Isaiah 19 Being Fulfilled – Nile River Will Be Drying Up Soon

With our focus on the fulfillment of Isaiah 17 on Friday, the next natural step is to look at Isaiah 19. The prophecy described in Isaiah 17 focused on Syria, and progress on this prophecy is visible and moving closer and closer to complete fulfillment. But, for a long time, it was a lot harder to see how Isaiah 19 could be fulfilled because it would require something completely extraordinary – the Nile River drying up.

Seriously, how is it possible that the Nile could dry up?

Well, you could put a dam on the headwaters of the Nile, and then have a drought. You could also add in a collapse in military assistance to Egypt so that she can’t defend her claim to the waters of the Nile. And, that is happening right now.


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Isaiah 19 Being Fulfilled – Nile is Going to Dry Up

I first wrote about this in my Ezekiel Tetrad website, more than two years ago. At that time, I was unaware that Ethiopia had started their project called the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Although, I did know about Egypt’s military stance upriver – how they were prepared to attack ANYONE who they thought was taking too much water out of the Nile.

However, I didn’t factor in the effects of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. Hosni Mubarak was thrown out of power in February 2011, and just two months later, Ethiopia announced the project to dam up the Blue Nile – the main source of the Nile River – and the hastily laid cornerstone for it.

Do you think that there’s a connection to those two events?

I think so. In fact, there can be no doubt.

Back in 2009, Ethiopia surveyed the area where they are now building the GERD – in the hopes of eventually building this dam. Hosni Mubarak caught wind of this survey and built an airbase in southeastern Sudan in 2010 – in preparation for attacking this project. Ethiopia was obviously intimidated and halted progress until they saw Hosni thrown out of power.

It Starts Next Year

Now, they’re racing to get this project done, and there are reports that this Ethiopian dam could start generating power next year – even though the dam project won’t be officially complete until 2017.

This means that the flow of water for the Nile will be immediately reduced next year, and THAT will spell trouble for the government in Egypt. There will be uprisings and tumult over this as the people begin to suffer a shortage of water. The response will be an even more tyrannical and repressive government in Egypt.

So, is everything in place for the fulfillment of Isaiah 19?

Good question. We’ll have to wait and see. Maybe another dam project will be announced for the White Nile. Or, maybe there will be a sudden drought in Sub-Saharan Africa that dramatically reduces the waters of the Nile – in addition to this dam. Or, it could be all of the above.

More Than One Dam

I’m betting that another dam is going to be built because Isaiah 19 says this:

And they shall turn the rivers far away; and the brooks of defence shall be emptied and dried up: the reeds and flags shall wither.Isaiah 19:6

Notice that the ‘rivers’ will be diverted, not just one. So, we should expect other dams to be built – especially when all the other countries at the headwaters of the Nile (Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic of Congo) see that Egypt can do nothing to Ethiopia.

The point is that, for the first time in history, we are beginning to see the fulfillment of Isaiah 19 – in ways that were unimaginable before. But, we aren’t done yet.

We still have another ten verses in Isaiah 19, and they will blow your mind.

Egypt Terrified of Israel

Isaiah 19:17 is a bit perplexing. It says:

And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the Lord of hosts, which he hath determined against it. – Isaiah 19:17

Either the Egyptians will be terrified OF Israel, or be terrified BY events in Israel. I suspect the former, but even that is confusing.

What could cause the Egyptians to be terrified of Israel?

Well, if Israel uses nuclear weapons to destroy the nuclear weapons program of Iran, that would do it. The ability coupled with the willingness to use nukes would terrify ANYONE – and lead to the coming of Gog and Magog.

But, you could also see how the events of Gog and Magog would terrify Egypt. So, I leave this interpretation to you to ponder over.

But, there’s more.

Egypt Becomes Christian

Even MORE perplexing are these four verses:

In that day shall there be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the Lord. And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the Lord because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them. And the Lord shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the Lord in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the Lord, and perform it. And the Lord shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the Lord, and he shall be intreated of them, and shall heal them. Isaiah 19:19-22

Now, if there was ever a situation where the word ‘wow’ should be used, this is it.


Egypt becomes a Christian country. THAT is mind-blowing.

It is easier to believe that the Nile would dry up, than believe this, but the Bible says that it will happen. So, there can be no doubt that it really will happen.

And, we’re STILL not done.

Christian Federation in the Middle East

The last three verses talk about a Middle East that has been completely transformed. The idea of it… is… well, it’s beyond amazing. Here are the verses:

In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: Whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance. Isaiah 19:23-25

What a glorious moment that will be. What a fantastic, mind-blowing future. There will actually be a Christian Federation that combines Israel, Egypt and Syria/Assyria together. The implications of that are almost too much to get your head around. But, there’s a downside to think about.

The Problem

The problem is that all of this will require a massive upheaval of catastrophic proportions. Egypt and Syria/Northern Iraq/Southern Turkey will need to be devastated. The coming of Gog and Magog will do horrific damage to Israel (Zechariah 13:8). And THAT will include a fire that will rain down on those who live securely (Ezekiel 39:6).

This means more than just a forever-changed Middle East. It also means a world that suffers dramatic upheaval.

And, it’s all coming very, very soon.

Are you ready for this?
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37 thoughts on “Isaiah 19 Being Fulfilled – Nile River Will Be Drying Up Soon”

  1. The original warning was issued by Anwar Sadat when Sudan was building the Merowe Dam which crosses the Nile at the 4th Cataract. This dam is more than sufficient to stop the Nile, for a short time, and has been in place almost 40 years. But, when you consider the Aswan High Dam, the Merowe Dam and now the new Ethiopian dam, even with these three dams working in conjunction, the water has to go somewhere. Yes, Ethiopia has a lot of barren land in bad need of irrigation but to dry up the Nile will take something more, an Act of God. Both Sadat and Mubarak warned of people upstream taking too much water, not cutting it off.

    Also, their strategic bombers are based at Asyut and have the range to reach the Merowe Dam. I do not know about the one in Ethiopia, I have not done the calculations.

    Good luck and God bless you and yours in 2014.

    • Hey Country Codger,

      Great point. And, I agree that dams can only stop the flow of water for a short time. However, in times of drought, you can bet that the flow will be turned completely off. And, it wouldn’t need to be turned off for long to cause Egypt to descend into utter chaos.

      Already we have an interesting phenomenon of the Colorado River not (or almost never) reaching the sea. The Nile and the Colorado exist under two different situations, but I believe that the situation with the Nile is all too real.

      Thank you for point that out, CC. Great points.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  2. Dear John Little:
    Shock and Awe. Does this mean that Israel could end up with all the land it was promised or supposed to have? By that, I mean the land from the Nile river to Sinai, north to Turkey and east to the Euphrates river, which would include Jordan, northern Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. This would basically mean all the land that Abraham walked over from the Ur of the Chaldees, up the fertile crescent, down to Palestine and Jacob’s journey to Eqypt. This truly would mean Israel was without walled villages. From the time after WW1, when the Ottoman Empire collapsed, this was the land the Zionists – Theodor Herzl and Chaim Weizmann really wanted, but the Arabs refused to give them this. After WW2, the Zionists were given the tiny sliver of land they got. The Balfour Declaration fulfilled. Amen!
    Ps: did you get my links concerning the historical interpretation of the book of Daniel, especially chapter 11, for your Ezekiel Tetrad. Events are accelarating like a woman with birth pangs. Thanks, Norbert.

    • Hi Norbert,

      I’m afraid that I’ve so far only been able to get to the comments here on, not the Ezekiel Tetrad website.

      As to your comment here, Isaiah 19 mentions federation – not empire. So the answer might be more accurately said as ‘yes and no’.

      And since this seems like it will be a federation of Christian countries, it really won’t matter. Once you become a Christian, all barriers fall – as so many Arab believers have demonstrated by embracing Israeli believers as equals.

      Thank you, Norbert.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  3. John,

    Those prophecies regarding the wonderful outcome after God’s shaking of the middle east, I believe, is referring to conditions during the millenium. I can’t go into specific passages to back this up due to time constraints, but, remember that Jesus inherited everything that God promised to Abraham, the land of Israel belongs to Jesus and the children of the promise, believers, both Jew and Gentile — by faith, not race. I’m pretty sure if you look at the wider borders of Israel that God promised, but the Israelites have never possessed in their entirety, they consist of all the land that you find in the above prophecies, i.e., the land that makes up the “Christian confederation”. The terror Egypt experiences because of events in Israel could possibly refer to the antiChrist’s reign from his throne in Jerusalem.

    • Hi Steve Firneno,

      It’s true that we are very close to the time of the Millennium, but these prophecies don’t seem to point to the Millennium.

      Why would they be a part of the Millennium and not now?

      I suspect that the biggest reason why we want to lump these events in with ‘the Millennium’ is that we can’t comprehend that the Muslims would embrace Jesus as their Savior. And yes, I really do understand this struggle.

      But, you need to realize that the Arabs ARE coming to Christ. I’ve seen it for myself.

      Thanks for that comment, Steve.

      Yours in Christ

      John Little

  4. Egypt will not become christian, it will be the Jewish faith they will follow. READ your bible !! Zach 14:16-19 Nations will celebrate what? A torah feast called Sukkot “tabernacles” that’s Jewish, not christian, wake up!!

    • Hi Ruud,

      Zechariah is referring to the Millennium, not the period of time that Isaiah 19. Even then, it won’t be Jewish.

      Please understand, that the only way to salvation is through Jesus Christ. There is no other way to God. Period.

      Therefore, the Egyptians MUST become Christian if they are to be God’s people:

      Whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance. – Isaiah 19:25

      Only followers of Christ can be the people of the Lord of Hosts.

      Thank you for that comment, Ruud.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

    • Hello Ruud,
      The Torah feasts, all 7 of them, are for Christians as well as Jews. I am a born again child in Jesus Christ (Yeshua Hamashiach) and celebrate all feast. Mainstream Christianity is as wrong as mainstream Judaism. We will not only keep Sukkot in the Millenium (and forever afterward) but we will keep Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Shavuot (Pentecost) Atonement, Trumpets. Read Exodus 23, these were established between God and His children Israel forever. Read what Paul said about Christians being Israel. Also read what Christ said about in Matt. that he “only came for the lost sheep of Israel”. That us, Ephraim. By accepting Christ we become Israel. There is no such thing as a Gentile Christian. The word Gentile means out of covenant. If you are out of covenant with God you will not be saved.

      Hope this helps.

      • Hi Country Codger,

        (By the way, I love that name.)

        You are right in that we are heirs with Christ and will have our inheritance along with Israel. And, I have profoundly enjoyed the Jewish celebrations while I was in Israel. And, there is nothing wrong in observing them. And, I love the fact that you love the Jewish people when so many are now turning against them.

        But, please be careful to not get caught by ‘Judaizers’. I’ve seen too many fall under this spell, and this is not what God would have us do. Our righteousness is ONLY through the perfect sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ – Yeshua HaMashiach, indeed!

        Thank you CC. I appreciate the comment.

        Yours in Christ,

        John Little

  5. Hi John,

    I suspect a lot of Muslims will refuse to worship the “image” of the beast. If they have access to the New Testament and a preacher, a lot of them may become Christians.

    • Hi Michael Haller,

      Many Muslims are even now becoming followers of Jesus. It’s truly a miraculous thing.

      However, I suspect that it will be very easy for the Antichrist portray himself as the Mahdi, or some such Islamic figure. But, we’ll see what happens.

      Good comment, Michael.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  6. Have you ever seen the photo of Obama as Tut, i.e. Pharaoh? I’ve been playing around with the idea of Egypt being America. Brings a whole new light to it, especially Isaiah 30-31. Who does “Israel” turn to for help today that has great horses and fighting men? Egypt?

    • Hi Anna J.,

      It’s an interesting idea, but rest assured that the Lord really is talking about physical Egypt in Isaiah 19.

      I think that I understand what you are trying to do, and we all do it. But, please be careful. It is a dangerous thing to play with interpretation.

      Thank you Anna, for that comment.

      Yours in Christ

      John Little

  7. Well, its so easy to debunk the Muslim religion …i still dont know how so many believe in the Koran…Heres a basic observation by me….Has anyone realized that the Muslim’s INFIDEL is the same thing as the serpent seed antichrist Jew GOYIM….

    AND WHILE I’M STILL HERE…i’ll go on the flipside of this issue to post this….
    The term (( persistent contrail )) is also the term used by every crevice dwelling internet disinformant on this planet which makes me unconditionally realize that the term (( persistent contrail )) is an intentional disguise, a mask used for deception purposes. To describe something in deceitfulness which misleads the audience to believe in lies…..Meanwhile they can spray virtually anywhere and anything they want…they could spray Detroit with scianide and get away with it……, in 15 minutes flat anytime, anywhere… and nobody will ever link it to what happens on down the road…its the ultimate weapon.
    2009… the local newspapers of Kiev received hundreds of phone calls from residents and business owners close to the area the planes were spraying the suspicious substance…Almost 40 000 people got infected since yesterday in the Ukraine by what we still call the “Ukraine plague” but doctors have said recently that this is a stronger case of h1n1 or swine flu that has mutated and has that affect on the lungs where it destroys the lungs and fills it with blood.”…/113009_CIA_operated_

    • Hi JOE SNIPER,

      Your reference to ‘antichrist Jew GOYIM’ is unclear. The Bible is quite clear that to be anti-Israel is also to be in rebellion against the plans of God, and THAT is a very, very dangerous thing to be.

      As to the chemtrail issue, I agree that the evidence of chemtrail spraying cannot be denied. WHAT they are spraying is a little harder to determine.

      Again, I hope that you have not chosen the path of resistance towards God. Thank you for taking the time to comment, Joe.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

    • Those of us with ‘eyes to see’ clearly realize that the aerosol spraying is not frozen water vapor crystals which quickly melt and disappear like a contrail. I wonder that anyone in America ever chooses to believe their own eyes rather than the propaganda which is mainstream media. It is inconceivable to me that I should disbelieve an overtly obvious truth witnessed by my own eyes (chemtrails) just because I might not want to believe the historically proven fact that evil men exist and will always be with us plotting the utter destruction of mankind. Satan desires to steal, kill and destroy in every way possible. Why is it so hard to believe that the powers that be really are THAT sinister, when history shows us that benevolent dictators are the extreme rarity and not the norm?? I cannot tell you why so many cling to the propaganda-except to say, that those who do not ‘receive the love of the truth’ (generally speaking) risk being deceived by all sorts of things. Jesus asked the Father to guide His disciples into all truth, and further stated that His Word is Truth. Those who do not accept the absolute verity of the Word of God often fall prey to being deceived in other realms as well. Bon Courage! and Be of good cheer.

  8. Hi John. Do you have a timeline or sequence of the events you mention? What will happen when? What came before that and what will happen next

    • Hi James,

      I only have my own unscientific thoughts on the matter. I suspect that we will have a collapse of the global financial system first, followed by repressive tyranny in the US. The drying up of the Nile might not happen until 2017, and we can expect other countries along the Nile to ramp up their water usage. The next big drought might very well be the time when the Nile actually fails to reach the Mediterranean Sea.

      Damascus might be destroyed in 2015 or 2016 with Gog and Magog in 2018 – or sooner?

      And, Antichrist? Probably around 2025 – or later? Dunno.

      All of this is very, very difficult to tell because so much of what we see has its origins in the smoke-filled back rooms of the elites. Things have a way of happening far more quickly than any of us could imagine – or, more slowly.

      Thank you for that comment, James.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  9. I think it more likely that an atomic blast will take out the Aswan High Dam and devastate Egypt with a wall of water being pushed by 21 cubic miles of that substance that will create the grandmother of all tsunamis. When it reaches the Mediterranean the wave will flood the coast of Israel and terminate in Lebanon. Read all about it in my book, “Ancient Prophecies of the Burdens, all based upon the prophecies of Isaiah.” This scenario is coming soon.

  10. John,
    I see it differently than many. In my view Isaiah 19 mostly the first 10 verses and Ezekiel 29 and 30 picture the “great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers” and his domain being utterly destroyed. To me the references speak of total destruction of Egypt (40 years) and because of the 40 year period indicate atomic contamination. This could well be the breaking of the Aswan by atomic bomb, which would cause the contents of Lake Nasser to cascade down the channel of the Nile.
    When you do the calculations we find there are about 82 cubic miles of water stored there which would necessarily cause a tsunami which would reach eventually across the east Mediterranean, terminating in Lebanon (Tyre, Is 23) with its complete destruction.
    The explanation is far too long to post here but if you want it I will be glad to send the complete text.
    There are a series of burdens listed in successive chapters of Isaiah that can be linked to the coming Psalm 83 war, with all of them pointing toward Mecca, the original domain of Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses, and a place that will eventually be reclaimed by Israel with the center of Islam going down. Islam understand this, thus part of the reason for their unrelenting wars against Israel. My book deals with the burdens of these nations and their eventual outcome.

    • Hi Willard Aztec,

      Well, I guess that I understand how you come by your conclusions. But… the world would need to be an entirely different place for this to happen the way that you describe.

      Second, if an interpretation requires a complicated logic to be considered ‘truth’, well… you might want to reconsider your belief in it. Seriously, the Bible is ALWAYS in agreement with itself. Always.

      But, ultimately, we will see how it all works out.

      Thanks, Willard.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  11. Hello and God Bless,

    your information Egypt was once a Christian Country (Coptic Orthodox) but because of the Heirsay warfare amidst the Church they were overthrown (couldn’t make up their mind whether or not Mary was the Mother of God or not..)

  12. Hi, I just wondered what you thought about the term altar being used describing Egypt of course.. naturally post Jesus one would assume christian would be the correct word to use here.. but how many churches do you know that set up altars for sacrifice?

    • Hi James Spain,

      The verse that you are referring to is this one:

      In that day shall there be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the Lord.

      – Isaiah 19:19

      It is always possible that this could be something literal, but I believe that the proper interpretation is figurative. The altar is a symbol of sacrifice to God. And, all who follow Jesus Christ must make great sacrifices.

      And, those Egyptians who choose to follow our Lord and Savior will sacrifice in ways that will break our heart. But, they will also earn eternal life, so the sacrifices will be worth it.

      I hope that explains my point, James.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little


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