Revelation Chapter 9:14

Revelation 9:14 – …saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”

God gives the angel who blew the sixth trumpet authority to release four angels who are bound at the Euphrates River. The Greek word translated as “bound” means to imprison, and is the same word used to describe Satan’s detainment during the Kingdom Age:

“Four angels”: Scripture never refers to holy angels as being bound. These are fallen angels, another segment of Satan’s force whom God had bound, but will free to accomplish His judgment through their horsemen (verses 15-19). God’s control extends even to the demonic forces, they are bound or freed at His command.

Euphrates: One of the 4 rivers that flowed through the Garden of Eden (see note on 16:12; compare Gen. 2:14). Starting with Bab-el, this region has spawned many of the world’s pagan religions.

The Sixth Trumpet: The Four Angels Released. At the blowing of the 6th trumpet, the second woe is released: the release of “the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates”. The angels apparently lead an army of 200 million “horsemen” (demons), who kill a third of mankind through the plagues of fire and smoke and brimstone.

God views the Euphrates River as the dividing line between East and West. In fact, the old Roman Empire also saw it that way. Everything east of the Euphrates was called the Far East or Asia. The region just to the west of the great river was known as the Near East or Asia Minor.

The Euphrates symbolically was where Israel’s enemies came from (they thought).

Revelation 20:1-3 – Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

As discussed in Revelation 9:5, there are other angels bound in chains in the bottomless pit:

2 Peter 2:4 – For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment….

Jude 1:6-7 – And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

It is evident that bound angels are fallen and not holy. The four angels imprisoned at the Euphrates River are not those bound with everlasting chains like the angels that committed sin as abhorrent as Sodom and Gomorrah’s sin mentioned in Jude. The four bound angels are “prepared” for the sixth Trumpet judgment (Revelation 9:15), thus restrained temporarily somewhere at the Euphrates River until the angel blows the sixth Trumpet. Perhaps the sin of these four angels was not great enough that they were permanently bound and sent to the abyss like the angels in everlasting chains, or their intent was to massacre humans long ago, and God bound them until the appointed time to do so.

Neither are these four angels the same four angels restraining the four winds in Revelation 7:1, as these angels are not bound in the Euphrates River, but standing on the four corners of the earth. Besides, the four angels that restrain the four winds wreak havoc on the earth long before the sixth Trumpet judgment in the first four Seal judgments, as discussed in Revelation 7:1.

Recall from the last section that the number four shows a crossover of the boundary between the spiritual and physical realms. Interestingly, the Euphrates has long symbolized the boundary between the eastern world and the western world, and God established that the river was the north boundary of the land He promised to Abraham:

Revelation 16:12 – Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared.

Genesis 15:18 – On the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates….”

God also shows that His future dominion will reach beyond the Euphrates and Israel’s border to the Gentile nations:

Psalms 72:8 – He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.

Zechariah 9:10 – I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the horse from Jerusalem; the battle bow shall be cut off. He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be ‘from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.

The Euphrates River, also referred to in many places as simply “the River,” is also a symbol of rebellion against God which caused a barrier between God and man. The Euphrates flowed out of the Garden of Eden where sin began:

Genesis 2:10-14 – Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.

The first murder took place near Eden from which the Euphrates originated:

Genesis 4:9-11, 16 – Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. Then Cain went out from the presence of the LORD and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden.

Nimrod established Babylon, formerly Babel, by the Euphrates River, which is where the first global rebellion led by the first global ruler against God occurred:

Genesis 10:9-10 – He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.” And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel….

Genesis 11:3-9 – Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the LORD said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

Idolatry was also born out of Babylon and spread to the region on the east side of the Euphrates, and then to the rest of the world:

Joshua 24:2-3, 14-15 – And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘Your fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, dwelt on the other side of the River in old times; and they served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from the other side of the River, led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his descendants and gave him Isaac….'” “Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD! And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

The “four horns” that scattered Judah (Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome) in Zechariah 1:18-19 came down to attack Israel from the north by the Euphrates River. This is interesting, as God told Jeremiah to travel all the way to the Euphrates River from Judah twice to bury and retrieve a sash that symbolized the coming judgment to Israel due to their idolatry that would result in their exile, which found fulfillment in Judah’s scattering by the “four horns”:

Jeremiah 13:4-10, 14 – “Take the sash that you acquired, which is around your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole in the rock.” So I went and hid it by theEuphrates, as the LORD commanded me. Now it came to pass after many days that the LORD said to me, “Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take from there the sash which I commanded you to hide there.” Then I went to the Euphrates and dug, and I took the sash from the place where I had hidden it; and there was the sash, ruined. It was profitable for nothing. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Thus says the LORD: ‘In this manner I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. This evil people, who refuse to hear My words, who follow the dictates of their hearts, and walk after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be just like this sash which is profitable for nothing…. And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together,’ says the LORD. ‘I will not pity nor spare nor have mercy, but will destroy them.'”

God even specified that Judah’s scattering in the exile would take them beyond the Euphrates River:

1 Kings 14:15 – For the LORD will strike Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water. He will uproot Israel from this good land which He gave to their fathers, and will scatter them beyond the River, because they have made their wooden images, provoking the LORD to anger.

God also told Jeremiah to tie a copy of the prophecy about Babylon’s destruction to a stone and throw it into the Euphrates River, which will have complete fulfillment found in Revelation 18, and will bring prophecy full circle to the birth place of idolatry and rebellion against God. All these associations with the Euphrates River show that judgment follows idolatry and rebellion against God. However, continued rebellion and idolatry will continue beyond the sixth Trumpet judgment, as we will see later in this study, which will lead to more judgment:

Revelation 9:20-21 – But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

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