It’s a stirring account of an unusual water baptism that took place in the Euphrates River on January 21, 2006 in Iraq.
On this day, the unit’s chaplain baptized an American soldier stationed at Rawa, Anbar province, in Northern Iraq. He was dressed in his typical sea-foam green camouflaged uniform.
It was a dangerous time in that country. After the defeat of Iraq in 2003, militants were starting to re-assert themselves throughout the country. ISIS reportedly now controls this territory.
The soldier was baptized in the Euphrates, an ancient river mentioned in the last book of the Bible — Revelation. In his vision of the end-times, the Apostle John saw the great river was completely dried up (Revelation 16:12) allowing a massive army from the East easy access to the area. We don’t know if John intended this passage to be interpreted literally or spiritually. You can tell from the video it is a massive river.
One of the reasons the baptism could take place that day was due to the high wind that whipped up the sand and combined with the midst gave the area a dense fog-like appearance.
No terrorists could see what was happening.
The team leader reconnoitered the best spot for the baptism and they marched into the water without their protective gear.
The unit chaplain — after explaining that water baptism did not save a person only faith in Jesus — baptized the soldier in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.
4 One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple.
(Psalm 27:3-4 NASV)