Trend Update: Euphrates River, June 2015

Revelation 16:12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east.


The Euphrates River is in the news again. This time, ISIS is cutting off water to a town for military purposes. Water has been shut down north of Ramadi, Iraq.

Here is a direct quote from a CNN story. “They added that the level of water in the Euphrates was now low enough that the river could be walked across, making it easier for ISIS militants to cross and attack the pro-government towns of Husaybah and Khalidiyah as well as the large security forces base at Habbaniya.”

Recent history of the Euphrates River indicates there are many possibilities that can lead to the river going dry.  Due to drought in Syria and abuse of the river in Iraq, the Euphrates went dry in July 2009. Resources include the New York Times,, Prophecy News Watch. In the first week of June 2014, the Turkish government decided to stop the flow of the Euphrates River. Turkey accomplished this by holding water behind the Ataturk Dam. Downstream from Turkey is Syria and Iraq.

In June 2014 with the capture of Mosul, Iraq, ISIS now manages the Mosul Dam. This dam manages the control of the Tigris River in Iraq.

ISIS effectively controls the water supplies of the nations of Syria and Iraq.

The context of this verse in Revelation 16 is during the Tribulation. It is the sixth of seven bowl judgments. Many think the kings of the east are the Chinese and their military. When this occurs, the Tribulation will be near the end and Christ’s return will be imminent.

We are not in the Tribulation as of June 2015. There is no Temple. There is no antichrist. There is no peace treaty…

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