“Operation Euphrates Shield”

Euphrates River War

By Irvin Baxter


The Turkish military launched “Operation Euphrates Shield” with its invasion of Syria on Wednesday, August 24. When I saw the name “Operation Euphrates Shield,” the article immediately had my undivided attention!


Revelation 9:14-15 foretells a war that will begin from the River Euphrates: “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates. So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.”


Notice that the result of this war will be the killing of one-third of the human race! With today’s population of 7 billion, that would amount to 2.4 billion people dead!


There are four nations that house the Euphrates River. The river begins in Turkey, flows down through Syria, then all the way through Iraq, finally forming the border between Iraq and Iran before emptying into the Persian Gulf. The entrance of Turkey into the war against ISIS means that all four of these nations are now actively engaged in this war.


Furthermore, Russia and the United States made a secret agreement in December 2015 that Russia would wage war against ISIS on the west side of the Euphrates, while the U.S. would wage war on the east side of the Euphrates. As a result of this agreement, the world’s two nuclear superpowers are also presently waging war every day up and down the Euphrates.


Is this the beginning of the prophesied war that will ultimately wipe out one-third of mankind? I can’t say for certain, but it certainly looks that way!