Not really, but I had to get your attention. Many Evangelicals have what I call a newspaper theology. They scan newspapers and the internet for proof that the B-i-b-l-e is true. This is especially the case when it comes to future events (eschatology). I have heard countless sermons over the years that were preached right out of the daily newspaper. None of these sermons proved to be true, but like all newspaper theology sermons, the preachers received a new edition of the newspaper, read it, and found many new proofs that the Bible is true.
The Bible says:
Thus saith the Lord, In this thou shalt know that I am the Lord: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood. And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river. And the Lord spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone. And Moses and Aaron did so, as the Lord commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. Exodus 7:17-20
And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. Revelation 16:4
We have a past and future story of God turning rivers into blood. In Exodus, turning the rivers into blood was part of the plagues God rained down on Egypt. In Revelation, we are told that God will again, during the Great Tribulation, turn the rivers into blood.
Now consider this Mashable story out of China:
Locals in the Chinese city of Wenzhou woke up to a mysteriously blood-red river Thursday morning.
According to China Radio International, the river began to redden at 6 a.m. local time, baffling residents who have spent their entire lives in the town of Wenzhou in east China’s Zhejiang Province.
Locals complained that they could no longer fish in the river, though, even if they could, it’s hard to imagine eating the catch.
The river’s color was normal yesterday,” another resident told Shanghaiist. “It’s really scary to see the clear river turned into ‘blood water’ in only a night.”
China Radio International reported that officers from the Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau took samples to determine the cause of the alarming color shift. It’s suspected that people dumped red pollutants into the water somewhere upstream, according to Shanghaiist.
According to ABC, Jianfeng Xiao, chief of the Wenzhou bureau, told China News, “We suspect that somebody dumped artificial coloring in the water because he thought the typhoon yesterday would cause heavy rain, and nobody would notice [the color].” He added, “It turned out there wasn’t heavy rainfall yesterday, so the evidence is left behind.”
Xiao said that there is a paper manufacturer, a food coloring company and clothing-maker along the river, though China Radio International quoted locals saying that there are no chemical plants upstream. The bureau is still investigating the incident.
This the third time a Chinese river has been mysteriously “bloodied” in the past three years. In 2012, the Yangtze river in Chongqing turned orange red, and in 2011, the Jian river in Henan Province turned a sickening crimson hue.
How long do you think it will be before someone like John Hagee preaches a newspaper sermon from Exodus 7 or Revelation 16 and uses the China story as an illustration? How long before someone notices that this is the THIRD time this has happened in China in the last THREE years. THREE. THREE. THREE. Surely this is a sign, straight from the three in one, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
It is. Don’t eat the fish or drink the water in China.