Jewish Journal

The Euphrates is drying up; the End is near

by Brad A. Greenberg

July 16, 2009 | 2:00 pm

From NYT gallery of Euphrates River

I haven’t seen a massive spike in the closely watched Rapture Index, but check out the top few paragraphs of this story from yesterday’s New York Times:

Throughout the marshes, the reed gatherers, standing on land they once floated over, cry out to visitors in a passing boat.

“Maaku mai!” they shout, holding up their rusty sickles. “There is no water!”

The Euphrates is drying up. Strangled by the water policies of Iraq’s neighbors, Turkey and Syria; a two-year drought; and years of misuse by Iraq and its farmers, the river is significantly smaller than it was just a few years ago. 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.

You can read the rest is here.

What should we really make of this prophesy? The drying up of the Euphrates is prophesied to be part of the seven years of tribulation before the very end. Times are tough, but we’re clearly not there now.

But Joel Rosenberg warns on his blog:

I’d recommend skeptics stay tuned. This is just the beginning of the dramatic headlines to come.

(Hat tip: Sarah Pulliam)

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