Release the four angels at the Euphrates River (Rev 9:14)

“The voice said

To the sixth angel

Who had the trumpet,

‘Release

The four angels

Who are bound

At the great Euphrates River.’”

λέγοντα τῷ ἕκτῳ ἀγγέλῳ, ὁ ἔχων τὴν σάλπιγγα Λῦσον τοὺς τέσσαρας ἀγγέλους τοὺς δεδεμένους ἐπὶ τῷ ποταμῷ τῷ μεγάλῳ Εὐφράτῃ.

John said, “The voice said (λέγοντα) to the sixth angel (τῷ ἕκτῳ ἀγγέλῳ) who had the trumpet (ὁ ἔχων τὴν σάλπιγγα), ‘Release (Λῦσον) the four angels (τοὺς τέσσαρας ἀγγέλους) who are bound (τοὺς δεδεμένους) at the great Euphrates River (ἐπὶ τῷ ποταμῷ τῷ μεγάλῳ Εὐφράτῃ).’”  The Euphrates River only appears here in Revelation and not in any other canonical Greek biblical NT writing.  The voice from the horns at the golden heavenly altar told the sixth angel with the trumpet to release the four angels who were bound or tied up at the great Euphrates River.  The Euphrates River was the largest river in ancient Mesopotamia.  In the first century, it was the eastern limits of the Roman Empire.  How or why these angels were tied up or bound, and where on the Euphrates River they were, is not clear.  What do you know about the Euphrates River?

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