Revealing the Father through the Book of Revelation: The Four Winds (Revelation 7:1)
In Hebrew and Greek, the word translated “wind” and “Spirit” is the same. We should view “the four winds” figuratively. Thus, Paul used the word “wind” to refer to the “wind of doctrines” (Ephesians 4:14) or the “wind of teachings” (Ephesians 4:14, NIV).
“The four winds” represents the power of the heavenly Father’s Spirit through the message of Christ’s gospel to all the earth. The heavenly Father planned that He would speak to us through His Son (Hebrews 1:1). His words are spirit (wind), and they give life (John 6:63).
The gospel message also has a destructive element, which figuratively harms the “earth” and “the sea,” like the violent wind. “The earth” represents the carnal human nature, and “the sea” represents sinful human nature. In the heavenly Father’s plan, the gospel message would end the old sinful nature.
God appointed Jeremiah over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, destroy and overthrow, build, and plant (Jeremiah 1:10). The word of God is like a fire and like a hammer that breaks the rock into pieces (Jeremiah 23:29).
The four angels represent the four messengers, the disciples, who would preach of Christ’s gospel. Later on, “their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world” (Psalm 19:4, NLT; Romans 10:18).
Quoted from: Revealing the Father through the Book of Revelation, Hegumen Abraam Sleman. Available at Amazon. Click here to order the book