Practical Christionics
DEMONs in the water.

Our last discussion concerned DEMONs in the house. Since the human body is around 70% water, there is plenty of water for DEMONs to reside in. But demonic residence in water is much broader.  Today, we will look at a much larger body of water, the Euphrates River. It is the location of DEMONs affected during the Sixth Trumpet  and Sixth Bowl judgments.

Revelation 9:13-14 (NASB)
    And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, one saying to the sixth angel who had the TRUMPET,
    "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates."
These are four major angels working for the devil; this is almost like the devil always tries to do one better than the Triune God. It is time for the 'judgment of the great day' (Jude 6) for these angels. Looking at the map, one sees that there are four present day countries through which the Euphrates flows: Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Kuwait. Perhaps these FOUR angels are symbolic of these four countries. None of these countries are Israel's "friends".

The Euphrates River is prominent throughout the Bible. It was one of the Garden of Eden rivers, Genesis 2:10-14. Its source is not from rain but some undergound aquafer, Genesis 2:5-6. At Noah's time, the Euphrates source may have been one of the fountains of the great deep, Genesis 7:11.

At the Euphrates River, all of sin is first manifested. The apple is eaten; there is hatred; the first murder is committed; and the first martyr is listed. This place is demon possessed. As a curious sidelight, the King James Version states these angels are bound IN the river, while the New American Standard Bible says AT the river.

'IN the river' makes more sense, when one thinks of the demoniac who was cured in Luke 8:26-39. The demons begged not to be sent to the abyss but rather into the swine. When the swine drown, the demons were left in the water. It is interesting from a spiritual viewpoint how God uses the physical world, the devils playground, as a spiritual container. And only at the granted permission can these demons work on apostate Jews and non-believer Gentiles. God could have used the mighty archangels Gabriel or Michael to do the job, but it is more appropriate this way for the devil and his angels to do the murdering of 1/3 of mankind.

Revelation 16:12

    And the SIXTH ANGEL poured out his BOWL upon the great river, the EUPHRATES; and its water was dried up, that the WAY might be prepared for the KINGS from the EAST.

In the past, the Euphrates River literally has been a barrier to armies advancing from the east. To today's militaries, the river is little more than a nuisance.

The symbolic interpretation is that eastern religions will penetrate Judo Christian beliefs. That is quite plausible given the inroads that Islam has made around the world in the last several decades. It is hard, however, to imagine our Jewish friends accepting the Islamic faith (or any other eastern belief) but given how readily they turned to Baal in Old Testament times even though they were commanded not to worship those idols (Exodus 34:11-16), this, too, is possible.

One last thought: if water is the container of spirits (evil most likely), then there is no place for the invading evil spirits to rest (verses 13 and 14 and Luke 11:14-28). With the Euphrates River dried up, these demonicly-controlled evil forces will penetrate onward right to the valley where the mother of all wars will take place.

So much more is said throughout the rest of the Bible about water. When you study the Word of God, look for references about water, clouds, and spirits; then what John writes in 1 John 5:6-12 will make more sense.