chosen people, the Jews. God tells Israel how He will protect them against such enemies as the Iranians.

Isaiah 41:11-14 “Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. 12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. 13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.  14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”

If Allah is the real god, why doesn’t he supply water to his people?  The true God, who protects the Jews, is probably drying up Lake Urmia to punish Iran for their hateful and harmful acts against Israel.

Because of Israel’s disobedience to God in the past, He dried up the waters of Israel and it became like a barren dessert. It appears that the God of the Bible is doing the same to Iran because of their disobedience to Him. It is time for the Muslims of Iran to turn to God before they potentially die of thirst or starve from lack of food!

Isaiah 42:15 “I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.”

“Mark Twain visited Israel in 1867, and published his impressions in Innocents Abroad.  He described a desolate country – devoid of both vegetation and human population:

‘….. A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds… a silent mournful expanse…. a desolation…. we never saw a human being on the whole route…. hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.’” (4)

God promised His chosen people, the Jews, that He would bring them back to the land of Israel and provide them with an abundance of water. The barren land that Mark Twain described in Israel has become like a well-watered garden blooming like a beautiful rose garden. Israel has sprung to life again because the land, water and people of Israel have been blessed by God.

Isaiah 43:18-21 “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. 20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen. 21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.”

If the Muslims of Iran turn to the true God of the Bible, He will also bless them as He promised to bless Ishmael. God has blessed the Arabs with land all around the Promised Land of Israel. Iran and the other Arab nations need to be happy with what they have. Instead of standing against Israel, they need to stand with Israel. Otherwise, Iran’s water will likely continue to dry up and they will face the wrath of the only true God.

Genesis 17:20 “And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.”

Both Israel and Iran need to realize that Jesus Christ is the source of life. Only Jesus can provide water that satisfies the flesh. He is also the only living water that can satisfy the thirsty, sinful, Hell bound soul. I call on all Jews and Muslims to drink of the water of eternal life from Jesus before it is too late! Repent of your sins and call on the name of Jesus to save you from the penalty of sin.

John 4:12-15 “Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.”

HIBM Editorial by Avi Goldstein *  Iran’s Water Pool Drying Up! – Dr. K. Daniel Fried, Editor in Chief – copyright © 2015

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The death of Iran’s ‘Dead Sea’



Iran’s Lake Urmia Is Drying Up – Largest Lake In The Middle East

 Star of David Divider 1

 “The death of Iran’s ‘Dead Sea’

By Michelle Cohan, CNN

Updated 1:42 PM ET, Thu February 12, 2015

Lake Urmia, in northwest Iran, once bore the weight of a ton of people. The extreme salinity of what used to be the largest lake in the Middle East allowed people to swim and relax without sinking.

Over the last 20 years, however, the salt lake has almost completely dried up along with the area’s agriculture and economy.

According to the United Nations Development Program, the lake has shrunk by two-thirds since 1997 due to Iran’s water crisis and detrimental agricultural policies.

President Hassan Rouhani has pledged $5 billion to fix the problem over the next 10 years, but can this buoyant wetland rebound?

In 2013, Zendehdel took a trip to the lake with some friends. At the time, he had heard stories of the lake’s dissipation, but it was not until he witnessed it that he grasped the true devastation of the ecosystem.

‘After seeing it, I found it an environmental and social disaster,’ he said. ‘It was a tragedy.’

Zendehdel said it was a calling for him to document the dying lake and its effect on the community — a photography project he said he will never finish.

Abandoned ships and wooden planks are just some of the random remains that tell us water was once in abundance here.

The surrounding residential complexes and children’s playgrounds are now full of salt and dust and memories of a once-bustling neighborhood.

Bleak and austere, the atmosphere appears completely desolate. Some people still live there, according to Zendehdel, but most moved out to neighboring villages after their farms were depleted.

‘When you walk on dried crystal of salt, in the absolute silence, you hear just the sound of cracking salt crystal. You remember that the sound of water in this area had been people’s life, and it’s very disappointing that that silence of the lake has silenced the life,’ Zendehdel said.

Like the washed-up boat in Urmia Lake, Zendehdel’s passion to document the drought is strikingly clear. ‘I believe that it is my duty to show realities and facts, and the judge is up to audiences,’ he said.” (5)


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