The Euphrates Prophecies: The Four Angels & ISIS

According to the book of Revelation, the river Euphrates is not only significant in the last days, but a dramatic, observable sign that will indicate 37aa2a04-2a57-4c56-8aa4-be37cd7922c2the imminent return of Christ.

What is shocking and possibly disconcerting to Bible scholars and students alike is that the signs surrounding the Euphrates seem to be happening too soon.

There are two signs given that involve the river Euphrates in the book of Revelation: one that happens at the sounding of the sixth trumpet, and one at the sixth bowl of wrath. Regardless of the end-times theology one subscribes to, both of these events should come very near the end— in fact, long after many eschatological timelines say the rapture should occur.

This is why the Euphrates prophecies are threatening to turn our theology on its head— because if we as Christians see them happening, it begs the question: “What about the rapture?” After all, how could the Christians still be on the planet… that late in the game?”

In the next two posts we’ll take a closer look at these two prophecies, compare them to current events, and see what the Euphrates is telling us right now.

Prophecy #1: Four Angels Released To Kill A Third Of Mankind

Revelation 9:13-16:

“9:13 Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a single voice coming from the horns on the golden altar that is before God, 9:14 saying to the sixth angel, the one holding the trumpet, “Set free the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates!” 9:15 Then the four angels who had been prepared for this hour, day, month, and year were set free to kill a third of humanity. 9:16 The number of soldiers on horseback was two hundred million; I heard their number.”

There are two distinctive elements to observe in the prophecy about the Euphrates in Revelation 9.

  1. The 200 million man army
  2. The four angels that are unbound

The 200 Million Man Army

Last week’s blog touched on what we see happening at the Euphrates through the militant Muslim group ISIS, and the estimated 160-240 million Islamists worldwide who are committed to a violent jihad. ISIS has called for these dormant forces to rise up in violence in their respective countries, to kill non-Muslims indiscriminately in obedience to the Koran. This call has already resulted in numerous beheadings and attacks worldwide, and is only expected to grow.

The world’s largest military (China) has only 2.3 million active duty personnel, and all world militaries combined have 20.2 million— a far cry from the 200 million troops spoken of here. So, like many end-times prophecies, we can only see how these things are possible when they actually start to unfold.

But that’s exactly what has happened since the lightning-fast entrance of ISIS onto the world stage. Unlike any nation in the world, ISIS and the “nation of Islam” are positioned to fulfill the prophecy of the 200 million man army – and as predicted, it’s all happening at the river Euphrates.


The Four Angels

Revelation 9:14b:

“Set free the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates!”

Spiritual signs in prophecy— things that happen in heaven or the spiritual realm— are easy to misinterpret, as they are not usually directly observable. Because the four angels in this passage are spirits, the only way to observe this event is by:

  1. Identifying the nature, or function, of these spirits, and
  2. Identifying how the spirit of these messengers will manifest itself

Nature and Function:

The word for “angel” in this prophecy is aggelos, defined in Strong’s concordance as:

“a messenger, envoy, one who is sent, an angel, a messenger from God.”

The term “four angels” is used in other passages, and often associated with the Biblical phrases “four winds”, “four spirits”, and “four corners of the earth”. (In Hebrew, one word—  ruach—is used for “spirit”, “breath”, and “wind”. In Greek, the word pneuma is used for both “spirit” and “breath”.)


“The messenger replied, ‘These are the four spirits (winds) of heaven that have been presenting themselves before the Lord of all the earth…” Zechariah 6:5 (NET)

”Then said He to me, Prophesy to the breath {and} spirit, son of man, and say to the breath {and} spirit, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath {and} spirit, and breathe upon these slain that they may live.” Ezekiel 37:9 (AMP)

“After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth so no wind could blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree.” Revelation 7:1 (NET)

So, we know the following things about the nature and function of these four angels:

  • The four angels are spirits that deliver a message.
  • The connotation of the “four angels” is closely associated with the “four corners” of the earth— which indicates a worldwide event.
  • The purpose of the four angels is to kill— their nature is murderous.


 Revelation 9:15-16:

“Then the four angels… were set free to kill a third of humanity. The number of soldiers on horseback was two hundred million; I heard their number.”

  • These four angels will manifest as an armed force of 200 million that will be sent out to kill.

QUESTION: If there are angels bound at the Euphrates, what will we see on earth when they’re “unbound”?

ANSWER: A worldwide release of murderous spirits (four winds) sent to inspire a 200 million man army to slaughter unprecedented numbers of people.

ISIS and the “nation of Islam” may not be the only manifestation of this Scripture— but it cannot be said that it is not an expression of the nature and function of these spirits. This is what we can observe:

  • The militant extremists behind ISIS are delivering a message. They spread propaganda, they preach, they proselytize. They are notorious for their use of social media to spread their message – airing videos and pictures of human beheadings to stir up fear, attract recruits, and inspire Muslims to a violent jihad.
  • The message of ISIS has been delivered worldwide in a short time— to the four corners of the earth.
  • The purpose of ISIS is to kill— its nature is murderous. This murderous spirit of ISIS is stirring up a force of militant Muslims scattered all over the world— a scattered army

In the next post, we’ll look at Prophecy #2: The Euphrates Dries Up, Reveals The Road to Armageddon.

In the meantime, talk to me! How will it change your perspective on the Bible if you start to see events occur that your theology says can’t happen until after the rapture?

18 Responses to “The Euphrates Prophecies: The Four Angels & ISIS”

  1. Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be shaken : And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven…31- And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

    Sonds post trib….and really it always has to me…..:-)


  2. I love the insight the Lord has given you on this….and it really does make sense….explains it very well for me now!!!!!


  3. It seems the first five trumpets have already sounded as well as at least the first four seals. I don’t believe any of the vials (bowls) have occurred. But I can’t figure out if it is true that the trumpets ARE the seventh seal.


    • I believe the seven vials have all been poured out.

      The sixth vial was poured out on the river Euphrates and “the waters were dried up to make way for the kings of the east”. Isn’t this what has happened following the war in Iraq? The “kings of the east” are the extremist Islamic groups like Isis which have entered from Afghanistan in the east and taken over large areas of Iraq.

      The more surprising event is the pouring out of the seventh seal, which is supposed to be at Armageddon. It says that following the pouring of the seventh vial, the “great city was split into three” and this has actually happened. Iraq has split into three areas since the UN forces withdrew. There are now three distinct areas controlled by Kurds, Shia Muslims and Sunni Muslims respectively.

      But the place of pouring out this 7th vial was not where it was supposed to be! Armageddon was supposed to be at Har Megiddo in Israel, but this appears to have been at at Ar Ramadi in Iraq.

      Has Armageddon already happened? Ar Ramadi sounds as much like Armageddon as Har Megiddo does!


  4. its interesting,everything in this world (like ISIS) happened for a reason, the Bible reveals it to us. i dare to say only those who believe in Jesus and read the Bible will understand what’s going on because holy spirit helps us to understand. God bless you my friend.
    Greetings from Indonesia 🙂


  5. I think this is great. The only issue I have is this:

    Matthew 24: 37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
    38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
    39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
    40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
    41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

    Matthew 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
    25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
    26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
    27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
    28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
    29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
    30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

    If we take these two scriptures into consideration, such as maybe they are describing the same thing, what does this plainly spell out? The ones who are taken are not the Children of the most high God…the definition of “Taken” is to seize or capture such as in a police or military action.

    If we research the rapture, we find someone named Manuel Diaz Lacunza who was the first person to mention a rapture. It does not take much to figure out whats going on when we realize that he was a Jesuit. It was later disseminated to North America by Darby and Scofield where it took root and stronghold in the Christian church.

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  6. Because replacement theology has gotten it wrong, during the tribulation we will be martyred, imprisoned or hid in the refuge for his namesake. We will have victory by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. We are to pray that we will endure to the end and stand. That’s what it says. We are only sparred from Gods wrath and that’s not until the last hour! I believe when it doesn’t happen as many have been thought in church there will come the great falling away. But scripturally we will be a ready bride and prepare for the fulfillment of the Lords Fall Feast, it will not take us as a thief in the night; we know not the day or hour of the first silver of the moon, for the Feast of Trumpets, the last Trump but we know the season, we will have been praying and fasting as we are commanded to do preceding this great event at Yom Kippor. And calling for Yeshua to return and save us! Then it is followed by Sukkot, The Marriage Feast! As it is written he will do it in one hour! Every nation, man , woman and child that comes against Isra and Gods people will be destroyed!


  7. Author Lorilyn Roberts Reply December 27, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Is the Euphrates drying up?

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  8. Many people do not believe that the rapture will not occur until after the abomination of desolation…what is your take on that?


  9. Been pondering (whether this it or a shadow)this subject matter-EuphRiver/ISIS/Rev9 THANKS will look study w u soon again. Interesting


  10. Revelation 9:14, 15:

    9:14 saying to the sixth angel, the one holding the trumpet, “Set free the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates!” 9:15 Then the four angels who had been prepared for this hour, day, month, and year were set free to kill a third of humanity.

    A third of the roughly 6.8 Billion people on the planet will be killed. That is approx. 2.2 Billion people. I believe this prophesy is a foretelling of WWIII. At the end of WWII there were 52 Million dead. This coming war (likely to be nuclear) will leave 40 times that many dead.

    Please understand the magnitude of what God’s word is telling us!



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