The Four Angels of Revelation 9:13-16

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I have spent a lot of time studying the prospect for a major large-scale conflict to transpire in the latter portion of the end times. I believe the four angels bound at the Euphrates River are key players in this conflict. In this article, I share insight on the four angels bound at the Euphrates River.

The Four Angels

Revelation 9:13-16 describes the release of four angels who are bound at the Euphrates River and the aftermath of their release: the slaying of a 1/3 of mankind by 200 million horsemen:

“(13) And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, (14) Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. (15) And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. (16) And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.” (Revelation 9:13-16)

The angels released from the Euphrates River are probably fallen angels because they have been bound there. The Greek word for “bound” (deō) is only used twice in the Book of Revelation. The other verse where this word appears is in Revelation 20:2, which describes Satan being bound for 1,000 years.

“And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,” (Revelation 20:2)

Revelation 20:7 indicates that the binding of Satan for one thousand years is connected to his imprisonment:

“And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,” (Revelation 20:7)

Given the context of how the word “deō” is used in Revelation 20:2, 7, it is likely that the use of deō in Revelation 9:14 is meant to convey the sense that the four angels bound at the Euphrates River are imprisoned in a similar manner that Satan will be imprisoned for one thousand years.

The treatment of these four angels is interesting to note because they will be temporarily released from their bondage unlike the group of angels described in Jude 1:6 and 2 Peter 2:4.

“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” (Jude 1:6)

“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;” (2 Peter 2:4)

I believe the Bible is inerrant and without contradiction, so I do not believe there is a contradiction between Revelation 9:14, Jude 1:6, and 2 Peter 2:4. I think these verses can be harmonized by the likely possibility that the four angels are kept at a different location than the group of angels mentioned in Jude 1:6 and 2 Peter 2:4 (the location Peter mentioned is hell/Tartarus).

Revelation 9:14-15 states that the four angels who will be released “were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year” at the Euphrates River. This phrase indicates that these angels are reserved for a specific purpose-primarily causing the type of chaos that leads to the death of a third of mankind.1

I believe the four angels may play some role in stirring up a large-scale conflict like the unclean spirits will rally the kings of the earth to battle following the pouring of the sixth vial (Revelation 16:13-14).

If you would like to learn more about the 200 million horsemen connected to the four angels, click this link for my article on the topic.

  1. This is purely speculation, but perhaps these four angels specialized in causing chaos on Earth before they were bounded at the Euphrates River.

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seraphius
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seraphius

These are the same angels. Revelation 4 angels, Jude and Peter all the same. They are a certain angelic cast which left their first estate in order to seek human wives in the time of Noah.

The day of judgement is the Return of Christ, or the Great and Terrible day of the Lord, the Tribulation leads up to this. They are in the abyss until this time and are spiritually bond to the Euphrates.

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And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” (Jude 1:6) “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;” (2 Peter 2:4) I forgot to add a thought to show they cross the thresh hold. When Jesus cast out legion, for they were many, they begged Him not to send them below but into the pigs instead. There is something about… Read more »

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Revelation 9:14b Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. Euphrates means:That makes fruitful If this is translated then the sentence says: Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river that makes fruitful. You shall know them by their fruit. Does something wicked bring forth fruitfulness or come from something fruitful? A ‘great river that makes fruitful’ sounds an awful lot more like our Lord (river of living water, who makes fruitful all that are His) Bound is wrapped/held. (Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose… Read more »

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I’ve also read these things, but I don’t claim to be an expert. I read in the Book of Enoch, which has excerpts from the scrolls of Noah, that the army will kill off the lineage of Ham.

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Queenie Filipo

CATHOLIC CHURCH POPE JOHN PAUL I & II, POPE BENEDICT, POPE FRANCIS. The four angels of the River Euphrates are from the Holy Lands of the Middle-East Kingdoms of the World. The four angels, are the blood Family genealogy of the Holy Lands. The four angels, are where the sun rises first in the World, waiting to be freed from this foreign land. They have four namesakes, and are four messengers to the world. The four angels are appointed to execute a third of mankind, witnessing Mother Nature’s fist of fury. God has ordered for the four angels FREEDOM, from… Read more »

Karl
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Karl

What are Peter, and Jude quoting when they refer to the angels who are imprisoned?

1 Enoch.

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Lee
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Lee

I had a dream years ago i was in my house and i opened the front door, walked ouside and it started raining. The rain looked strange so i put my hand out and it was raining blood and got on the palm of my hand. I had blood on my hand. I went back into my house, walked to the other side and looked out the window and saw these large clouds with these beings coming down through them. Some were on chariots. It was the most beautiful thing i had ever seen. They were landing on the ground.… Read more »

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God only is the interpreter of dreams. Your dream is quite interesting so I screenshotted it. In my experience others usually get Devine understanding to interpret another’s dream. I have had others get a lightbulb moment (clearly Devine interaction when observing them react to input) when I have shared dreams with them I did not understand and when they explained it, it made perfect sense. Simple even, yet I never considered it. I have also had this experience with a friend’s dream once with me interpreting their dream. Previous to the correct interpretation I had told them through my carnal… Read more »

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Curt Brockhaus
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Curt Brockhaus

Hello Wayne,
I am also searching for info about Revelation 9:14
14saying to the sixth angel with the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”

If you are interested, I have many “beast” and “mark of the beast” etc. posts on my facebook page.

SharOn
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The Revelation of Jesus Christ was about things soon to occur that JESUS wanted John to warn the seven churches about. It concerned the end times certainly, but there are two end times. The end times of Judah and the end times of the world, which in both instances means their importance and social structure. The seven bowls and the four angels and the seven trumpets, the beast of 666, the abomination of desolation, all these things were brought about in the end times of Judah. Judaea as an important nation was destroyed in the seven years war between AD… Read more »

George pAPP
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George pAPP

who are the third of the population that will be slain?? or is atrandom

Andrew
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Andrew

The descendants of Ham.

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gRACE

Hi Wayne, First off, thanks for your contribution it is very helpful. I believe you may be able to shed some light on this dream I had this morning . I heard the voice of God say ” When the star crosses the Euphrates this will be the sign.” I thought in the distance there was a voice saying was something about Trump. Then I head a voice say, ” God’s beloved”….and I couldn’t make out the rest of it then I woke up. I always had dreams foretelling the future. And in the last five yeas I have had… Read more »

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