Today, behind a plain brick wall on the out­skirts of Tehran stands a 20 metre tall 12th Century tower commemorating Togrul Beg, the founder, in 1037, of the Seljuk Empire. This intriguing polygonal structure, with its 48 exterior faces (providing great stability) towers over the city of Ray, once an ancient Seljuk capital. Despite the collapse of its original conical dome in an earthquake, this tower has retained incredible interior acoustics!

What makes this site intriguing to the Bible stu­dent is the role of Togrul Beg in the final preparation for the loosing of the first angel of the sixth trumpet when, on 29 April 1062, he married the Abbasid Caliph’s daughter near the city of Tabriz, just one year before his death!

Why was Togrul’s marriage to the Caliph’s daugh­ter so significant? Well, it confirmed him as leader of the Muslim world! Togrul had conquered the East, overthrowing the Gaznevide dynasty of Turkmen who lived in the areas of modern day Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Upon capturing Baghdad (and personally strangling his rebellious brother İbrahim with his bowstring), Togrul was declared the Temporal Lieutenant of the Vicar of the Prophet, which made him temporal vicegerent over the Muslim world. By now marrying the Caliph’s daughter (and marrying his sister to the Caliph!), Togrul Beg entrenched himself in the family, who were the spiritual successors to the angel of the abyss of Revelation 9 and so became the head of the Islamic faith.

In this we once again see the divine hand of God overseeing events in history to work out His purpose with this earth. In Revelation 9:15, we have a period of preparation for the loosing of the four Euphratean angels under the sixth trumpet: “And the Four Angels having been prepared were loosed for the hour, and day and month and year, that they might kill the third of the men” (JT).

We are not told how long this preparation period would be, but we do know that the loosing itself was for 391 years and 1 month, commencing with the marriage of Togrul Beg to the Caliph’s daughter on 29 April, 1062. This date proved to be a vital pivotal point in God’s timeline in history, because the hour, day, month and year or 391 years and 1 month (Rev 9:15), takes us from 29 April, 1062 to the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks on 29 May, 1453.

In response to the prayers of the saints, the four Euphratean angels (the powers of the Seljuks, Moguls, Tartars and Ottomans) prepared themselves for their successful aggression against the Byzantine Empire, to politically kill the men who ruled the Eastern Hellenic third of the Roman world, with the ultimate prize of capturing Constantinople.

The Islamic faith originated with Mohammad, the “star fall[ing] from heaven unto the earth” in Revelation 9:1. Under the fifth trumpet Arab-Islamic invasions were a regular phenomenon aimed at the destruction of the Eastern Roman Empire. These waves of aggression were directed primarily towards the Hellenised eastern third of the Roman Empire (636–936 AD). Under the sixth trumpet God again used Islamic forces with catastrophic effect against the Hellenic east third of the Roman Empire (1062–1453 AD).

The fourth Ottoman angel still exists today and occupies the capital of Constantinople, the very place in which the throne of the now extinct eastern third flourished for 1000 years. The great river Euphrates is the boundary of its empire, it flows through its ter­ritory, and will finally dry up when the King of the North ultimately takes his prize: Constantinople (Rev 16:12,16; Dan 11:40).

The preparatory work of the angels continues today as they work to develop the purpose of God through world events. They are overshadowing the nation of Israel and they are overshadowing us, working in our lives that a people may be prepared for the glory of the Father (Heb 1:14). We set our faces towards that time, that we may be part of that glory.