The Four Winds Loosed

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Ellen White says the four winds are finally and fully loosed at the close of human probation, "The nations are now getting angry, but when our High Priest has finished His work in the sanctuary, He will stand up, put on the garments of vengeance, and then the seven last plagues will be poured out. I saw that the four angels would hold the four winds until Jesus' work was done in the sanctuary, and then will come the seven last plagues." {CET 100}

Remember how the four winds are released when the saints are sealed? So the saints are also finally and fully sealed at the close of probation. "An angel with a writer's inkhorn by his side returned from the earth and reported to Jesus that his work was done, and the saints were numbered and sealed. Then I saw Jesus... throw down the censer. He raised His hands, and with a loud voice said, "It is done." ...When Jesus leaves the sanctuary, then they who are holy and righteous will be holy and righteous still; for all their sins will then be blotted out, and they will be sealed with the seal of the living God." {Mar 242.4}

An angel returning from the earth announces that his work is done; the final test has been brought upon the world, and all who have proved themselves loyal to the divine precepts have received "the seal of the living God." Then Jesus ceases His intercession in the sanctuary above. He lifts His hands and with a loud voice says, "It is done." . . . When He leaves the sanctuary, darkness covers the inhabitants of the earth. In that fearful time the righteous must live in the sight of a holy God without an intercessor... As the angels of God cease to hold in check the fierce winds of human passion, all the elements of strife will be let loose. The whole world will be involved in ruin more terrible than that which came upon Jerusalem of old. Those only who have clean hands and pure hearts will stand in that trying time... Now is the time, while the four angels are holding the four winds, to make our calling and election sure. {Mar 265}

So what will the four winds, or radical Islam do when they are finally released?

"The nations are angry, and great preparations for war are being made. Nation is plotting against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. The great day of God is hasting greatly. But although the nations are mustering their forces for war and bloodshed, the command to the angels is still in force, that they hold the four winds until the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads. As yet the four winds are held until the servants of God shall be sealed in their foreheads. Then the powers of earth will marshal their forces for the last great battle. How carefully we should improve the little remaining period of our probation! Just before we entered it [the time of trouble], we all received the seal of the living God. Then I saw the four angels cease to hold the four winds. And I saw famine, pestilence and sword, nation rose against nation, and the whole world was in confusion. " {Mar 243} See also Mar 63.4 and 6T, 14.1. This battle is also called "one deadly combat", "the winds [radical Islam] will be the stirring up of the nations to one deadly combat". (RH, June 7, 1887). "...the four winds, represented as an angry horse seeking to break loose and rush over the face of the whole earth..." {My Life Today, 308}.

"John sees the elements of nature - earthquake, tempest, and political strife - represented as being held by four angels." Testimony to Ministers, 444.

The Great Controversy page 439 says that the four winds have always represented political strife and war, "Winds are a symbol of strife. The four winds of heaven striving upon the great sea represent the terrible scenes of conquest and revolution by which kingdoms have attained to power." {GC 439.3} See also Jer 49:36, 37.

The 4 winds are also synonymous with the four corners of the earth denoting "worldwide" (Matt 24:31, Mark 13:27, Ezekiel 37:9, Dan 8:8, 11:4, Zech 2:6). So the four winds are specifically worldwide war (and natural disasters) against radical Islam, that commence at the close of probation.

Ellen White further describes this "last great battle" as the battle of Armageddon, "Four mighty angels hold back the powers of this earth till the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads. The nations of the world are eager for conflict; but they are held in check by the angels. When this restraining power is removed, there will come a time of trouble and anguish. Deadly instruments of warfare will be invented. Vessels, with their living cargo, will be entombed in the great deep. All who have not the spirit of truth will unite under the leadership of satanic agencies. But they are to be kept under control till the time shall come for the great battle of Armageddon." {Mar 257.2}

"In the last scenes of this earth's history, war will rage." {Mar 297.3}

So far we have seen that the four winds are radical Islam, that they "hurt" the army of Rome (America) on Sept 11th in fulfillment of the first element of the 3rd Woe. They were immediately restrained, so that the sealing of the saints and therefore the Judgment of the Living could commence. This event also angered the nations, which will eventually, at the close of human probation, lead to radical Islam (the four winds) being fully loosed to lead the world into one last World War, when radical Islam finally "slays" America as divine judgment upon America for the "national apostacy" of passing a National Sunday Law.

But did anything else happen on Sept 11th, when those great buildings were thrown down?

The Latter Rain Falling Since 9/11