Revelation 9:15
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New International Version
And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind.

New Living Translation
Then the four angels who had been prepared for this hour and day and month and year were turned loose to kill one-third of all the people on earth.

English Standard Version
So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, were released to kill a third of mankind.

New American Standard Bible
And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So the four angels who were prepared for the hour, day, month, and year were released to kill a third of the human race.

International Standard Version
So the four angels who were ready for that hour, day, month, and year were released to kill one-third of humanity.

NET Bible
Then the four angels who had been prepared for this hour, day, month, and year were set free to kill a third of humanity.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And those four Angels were released who were prepared for an hour and for a day and for a month and for a year, to kill a third of the children of men.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The four angels who were ready for that hour, day, month, and year were released to kill one-third of humanity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the four angels were loosed, who were prepared unto the hour and day and month and year, to slay the third part of men.

King James 2000 Bible
And the four angels were loosed, who were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, to slay the third part of men.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
And the four angels were loosed, that had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, that they should kill the third part of men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the four angels were loosed, who were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year: for to kill the third part of men.

Darby Bible Translation
And the four angels were loosed, who are prepared for the hour and day and month and year, that they might slay the third part of men;

English Revised Version
And the four angels were loosed, which had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, that they should kill the third part of men.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the four angels were loosed, who were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, to slay the third part of men.

Weymouth New Testament
And the four angels who had been kept in readiness for that hour, day, month, and year, were set at liberty, so that they might kill a third part of mankind.

World English Bible
The four angels were freed who had been prepared for that hour and day and month and year, so that they might kill one third of mankind.

Young's Literal Translation
and loosed were the four messengers, who have been made ready for the hour, and day, and month, and year, that they may kill the third of men;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:13-21 The sixth angel sounded, and here the power of the Turks seems the subject. Their time is limited. They not only slew in war, but brought a poisonous and ruinous religion. The antichristian generation repented not under these dreadful judgments. From this sixth trumpet learn that God can make one enemy of the church a scourge and a plague to another. The idolatry in the remains of the eastern church and elsewhere, and the sins of professed Christians, render this prophecy and its fulfilment more wonderful. And the attentive reader of Scripture and history, may find his faith and hope strengthened by events, which in other respects fill his heart with anguish and his eyes with tears, while he sees that men who escape these plagues, repent not of their evil works, but go on with idolatries, wickedness, and cruelty, till wrath comes upon them to the utmost.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 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. The alterations in the Revised Version make the meaning much plainer: which had been prepared for the bout, and day, and month, and year, that they should kill, etc. That is to say those "which had" in God's foreknowledge "been prepared" in order to operate at the exact period required - the exact year, month, day, and even hour. Each knew his appointed time. Four is the number used to denote universality in things of this world (see on Revelation 4:6). The number, therefore, seems to imply that the power of the angels is of universal extent. The third part are destroyed; that is, a great part, though not the larger (cf. Revelation 8:7, et seq.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the four angels were loosed,.... The time being come, fixed by the decrees of God, making use of the Turks for the destruction of the eastern empire, the restraints of divine Providence were taken off from them, and they were suffered to pass the river Euphrates; they were let loose like so many furies, and in a little time overran and destroyed the whole empire, and settled their own, now called the Turkish or Ottoman empire; and which was done about the year 1301.

Which were prepared for an hour and a day, and a month, and a year,

for to slay the third part of men; which may in general denote their readiness, vigilance, and quick dispatch: they lay for a good while hovering over the banks of the river Euphrates, as if they were waiting for an order, or a commission to go over it: they were ready not only at a year's, a month's, a day's, but at an hour's warning, and all of them together; and as soon as ever they had the divine permission, they lost no time; they improved every opportunity, every year, every month, every day, every hour, to settle and enlarge their dominions to the ruin of others; and in a very short time did they accomplish what they desired: though others think this refers to a certain time fixed by God, in which they should be employed in killing men; and the sense is, that these people were prepared in the purposes and decrees of God, or were appointed for such a length of time here signified, by several dates, in which they should destroy a large multitude of men, by way of punishment for their idolatries, murders, sorceries, fornication, and thefts, Revelation 9:20. An hour, which is the twenty fourth of a day or year, in the prophetic style, is fifteen days, and a day is a year, and a month is thirty years, and a year is three hundred sixty five years and a quarter, or ninety one days; in all, three hundred and ninety six years, and a hundred and six days; which is the precise time between A. D. 1057, when the Turkish empire begun, the empire of the Saracens being entirely demolished by Togrul Beg, or Tangrolipix, and A. D. 1453, in which year Constantinople was taken by the Turks, and an end put to the eastern Roman empire, signified by the third part of men; or else this space of time may be reckoned from the date of Ottoman's reign, May 19, 1301, which, to September 1, 1697, is just this term of time, when Prince Eugene obtained a remarkable victory over the Turks, the effect of which was the peace at Carlowitz the next year, since which time the Turks have done but little in Europe: and by this it should seem that their time of killing men here is over, and that their own destruction is hastening on. Mr. Daubuz rejects these computations, since a prophetic year consists of 360 days or years, and not 365, as those suppose; and thinks there is no mystery in these dates, and only signify the angels' unanimous execution of their commission at once.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. were—"which had been prepared" [Tregelles rightly].

for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year—rather as Greek, "for (that is, against) THE hour, and day, and month, and year," namely, appointed by God. The Greek article (teen), put once only before all the periods, implies that the hour in the day, and the day in the month, and the month in the year, and the year itself, had been definitely fixed by God. The article would have been omitted had a sum-total of periods been specified, namely, three hundred ninety-one years and one month (the period from A.D. 1281, when the Turks first conquered the Christians, to 1672, their last conquest of them, since which last date their empire has declined).

slay—not merely to "hurt" (Re 9:10), as in the fifth trumpet.

third part—(See on [2696]Re 8:7-12).

of men—namely, of earthy men, Re 8:13, "inhabiters of the earth," as distinguished from God's sealed people (of which the sealed of Israel, Re 7:1-8, form the nucleus).

Revelation 9:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Sixth Trumpet
14one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates." 15And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind. 16The number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them.…
Cross References
Revelation 8:7
The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

Revelation 8:8
The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood,

Revelation 8:9
a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

Revelation 8:10
The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water--

Revelation 8:11
the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.

Revelation 8:12
The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.

Revelation 9:18
A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths.

Revelation 20:7
When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison
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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.

for. or, at. an hour.

Revelation 9:5,10 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that …

for to.

Revelation 9:18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and …

Revelation 8:7,9,11,12 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled …

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