MP3: The Mighty Angels of Revelation 9
Hosts: Nathan Jones & Vic Batista
The Four Fire-breathing Euphrates Angels and Their 200 Million Demon Army
Nathan Jones: With the Three Woes having arrived, we’ve moved totally out of our daily understanding of events. Up to the Fourth Trumpet Judgment, events could happen politically or naturally. But now demonic hordes are roaming the world killing everybody in sight. This is beyond belief!
Many people who study Revelation get to this point in the narrative and conclude this imagery must be nonsense. How could this be? Revelation 9 is talking about four creatures who are nowhere near human looking. They are definitely not like the locusts demons that came before them. The Four Euphrates Angels have heads that look like lions, but they are breathing fire like mythical dragons. These are crazy looking dragons released upon this earth, almost like monsters from a bad Godzilla movie.
The Locust Demons could only hurt people, but the Four Euphrates Angels and their army are going even further and are actually killing people. They kill a whopping third of the world’s remaining population! Combined with the Seal Judgments which killed a third of the world’s population, now we see another third killed, resulting in almost half of the world’s population dead within 3.5 years. To think that a third of remaining population of the world will be killed by just these four angels alone!
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The 200 million strong army, is there the possibility that there could be a country out there that could put forth an army that big, or are we talking about something different here, more demonic? Is this army made up of people or demons?
Nathan Jones: That leads to a very highly speculative answer. We know from the text that we’ve got the Sixth Trumpet Judgment Angel who releases the Four Euphrates Angels who had been bound in or under the Euphrates River. The Euphrates River runs through Iraq today. It used to be the border of the Garden of Eden at one time. These angels, we can assume they are demons, because they are held in the Euphrates River like prisoners. They have been held there to be released just for this purpose — to kill a third of mankind. The Four Euphrates Angels are clearly demons set against God, but God being sovereign and in control allows them to be released.
While the Four Euphrates Angels are demons, they lead an army of 200 million horseman. So, what are these, 200 million demons or are we talking about 200 million people? Back in 2015, China announced that they could now field an army of 200 million soldiers. Bear in mind when John was recording Revelation back around 95 AD, that they were lucky if they had 200 million people across the entire planet, much less an army that could be made up of 200 million. So, some theologians have speculated that these 200 million are not demons, but they are just led by four demons. The army could be fielded out of the Far East, most likely China and/or India, but their generals are the Four Euphrates Angels.
Vic Batista: What an amazing number, for we live in the days when one country alone — China with an estimate of over one billion people — could field an army that massive.
Nathan Jones: Last I read China’s population was 1.3 billion. India is also quickly coming up to that population level. If they combined with the Kings of the East and rebel against the Antichrist, which we will read read later in Revelation that they will indeed by the end of the Tribulation rebel against the Antichrist, they’ll have a big enough army to march across the dried up Euphrates River when it dries out in a later judgment. So, some have speculated that this 200 million man army is China and/or India combined marching across the Euphrates.
So, is this army comprised of men, as we’ll later read about during the Bowl Judgments? I don’t believe so. I think this is something totally separate from the rebellion against the Antichrist. Look how their four masters are these four demons who have been released from the Euphrates River, and the carnage they create sounds like nothing ever man-made. Whether this army is comprised of demons or they are people, this is one of those topics that is kind of nebulous and highly up for debate.
Vic Batista: There are a lot of good Bible prophecy teachers like the author of The Late Great Planet Earth, Hal Lindsey, and many others who have written a lot of speculative interpretation on this topic. But, we really do need more information to make a conclusion, and it’s just not given. We just have to allow the Holy Spirit to bring clarification.
Nathan Jones: When it comes to Bible prophecy and the spiritual realm, some of these topics are well beyond our understanding. They’re so outside the realm of our daily living in this Church Age, but the Tribulation will be like no age ever before in human history. The Bible says that it will be the worst time in all of human history. It will be worse than the Flood and the following chaos after the Flood. It will be worse than anything we could ever imagine.
The Four Euphrates Angels are serpent-like creatures running amok across the planet with a 200 million man army. They are destroying a third of the world’s population by consuming them with fire, smoke and brimstone. So let’s say we have 7 billion people today, and already a half are dead from the previous judgments, so that is 3.5 billion people left in the world. Take a third of that number, so we are talking about another billion, not million, but billion people killed by the Sixth Trumpet Judgment!
Vic Batista: I can understand why today there is a fear of nuclear weapons after what happen at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But these demons alone are not going to cause such havoc that nuclear war will seem mild by comparison. This passage literally is talking about Hell’s angels.
Nathan Jones: Good comparison! I don’t want to make light of this judgment, but I would compare these demons to, if you’ve seen The Hobbit movies, to Smaug the Dragon. Revelation 9 is describing something that is powerful, and four Smaugs running amuck around the earth with a 200 million man army killing people basically with flamethrowers coming out of their mouth sounds like Smaug. Again, this seems like some crazy scene out of a Sci-fi movie, but this is the Bible we’re talking about here. These demonic attacks aren’t symbolic either. It’s not a “like or as” situation. These are definite, literal, demonic monsters being released upon the earth.
In the eighteenth segment of our series “The Mighty Angels of Revelation,” we’ll continue in Revelation 9 and puzzle at the world’s strange reaction to these world-shattering judgments.