The apostle John saw in vision the “four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree” (Revelation 7:1). The “four corners” represent the whole earth and the “four winds” represent the four directions of the compass (Dan. 8:8; Mark 13:27).
The destructive forces represent Satan’s efforts to spread ruin and chaos everywhere. But God’s angels represent divine powers in the world holding back the forces of evil until the work of God on human hearts is finished and God’s children are sealed in their foreheads (Rev. 7:2-3; Eze. 9:2–6). The seal of God upon His people shows that He has recognized them as His own (2 Tim. 2:19). Paul referred to the sealing in the experience of receiving the Holy Spirit at conversion and baptism (2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:13; Eph. 4:30).
While John saw in vision only four angels; the truth is that many angels are actually involved in holding back the destruction of Satan and his agencies. They are given the work of keeping back the raging anger of the wicked one who is like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).
When the work of sealing is completed, then Satan will pour his evil upon the children of disobedience for the cup of their iniquity is full and strife will break loose. The whole world will be engulfed in ruin more terrible than the one that Jerusalem experienced during the siege by the Romans in 70 AD.
But God’s children will be protected from the devil. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust. Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler” (Psalm 91:1-4).
In His service,