The November 23, 2003 edition of the Denver Post had as
its front page headline story a report on the growing global
problem of finding safe drinking water. The article, which was
titled, "Dying for clean water" went onto cover two
more full pages of the paper. In the report it was stated that
an estimated 1.1 billion people, nearly a fifth of humanity,
lack safe water. Two million children a year die from diseases
linked to bad water.
Quoting further from this article we read, "We could
have water wars - not riots, I mean wars - between countries
over control of river systems," said Andrew Natsios, chief
of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)...In
Iraq this year, a sudden collapse of water-supply networks enraged
Iraqis as U.S. troops, who had bottled water, occupied their
communities. In India, a dispute over water allocations had led
to interstate rioting. In China, an estimated 100 million peasants
unable to irrigate crops converge on ill-equipped cities. In
the Middle East, a behind-the-scenes struggle for water strains
efforts to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Water shortages also are expected to spur migration from water-poor
regions to Europe and the United States, where jobs and water
Many experts believe that a concerted effort to address global
water supply and sanitation should be a priority for the United
States and other wealthy countries...Yet the governments and
corporations that could help...are withdrawing from the challenge
Government water aid from 21 of the richest countries to poor
countries decreased by 18 percent between 1997 and 2001, according
to data compiled by the Organization of economic Cooperation
and Development, an international group based in Paris...Engineering,
construction and utility firms aren't motivated. As the poor
world gets poorer, the potential for profit diminishes...The
United Nations, which declared the 1980s "The Decade of
Water," again has put water at the top of its global agenda.
After last year's U.N. World Summit on Sustainable Development
in Johannesburg, South Africa, U.N. leaders set a goal to halve
the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water
and sanitation by 2015.
Yet"the water situation worldwide is distressing and
not improving noticeably," said Jack Hoffbuhr, president
of the Denver-based American Water Works association, a leading
group of water professionals."
Soon the world will be vacated of all believers in Jesus Christ
at the event commonly referred to as the Rapture of the Church.
One can read of this glorious moment in such Bible passages as
I Corinthians 15:50-55, I Thessalonians 4:13-18 & Chapter
14:1-2 of the Gospel of John.
At some point after this departure of the Church to Heaven
and the prophesied rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem, two
mighty prophets of God will be sent forth to prophesy in Israel
for 3 ½ years. They will be given miraculous authority
by the sovereign will of Almighty God.
Two unique demonstrations of God's favor upon their ministries
will bring the Old Testament Prophets, Moses and Elijah to the
minds of the Jews. Two prophets whom they expect to return to
the earth before the arrival of their Messiah. These two prophets
will turn the waters to blood and shut up the heavens from raining
during their 3 ½ years of ministry. Much in the same fashion
that Moses turned the water to blood in Exodus and Elijah stopped
the rain in Kings.
The ministry of the two prophets can be found in Chapter 11
of the Book of Revelation. Verse 10 of this chapter reveals that
the effects of the judgments they call forth from God will not
be limited to the middle East, but will have an impact over the
entire earth. But be assured, God will not allow Israel to go
without water. Israel will be provided with life-giving water
in its time of need from fountains in the valleys to pools in
the wilderness according to the Lord's words found in Isaiah
Quoting we read, "When the poor and needy seek water
and there is none, and their tongues fail for thirst, I the Lord,
will hear them; I , the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the
midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water
and the dry land springs of water."
Books could be written about the elemental, miraculous and
spiritual references to water found in the Bible. In these last
days all 3 of these biblical assuages will come together in an
awesome convergence and climax.
At the same time that Jesus Christ is preparing to remove
the indwelling, living water of His Spirit-filled Church (see
Jn. 7:37-39 & I Thess. 2:6-7), so too is He preparing the
removal of the physical water. In the place of water men will
be given blood to drink (see Rev. 16:4-6). The consequence for
the world's rejection of the Lord's living water and the unrestrained
shedding of the blood of the saints during the Tribulation will
be horrific beyond words.
The Word of God has much to say abut the future of the world's
water supply and it goes far beyond the devastating outlook of
the scientists who back in 1977 foresaw a worldwide desert in
the not too distant future.
From the Denver Post article of Feb. 22, 87 titled,
"Bid to end harvest of dust' fails' we read the following:
"A 10-year United Nations; effort to halt the spread of
the world's deserts has failed to achieve its goals...Noel Brown,
a director of the U.N. Environment Program, says that...deserts
actually cover a larger area today than they did in 1977, when
94 nations unanimously declared war on the world's deserts. Brown
told the American association for the advancement of Science
that lack of progress over the past decade...makes the U.N. goal
of halting worldwide desertification by the year 2000 "unrealistic."
From the Dec. 3, 98 Colorado Springs Gazette in an article
which headlined, "Millions at risk of starvation from expanding
deserts" we were given this sobering update, "More
than 250 million people face hunger and poverty as a result of
expanding deserts around the world according to U.N. figures...For
years, scientists have warned of the drying of arable lands on
the edge of existing deserts, including Africa's Sahara and China's
Gobi. Deforestation, over cultivation and drought mean each year
deserts expand and engulf once arable land. Leading scientists...say
evidence of the Sahara's expansion confirms their earlier predictions."
Human beings can live only a matter of days without water.
The only element deprivation which would provoke a quicker reaction
of desperation from a nation would be to cut off its air.
Jesus Christ promised believers of faith in Luke 12:28-30
that God will provide water to them in their hour of need.
Political analysts have maintained that the most violent wars
in history will soon be fought, not over oil, but for water.
As the world is now witnessing the disputes between Israel and
her neighbors are not only over land, but more importantly, water.
The Sea of Galilee, the lake where Jesus walked on water,
has become so depleted by pumping that it is in danger of becoming
salinated. Aquifers, Israel's only other main source of water,
are being tapped at a far greater rate than is recommended by
geologists and engineers. Further tensions have arisen between
Israel and its neighbors because water authorities ration only
a small fraction of the country's reserves to the Palestinian
territories. Sharp cuts in water supplies from Israel to the
Palestinian Authority during times of drought are said to be
causing even further difficulties in the nearly halted peace
The water situation in the Middle East was emphasized in a
May 25, 01 Jerusalem Post article titled, "The waters
We quote, "Israel continues to provide 50 million cubic
meters of water a year to Jordan, despite the fact that its obligation
according to the 1997 Akaba Agreement expired in May 1999, and
despite its own desperate deficit of 400 million cu.m. of water
a year. Jordan has been drawing millions of cubic meters of water
beyond the permitted allotment."
The Holy Bible warns in Ch. 16:3-4 of the Book of Revelation
what will transpire with the earth's water supply during the
coming days when kingdoms will arise against kingdoms."
Quoting we read, "Then the second angel poured out his
bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man; and every
living creature in the sea died. Then the third angel poured
out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became
The human mind is easily overwhelmed when attempting to comprehend
the magnitude of this judgement. Some day men will stand on the
banks of the seas and lakes and for as far as the eye can behold,
they will find the shores covered with the rotting remains of
the creatures of the sea. Creatures from the breath and the depths
of the deep will be found floating in tides of blood as swarms
of flies darken the sky.
God's Word continues on to tell us that the sun will be so
hot during those days that men will curse God because of the
intense heat (Rev. 16:9). The stench from these combined judgments
of death, heat and putrid waters will mercilessly drift across
the lands. A stench so foul that it will surpass the wretched
smell of an unkempt slaughter house in the tropics.
So then, why has God told us about these things to come? First
we should ask, "Why do the scientists tell us their terrible
predictions?" Scientists urgently present dire facts with
the hope of being able to avoid or remedy a situation or else
to prepare for the consequences.
There is a major difference though between God's Word and
the scientists'. The scientists can only take educated guesses
about the dreadful outlook for the future and confess that they
are helpless. While God knows the future and offers true hope
now and forever for those who trust in His salvation.
What is the substance of this hope should be the question
most burning in every person's heart. It is the living water
that is offered freely to all this day, to all who will believe
that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior who shed His blood on
the cross for sinners.
If you choose eternal life through the Son of God then we
encourage you to read in Revelation 21 & 22 what is in store
for you as you drink of the water from the River of Life. Those
who drink of this water will never thirst again.
The truth is that God loves us and sent His Son to die on
the cross as an atoning blood sacrifice for our sins so that
we should not perish but have eternal life. Motives of fear or
greed have no place when you have truly opened your heart to
Him and received the peace of His love by His Spirit.