Revelation Chapter 9:15
Revelation 9:15 – So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.
Recall from Revelation 9:14 that the angels bound at the Euphrates River are not the same as those held in everlasting chains in the bottomless pit. God has reserved these four angels for their mission to kill a third of the people on the earth at the time of the sixth Trumpet judgment.
Since they are bound angels, they are not holy but fallen angels. Therefore, their intent to kill humans isn’t merely out of obedience to God, but is likely evil, which might be why God had to bind them until the appointed time. In other words, these angels may have planned to kill men long ago, but God restrained them from doing so until the sixth Trumpet judgment.
Narrowing down the time of the sixth Trumpet judgment to an hour, day, month and year shows it is a precise point-in-time, not a general time like “in those days,” or “back in the day.” The time of the sixth Trumpet is specific like the “day and hour” the Lord will return after the Tribulation (Matthew 24:36, Mark 13:32). Also, throughout the Old Testament, the authors recorded specific times of events by the day, month, and year. Paul considered the meticulous way the Jews observed time and seasons as a form of bondage under the Law, which is interesting since the four angels are under bondage until the specific appointed time of their release:
Galatians 4:8-10 – But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days and months and seasons and years.
Narrowing down the time of the sixth Trumpet judgment using four units of time suggests this judgment will not occur over some undetermined period-in-time, but in a literal sixty-minute-hour on an appointed day, month, and year. The four units of time also point to the spiritual realm interacting with the physical realm, as discussed in Revelation 9:13.
“An hour, and a day, and a month, and a year”: God works according to His predetermined plan (compare Mark 24:36; Acts 1:7).
When these angels are loosed, they immediately inspire the great population centers of Asia to launch an attack on the Western and Middle Eastern strongholds. These demons are effective, because they cause almost two billion people, a third of the remaining population, to be killed in short order.
The Apostle John wrote, “And the four angels, who had been prepared for the Hour and Day and Month and Year, are released, so that they might kill a third of mankind. And the number of the armies of the horsemen (demons), was 200 million; I heard the number of them.”
Verses 16-19: John “heard” the “number” of the “horsemen” that was 200,000,000; literally, “two myriads of myriads”. Although the majority of manuscripts reads “a myriad of myriads”, or 100,000,000 (compare 5:11; Psalm 68:17; Dan. 7:10). John had no time to count such a large “army”. The riders (and perhaps the horses), wore “breastplates”. An armored cavalry was always a most formidable opponent. “Brimstone” is yellow Sulphur. The “heads of lions” symbolize cruelty and destruction. The “fire, smoke,” and “brimstone” are three separate plagues, which together kill a “third’ of mankind. In light of their description, and the fact that they are ruled by four fallen angels, these horses and riders are probably demons as well. The demons of the fifth trumpet do not kill, (which were compared to scorpions), but these demon riders do kill. Their “power” to kill is in the “mouth”, from which come the “fire”, “smoke”, and “brimstone”. Their “tails” have “heads” like “serpents”, with the “power” to “hurt” people. This sixth trumpet, combined with the fourth seal (6:8), reduces the population of the earth to one half its pre-Tribulation level.
The angels are given authority to kill a third of the people left on earth. However, in the next verse, we don’t see angels killing people, but a massive army of supernatural horsemen. The role between the angels and horsemen is unclear, but presumably the angels have some authority over the horsemen. Perhaps the army is demonic and gathered by the angels. This is certainly a possibility as the last rider and his companion on the spirit horse of the fourth Seal is Death and Hades (Revelation 6:8). If Death and Hades are real spiritual entities who rule over the places of their namesake, they are evil, because God destroys them as enemies in the final judgment:
Revelation 20:11-14 – Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Another possibility is that the angels accuse men before God for their rebellion, and God sends His heavenly army of horses and horsemen found in the passage below to mete out judgment. We will take a closer look at this scenario in Revelation 9:18:
2 Kings 6:15-17 – And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
Angels are also called “watchers.” Holy watchers called down judgment on Nebuchadnezzar:
Daniel 4:4-5, 13-17 – I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at rest in my house, and flourishing in my palace. I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts on my bed and the visions of my head troubled me…. “I saw in the visions of my head while on my bed, and there was a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven. He cried aloud and said thus: ‘Chop down the tree and cut off its branches, strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beasts get out from under it, and the birds from its branches. Nevertheless leave the stump and roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze, in the tender grass of the field. Let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let him graze with the beasts on the grass of the earth. Let his heart be changed from that of a man, let him be given the heart of a beast, and let seven times pass over him. ‘This decision is by the decree of the watchers, and the sentence by the word of the holy ones, in order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men.’
Watchers also accused Judah of their rebellion, which led to their destruction by the Babylonians:
Jeremiah 4:11-14 – At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, “A dry wind of the desolate heights blows in the wilderness – toward the daughter of My people – not to fan or to cleanse – a wind too strong for these will come for Me; now I will also speak judgment against them.” “Behold, he shall come up like clouds, and his chariots like a whirlwind. His horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us, for we are plundered!” O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you?
Jeremiah 4:15-20 – For a voice declares from Dan and proclaims affliction from Mount Ephraim: “Make mention to the nations, yes, proclaim against Jerusalem, that watchers come from a far country and raise their voice against the cities of Judah. Like keepers of a field they are against her all around, because she has been rebellious against Me,” says the LORD. “Your ways and your doings have procured these things for you. This is your wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reaches to your heart.” O my soul, my soul! I am pained in my very heart! My heart makes a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because you have heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. Destruction upon destruction is cried, for the whole land is plundered. Suddenly my tents are plundered, and my curtains in a moment.
The watchers come from a “far country,” which can also describe the “end of Heaven”:
Isaiah 13:3-5 – “I have commanded My sanctified ones; I have also called My mighty ones for My anger – those who rejoice in My exaltation.” The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like that of many people! A tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together! The LORD of hosts musters the army for battle. They come from a far country, from the end of heaven – the LORD and His weapons of indignation, to destroy the whole land.
Extra scriptural writings show that some of the watchers sinned, becoming fallen angels. God sent some of them to the abyss bound in everlasting chains for particularly abhorrent sin, as discussed in 2 Peter 2:4and Jude 1:6-7. However, there are other fallen angels who still have much freedom today:
Ephesians 6:12 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Daniel 10:13, 20 – But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia…. Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? And now I must return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I have gone forth, indeed the prince of Greece will come.
Perhaps, the four bound angels in the River Euphrates are some of the watchers that fell, but are bound in the Euphrates versus the abyss because of a difference in the sins they committed, or possibly because God is restraining their evil intent to massacre humans until the appointed time, as discussed earlier.
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