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Armageddon and the River of Blood - Is this the End of the World?

Updated on September 8, 2012

The end of the Mayan calender on December 21st, 2012 has spurred a belief that the world will end then.

Strangely enough, the Holy Bible, the handbook for Christians the world over, also has a similar world ending. They call it Armageddon.

In the Book of Revelations, chapter 16, verse 4, we are warned of a river of blood to come as a forewarning of impending doom.

And this is exactly what has happened in China, where the River Yangtze has turned bright red (orange) in the September of 2012, just 3 months before the finale of the Mayan calender.

Does this mean the end of the world is nigh?

Should we be preparing right now for Armageddon, which is the battle to end all battles according to the Christian faith?

The River Yangtze in Chonqing, South-Western China after it turned red (orange)
The River Yangtze in Chonqing, South-Western China after it turned red (orange) | Source

Book of Revelations

Chapter 16 of the Book of Revelations deals with the 7 angels who each emptied out a bowl of God's wrath upon the Earth.

  1. The first angel brought painful and ugly sores to those who worshipped the Devil.
  2. The second poured its bowl into the sea, and every living marine creature died.
  3. The third emptied its bowl into the rivers, turning the water blood red (and this is actually the 4th verse).
  4. The fourth angel poured its bowl over the sun, causing it to scorch and burn every living thing on Earth.
  5. The fifth poured its vial onto the "throne of the beast" causing darkness and men to chew their tongues off in agony.
  6. The sixth poured its bowl onto the great river Euphrates, causing it to dry up.
  7. The seventh poured its bowl into the air, and there resulted in an earthquake so severe the like of which man has never suffered before. This was at a place called Armageddon.

So all in all, these seven angels were nasty pieces of work whichever way you look at them!

I much prefer Willie Nelson's Seven Spanish Angels.

Seven Spanish Angels - Willie Nelson and Ray Charles

Armageddon - the movie

Does the Bible tell us the truth?

The Bible is full of parables, and is not intended to be taken literally.

The truth is behind the words, not the actual literal words themselves.

So when we are warned of 'rivers of blood', it is almost certainly not intended to be actual rivers of blood, but perhaps something that looks like rivers of blood.

And this is exactly what we are seeing in China.

The most likely explanation for a river turning red, or orange as the case may be, is that some backstreet sweatshop has illegally dumped dyes into the public storm drain network.

This is not to say that this is not what was foretold in the Bible. Red blood oxides when mixed with water, turning it is rust colour, or orange.

Something written thousands of years ago is unlikely to be aware of modern day technology that allows us to artificially make colours for clothes in quantities likely to dye whole rivers.

This red river in China could still be the harbinger of doom, as foretold all those years ago.

With the Mayan calender ending so abruptly on December 21, 2012, all sorts of jumbled jigsaw pieces are falling into place.

The red River Yangtze in South-West China
The red River Yangtze in South-West China | Source

What does the Mayan Calender say about 2012

Before we can extrapolate what the Mayans said, it is important to realise who the Mayans were.

They were an ancient civilisation who inhabited what is now Mexico and Central America. As a race they were renowned for the accuracy of their calendars. Indeed, they were great astronomers and studied the Heavens above in intricate detail.

They had many calenders, and only one of them forecast the end of a Great Cycle on December 21st, 2012.

What is amazing about this date?

Not only is it the winter solstice, it will be the first time in 26,000 years that the Earth and sun will align exactly with the centre of the Milky Way galaxy.

The Mayans predicted this date 5,125.36 years ago as being the end of another Great Cycle (they predicted three previous Great Cycles which happened).

China's red river Yangtze
China's red river Yangtze | Source

How can we prepare for the end of the world?

As it is the end of the world, there can be no preparations.

No Last Will and Testament to write, no food storages or nuclear bunkers, because if the world is really ending, there will be no-one left alive to pass things on to, or to eat the food.

All we can do is pray.

The power of prayer is strengthened if we all join in, and perhaps the Good Lord above will take pity on us.


Let us pray.

Dear Lord thy God in Heaven above us, please listen to my prayers.

Don't let the world end on the 21st of December, 2012, as I have already bought all those expensive Christmas presents for all the family, and they will go to waste.

As will the turkey, stuffings and all the things I have bought for Christmas dinner.

If you must end the world, can you direct your anger at the Banks only?

Then I will not have to repay the debt on my overloaded credit card paying for Christmas.

Yes that will be good.

Just send an Armageddon to the financial institutions of this world, and not to us, your ever faithful subjects.

While I am here, can I just wish for world peace and an end to all the human sufferings, the starving in Africa, and an end to all wars (and banks, don't forget the banks).

Your ever humble servant.


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    • IzzyM profile image

      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      I'm not surprised there is a story behind John and his Revelations. I think maybe he lost it a wee bit somewhere along the line! Yes, I go with new beginnings, sounds good!

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      CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Very cheerful hub Izzy lol! But John, the guy who supposedly wrote Revelations had been tortured in a Roman prison for years and lived in a cave on the Greek Island of Patmos while he was penning his tale of doom, so not surprising that he wasn't in a happy, positive frame of mind at the time.

      Personally, I believe that 2012 is an opportunity for all of us to move forward in our spiritual development and for the world to become a more peaceful, happier planet for us all.

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      That is so creepy - I had no idea how many words were in it until I looked under stats. Mind you I have an error to correct so it may change, but it is still weird and freaky! LOL

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      Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia

      LOL Izzy! 911 words? (insert theme music to the Twilight Zone here) :p

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      LOL, I couldn't resist it! Thanks for reading :)

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      Just History 5 years ago from England

      What a fun hub, Izzy-especially the prayer- I love it!

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      Eeek - there are exactly 911 words in this hub!

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      Here's hoping for another 60,000 for ya before the end of the world party! Want egg mayo or tuna mayo sandwiches?

      Anyway, Armageddon some hits right now. (groan!)

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      Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Already got almost 6,000 views so nothing to lose. Hold the Mayan-aise!


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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      Put 'end of the world party' into Amazon and there is loads of stuff! I hope yours does well and I will link it in here when I can. After all, both hubs have a short shelf life, but were fun to write :)

      Party like there is no To-Maya!

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      Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia

      HA! I thought you'd enjoy a bit of levity at this time, Izzy. I do need to update the party hub as I've not done much with it lately. Good luck on this one. It should do well. :)


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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      @Eric, well the 'end of a Great Cycle' might relate more to Tour De France competitors than to us, but hey - it's still a good excuse for a party!

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      Randy, I LOVE your hub! That is it exactly - party! party! - I'm up for that :) Hope someone has printed some 'end of the world' banners and party favors. If they have, get them in there! Once the 24 hour period is up I will update this hub with your link and some corrections.

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      @Sophia, as a race the Mayans seem to have had more calenders than they possibly had hot dinners, and the finding of yet another one is of no great surprise. The above hub is based on just one of these, the one that appealed to our timescale I guess.

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      @PegCole, thanks for taking the time to comment, and to note the non-serious nature of this hub, which is also based on fact and human frailties.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Really cool and well done with good pictures. Seems to me that the end of the world is a personal thing. As it has been forever. The World does not end Ours Does.

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      Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Ha Izzy! Interesting take on the event. Here's something you might be interested in:

      Feel free to remove this post if you like to get rid of the link. This one has surprised me as I wrote it almost 3 years ago in preparation for the event. Also tongue-in-cheek, but still successful in its own way. :)

      Rated this up, of course.

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      Sophia Angelique 5 years ago

      Um, they found another Mayan calendar early this year, and the calendar did not end on 21st December 2012. Probably the guy who worked on the 21st December calendar died and went to Mayan heaven.

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This turning of the River Yangtze to red (orange) is fascinating. You've presented an interesting look at scripture and its predictions and prophecies. I like the way you've combined a serious look at this with a humorous prayer about "money changers" and conspicuous consumption on the day of our Lord's birth. Very interesting.

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      These red fields are incredibly beautiful - thanks for the link! The Mayan people are totally fascinating too. The above article is more tongue in cheek than anything so don't take it seriously, though I dare say there are those that will.

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      Charles James 5 years ago from Between New York and London

      Some China rivers and streams do this often, due to production of red algae bloom as well as several major chemical spills in the last decade plus the Japan earthquake in 2011.The area of the Yangtze river, in Jiangsu is connected to the worlds most beautiful red-grass location. Granted millions have become ill previously, but this takes on a whole new level of pollution. My guess, Russia is screaming about now. Last time, it poisoned their water supply.

      In addition, a more accurate Mayan calendar has been discovered changing the dates entirely.

      Red Fields Yangtze:

      Mayan Calendar: