Felix Manalo, one of the founders of the Iglesia ni Cristo, claimed that he is the last messenger of God in the last day. To prove that he is a messenger, he made another claim: he said he is the “angel ascending from the east” mentioned in Revelation 7:2-3. The verses say:
And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
In the Iglesia ni Cristo, when they read these verses, especially the phrase “angel ascending from the east,” the summary of that is Felix Manalo, and that he is the one who will do the sealing.
Even in their songs during worship services they mention the “angel ascending from the east.” Although the members don’t fully understand it, when the ministers read the verse, it’s already okay to them. It’s already approved. So their understanding of the verse is very limited.
In Revelation 7:2-3, there are four angels being mentioned whom the angel ascending from the east cried to. In Pasugo, July 1964, page 33, it says that the four angels are the Big Four.
Ang apat na anghel na pumipigil sa hangin ay mga pinuno ng bansa, na ito’y mga sugo rin o anghel, ayon sa I Ped. 2:13-14. Ang hanging pinipigil ay digmaan, gaya ng sinasabi sa Jer. 4:11-13,19. Ito nga ang digmaang sumiklab noong 1914. Ang apat na pinuno ng bansa na kumatawan sa pagpigil sa digmaang sumiklab noong 1914 ay sina Lloyd George ng Gran Bretanya, Clemenceau ng Pransiya, Orlando ng Italya at Wilson ng Amerika. Sila ay lalong kilala sa tawag na The Big Four (World History, p. 494).
The four angels holding the wind are leaders of nations, whom are also messengers or angels, according to I Peter 2:13-14. The wind being held is war, as spoken in Jer. 4:11-13, 19. This is the war that broke in 1914. The four leaders of nations embodying the holding of the war that broke out in 1914 were Lloyd George of Great Britain, Clemenceau of France, Orlando of Italy and Wilson of America. They are better known as The Big Four (World History, p. 494).
Pasugo, official publication of the Iglesia ni Cristo, says the four angels were the Big Four and the wind was the world war that broke out in 1914. This is a deception. We must remember that there are four winds mentioned in the verse, not just one. Let us read where the four winds came from. In Revelation 7:1 –
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.
According to this verse, the four angels were standing on the four corners of the earth, and they were already doing something, they were holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
The four angels were already positioned, holding the four winds of the earth, when another angel was seen. Who is that another angel? According to the Iglesia ni Cristo, that is Felix Manalo. Granting without accepting, what then is their explanation regarding the four winds?
In the book Doktrina Ikatlong Taon (Doctrine Third Year), written by Eraño Manalo—when you study in INC’s ministerial, this is being taught—there is an outline that explains the four winds:
(MGA SAGOT SA TULIGSA SA DOKTRINA NG IGLESIA NI CRISTO)
“KAPAG GINAGAMIT ANG APOCALIPSIS 7:1, ANG 4 NG ANGHEL AY 4 NA SUGO – BAKIT NAMAN SA BANGGIT NA 4 NA HANGIN AY ISANG DIGMAAN LAMANG AT HINDI APAT NA DIGMAAN?”
1. Ang banggit sa Apoc. 7:1 na 4 na hangin ay hindi tumutukoy sa bilang ng hangin kundi ang uri o pagmumulan ng apat na sulok ng lupa, or ang buong sanlibutan, kaya’t sa katuparan, ang natupad ay hindi apat na digmaan, kundi digmaang pansanlibutan.
(ANSWERS TO CRITICISMS TO IGLESIA NI CRISTO DOCTRINES)
“WHEN REVELATION 7:1 IS USED, THE 4 ANGELS ARE FOUR MESSENGERS – WHY IS IT WHEN IT COMES TO THE 4 WINDS THERE IS ONLY ONE WAR AND NOT FOUR WARS?”
1. In Revelation 7:1, the 4 winds being mentioned do not refer to the number of winds but to the kind or origin of the four corners of the earth, or the whole world, thus in fulfillment, what came to pass are not four wars, but a world war.
This explanation is really a head scratcher. What’s in the Bible is very clear, there are four, four, four – four angels, four winds, four corners of the earth. But Manalo reduced the four winds to one. It’s because he cannot explain the other three. No, rather, all four.
Again, as we have read on page 33 of Pasugo, July 1964 issue, their explanation regarding the wind—which are actually four winds—is war. The fulfillment of that, according to them, is the world war that broke out in 1914. They used the verses Jeremiah 4:11-13, 19. Let us examine the verses.
At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A dry wind of the high places in the wilderness toward the daughter of my people, not to fan, nor to cleanse,
Even a full wind from those places shall come unto me: now also will I give sentence against them.
Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.
My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.
Noticed anything in the verses? In Revelation 7:1-3, there are four winds, whereas in Jeremiah 4:11-13, there is only one wind. Manalo connected the verses which are not related in the manner he wants them to be. In Revelation 7:1, there are four angels holding the four winds from the four corners of the earth, but when Manalo meddled with the verse, he reduced the four winds to only one. That is deception. It’s like holding up people while the sun is high. This Iglesia ni Manalo is really fit to be in their central in Diliman (Central of Darkness), because their explanations are really dark.
Now, in Revelation 7:2, there is another thing that we have to clarify. It says there that the angel ascending from the east shouted to the four angels. The question is, was Felix Manalo able to shout to the Big Four? The Big Four, according to their explanation, are the four angels. In the Bible, the four angels were already there before the angel ascending from the east was seen. If the angel ascending from the east was Felix Manalo, was he able to shout to the four angels which he says are the Big Four? Let us look at the real events. When was the Big Four formed? In The History of the World, page 644:
Although it remained neutral at first, in 1915 Italy made a secret agreement with France and Britain and was promised a territory in Austria and Africa. Italy then joined the war on the Allied side, and fighting broke out on the Austrian-Italian border.
Italy joined the war in 1915. When did America join?
In April 1917, the United States declared war on Germany with President Wilson stating that his aim was to make the world safe for democracy.
America joined in 1917. That was the real event. And that is contrary to what happened to Manalo, because he was already shouting even as early as 1913 when the Big Four was not yet formed. Manalo’s explanation doesn’t fit the real events, neither the four angels in the Bible. Manalo was too early; he was already shouting, but those supposedly being shouted at were not yet there. In the Bible, the four angels were already there before another angel cried out with a loud voice. That is very clear in the Bible.
This Felix Manalo never hits the spot. But what else should you expect? He is the messenger who will come in the last day, or the day of the resurrection of the dead; the one who laid hands on him are pastors of different religions whom he says are of the devil; and he was not baptized in his own church; what will you hope that he would teach? He will never hit the spot. If he isn’t too late, he is too early. He has no sense of time.
Another thing that is noticeable in their doctrine is this: The four winds, which they say is the world war, were being held by the four angels, in other words, they were being controlled so that the war won’t happen. But didn’t the war break out, hence the First World War? So Manalo’s shouting was useless. The four winds were released. Actually, Felix Manalo went through an awful lot of wars including the Second World War. He’s useless. That is because, in the first place, he is not the angel ascending from the east written in Revelation 7:2.