Tigris and Euphrates river waters have been receding over the last decade as northern Iraq and Syria experience ongoing drought (Geopolitical Monitor, August 11, 2014). According to a recent analysis, “Some of the more extreme projections hold that, owing to a combination of climate change and upstream dam activity, the Tigris and Euphrates rivers won’t have sufficient flow to reach the sea by as early as 2040” (ibid.).
Bible prophecy has a similar projection. Speaking of the end, the Apostle John was inspired to write of a 200-million-man army (Revelation 9:13-21), composed of the kings “from the east and the north” (Daniel 11:44), that will come up to Jerusalem by crossing over the dried-up Euphrates River (Revelation 16:12). This army will gather at Armageddon (Revelation 16:16) and then come against the Beast power in Jerusalem (Daniel 11:41-45) where they will be defeated by the returning Jesus Christ (Joel 3:12-16). The drying up of the Euphrates River will be part of the fulfillment of these ancient prophecies.
For more on important end-time events read our article entitled “Armageddon?”