No. 19. Euphrates River Dwindles.

The Shrinking Euphrates. Photo: Moises Saman for The New York Times.   Text By Campbell Robertson.   Published: July 13, 2009

“Strangled by the water policies of its neighbors, Turkey and Syria, a two-year drought and years of misuse by Iraq and its farmers, the Euphrates River is significantly smaller than it was just a few years ago, and some officials worry that it could soon be half of what it is now.

The shrinking of the Euphrates, a river so crucial to the birth of civilization that the Book of Revelation prophesied its drying up as a sign of the end times, has decimated farms along its banks, has left fishermen impoverished and has depleted riverside towns as farmers flee to the cities looking for work. (Rev 16:12  The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.)

Droughts are not rare in Iraq, though officials say they have been more frequent in recent years. But drought is only part of what is choking the Euphrates and its larger, healthier twin, the Tigris.    The most frequently cited culprits are the Turkish and Syrian governments. Iraq has plenty of water, but it is a downstream country.
There are at least seven dams on the Euphrates in Turkey and Syria, according to Iraqi water officials, and with no treaties or agreements, the Iraqi government is reduced to begging its neighbors for water.”

This photo plus a dozen others of the river can be viewed at the web site of  http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/07/13/world/20090713EUPHRATES_index.html  and quotes are taken from  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/14/world/middleeast/14euphrates.html

The photos and comments on these two sites are indicative of the days we are living in, God could cause the River Euphrates to completely dry up in a blink.   Luke 21:28  “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

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