Angels from the Euphrates

“The great Euphrates river “ (v. 14) is one of the 4 rivers which flowed through the Garden of Eden which was in present day Iraq. Why was this particular location so important? The sin of man began here. The first murder was committed here. The first war was fought her … More

Death

6. The sixth trumpet is sounded and four angels (clearly demons) who are bound by the Euphrates River are released and they kill a third of the world’s population (vv. 13-15). Already the fourth seal resulted in a fourth of the earth’s people being killed and now another third of the remainder are put to death. These two judgments alone would account for the death of over half of the worlds population. It would seem that the remainder of mankind would take warning from this dreadful fate; but they did not and continued to worship their idols and demons.

The losing of the four angels resulted in releasing an army of 200 million  mounted troops (v. 16). This 200 million army may seem huge but Time Magazine says that A large invasion from the East and North in the end times is predicted in Daniel 11:44. Great dams have already been placed across the Euphrates River to divert water for irrigation so that at times the riverbed is dry or partially so The horses and their riders had breastplates of red, dark blue and yellow (v. 17). The lion like heads of the horses imply something other than of God’s power to judge the world, no evidence was given to John that there would be any change of heart on the part of the great mass of humanity. Though this sixth judgment produced fear, it did not produce repentance of their murders, witchcraft, immorality and thefts (vv. 20-21). Punishment does not soften wicked hearts; only the love of God can do that.

Application

When people have heard the Word of God many times it is easy for their hearts to become hardened and not concerned about doing what is says. I ask God to make His Word precious to me and that my heart will be tender and receptive to all that He commands.

Revelation 9:13-21 (English Standard Version)

Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar before God, saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates." So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, were released to kill a third of mankind. The number of mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand; I heard their number. And this is how I saw the horses in my vision and those who rode them: they wore breastplates the color of fire and of sapphire and of sulfur, and the heads of the horses were like lions' heads, and fire and smoke and sulfur came out of their mouths. By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulfur coming out of their mouths. For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails, for their tails are like serpents with heads, and by means of them they wound. The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

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