World Water Crisis
“But the water I give them,” he said, “becomes a perpetual spring within them,
watering them forever with eternal life.” –Jesus (John 4:5-14)
Clean, safe drinking water is actually very scarce in most places of our world. Today nearly one billion people in the world don’t have access to safe water. “Two-Thirds of the World’s Population Faces Severe Water Shortages” (New York Times). According to the Global Water Partnership (GWP), an organization founded by the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program, “The increasing pressures of climate change, population growth, urbanization, and evolving energy needs are together putting unprecedented pressure on our finite freshwater resources. We’ve got to do something about it now.”
Yet, in spite of water regulations set by communities, so many of us take water for granted. We actually continually waste it!
But water is the foundation of life! And today—all around the world—far too many people spend their entire day searching for it. In places like sub-Saharan Africa, time lost searching for water and yet when found only to suffer from water-borne diseases, tragically limits true potential—especially for women and girls. Yes, according to UNICEF, water-borne diseases are a major lethal threat to children. Economic development is also lost while adults try to survive.
Climate change: Its impact on water resources. The causes of climate change continue to be disputed by a shrinking minority. Sadly, on the continent of Africa with its expanding Sahara Desert, regions—even whole nations which are not contributors to the causes of climate change—have borne the brunt of problems caused by others. It is simply inequitable suffering! The even more immediate concern staring the world in the face is the worldwide water crisis. Scientists, politicians and business leaders worldwide are challenged with drought resulting in increasing severe shortage of fresh drinking water. But there is also our increasing water issue essential for industry, transportation and agriculture. Water for agriculture, of course, affects our food production.
The US Department of Defense (DOD) is fully aware of the problems of water shortages. Their 2015 report concludes that the Department is already observing the impact of climate change in “shocks and stressors to vulnerable nations and communities, including in the United States, the Arctic, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America”(http://www.defense.gov/News-Article-View/Article/612710).
The DOD noted the probability of increasing political instability, displacement of populations and very likely political unrest and even war. Earlier, in 2007 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to both the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former US Vice President Gore. The reports of the IPCC stated: “climate change is accelerating,” that “the changes [are] to a significant extent man-made and…counter measures are urgently needed to avert the danger of national and international conflict due to scarce resources including water. Extreme weather conditions will produce both droughts and floods." (See nobelprize.org)
Unquestionably, pure and plentiful water is key to life—and survival—on our precious planet Earth.
However, in faith, we can believe that God has no intention seeing Planet Earth and His creation damaged beyond repair. So, let us look more closely at the Scriptures….Let us look for hope.
Jesus’ Bride, the New Jerusalem, offering Water to All. No wonder, Jesus — speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4)—used the Book of Nature—comparing water, “the gift of life” to “eternal life.” The symbolic Book of Revelation grandly concludes describing God’s Plan for the new government of Jesus’ Kingdom with his Church as the “New Jerusalem.” Jesus’ will offer to all mankind on earth—all thirsty for life—to partake “of the fountain of the water of life freely.”
Revelation 21:1, 2, 4-6
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth….(2) And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (4) And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (5) And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new…. (6) I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”
The last chapter of the Bible reaffirms the offering of the water of life for all mankind. And then, even all those who hear—will pass on the Good News of the Water of Life to their fellows:
“And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is thirsty come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
The “Seed” of Blessing. How close is this promised time when all the families of the earth will be given this opportunity for life? In ancient times God’s promise to Abraham—recorded in the first Book of the Bible—was that in his “seed” (posterity) “all the families of the earth” would be “blessed” (Genesis 22:18; Acts 3:25). When God made his unconditional covenant promise with Abraham (Genesis 12, 15, 17, etc.), He said that “in you all the nations will be blessed.” Israel, Abraham’s seed through Jacob—(Genesis 28:10-15) would become a channel of blessing for all of humanity. Thus Israel will represent God to the world (Isaiah 2:2-4). But God actually defined this “seed” of blessing with two parts—heavenly and earthly: “In blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore…. And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 22:17, 18).
Preparing Israel for Blessing All on Earth. Jesus’ disciples asked about what would be a “sign” of his returning to set up his Kingdom (Matthew 24:3). One “sign” stands out in that time of preparation for the establishment of God’s Kingdom (“Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…”— Matthew 6:10; Luke 11:2). In prophecy Israel was pictured as a “fig tree” (Hosea 9:10)—that would be prepared to bless the whole world. Not only in Matthew (24:32-39) is this prophecy recorded, but also in Luke’s account of the Gospel:
“Then He told them a parable: ‘Behold the fig tree and all the trees* as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near.’” NAS
*When the “fig tree” (Israel) would be ‘spouting,’ there would also be other‘new nations’ coming into existence.
So the “Bride” of Christ (the “stars”—“Abraham’s seed”) is being prepared for blessing all the world of mankind (Galatians 3:8). “And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29). In preparation, as Apostle Paul encouraged, Christians should “do good unto all men—especially the to those of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10). But also the Children of Israel are the lineage “seed” of Abraham. They also, the “sand” (defined in the promise) are now being gathered and prepared for blessing others.
“It is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law [Israel], but also to those [the Church] who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all….”
Israel is Already Dedicated to Helping Others. Actually, Israel is already pointed in the direction of helping others around the world. Not only responding immediately helping other countries in disasters such as during Haiti’s earthquake, where Israel had the first operational field hospital or in the Philippines where they assisted those on the island most devastated by the typhoon, but also, yes, with water resources.
Water is Critical to Life. Usable water is something we cannot live without. There are absolutely no alternatives! The world’s water problem is being caused simultaneous by multiple factors: climate change causing shifting weather patterns rainfall, heavy demands of industrialized society, increased production of feeding animal based food, increased population and poor management of watersheds, ground water and the contamination of ground water by fracking. Additionally 21st Century rapid development of previously impoverished societies have merged to aggravate the water crisis. None of these causes are going away. Control of our water supply is the control of life and death.
Not surprisingly, the country that has dedicated the greatest amount of resources, innovation and attention to the problem of water scarcity is Israel. Reestablished in 1948 on a dry strip of land smaller than New Hampshire, saddled with absorbing millions of immigrants, Israel has been concerned about water for a long time. Today, it leads the world in solving problems of water supply: Israel spearheads efforts to deal with water leakage, farming efficiency, recycling and desalination with educational efforts. Israel could not have made the desert bloom without its incredible innovations in water technology. As the world becomes more aware of the seriousness of conserving water, nations are actually turning to Israel for their expertise.
This has resulted in a water revolution unlike anywhere else on earth. For this reason, Israelis seem best suited to be lead efforts to solve the global water crisis. However, biased political issues continue to resist Israeli help.
Nevertheless, Israel’s home grown solutions to solve the global water crisis include major breakthroughs, turning both salty seawater and sewage into something that can be used as fresh water for crops—California and China are current beneficiaries of this Israeli knowhow.
Faithful “Fathers” of Israel—to be “Princes.” In the Messianic Kingdom, in fact, the resurrection will begin with many of Israel’s ancient “fathers” of faith including Abraham himself, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, Samson, Jeremiah, etc., (Hebrews 11) who will be made “princes in all the earth.” Thus prophetically, when the time will come that the Bride of Christ in heaven is ready to bless the world, Israel’s faithful patriarchs of old will be resurrected as the leaders in God’s Kingdom on earth:
The Water of Life. So we continue to pray for that Kingdom solution—not only for literal water, but the “water of life” offered to all flowing from the “throne of God and of the Lamb” providing “for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:1-3).
Those who then drink of the “water” Jesus spoke about with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well—“will never thirst” (John 4:14; 6:35). And it will mean that those who attained to “glory, honor & immortality,”—the glorified Bride of Christ then complete and with Jesus will be “ready” to bless all her children —the world of mankind—with the water of eternal life.
July 17, 2016:
Scientists suggest: Israeli Desalination Project May Ease Middle East Water Crisis
Ensia (an online & print journal dedicated to sharing ideas and information to change the world) published an article entitled “How a new source of water is helping reduce conflict in the Middle East.” The Sorek Desalination Plant—only 10 miles south of Tel Aviv—along the Mediterranean coast—Ensia suggests, may well reduce the present stress over the source of precious potable water between Israel and its neighbors. (See http://ensia.com/features/how-a-new-source-of-water-is-helping-reduce-conflict-in-the-middle-east/ )
Since the present Middle East is in a continuous state of tension, the resolution of the critical issue of water by Israeli innovation reveals two facts: (1) Israel is concerned about its needs as well as those of others, and (2) Israel is working on a solution to this problem in order to provide for its own population and eventually benefit others as well. Both points are consistent with its historic humanitarian behavior.
June 27, 2016:
While Israel has been able to help nations across the world (as above mentioned), there is an stubbornness within their own borders on the part of their 1993 "Oslo Treaty" partners.
The Israel Water Authority, having been accused of providing an insufficient water supply to the Arab "west bank" has finally come to their own defense regarding the intransigence—and now "blames the Palestinians for the West Bank water shortage. An authority spokesman told the Jerusalem Post as reported here:
"The infrastructure is inadequate to meet the increasing demand, the Israeli Water Authority said, explaining that it is difficult to upgrade the infrastructure without convening the Israeli-Palestinian Joint Water Committee, that was established under the 1993 Oslo Accords.
"The Palestinian refusal to sit down with Israelis, means that the committee has not met for over five years.
"On top of that, broken water pipes and Palestinian water theft have made the situation worse, a spokesman for the Water Authority said."
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