“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” —Is 43:19

Today we witnessed prophecies being fulfilled in our modern times! The Dead Sea is coming to life as we speak; 30 years ago it was completely undeveloped, and we witnessed new trees and agriculture, farms that are watered by newly appearing underground streams. There is a “way in the desert” (the highway we drove on) that did not exist before. People didn’t live there except the bedouins in tents. But now—life is returning to this formerly barren region, and God is blessing His people here.

Morning view from the balcony of my hotel.

Bedouin tent camps along the road beside the Dead Sea. What a hard life!
The history of Masada was absolutely fascinating, despite the 103 temperature and burning sun. I may have to do a bit of reading up on this whole piece of Israeli history; I never knew Josephus was tied to Masada, but I learned differently today!
Checkpoints—fewer and less scary than I expected, but still there. Soldiers at these checkpoints were friendly and waved to us.


Swimming in the Dead Sea is just plain weird. You can’t stay upright—the water forces your body backward or forward til you’re floating on top….great exercise for your abs to fight the water’s power!
This sign was in the Dead Sea parking lot. If only it were as easy as words on a sign . . .