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When Do The Four Angels Loose the Four Winds?

This is Study # 3 “When Do The Four Angels Loose the Four Winds? If you have not followed this study from the beginning it is IMPORTANT you start at Key # 1 “The Connection Between the 7 Seals and Matthew 24″

Beginning at the 6th verse of Revelation 4, there is a detailed description of  “the four beasts“. Literally, it should be translatedliving ones” or “living creatures” rather than “beasts”.

There is a symbolism here that demands close attention.

  1. The First beast was like a LION.
  2. The Second was like a CALF.
  3. The Third was like the face of a MAN.
  4. The fourth was like a flying EAGLE.


To understand the meaning of these symbols, we need to go back to the Old Testament. In Ezekiel 1, we have a description of  “four living creatures”. In Ezekiel 1 : 10, we are told that on the right side they had the face of a man, and the face of a lion. On the left side they had the face of an ox, and the face of an eagle. These are the identical symbols of the Living Creatures in Revelation 4. As in Revelation so in Ezekiel “there was by them the likeness of a throne” (Ezek 1: 26). In both visions the glory of the Lord is manifested (Ezekiel 1: 28). In both cases there is a rainbow about the throne, These angelic creatures in Ezekiel were CHERUBIMS (See also Ezekiel 10).

Notice that John does not describe these beasts except to liken them to something that we would be familiar with.  Especially notice the words “like” and “as” in Rev 4 : 7. The first part of Verse 8 adds to this description when it says, “And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within”.


Jewish Tradition: According to Jewish tradition it was believed that the banners of the tribes were as follows:

  1. Judah – East (Lion of gold with a scarlet background).
  2. Ephraim – West (Ox of black on gold background).
  3. Reuben – South (Man on gold background).
  4. Dan – North (Eagle of gold on a blue background).


Revelation 4:7

And the first beast was LIKE A LION, and the second beast LIKE A CALF, and the third beast had a face as A MAN, and the fourth beast was like a FLYING EAGLE.

Ezekiel 1:10

As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the FACE OF A MAN, and the FACE OF A LION, on the right side: and they four had the FACE OF AN OX on the left side; they four also had the FACE OF AN EAGLE.


During the 40 years of wandering after the Exodus from Egypt, Moses had the 12 tribes pitch their tents around the sanctuary.

The Lion as the standard of Judah would also consist of Zebulon and Issachar which encamped with Judah.

The Calf as the standard for Ephraim would also consist of Benjamin and Manasseh which encamped with Ephraim.

The Man as the standard for Reuben would also consist of Simeon and Gad which encamped with Reuben.

The Eagle as the standard for Dan would also consist of Asher and Naphtali which encamped with Dan.


And on the east side toward the rising of the sun shall they of the standard of the camp of Judah pitch throughout their armies: and Nahshon the son of Amminadab shall be captain of the children of Judah.  Numbers 2:3


In describing the four living creatures, John says that the first “beast” was like a LION. A LION is the “King of the beasts” and represents majesty. Thus Christ is portrayed in the Gospel of Mathew as “King of Kings”.


On the west side shall be the standard of the camp of Ephraim according to their armies: and the captain of the sons of Ephraim shall be Elishama the son of Ammihud.  Numbers 2:18


The Second living creature is said to be “like a calf”. The word translated “calf” can also be translated as “bullock” or “heifer”.  This of course, was an animal frequently used for sacrifice. CHRIST here is portrayed as “Sacrifice” for our sins. Mark in his Gospel presents “CHRIST as the SERVANT who was to be sacrificed.”


On the south side shall be the standard of the camp of Reuben according to their armies: and the captain of the children of Reuben shall be Elizur the son of Shedeur.  Numbers 2:10

The Third living creature “had a face as a man”. The third creature would represent CHRIST as a MAN. The Gospel of Luke presents CHRIST as the Perfect Man. Also, as described in Philippians 2, Christ left His position of Glory with the Father and became a man so that He might die on the cross for our sin.


The standard of the camp of Dan shall be on the north side by their armies: and the captain of the children of Dan shall be Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.  Numbers 2:25

The fourth living creature was “like a flying EAGLE”.  The eagle symbolizes Sovereignty and Supremacy. Thus the living creature represents CHRIST in all his DEITY. The Apostle John in his  Gospel presents JESUS CHRIST as the SON OF GOD and shows His relationship with heaven.


The significance of the four faces is that at the time these four angels begin to loose the four winds, the 144,000 are sealed. They have set the up the standards of the man, the ox, the lion and the eagle. They are ready for the four living creatures to loose the four horsemen.

And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Revelation 7:4

Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. v.5

Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. v.7

Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. v.5

Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. v.7

Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. v.5

Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. v.7

Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. v.6

Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. v.8

Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. v.6

Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. v.8

Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. v.6

Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand. v.8


Before the 144,000 are sealed there is a period of time that the four angels are holding back their four winds.

Revelation 7:1-3  And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.  2  And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,  3  Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

During the fifth trumpet, other wise known as the first of the three woes there are two groups, those who are sealed and those who are not! During the 5th trumpet the 144,000 have the seal of God!

And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.  Revelation 9:4

It is not until after the fifth trumpet is completed and the sixth trumpet begins that the four angels are loosed.

Revelation 9:13-15  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.

Trumpets 1-5 occur during the time when the four winds are being held back. During the 5th trumpet the announcement comes that there are now two groups. Those who are sealed and those who are not. Then  the 6th trumpet begins and the four angels are loosed.

These four angels have the four standards of Israel, the lion, the ox, the man and the eagle, which indicated that the 144,00 are indeed sealed and ready for the four angels to loose the four winds upon the earth.

On the next page we will examine what happens when the four winds are loosed. But first we need to understand the sequence of events. Establishing the timeline is the entire purpose of this page. So far we have discovered that Trumpets 1-5 sound, and then during the 6th trumpet the four angels are given the command to loose their winds, i.e. the four horsemen. Next to complete this timeline we need to see what happens when the four angels finish their work.

In Ezekiel The Four Angels are first introduced in chapter 1, and reemerge in chapter 10. Ezekiel chapters 1-10 are the time of the four horsemen, i.e. the four winds, in expanded much greater detail. They speak of war, famine, and pestilence, God’s faithful people receiving his mark of protection, before the destroying angels slay the disloyal people in the temple. This parallels the seal of God placed on the 144,000 and the 7 angels who pour out the seven last plagues in Revelation.

Now the cherubims stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court.  Ezekiel 10:3.


Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.  35  And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Exodus 40:34-35


And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.  Revelation 15:8


It is important for us to notice how the scene in Revelation is introduced. First pay special attention to Ezekiel 10:3 how the scene is introduced when the cherubims stood by the right side of the house. In Revelation we will now look at the preceding verse and will once again see this same parallel.

And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. Revelation 15:7

  • Revelation 9:14 gives us the START time for the four angels to loose the winds.
  • Revelation 15:7,8 gives us the END time for the four angels to finish their work. Immediately following this is the 7 last plagues.

“When the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court.” Ezekiel 10:3.

This is no ordinary man! Ordinary men could NOT enter the temple; Exodus 40:34-35; Revelation 15:8. In Ezekiel 10:3 he reference here is to “the man clothed with linen” Ezekiel 9:2,3,11. “The man in linen” is referring to the High Priest. (References to follow).  He is also referred to here: “the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river,” Daniel 12:6. There is only one man “who was upon the waters” in scripture. Jesus Christ!

Matthew 14:26-27  And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.  27  But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

Ezekiel 9 introduces the same 7 men, who are known in Revelation as the seven angels with the seven last plagues. The 7th plague is “poured into the air.” When Jesus comes, we shall “meet Him in the air.” The events during the 7th plague are caused by the Second Coming of Jesus. Just as Christ is the 7th in Ezekiel 9, It is His Second Coming that is marked by the 7 plague. Jesus is the 7th “angel.” Not a literal created being like other angels, but here symbolized by the term just as in other places of the Bible for God Himself, such as the Burning Bush Exodus 3:2-4, The third man who spoke with Abraham, while the other two were sent to destroy Sodom Genesis 18, and Joshua, who bowed and worshiped  the Captain of the Host, Joshua 5:13-15.

Barnes Commentary of the Bible

Clothed with linen – The priestly garment Exodus 28:6; 28:8; Leviticus 16:4. This “One Man” (Compare Daniel 10:5; Revelation1:13) was the “angel of the covenant,” the great high priest, superior to those by whom He was surrounded, receiving direct communication from the Lord, taking the coals of vengeance from between the cherubim Ezekiel 10:2, but coming with mercy to the contrite as well as with vengeance to the impenitent; these are attributes of Jesus Christ John 5:30; Luke 2:34; Matthew 9:13; John 6:39.


Adam Clarke’s Commentary of the Bible

And he called to the man—The person here who called was that who sat on the chariot of the Divine glory. See Ezekiel 1:26.

And on the top of the arch which was over their heads was the form of a king’s seat, like a sapphire stone; and on the form of the seat was the form of a man seated on it on high.  Ezekiel 1:26

The human form above this canopy is supposed to represent Him who, in the fullness of time, was manifested in the flesh.


Matthew Poole’s Commentary on the Holy Bible.

Linen; a garment proper to the priesthood, whether ordinary priest or high priest, Ex 28:42-43; Lev 6:10: in this habit appeared the angel, Da 10:5; 12:6-7; and a very fit resemblance of Christ, who is the only Saviour of his elect, whose names he knows as if written by him.


Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary of the Bible

Verse 2. clothed with linen — (Da 10:5Da 12:6, 7). His clothing marked his office as distinct from that of the six officers of vengeance; “linen” characterized the high priest (Lev. 16:4); emblematic of purity. The same garment is assigned to the angel of the Lord (for whom Michael is but another name) by the contemporary prophet Daniel (Da 10:5Da 12:6, 7). Therefore the intercessory High Priest in heaven must be meant (Zec 1:12). The six with Him are His subordinates; therefore He is said to be “among them,” literally, “in the midst of them,” as their recognized Lord (Heb 1:6). He appears as a “man,” implying His incarnation; as “one” (compare 1Ti 2:5). Salvation is peculiarly assigned to Him, and so He bears the “inkhorn” in order to “mark” His elect (Eze 9:4; compare Ex 12:7Rev. 7:3Rev. 9:4Rev. 13:16, 17Rev. 20:4), and to write their names in His book of life (Rev. 13:8).


Thru The Bible with J. Vernon McGee.

“Six men came from the way of the higher gate.” These six men are angels — I see no other explanation for them. Angels are used by God in the judgment of this world. They are associated with the nation Israel and have nothing to do with the church. On the Day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came — not angels — and when the Lord Jesus Christ comes to take the church out of the world, there will be no angels with Him. However, when He comes to the earth to establish His Kingdom, He will send forth His angels. We read in Matthew 13:41, “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all the things that offend, and them which do iniquity.” Then in Matthew 16:27: “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” Finally, Paul wrote: “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2Thess. 1:7-8).


December 7th, 2011 Coming Soon!

This study is already done, but needs to be prepared for a website presentation. I will post more on this amazing series as time allows. MUCH MORE TO COME!

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