What is meant by the waters of the Euphrates River being dried up to prepare the way for the kings of the east?

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“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared” (Revelation 16:12).

Before the ancient kingdom of Babylon was captured by the Median general Darius, the water of the river Euphrates, which passed underneath the walls of the city, was diverted into a man-made lake bed. This diversion permitted Darius‘ army to capture the city at night by entering from underneath the walls through the empty riverbed.

In the prophecies of Revelation, “water” symbolizes people (Revelation 17:15). So, the waters of the river Euphrates refer to the followers of “Babylon the great,” whose support dries up when they turn against Babylon to destroy her (Revelation 17:16). This drying up of support for “Babylon the great” makes way to the Kings of the east, the heavenly Father and Son who will come victorious.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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