Thursday, January 11, 2018

Sinking Sand of Epic Proportions

Sinking Sand of Epic Proportions

By Rev. Mike Dana

I was contacted this last year to recommend a product for the repair of concrete pipe seams and the sealing of the joints. Normally this would be no big deal as my secular job is a consultant for a polymeric company and I have been involved in this type of repair a number of times.

However, this client was looking for material for a dam structure that has recently been in the news and is of some great concern and was at the center of controversy at its origin. The Mosul Dam, located in the middle of Iraq.

The Mosul Dam is the largest Dam in Iraq and is on the river Tigris (Hiddekel). It has biblical significance as one of the four rivers leaving the Garden of Eden in the book of Genesis as well as the location of Daniel while receiving the vision with prophetic words concerning the end of time in Daniel chapters 10, 11, and 12.

The (E-T) Euphrates-Tigris river basin is changing fairly rapidly according to HARC research.1 The dams on these rivers are causing high buildup of sediment in the reservoirs they create, and there have been record reductions in surface run off feeding the rivers. This information makes me wonder about the bowl poured out on the river Euphrates by the Sixth Angel mentioned in Rev. 16:12. The effect of this “bowl “creates a dry river for the army to cross beginning the battle of Armageddon. We are not told the details of this dry section of land and its specific physical result, i.e. cataclysmic dam failure, washouts of river sections, a widening of the river or release of large amounts of sediment… only its spiritual origin.

I don’t doubt our repair material would perform well and maybe even shift the bigger problem to a different result. You see, the Mosul Dam at its inception was advised against being built. The project was built by Saddam Hussein, and it was known then that there was no bed rock to place a satisfactory structure that would safely hold back the kind of flows that the Tigris River can see. The resulting construction of the dam revealed the very problem that was warned about.

The lack of foundation for this dam is forcing continual reactive maintenance in the form of pumping grout under the dam structure to slow the effects of erosion. This grouting effort seems to have no end and has an annual budget equating to some of the recent lottery values. It is said there are more lives at stake in the event of this dam failing than that of a nuclear bomb!

What do you do?

·       The builder had reliable advice and warning.

·       He built it to try to improve status in the world and gain resources and control.

·       At the risk of loss of life.

Saddam’s decisions ultimately cost him everything. But the consequences of his actions will have a profound effect on a lot of others as well.

The parting questions I share are these of Christ…

Mark 8:34-38 (NKJV)
34  When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
35  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it.
36  For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?
37  Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
38  For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."

Matthew 7:24-27 (NKJV)
24  "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
25  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26  But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:
27  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."

 If you have read this article and realized that you have not been seeking Gods will, but your own, and would like your soul to be under the direction of Gods spirit and will, its time right now to surrender to the will of God.

Maybe you have asked Jesus to forgive you, and come into your heart and life, but have turned away and gone back to trusting yourself, or maybe you have never asked Jesus to be Lord in your life and heart…

Take the time right now to ask Jesus to forgive your sins, and come into your heart and life. I invite you to visit The Meeting Place Billings that we may equip you to know Him better. If you live outside the greater Billings Montana area give us a call that we can help you find a place of fellowship and discipleship with other believers.

1HARC Research paper – Euphrates-Tigris River Basin Report

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