What do the four angels symbolize? (Revelation 9:14-15)
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.
Revelation 9:13-15 - King James
⚪ Four errors fundamental (trinity, etc...)
Rev. 9:14 [...]
Loose the four angels. — Four errors in the nine fundamental principles of the Evangelical Alliance. We give the erroneous clauses by number: (3) "The unity Of the Godhead, and the trinity of persons therein." See Rev. *:4; 5:7. (5) "The incarnation of the Son of God." (8) "The immortality of the soul." (9) "The Divine institution of the Christian ministry" (1. e., the clergy).
Which are bound. — Hindered from gaining fullest expression.
In the great river Euphrates. — The world of mankind.— B209, D24.
And the four angels. — The four great errors of trinity, incarnation, immortality and lordship over God's heritage.
Were loosed. — Given greater liberties than ever before.
Which were prepared. — Each sect for Itself, and In Its own time.
Source : 🇺🇸 1917 - Studies in the Scriptures, Vol 7, The finished mystery, page 163, page 164 + Cover
⚫ The great multitude
Rev. 9 [...]
'LOOSE THE BOUND ONES'
"And the sixth angel sounded" and the command was given: "Loose the four angels which are bound in [at] the great river Euphrates." (See Revelation 9:13-21.) To definitely identify the "bound" ones will aid to understand this prophecy. [...] Without a doubt the 'prisoners held at the Euphrates' are those who compose the" great multitude" class; and since they are mentioned as "four", it would symbolize those who are in every quarter of the earth and in all the prisons. In his own due time the Lord revealed to his people who they are that compose the prisoners, and it was made known to them through the columns of The Watch Tower (November 15, 1926). These "prisoners", when loosed and brought into the organization as servants of The Christ, are properly designated "angels ", because they will be servants of the Lord. (Rev. 7:9, 15)
Source : 🇺🇸 1930 - Light, Vol 1, page 156, page 159 + Cover
⚫ The remnant of anointed Christian witnesses
Rev. 9 [...]
“And the sixth angel blew his trumpet. And I heard one voice out of the horns of the golden altar that is before God say to the sixth angel, who had the trumpet: ‘Untie the four angels that are bound at the great river Euphrates.’ And the four angels were untied, who have been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, to kill a third of the men.” — Rev. 9:13-15.
The remnant of anointed Christian witnesses that were loosed from Babylonish bondage in 1919 correspond to those so-called “ four angels” in that the designation “angels” literally means “messengers,” and does not in all cases mean heavenly spirit persons.
Source : 🇺🇸 The Watchtower, December 1 1969, page 722 + Cover