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The Second Revelation Woe #02
 

The Second Revelation 'Woe"
 
Part #02...

This is a continuation of the previous study. It will focus upon a single phrase in Revelation 16:12. And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.


Notice, the vial was poured out upon:  “the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.”


This 6th  trumpet occurs a few months before the Rapture of the saved, since the previous 5th  trumpet may indicate the remaining 5 months of a Biblical 30 day period to the end of the Great Tribulation Period, including the 45 days of the Wrath of God (the seven vials). Therefore, if this trumpet is 150 days in length, minus the 45 days during the Wrath of God (the seven vials) and if the 7th trumpet (the Rapture occurs on the blowing of the 7th or last trump) is proportional at 30 days, it leaves 75 days in which the saved will still be on the earth during this 6thtrumpet event. The events detailing the drying up of the Euphrates River occurs after the Rapture and a few weeks before the end of the Great Tribulation Period. 


Revelation 9: [12] One woe is past; and,behold, there come two woes more hereafter. [13] And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, [14] Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. [15] And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. [16] And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. [17] And thus I saw the horses in the vision,and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. [18] By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. [19] For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. [20] And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: [21]Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.


Revelation16: [12] And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. [13]And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. [14]For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. [15] Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. [16] And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

From the previous trumpet, we learn the pathway to the “bottomless pit” has been opened, which are volcanic vents, leading downward into the earth's interior and has allowed certain warrior type demonic beings to escape and roam freely upon the earth for the purpose of tormenting the spiritual lost for the remaining five months before the end of the Great Tribulation Period. The 5th trumpet is a worldwide event, while the 6th trumpet is a local event, because it is related to the “great river Euphrates” with the primary fact “and the water thereof was dried up.”


The Euphrates river is located at its’ beginning in the mountains of Turkey and flows though Syria and Iraq then into the Persian Gulf.


The headwaters of the Euphrates River begin in the mountains of Turkey.  

Even though the headwaters of the Euphrates River begin in the mountains of Turkey, the true force of the river flows through Syria and Iraq. To better define the statement, “and the water thereof was dried up,” it would be logical to ask the question, “Where did the water go?”


To better answer how to answer this question, we should learn something about the structure of the land in the area of the Euphrates River. The following links will help towards understanding how God will use earthquakes, to break up the land in the Middle East, to divert the Euphrates River.
 
01.   Plate Tectonics 

In order for the waters of the Euphrates River to dry up as it flows through Syria and Iraq, there must have been something happen to the headwaters system. As long as the rain falls from the sky, it has to flow somewhere on a downward path. The simplest way to dry up any water path, such as a creek, stream or river, is to change or divert the path it has been flowing


The main emphasis of the Great Tribulation Period has been “EARTHQUAKES” and the local or worldwide effect afterwards.  The counties of Turkey, Lebanon and Israel have had many large earthquakes in the past. When this sixth angel pours out the vial of wrath upon the Euphrates River, the effect will cause a collapse of the underling layers of rock strata south of the river's headwaters and it will be diverted from it's present southeast flow through Syria, Iraq and into the Persian Gulf to a southwest direction through Syria, Lebanon and Israel, into the Jordan River and finally into the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea.
 
Check out these images for the location of the Euphrates River. Notice it's headwaters, then how it flows southeast. During the Great Tribulation Period, the earthquakes will cause it to be diverted southwest into the Jordan River.
 
03.   Jordan River Map 

The land of Syria has many earthquake faults and a massive earthquake will collapse the Palmyride folds, which will allow the Euphrates River to flow southwest towards Israel.


Check out these links for information about the Palmyride Folds:
03.   Palmyride Fold - From GeoScience World  

These geological changes will begin, when the Antichrist or the Islamic leader of the ten Arab confederation of nations attack the nation of Israel.


Ezekiel 38:[17] Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them? [18] And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. [19] For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; [20] So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.


When the Euphrates River is diverted southwest through the collapsed Palmyride folds, it will begin flowing into the Jordan River. This great river will flow west into the Mediterranean Sea and south into the Gulf of Aqaba. This river is described in the vision of Ezekiel, concerning the geological changes in the land of Israel during the Millennial Reign of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Ezekiel 47: [1] Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. [2] Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side. [3] And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles. [4] Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins. [5] Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over. [6] And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river. [7] Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other. [8] Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. [9] And it shall come to pass, that everything that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and everything shall live whither the river cometh. [10] And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from En-gedi even unto En-eglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many. [11] But the miry places thereof and the marshes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt. [12] And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.


When the Islamic leader, along with the ten Arab confederation of nations and the other Eurasian nations who respond to his call for the Battle of Armageddon, it will be the time in which the Lord will return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Lord will cause the Mount of Olives to split in two and the western section of Jerusalem will be lifted, exposing a newly formed spring. This will be the spring in which the Prophet Ezekiel mentions and will flow east to connect with the Jordan River, which has been increased to a great river, because the Euphrates River has been diverted to form this single mighty river.


Zechariah 14: [1] Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. [2] For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. [3] Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. [4] And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. [5] And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. [6] And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: [7] But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. [8] And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. [9] And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one. [10] All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses.


The Jordan River is a river in Southwest Asia flowing through the Great Rift Valley into the Dead Sea. Historically and religiously, it is considered to be one of the world's most sacred rivers.


It is 156 miles long. Its tributaries are:

The Hasbani, which flows from Lebanon.

The Banias, arising from a spring at Banias at the foot of Mount Hermon.

The Dan, whose source is also at the base of Mount Hermon.

The Iyon, which flows from Lebanon.


The four merge to form the Jordan in northern Israel, near kibbutz Sede Nehemya. The river drops rapidly in a 75 kilometer run to swampy Lake Hula, which is slightly below seal level in the Galilee Sea. Exiting the lake, it drops much more in about 25 kilometers to the Sea of Galilee. The last section has less gradient, and the river begins to meander before it enters the Dead Sea, which is about 400 meters below sea level and has no outlet.


After all the geological changes have occurred, resulting in the diverted Euphrates River and the new spring from Jerusalem, the Jordan River will begin to flow out of the Dead Sea into the Gulf of Aqaba. The Sinai Peninsula will be pushed into the African continent allowing this new river to flow freely. The Sinai Peninsula is “the tongue of the Egyptian sea.”


Isaiah 11:[15] And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dry-shod. [16] And there shall be a highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt. 


The Gulf of Aqaba is a branch of the Red Sea, running to the east of the Sinai Peninsula and west of the Arabian mainland, touching Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The gulf is 160 km long, and has a maximum width of 24 km. The gulf passes through the Straits of Tiran at its junction with the Red Sea. Geologically, the Gulf of Aqaba is part of the Rift Valley that runs through most of eastern Africa.


The earthquake that occurs when the Mount of Olives splits in half will cause the southern section of the Dead Sea Fault Zone to also split apart and/or possibly subside, allowing the Jordan River to flow south into the Gulf of Aqaba and finally into the Red Sea.


When the Euphrates River, the Jordan River and Ezekiel’s spring combine their water sources, in addition to hundreds, perhaps thousands of newly formed springs, along with the transformation of the southern end of the Dead Sea Fault Zone, the “New River” will be able to support an abundance of freshwater fish for the 1,000 years in which Israel will become the breadbasket of the world.


01.   Gulf of Aqaba