Many of you probably know by now that there is a lake in Texas whose water has turned blood-red in color due to the growth of bacteria that thrives in oxygen-deprived water. You may also have heard that some people are speculating that this recent event in Texas is a sign that the End Times are approaching.
- Many major news websites are publishing articles about an Indiana pastor who made a Youtube video discussing how he believed that what happened at the lake in Texas is a sign that the End Times are near. He did not directly say that what happened at the lake in Texas was the fulfillment of specific passages in the Book of Revelation. However, he did suggest that the similarity between what happened at the lake in Texas and what is prophesied by certain passages in the Book of Revelation qualified as a sign that the End Times are near.
Today I’ll share my thoughts on the matter, including what I think we can glean from this recent event in Texas.
The water that turns into blood after the sounding of the second trumpet is sea water (instead of lake water) and is specifically connected to the casting of a great, burning mountain into the sea.
- Rev 8:8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
- Rev 8:9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
We have not yet seen a great, burning mountain fall into the sea nor have we had 1/3 of the world’s sea water turn into blood.
Meanwhile, I do not believe the second vial judgment nor the third vial judgment (described in Revelation 16:3-4) have been poured on the world yet because the world has not yet seen the pouring of the first vial judgment. The first vial judgment is described in the verse below:
- Rev 16:2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
If the first vial judgment was already poured on the world, there would be reports of people with the mark of the beast having very painful sores on their bodies. This has not transpired yet…
Although what happened in Texas is not a fulfillment of any particular passage in the Book of Revelation, I believe it is possible to glean something from this recent event. The lake turning red is an illustration that it is possible for water to turn a blood-red color like it is prophesied by the Book of Revelation and was described in Exodus 7:17-21. This recent event in Texas can be used to remove doubt from people who claim that it is not possible for water to turn a blood-red color and/or to counteract arguments from people who say that the Book of Revelation’s descriptions of water turning a blood-red color are an allegory for something unrelated.
- Note: I am not saying that the recent event in Texas is a sign that the End Times are near like the pastor in Indiana did. I am just saying that it is possible to glean something from what happened at the lake in Texas-mainly, that it is actually possible for water to literally turn blood-red like the Bible suggests water will in the future.
Some articles connect the severe drought currently ongoing in Texas to what happened at the lake in Texas. It would be interesting to see whether the severe drought actually helped to create the conditions conducive for the bacteria to grow. The reason it would be interesting to find out is that there may be a prolonged drought around the world during the time of the two witnesses’ ministry since they have the ability to shutoff rainfall during their ministry.
- Rev 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
Perhaps the drought during the two witnesses’ ministry could play some role in causing water to turn blood-red during the pouring of the vial judgments by creating the conditions for the bacteria to thrive.
- This topic may warrant some further investigation in the future…
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