For readers of Revelation consider the following:

Two weeks ago, the Turkish government has cut off the flow of the Euphrates to Syria and Iraq after reducing its flow over the past month and a half.

The really scary thing is that it would feed right into end time prophecy if one believes the empire of the Antichrist is an Islamic caliphate and the recreation of the Ottoman Empire. In fact,Revelations 16:12 states:

The sixth angel poured his bowl on the great Euphrates River. Its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the east.


According to Rabbi Daniel Lapin, “from the East” is a term denoting evil, not a geographic direction. While he was at the time speaking about Genesis, the Book of Revelations is a key that combines with prophecy throughout the Old Testament to describe the end times. Cutting off the Euphrates weakens Syria and Iraq, making them easier targets for invasion and making some sort of retaliation likely if not certain.