|There is some
argument -- it varies by commentator, not by theory -- that these four angels
are in fact the first four angels of the Seven Trumpets. This is due to the fact that those seven
are grouped four and three. It also
appears that when you compare the judgments there is some similarity.
|The real key is that
these angels are at the four corners of the world -- which to John would have
meant the Roman Empire. Remember, this
is a book written to Christians. We do
not need to seek explanations in North America for this..
|The argument for
geography, rather than symbolism, is well accepted by all points of view.