Let's read the passage:
Revelation 7:1 says, "And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree."
Because the Revelation 7:1 states that the earth has "four corners", the text has become a favorite proof-text of flat-earthers (people who believe that the earth is flat). However, does the passage really state that the earth is flat?
Here are points that we can find when we carefully study the text and compare it with other passages:
1. Nowhere in Revelation 7:1 does it say that the earth is flat. Yes, the text says that the earth has "four corners" but it doesn't say that the earth is "flat".
Now you might be thinking, "doesn't having corners imply that an object is flat"?
This brings us to our next point:
2. In the Bible, objects that are neither flat nor square can have corners.
Take the following texts for example:
Leviticus 19:27 "Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard."
Deu 22:12 Thou shalt make thee fringes upon the four quarters of thy vesture, wherewith thou coverest thyself.
3. In the Bible, "corners" is an expression of entirety.
Here are some examples:
Leviticus 19:9 "And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest"
Ezekiel 7:2 "Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land." Conclusion:
Based upon the 3 points above, Revelation 7:1 cannot be used to prove that the earth is flat. Instead of proving that the earth is flat, the text is telling us that God is holding back his wrath upon the entire planet until His people are sealed (Revelation 7:1-4).
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