Updated: Mar 14
There are many Messianic prophecies in the Bible, and even though there are a few disagreements between the Jewish and Christian faith upon "what is, or is not" a messianic prophecy, one thing stands clear that we both agree on Isaiah 11: 15-16.
According to the prophecy found in Isaiah, the Nile river would have to run dry. This would be followed by either extreme drought or perhaps an earthquake in the region of the Euphrates.
For the first time since Moshe (Moses) received the Torah (Bible), we can actually see the possibility of what seemed impossible unfolding. The tongue of the Red Sea (The Nile) is in jeopardy of losing it water source.
Ethiopia has started construction on a dam that would effectively be able to cut off the water resources of the Nile. The Nile basin watershed has it's main contributor in Ethiopia. The construction of a dam could put 90% of the Niles water behind a wall. Talks are underway between affected countries, and the US is trying to broker an agreement.
The negotiations however do not appear to be fruitful at present.
Ethiopian stands accused of dragging its feet after it skipped the latest round of talks. The decision left the Egyptians angry and the US, who had drafted an agreement with the technical input of the World Bank, disappointed. Egypt relies on the Nile for 90 percent of its water. It contends that having a stable flow of the Nile waters is a matter of survival in a country where water is scarce. Ethiopia bets to become a manufacturing power buy building the dam and ignoring historic treaties. This has caused unrest in the Arab world, but it matches Biblical prophecy quite nicely as well. A 1929 treaty (and a subsequent one signed in 1959) gave Egypt and Sudan rights to nearly all of the Nile’s waters. The document also gives Egypt veto powers over any infrastructure projects by upstream countries that would affect its share of the river’s resources. Ethiopia launched construction in 2011 on the Blue Nile in the northern Ethiopian highlands, from where 85 percent of the Nile’s waters flow.
One of Egypt’s main worries is that if the water flow diminishes, it could affect Lake Nasser, the reservoir further downriver, behind Egypt’s Aswan Dam. For more than four years, three-way talks between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over operating the dam and filling its reservoir had made no progress until the US took up the role of mediator.
According to a US Treasury Department statement, the latest plan builds on the previous seven years of technical studies and consultations between the three countries and provides for the resolution of all outstanding issues concerning the filling and operation of the dam. The statement expressed appreciation for the Egyptian side, which was described as relying on negotiations as the sole means of resolving the dispute and prepared to acknowledge Ethiopian interests, provided Ethiopia acknowledged its vital interests.
Ethiopian construction workers shown in dam construction
It said: “We also note the concern of downstream populations in Sudan and Egypt due to unfinished work on the safe operation of the GERD, and the need to implement all necessary dam safety measures in accordance with international standards before filling begins.” Egypt’s position is to make sure the upcoming structure – Africa’s biggest hydroelectric power plant – does not cause significant harm to downstream countries and the final testing and filling of the dam does not take place without an agreement.
Egypt has proposed a longer period – so that the level of the river does not dramatically drop, especially in the initial phase of filling the reservoir. The longer it takes to fill the reservoir, the less impact there will be on the level of the Nile. For its part, the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement reflecting the truth of the country’s position on the project.
It said the countries still had to discuss major issues related to the final agreement, and that Ethiopia was committed to continuing consultations with Egypt and Sudan to reach a final agreement regarding the filling and operation of the dam.
"The statement made clear Ethiopia’s intention to start filling the dam as construction proceeded, even without reaching an agreement." Ethiopia is in denial regarding the rules of geography and international laws and customs when it claims it has the absolute right to the Blue Nile because it runs through Ethiopian territory.
The six-month program, launched by Ethiopia’s President Sahle-Work Zewde, aims to involve citizens in the dam’s construction.
We're not saying this is prophecy unfolding, but it is something worth watching closely. It does fit the bill if it unfolds against Egypt's favor and the Nile drys up.
Sources: The Bible, and Arab News site