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the sixth trumpet

“Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, ‘Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.’ So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind” (Revelation 9:13-15).

At the sixth trumpet judgment of the Tribulation, four angels that were bound at the Euphrates River are released and kill a third of mankind.
Yes. In Revelation, there are angels that release evil and those that restrain evil.

At the sixth trumpet in Revelation 9, a voice says, “’Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates’… so the four… were released to kill a third of mankind.” The fact that these angels are being controlled and detained by God suggests they are bad angels. There is no record in the Bible of good angels being detained.

Earlier in Revelation 7:1, four angels are “standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree.” These are good angels, and their job is to restrain evil.
The Euphrates River is 1,780 miles long. It flows from Eden, and it is one of the most important rivers in the Bible. The first sin, the first murder, and the division of people into languages at the Tower of Babel all happened near the Euphrates River.

In Revelation 9, the four angels bound at the Euphrates are released, and in Revelation 16 the river dries up. This site where life began is also central to its final judgment.
It is likely that the described killing of a third of mankind will be through nuclear warfare. You may be wondering, then, why John wrote about lions with snake’s tails breathing fire when he could have simply said nuclear warfare. But sitting on the Isle of Patmos near the end of the first century, John knew nothing of the technology and powerful weaponry we have available today. His descriptions were prophetic. He used terms he understood, while conveying the enormous power and ultimate destruction that would occur.

Can you think of anything that would fit the description of giant war instruments with fire in the mouth and tail? Some have said nuclear powered helicopters with guns in the front and back would fit that description. In that particular arena of battle, those might be the best suited implements of warfare.
Your questions on THE SIXTH TRUMPET:
  • What happens at the sixth trumpet?
  • Are these angels “bad”?
  • What is the significance of the River Euphrates?
  • Is this passage about nuclear warfare?

Resources from Dr. Jeremiah

2 Great Resources

Escape the Coming Night Set Take a verse-by-verse tour of the book of Revelation with Dr. Jeremiah in the Escape the Coming Night Set with book, four volume study guides and CD albums, and the Revelation Prophecy Chart. The Revelation Prophecy Chart Understand where End-Time events fit into the prophetic timeline with this unique fold-out chart. Each event and its correlating time period are clearly labeled, with a scripture reference included for each event.