“Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates,” said a voice from the four horns of the golden altar, after the sixth angel blew his trumpet. A third of humankind were killed. But even after this, the rest of humanity went right on as before, and worshiped demons and idols. Still they did not repent of their murders, thefts, and sorceries. (Revelation 9: 13-21)
Were the four angels of the Euphrates released after the infamous “9/11” and the invasion of Iraq? The Enchanters quickly convinced many that a cackling fiend in a cave had caused the surreal events of September 11, 2001. Yet slowly, many became free from that enchantment.
The Enchantments relate to the commandment against bearing false witness. To bear false witness means, to lie and defame, and in the spiritual sense to confirm and persuade that what is false is true, and that what is evil is good. Sorcery signifies to persuade to what is false, and thus to destroy truth.
Among the ancient people, three main types of enchantments were performed:
1) The hearing, and thus the mind of another, was kept continually intent upon the words and sayings of the enchanter. Simultaneously, an aspiration and inspiration of thought conjoined with affection through the breath into the sound of the voice, which caused the listener to not think anything from themselves.
2) A persuasion was infused by detaining the mind from everything of a contrary nature, and fixing the attention exclusively upon the idea uttered by the enchanter. “This was the spiritual fascination which the magi of old made use of, and which was spoken of as tying up and binding the understanding.”
3) The third type of enchantment was done by the listeners themselves. The hearer kept his mind in so fixed an opinion, that he almost closed his ears against hearing anything from the speaker. This third type of enchantment also involved holding the breath, and sometimes too a muttering, and thus a continual negation of the speaker’s idea.
The word itself – en-chant – is indicative. “En-chant” derives from the Latin in+cantare, “to sing.” This also has the meaning of “to chant” and “to use sing-song.”
The magi made use of an enchantment called “tying up and binding the understanding.” The four angels bound at the Euphrates River are released. Does the releasing of the four Euphrates angels signify that they are released from their enchantment? Yet even with this apparent breaking free from enchantment, still the sorceries continue.
(Acknowledgement to The Apocalypse Revealed, by Emanuel Swedenborg)