Can you tell me more about the angels that are bound and are released when river Euphrates dries up?

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Speaker 1

So Sally is asking can you tell me more about the angels that are bound and are released when the Euphrates River dries up? Thank you.

Speaker 2

So my friend Sally, this is a really great question and it’s a very deep and involved question. And honestly I’m almost tempted to say you really need to I don’t know if I’ll be able to do it as as much justice as I would like to in the next few minutes. But it is something that’s really important, understand, and we do have some really great answers on our website Bibleass.org. If you just type in the word Euphrates, you’ll see several of these answers that have some really great content in them as well. So I’ll try to do my best job to summarize some of this as quickly as I can. So the four angels that you’re talking about in the river Euphrates is beginning in the book of Revelation, chapter nine. However, when the River Euphrates dries up, which is a different event, that’s later on in Revelation chapter 16. But we’ll go ahead and we’ll talk about this a little bit as far as Revelation chapter nine. And if you go into Revelation chapter nine, this is talking about the seven trumpets. Now just to give you a little bit of context, as far as the book of Revelation, there’s a lot of sevens as far as events that happen in the book of Revelation.

Speaker 2

So the first set of sevens you see is God’s church, where know in Revelation chapters two and three, where Jesus basically know, here’s some rebooks, here’s some admonitions, and he who overcomes these are offerings of rewards that God has for his people. Then as you go on, basically there’s a book which has seven seals. And the opening of these seals, as we see in chapter six, and basically, mainly chapter six is where you see basically the judgments upon God’s people because some of the people who are the people of God also are in need of judgment. And so there are judgments that happen. And then in chapter seven you see God’s chosen people, his true followers. 144,000. So now when you go ahead into chapter eight is the beginning or at the very last verse it says, okay, now there’s going to be seven trumpets. And so Revelation chapter nine is the beginning of those seven trumpets. And these seven trumpets, when you think about a trumpet in the Bible or just in history, typically a trumpet points to war, right? It’s the declaration of war. And it’s basically typically to warn or prepare somebody or some people for combat.

Speaker 2

And so what we’re seeing here is basically the judgments that are now going out into the world. And I’ll show you a little bit a verse I think that really shows you that this is mainly what it’s talking about. So the first four of the trumpets are judgments. And if you look at historically, I believe they’re talking about the judgments that fell upon the Roman Empire. And once you get to verses five and six, which is where we kind of are in Revelation chapter nine, these are talking, I believe, I know this is debatable. I know not everybody agrees with this, but my interpretation is these are talking about the rise of the Otoman Empire. And so as you look in Romans chapter nine, starting in verse 13, it says, and the six angels sounded, so the six angel sounds the trumpet. So we’re getting close to the end of this. So this is kind of climactic. It says, Then the six angels sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar, which is before God. And it says, saying to the 6th angel which had the trumpet loose, the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.

Speaker 2

So there are in this prophecy four angels bound in the river Euphrates, like you’re talking about. And if you keep going, it says in verse 15, and the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, a day and a month and a year for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were 200,000 thousand, so like 2 million, and I heard the number of them. And so it goes on talking about this specific army and the way that they operated and honestly the way that’s described in the following verses really to me reflect the manner that the armies of the Otoman Empire conducted themselves. They went out and destroyed Mercilessly, and that was really how they went out and took over. And there’s a very specific time prophecy given to them, which was a year, a month, a day and an hour. And prophetically speaking, this basically would be the accumulation of 391 years and 15 days. And a Bible scholar back in the 18 hundreds calculated all this from when a certain event happened in the Otoman Empire into the end of that time period.

Speaker 2

And that would have ended on August 11, 1840. And that time prophecy fits very well, actually to the day. So again, like I said, to me, this is more speaking of the rise of the Otoman Empire and all that happened there. Now, when you go to Revelation, chapter 16, it’s very similar as far as that there’s a great river, the great river Euphrates is dried up. And I think there’s a little bit of a difference here, although there is definitely a connection. So if you go to Revelation chapter 16 and verse twelve, and it says, and the six angels. So this is now the seven last plagues. And so this is like the ultimate judgment of the ungodly of those who have completely and fully rejected God. Basically, the seven trumpets are a time of hey, this is a warning time. You see these things happening. Get ready, get ready, get ready. It’s time to get ready for the day of the Lord. Once we see the seven last plagues, this is it. This is just judgment time. There is no warning. This is it. And so, as you see in verse twelve, it says, and the 6th angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates, and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

Speaker 2

And so basically this is a time where the water is dried up and the time where the kings of the east are prepared to go in to destroy. And the context of this is basically that there’s this Babylon, this great city who’s doing so many evil things that know has the blood of saints and martyrs on their hands and judgment is given into this specific entity. Now, if you look at the Book of Jeremiah, chapter 46, it says something very interesting that I believe really correlates and tells you kind of the context of what this judgment is and who it’s aimed, or basically the way that it’s aimed at. And so it says in Jeremiah 46, verse one, it says the word of the Lord which came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Gentiles. And so I think this is kind of a dual prophecy as it pointed to what was going on in his day judgment to the Gentiles going on between Egypt and Babylon, which is exactly the kind of language you see in Revelation. You see Egypt and you see Babylon. And so as you go forward, it says, let’s see in verse two, basically it says against Egypt and against the army of Pharaoh Neko, king of Egypt.

Speaker 2

So again we see Egypt here, which was by the river Euphrates and Karkimesh, and which Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, defeated in the fourth year of Jehoiaakim, king son of Josiah, king of Judah. So here again we see that river Euphrates, and you see this battle between Egypt and between Babylon. So it’s a very similar context as what’s going on in the Book of Revelation. And I do believe basically what’s happening here is the river Euphrates was the river that fed into Babylon, it was the resources given to Babylon. And so basically it says those resources are dried up. And so this is now time where the resources given know the spiritual Babylon is going to dry up. And we see Revelation. It says that the merchants will weep for Babylon. It says in one day or 1 hour that everything’s gone, they lost all their merchandise. And so here again, I think this is another destruction. And so I think it’s a little bit different in that this is more basically going into the ultimate battle of Armageddon, basically. And you see this, like I said in Jeremiah 46 as you go down, and it just says something very specific here, and it just basically talks about the destruction that it says in verse 13.

Speaker 2

It says, the word of Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, how Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Alam, should come and smite the land of Egypt and declare to the king Egypt to prepare for you, for the sword shall devour around about you. And so basically it’s just again a time of battle, it’s a time of, how do I say this, of destruction. And basically it’s the beginning of the end of Babylon which we see throughout the Book of Revelation. In Revelation chapter twelve, the third message given by the angel which is Babylon is fall, or excuse me, the second message is Babylon is fallen, is fallen. And so this great city that deceives the whole world is finally going to come to its end and Jesus is going to come soon after and make all things new. So again, I do think that there’s a lot of symbols in the Book of Revelation and I think that these angels that are described that come out of the River Euphrates initially in chapter nine are more talking about the armies that lead the Otoman Empire, which brought a lot of judgment into the Roman Empire. And also it’s then going to come again that there is going to be judgment know other things egypt basically, which is a symbol of darkness know basically the ungodly people or the Gentiles who are also going to bring judgment to this next phase of the Roman Empire, which I believe is the epitome of Babylon, which will then be destroyed right before the second coming of Christ.

Speaker 2

So again, I know there’s a lot to that and I would again recommend you come to the website Bibleass.org and look up the reverie Euphrates to kind of get a little bit more details as far as how that goes. Jerry, Wendy, any other thoughts on that one?

Speaker 3

I do, and I think I got a little bit more proof to even back up what you’re saying. The river Euphrates is just a huge important river that starts off even in the book of Genesis, and yeah, we see tons again even in Revelation. I think there’s many different meanings, but in the context of Revelation Nine, I think it’s interesting if we think of the importance of the River Euphrates as the eastern border of the promised land. If you look at Deuteronomy 1124, it reads, every place in which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours, from the wilderness and Lebanon from the river, the river Euphrates, even to the western sea shall be yours. So basically here God’s drawing the four corners of the Jewish land, sorry, the land for the Hebrews and on the eastern border would be the Euphrates. Now this time when you’re talking about the Otoman Empire, what would have been the eastern border of the Christian empire of Christendom? During that time it would be Constantinople. It was pretty much the easternmost edge of Christian hugely important city like next to Rome, constantinople would have been the second.

Speaker 3

And it’s interesting, there’s times where Rome is often shown as like 2ft or sorry, two legs. It really did stand on two legs for a period of time. One leg being in Rome, the other leg being in Constantinople. Why can I say that word? And that is exactly where the Otoman Empire attacked and took over and sort of made their home base. And to this day, Constantinople remains in now Islamic hands, as opposed to being a Christian city.

Speaker 2

Yeah, definitely. And again, there’s so much to it that it’s like I want to juice it as much as I can because I could talk about this all night and go into really large depth. And there’s sermons and sermons that you could speak about Euphrates and this battle and these things going on. Because the thing is to basically what happens right after in Revelation, Chapter 16 when this is dried up, there’s three unclean spirits and there’s so many other things going on that it’s just basically a culmination getting ready, like it says in verse 16. Getting ready for the battle of Armageddon. This is the last battle on earth to end all, almost the war to end all wars.

Speaker 3

But I think it’s important not to try to say that it means the same thing every single time. I think it’s important to understand all of them together. I think if we string them all together, we have a larger message God’s trying to tell us. Chapter Nine is sort of building us up to this is a 6th seal. So, yeah, it’s building us up to this period then before Christ come up to then the 7th seal when Christ comes. So, yeah, there’s a lot that happens during that period of the 6th seal. And we’ll actually be talking about later today, about how often events at the beginning of the 6th seal would repeat again, I think just before the coming of Christ.

Speaker 2

Definitely. And I think it’s so interesting that these two, the Euphrates River in the 7th trumpet you see in Revelation Nine is the 6th seal and you see again the Euphrates River drying up in Revelation 16 is the 6th last plague. And so there’s definitely a connection there. There’s definitely showing that there is something that’s going to happen around this time where you’re going to see a rise of an army and you’re going to see a depleting of resources, an economic crisis, and before basically the 7th thing, which is the last big event. So when you start seeing these things, don’t fear. Jesus is saying, don’t be afraid. Like he says in Matthew 24, you see these signs, don’t be afraid, but just trust in God. Know that there are going to be big things that are going to happen in the world, but these are not what you should fear. What you should fear is not being right with God and you should just see these things as a sign to get your heart right with God and stay close to him.

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