Signs Of The Times?
Throughout the bible, we are told to keep watch and to stay vigilant, to be aware of the signs of the times and the changing of seasons. Some of those signs we are told to look for are: Earthquakes in diverse places, strange signs in the skies, famines, and natural disasters, among other things. But one of those signs preceding Christs return are rivers and lakes turning blood red.
Well, recently, the European Space Agency, received some images taken over the Nile river in Egypt that are shocking to say the least. The images appear to show the entire Nile river all the way out toward the Mediterranean Sea, along with other coastal parts of the Mediterranean as being blood red. Could this one of the signs talked about in the Bible?
In the book of Exodus, during ancient biblical times, God sent 10 plagues as a warning to the Pharaoh of Egypt, to let the captive Israelite people go free. One of those warnings was turning the Nile River (where the Egyptian people went to worship and bathe) into blood. So clearly, the relevence of the ESA’s sentinal-3A satellite images are not lost on us.
So what is actually going on in this image?
The ESA’s Sentinel-3A satellite, views areas of vegetation in infrared from the satellite’s radiometer. In a facebook post the agency clarifies the reason for the strange looking water:
“The River Nile and the surrounding desert areas of northeast Africa and parts of the Middle East were captured in this image by the recently launched Sentinel-3A satellite, which is now providing data from orbit. The red areas are vegetation as seen in infrared by the satellite’s radiometer.“
So as it turns out, this may not be too much cause for alarm, nor is it a similar type of warning from God. However, it is good that you noticed that this (had it been unexplained in phenomenon) could have been one of those signs. Take heart in knowing wat Jesus said about the end times, “when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.