Four-fold Reference to Four (4) Altar Horn Angels and Four (4) Fallen Angels of the Euphrates River:
… “And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 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.” (Rev. 9:13-15). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: 4 angels (altar horns) authorizing one special trumpet angel, to go ahead and let loose the four fallen angels bound in the Euphrates river. The four (4) altar horn angels are in close proximity / before God’s throne. God gives the order to commence the slaying the third part of men and the four (4) altar horn angels blow their horns notifying the special trumpet angel. The special trumpet angel is one of the seven (7) trumpet angels assigned to pour out God’s wrath on evil mankind. The special trumpet angel is now authorized by God (through the announcement of the four altar horn angels) to go ahead and release or loosen the four (4) fallen angels that have been bound in the Euphrates river, for millennia. The bible is silent on what transgression these fallen angels committed in millennia past, however, we are told that they are bound (or hand-cuffed, zip-tied in modern terminology). These four (4) fallen angels are apparently exceedingly strong and dangerous, for them to have been bound for so long. However, the last verse 9:15 indicates that these evil fallen angels will still serve God’s purpose by executing his judgement against mankind, by slaying up to a third part of all men.
Both holy and evil fallen angels have roles to play in God’s unfolding drama throughout the Tribulation period. Some angels receive commands and decisions from God and announce God’s commands and intentions. Other holy angels are responsible for receiving these announcements and commandments and executing God’s will accordingly. These angels are given the necessary authority and power to render God’s judgments in the manner decided by God. In this particular case, the trumpet angel is given the authorization to let loose four (4) evil fallen angels from their imprisonment. They in turn have the power and ability to slay a third part of man, and are thusly let loose to accomplish the will of God. Angels have profound and differing roles in the divine, heavenly organization of God’s governance. Through God’s omnipresence, he decided on the exact time to allow the four (4) imprisoned fallen angels to slay a third part of men over an exact time period of a year, month, day and hour. This is an interesting inter-play between holy angels and fallen angels. Notice that there is a doubling of angels; four (4) holy altar horn angels and four (4) evil fallen angels of the Euphrates River. An equal number of angels are likewise impacting an equal number of angels. The net effect is the slaying of a third part of evil mankind during the Tribulation Period.
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