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Wind(s), Four


The Bible uses wind as a metaphor. The four winds (Mt 24:31) refer to the four directions or corners of the earth or heaven. Jeremiah speaks of the disaster of Elam, an ancient kingdom east of Babylon: “I will bring upon Elam the four winds from the four ends of the heavens: I will scatter them to all these winds, until there is no nation to which the outcasts of Elam have not gone” (Jer 22:36). In Prophet Zechariah’s vision, the angel said of the four chariots, “These are the four winds of the heavens, which are coming forth after presenting themselves before the LORD of all the earth” (Zech 6:5). These four winds of the heavens mean four directions and therefore the entire world. The Bible uses the four winds, mostly to mention unusual events or visions of prophets (Ezek 37:9; Dan 7:2). Revelation refers to the four winds and the four corners of the earth. “After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth so that no wind could blow on land or sea or against any tree” (Rev 7:1).


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