13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15 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. 16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. Revelation 9:13-16
What is happening in Syria today is what I might term as smaller stupid mistakes that culminates into bigger mistakes and disasters overtime. And the fact that God has foreseen all these is simply amazing, it just makes you fall in love with the Bible over and over again.
First of all, in my opinion America had no business policing other countries. The fact that their policing created terrorists has played out to become a global problem. The simplest language is this, a country has oil, America wants to be in a position to decide who buys that oil and at what cost. As such, they look at the current leadership in the country, if that leadership is not loyal to America, they find ways to topple that leadership to have someone loyal.
The same scenario played out in Lybia that lead to the death of Muammar Gaddafi. He may not have been a perfect person, but you cannot compare Lybia now and when Gaddafi was alive. The country was the envy of Africa and he had plans to unite all African countries. And the biggest of all? They had no debts to the US.
In comes Syria. I may not be a political analyst or maybe what am writing is pure conjecture and speculation but what if am right? Syria is among the most developed Islamic Nations in terms of human rights and respect for women. Syria, an Islamic Nation, has a functional constitution and treats women equally as men. Syria, like Lybia, was not dancing to America’s tune.
So again, America had to come up with a narrative that will topple the government in Syria and have one that can dance with it’s tune. To do that, America, together with Turkey financed and armed rebel groups to topple the government of Syria. One of the rebel groups became very bad after a man that had been a victim of US terror list took over. That group became the dread ISIS.
So the US, in ISIS had an enemy of my enemy. How did that play out? ISIS took control of oil fields and started selling oil to Turkey. This was illegal since that oil belongs to the Syrian people and had to be sold by the Syrian government. But everyone was scared of ISIS.
The US lied to the world about airstrikes to destroy ISIS. Obviously they were not doing that. They knew where the oil fields were but never struck them. Why? Because from Turkey, we all don’t know where the oil was going.
Russia came into the equation. Her top priority was to destroy ISIS. But since they were in the general area, Russia decides to destroy these other rebel groups trying to topple the government. But we know these rebel groups are armed by the US and Turkey. This is one of the reasons that gave Turkey the guts to shoot down a Russia jet. They knew too well that Russia paused no threat to Turkey whatsoever, but Russia was messing the equation of how things were playing out in Syria.
Just this week, Russia has said that the option of using Nuclear weapons is on the table though they hope “it won’t come to that”. But we all know several countries that have nuclear weaponry and are all so excited to push the trigger. The fact that in world’s history the US has been the only power to have dropped some serious bombs keeps getting others irritated, why not us.
The book of Revelation talks of this. Four Angels are bound by the Euphrates River.
The angels released from the Euphrates River are probably fallen angels because they have been bounded there. The Greek word for “bound” (deō) is only used twice in the Book of Revelation. The other verse where this word appears is in Revelation 20:2, which describes Satan being bounded for 1000 years.
- Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
Revelation 20:7 indicates that the binding of Satan for one thousand years is connected to his imprisonment:
- Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Given the context of how the word “deō” is used in Revelation 20:2, 7, it is likely that the use of deō in Revelation 9:14 is meant to convey the sense that the four angels bounded at the Euphrates River are imprisoned in a similar manner that Satan will be imprisoned for one thousand years.
The treatment of these four angels is interesting to note because they will be temporarily released from their bondage unlike the group of angels described in Jude 1:6 and 2 Peter 2:4.
- Jud 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
- 2Pe 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
I believe the Bible is inerrant and without contradiction, so I do not believe there is a contradiction between Revelation 9:14, Jude 1:6, and 2 Peter 2:4. I think these verses can be harmonized by the likely possibility that the four angels are kept at a different location than the group of angels mentioned in Jude 1:6 and 2 Peter 2:4 (the location Peter mentioned is hell/Tartarus).
Revelation 9:14-15 states that the four angels who will be released “were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year” at the Euphrates River. This phrase indicates that these angels are reserved for a specific purpose-primarily causing the type of chaos that leads to the death of a third of mankind.
And if true, could these Angels have been released so far? Right now that part of the world is in chaos. Several different rebel groups and among them the larger threat to humanity ISIS. Then add in the different players including Russia and The US.
But still the biggest element of fear is, what chaos could these Angels possibly cause that will lead to a war that kills a third of humanity? Right now it may seem impossible to kill 2 billion people right? Take into consideration that the major players in this war are all nuclear armed Nations. Take into consideration that all these Nations have smaller enemies and bigger partners.
For instance, an attack in Turkey will bring in NATO to her defense. Attack an Islamic Nation and Iran that has recently been testing her nuclear weapons will find a country to test on.
For sure, we are at the Brink of another major war. The biggest ever to play out. The coming of Christ may be sooner than we all think.