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Yangtze River Suddenly Turns Blood Red

| September 8, 2012

“And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;” Revelation 8:8

A stretch of China’s longest river has abruptly turned the color of tomato juice, and officials say they don’t know why. Residents of the southwestern city of Chongqing first noticed that the Yangtze River, called the “golden waterway,” had a spreading stain on its reputation yesterday (Sept. 6).

“When water turns red, the thing a lot of people think of first is red tide,” Stanley told Life’s Little Mysteries.

Though the bright-red water was concentrated around Chongqing, Southwest China’s largest industrial center, it was also reported at several other points along the river, according to ABC News.

Investigators have yet to determine a cause, but the Telegraph reports that environmental officials are considering industrial pollution and silt churned up by recent upstream floods as possible sources for the color.

One natural explanation for red water that can likely be ruled out is color-producing microorganisms, according to Emily Stanley, a professor of limnology (the study of inland waters) at the University of Wisconsin.

“When water turns red, the thing a lot of people think of first is red tide,” Stanley told Life’s Little Mysteries. “But the algae that causes red tide is a marine group and not a freshwater group, so it’s highly, highly unlikely that this is a red-tide-related phenomenon.”

Fresh water does occasionally turn blood-red for biological reasons (a lake that turned red during a drought in Texas last summer led to talk of the end times), but Stanley said this is most often due to incursions of color-producing bacteria that arrive when a body of water has less oxygen than normal. Because rivers move constantly, struggling and mixing with the air above them as they go, they rarely ever get the oxygen deficiencies necessary for a life-based red dye job.

After reviewing a few images of Chongqing’s shockingly red river, Stanley put her money on a man-made cause.

“It looks like a pollutant phenomenon,” she said. “Water bodies that have turned red very fast in the past have happened because people have dumped dyes into them.”

An industrial dye dump was in fact the explanation when an urban stretch of another Chinese river, the Jian, turned crimson last December. Investigators traced the color back to a chemical plant that they said had been illegally producing red dye for firework wrappers.

Still, Stanley says she can’t rule out the other possibility officials are now reportedly investigating: an upstream influx of silt. Her instinct, though, is that red clay would be more likely.

“China is well known for having areas with a lot of steep hill sides and a lot of land use practices that promote soil erosion and soil going into rivers,” she said. “You can get red-colored clays that wouldn’t be a whole lot different from having a big dose of dye go in there. But if that’s the cause I’d imagine there would have had to be a huge storm or a huge amount of clay go into the system.”

Taking another look at the Campbell’s-hued Yangtze, she said, “It looks really industrial somehow.” source – Live Science

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  1. This is just a preview to what’s going to happen to our oceans during the tribulation.

  2. GoScott says:

    Then, a Mighty Angel picked up a boulder shaped like a huge Mill Stone, and threw it into the

    Atlantic Ocean,

    and cried mightily with a loud voice saying!!

    Just as I have thrown away this stone, the great city of Babylon will be thrown down with violence , and shall never be found again!!!

    The Book Of Revelation, Chapter 18 verse 21

  3. Sparrow says:

    Some of the things going on now make me feel like we ARE in the Tribulation. But, as a believer in the Pre- Trib Rapture I have to say no. Just seems like it can’t be too far away now.

  4. Brenda says:

    The Scriptures don’t say anything about “blood red” – they say the water will turn to BLOOD – killing everything that lives in them. This will take place AFTER the Rapture.

  5. JT says:

    Are the same people dumping the same dye in rivers in Beirut, in Texas, in Norwalk and so many other places that have the same phenomenon happen over night?

    People, this is nature trying to communicate to us. Nature is agitated. We have earthquakes, pollution, extreme weather patterns — there is simply signs of serious bad coming for all of us.

  6. the bible says the SEA turned red…it wasn’t the river…

    • Where does the river lead?

      And about rivers of blood, the nile might be a clue:
      Exodus 4:9 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.

      Exodus 7:17 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.

      Exodus 7:20 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 7:21 And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.

  7. PJ says:

    No where in the bible does it say there will be a pre-tribulation rapture. It only talks about two comings of Christ the first has come the 2nd will not be until the very end. Even the disciples believed they where in the end of times which I believe also. Because if the earth is 6,000 years old like biblical scholars believe and after the coming of Christ it has been now 2,000 years so one could say we are probably in the last 1/3 of the earths life. Also remember the seals go in order so you must look at the past to see where we stand now. I believe we are some where in the 5th seal. Also if the rapture does take place it will be after the 6th seal as the bible says. Keep your eyes open though because we are coming close to entering the battle of Gog of Magog the alliance has formed after 2,000 years of people looking for it the alliance of Gog has finely formed the question is who is Gog?

  8. NTEB News Desk says:

    Yes, the events in Revelation DO happen in order. So when we see the RAPTURE in Revelation 4:1,2, and THEN the judgments AFTER that, we have full confidence that the Rapture comes BEFORE the Tribulation.
    “After this I looked, and, behold, a door [was] opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard [was] as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and [one] sat on the throne.” Revelation 4

  9. AD says:

    This is just signs that the end is closer than we think please amend your ways and get ready for it could happen at any moment.The rapture can occur any time from now.God bless you.

    • bcraft says:

      I AGREE AD…….we are living in the end times and I pray everyday that people will get right or they WILL be left behind. If you are left behind you are going to be seeking death but you will not find it…..please, please, please don’t put yourself through the tribulation period…..you don’t have to suffer like that. Give your Life to Jesus, TRUST in Him, Call upon Him, ask for repentence and ask Jesus to come into your heart today.

  10. TD says:

    guys, like a mother who first has birthpains of contractions before giving birth, so is this sign also one of the many birthpains of the earth. She is preparing herself for the before the wrath of God, which is to come. When? Only God knows that. In Scripture, we are told:

    “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21: 34-36 ESV).

    Watch yourselves, for those who do not know Christ, please accept him as your personal Lord and Saviour and repent, from your sins that you may be born again through our Lord Jesus Christ. Why wouldn’t people want to accept as their personal Lord and Saviour?! Jesus died on the cross for everyone’s sins, he died a most torturing death by being crucified on a cross and people were cursing him as he was being put to death. But guess what?! He conquered death, and he rose on the third day, and he ascended into death. How awesome! He conquered death! So why did the Lord come down to be a human and die a torturing death you may ask? BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU THAT MUCH! He loves you so much that he came down to earth as a human, and was spreading the good news, and went through the death that he went through so that he can conquer death, and we can be forgiven of our sins (if we accept the Lord as our personal Lord and Saviour), and we will have eternal life through our Lord.

    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God” (John 3:16-18 ESV).

    Also remember, The Lord will never leave you or forsake you:

    “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5 ESV)

    I am always praying for those who are unsaved that they may soften their hearts, and listen to the convictions God is giving them to turn to the Lord.

    For those who are my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, don’t fall asleep along with this world, stand strong in your faith, be alert, and remember the great commission:

    “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age’”(Matthew 28:18-20 ESV).

    Did you read that?! Jesus said that ALL authority on heaven AND earth has been given to him! Also, he is with us ALWAYS to the end of the age! So, guys, if the Lord is for us, who can be against us? No one, we have Christ living in us! Also, remember we have a powerful weapon…the word of God!

    “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 ESV).

    Wowzers, that’s pretty sharp if you ask me…AND the word of God is living and active! how amazing! Again I mention, if the Lord is for us, who can be against us?

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