Were There Four Angels in July 1914?

The following items are claimed by Mr. Manalo and Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) ministers:

  1. That INC registration paper which was approved on July 27, 1914 has prophetical connection with the outbreak of the First World War in Europe because Austria declared war against Serbia on July 28, 1914 which declaration started the First World War;
  2. That the four angels in Rev. 7:1 standing in the four corners of the earth holding the four winds were the political leaders of powerful nations: prime ministers Orlando of Italy, Clemenceau of France, Lloyd George of Great Britain and president Wilson of the United States.
  3. That the angel ascending and shouting from the east in Rev. 7:2-3 is Mr. Felix Manalo;
  4. That the wind in the passage is destructive war, the First World War where in heavy artillery bombardments and aerial bombings forced multitudes into air raid shelters which are described in Rev. 6:12-17;
  5. That the shouting and sealing work of the ascending angel is the preaching activities of Mr. Felix Manalo and his ministers; and
  6. That Mr. Felix Manalo is the last angel-messenger of God in the last days.

The above claims considered, you may now analyze the historical dates below which are based from history books and determine whether or not there are correlations:

  • 1913 Nov – Woodrow Wilson was elected into office in U.S.A. the first time.
  • 1914 June 28 – Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sofia were assassinated at Sarajevo by Serbian militants.
  • 1914 July 19 – Austria & Hungary approved a resolution to humiliate Serbia
  • 1914 July 23 – Austria & Hungary delivered to Serbia the ultimatum with attached conditions to punish the assassins of the Archduke.
  • 1914 July 27 – Germany told Austria there was no need to go to war.
  • 1914 July 27 – Austrian Foreign Minister was able to convince the Austrian Emperor to declare war against Serbia.
  • 1914 July 27 – INC registered by Mr. Felix Manalo, et. al. in the Philippines
  • 1914 July 28 – Austria declared war versus Serbia
  • 1914 July 29 – Austro-Hungarian army bombarded the city of Belgrade

*** Note that there are no Four Angels existing on July 29, 1914.

  • 1914 Aug — U.S. neutrality in the war declared by President Wilson
  • 1916 Nov — President Wilson re-elected as President the United States
  • 1916 Dec 7 – Lloyd George became Prime Minister of Great Britain
  • 1917 Jan 16 – Zimmerman’s telegram to Mexico ambassador decoded
  • 1917 April 3 & 6 U.S. Senate & House approved war resolution versus Germany
  • 1917 Oct 29 – Orlando became Prime Minister of Italy
  • 1917 Nov 16 – Clemenceau became Prime Minister of France
  • 1918 Nov 11 – Armistice Day, document ending World War I was signed in France.

This was the day the four leaders (Orlando, Clemenceau, George ,Wilson) came together in one place and were called “Big Four” by the news media.

By analyzing the historical dates, the “Big Four” who are the Four Angels of Mr. Manalo came into existence only on Nov. 11, 1918; whereas the Four Angels of Rev. 7:1 should come out first before Mr. Felix Manalo started shouting/preaching on July 27, 1914. Because the interpretation of Mr. Manalo on the meaning of Rev. 7:1-3 does not agree with historical data, it is concluded that Mr. Manalo is not God’s messenger.
Another thing you should consider is that the work of the Four Angels of Rev. 7:1-3 is to hold back or prevent the destructive wind from blowing or breaking loose until the ascending angel shall have marked the forehead of 144,000 Israelites, but the First World War bombardment took place barely six (6) hours after the closing of office hours in Manila that approved the INC registration. The ascending angel is supposed to be obeyed by the four angels to hold back the wind, but war broke out a few hours after the approval of INC registration which means that Mr. Manalo didn’t shout or were not obeyed by any political power in the West. Since the interpretation of Mr. Felix Manalo on the function of the four angels in Rev. 7:1-3 does not agree with historical data, it is concluded that Mr. Manalo is not God’s messenger.

Deut. 18:20-22 warns that if a prophet’s words don’t come to pass or are not fulfilled, do not believe in him. Do not be afraid of him.

(Analyzed by Eusebio Tanicala)