Monday, July 23, 2007

Four Angels Four Winds - Revelation 7:1-3

 In Revelation 7:1-3, The earth is sitting on the brink of devastating judgment. Four angels are stationed at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth. These angels are endowed with tremendous destructive power that will be violently unleashed as soon as the servants of God, the 144,000 Jews, are sealed in their foreheads. The angels are instructed not to hurt the earth, sea, or trees until these servants of God have been sealed in their foreheads.

Are the angels holding the four winds Holy Angels? Or are they fallen angels?

We know from scripture that God is in control of all powers, even Satan’s. But there is scriptural evidence that He can and does use fallen angels to accomplish His purposes. The scriptures refer to Satan as the prince of the powers of the air. And it is air (wind) that these angels hold in their power.

Think about the consequences of fallen angels that hold power over the wind and the sea: hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, fierce thunder storms, tsunamis….

There is a parallel to Revelation 7:1-3, In Ezekiel 9:1-11. In Ezekiel, we see a city sitting on the brink of judgment. We see angels with slaughter weapons in their hands. We also see an angel, clothed in linen, with an ink-horn in his hand. The angel with the ink-horn, is commanded to set a mark [of protection] in the foreheads of all the servants of God in the city (them that sigh and cry over the sin surrounding them).

Only after the righteous are sealed with that seal of protection, are the destroying angels free to do their devastating work. They acted upon the direct command of God. But were they fallen angels? Or were they Holy angels?

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