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Part I

Why Is Our Text Mentioned
Under the Sixth Seal?

What Do We Know about
the "Four Winds"?

Part II

"I Have Spread You Abroad"

"Four Winds of Heaven"

Zechariah 6
Spirit World's Influence in Religion

Part III

Daniel's "Four Winds" Abated

The Rulers of Darkness

"Four Corners of the Earth"

Great World Religions

Why "Winds of Earth"
Instead of "Heaven"?

Part IV


A Church Pulled in All Directions

Identifying the
"Four Winds of Earth"

The Piggyback Globalists

Part V

What or Who are the "Four Angels"
Holding the "Winds"?

"Till We Have Sealed the
Servants of Our God"

"Sealing" the Saints

Part VI

"Dragon, Beast and False Prophet"
Revelation 16

Last Plague Poured Out on  the "Air"

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Part II

"I Have Spread You Abroad as Four Winds"

"Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the Lord: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the Lord." Zechariah 2:6

   This may apply to natural Israel taken into captivity in Babylon and invited later to return to their homeland. Also, it might apply to natural Israel invited to flee from northern Europe.
    But we think the main application is to spiritual Israel taken captive in antitypical Babylon. It is from spiritual Babylon that the Lord calls his people, from the "four winds of heaven."
    This is confirmed in Matthew 24:31.

"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."

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The purpose of the harvest at the end of the age is to gather his elect church from the "four winds of heaven" and from "one end of heaven to the other."

The Lord’s people were called out from the controlling spiritual ruling powers of this world.


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"Four Winds of Heaven"
Zechariah 6:5

    "Four winds" are mentioned in Zechariah 6:5. This is a difficult chapter, and traditional Bible Student writings have no comment on it. Chapter six opens with a description of "four chariots" coming forth from between two copper mountains.
    Bro. Meggison suggests these mountains, being of copper, represent the Kingdom of Adam and the Kingdom of God at the end of the Millennium.
    Bro. Loomis had a somewhat different thought, suggesting the two kingdoms of copper were essentially the professed Kingdom of God (which is really the kingdom of this world) and the earthly phase of the true Kingdom (Israel) which replaces the counterfeit Kingdom.
    There are "four chariots" powered by "four horses." "Chariots" may well represent organizations, and "horses" may represent teachings or doctrines. The color sequence of the horses is not in the same order as in Revelation 6:1-8.


Zechariah 6:2, 3

Horses with chariots

Revelation 6:1-8

(no chariots)

1 Red
(bay, NEB, 
or reddish brown)
2 Black Red
3 White Black
4 Grisled and bay
(dappled, NEB, or roan)
(Probably black 
with gray spots)

    Revelation 6:1-8 is given to show the deterioration that took place in four successive stages of the Gospel church (covering a long period of time).
    Zechariah 6:1-8 seems to speak of something rather contemporaneous. Each of the horses and its chariot goes forth to a different quarter in the same time-frame.

"And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth." Zechariah 6:5

    The King James calls them "four spirits," but it should really be "four winds." In Daniel the "four winds of heaven" represented the evil spirit world that was striving among themselves for preeminence, then placated when religious blocks of power were gained successively in Babylon, Medo-Persia and Greece. The devil and his counterfeit religion, which supplanted true Christianity, controlled Rome as the fourth dominion. Daniel gives us a long view of history.
    Zechariah’s prophesy parallels Revelation 7:1-4 in time sequence. The difference is, Zechariah speaks of the "four winds of heaven," whereas Revelation 7:1 speaks of holding back "the winds of earth."
    The "winds of heaven" have to do with controlling the spiritual or religious mechanisms of this world. The "winds" of the "earth" are religions attempting to control civil governments and world powers.
It is important to know that evil spirit powers did not care what false teachings might be used. The only thing necessary is that it be successful in controlling the masses along with the government.

Zechariah Revelation
4 Winds of Heaven 4 Winds of Earth
= Controlling the spiritual or religious systems = Religions attempting to control civil governments and world powers

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Zechariah 6:1-8 
Shows Spirit World's Influence in Religion
(Recommended NEB Here)

    The color in listing of the "horses" in Zechariah 6:2, 3 are different in Zechariah 6:6, 7.


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Teachings which destroy light and truth, whether false doctrines or humanistic faith destroying teachings.

How do these quiet "my [God’s] spirit in the north country" [where God is represented] (Zechariah 6:8)?

These dark teachings have not interfered with the development of the true church and their sealing because they are children of light.

God knew these false doctrines would not affect the "sealing" work in the saints and, therefore, this event "quieted my spirit."



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White is a symbol of purity and hence this horse would embody certain Biblical truths.

In Acts 16:17 an evil spirit of divination using a woman said, "These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation."

While what she said was true, Paul was annoyed by her testimony and exorcised her.

Likewise, certain truths affirmed by the World-Wide Church (Herbert Armstrong who attended Bible Student meetings many years ago), Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christadelphians and many other Christian groups who teach certain truths, always manage to come up short of teaching the whole counsel of God.

They teach, no doubt, for the Lord’s sake, but not for His glory. Consequently, whatever truth they teach, tends to serve their own agenda and not God’s Divine purpose.



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These are spirits' teachings involved in eastern religions, new age, occult, and the like.   

These are mind-controlling forces used by evil spirits to dominate certain segments of society.

They bring enhanced power to the evil spirits in this time of "judgment of the Great Day."

These are all operating now under Divine review and permissionbut not with His blessing.

Rather they serve to reveal the character of these fallen spirits in bringing God’s final judgment.

Remember how Sodom put in its worst performance on the very day it was destroyed.

God sent his angels there to give a final review before destroying them.

So we should expect the "four winds of heaven" to proceed with vigor until their final review comes.


(Bay, NEB
reddish brown)

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Red is a symbol of sin and is also used to represent sin-atonement.

Red mixed with brown (the color of earth) seems to be a commingling of "red" teachings of redemption with political or earthly interests.

Hence it is the sinful use of religious teachings to promote selfish world-ambitions while appealing to pride and power lust.


    Bro. Loomis’ views are epitomized here with the realization that he left it rather open-ended. It is better to leave room for improvement and sharpening our insights rather than to try for a final reading when we still have loose-ends to deal with.
    Summarizing Zechariah’s vision and the "four winds of heaven," we believe it is showing the religious mind-conditioning going on in the world as the nations organize, saying,

"Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

"He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision" (Psalms 2:3, 4).

     Religion is embodied in the "four winds of heaven." It is religion that creates the mind-set needed to create one-world order, which Satan is moving to establish without success. We know that religions have been very nationalistic in the last two world wars.
    Embarrassingly, Christian nations (so-called) were fighting each other under different flags. Now Satan knew that really was an awkward situation to be in. The present scheme of things is moving toward a wobbly one-world government which will not be realized.


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