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The Blue Nile in Ethiopia is the source of the Egyptian Nile River.


[Updated 19 Jun 2013] – “… Egypt is totally dependent on the Nile. If there’s no Nile, there’s no Egypt…” – Richard Tutwiler, Director of the Desert Development Center at the American University in Cairo.

In the latest exchange of conflict over the dam, Egypt’s President has said that “although he did not want “war,” Egypt would be keeping “all options open.”

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[Updated 14 Jun 2013] – In this story from Zimbabwe (archived HERE), the devastating impact to Egypt is revealed in real numbers.

According to recent news stories, Ethiopia is ready to begin diverting 550 meters of the Blue Nile, the headwaters of Egypt’s Nile River.  As this is the sole source of Egypt’s fresh water (“…“The Nile for us is not just a river.  It is the only source of life in Egypt.  So any impact on the water reaching Egypt is going to affect Egyptian water security and the life of the Egyptian people, and this is of great concern,” Egyptian Ambassador Idriss said….”, it is proving to be of great concern to Egyptians.

But, this is all pre-ordained.  There are at least 2 solid references in the Bible to the drying up of the Nile river in Egypt.  Let’s take a look at those:

First, Isaiah talks about the end times and the coming of Jesus Christ:

11:1
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
As the Bible shows, Jesus Christ came from the root of Jesse, through King David down to Mary and Joseph.  The “Branch” that grows out of his root can refer to the Christian faith.
11:2
And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
11:3
And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
11:4
But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
In 2 Thessalonians 2:8, it states “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming
11:5
And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
Book of Revelations 19:11, 19:16 states “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war….And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Next, to show that we really are talking about the end-times, verses 6-9 talk about what it will be like after Christ returns:
11:6
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
11:7
And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
11:8
And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.
11:9
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
Next, we read that in the end-times (which assuredly we are in), the Lord recovers his remnant of the lost tribes of Israel to their land:
11:11
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
11:12
And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
Now to the verse referencing the Nile:
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 dryshod.
11:16
And there shall be an 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.
Next, in the book of Zechariah, chapter 9 and 10, he prophecies about the coming of Jesus (first event) and what will happen at the end of time (second event):
9:9
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
Matthew 21:6-9 records And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.  And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.  And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
10:6
And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the LORD their God, and will hear them.
10:10
I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon; and place shall not be found for them.
10:11
And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the sceptre of Egypt shall depart away.
10:12
And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the LORD.
With these verses, we see that the Lord God told of these event’s happening because He knows the beginning from the end.  Just like all of the recent events making news about the Bible, this should be of comfort to Christians, knowing that with each passing event of prophecy fulfilled, we are one step closer to the return of our King and Savior, Jesus Christ.
He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” — Revelation 22:20
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