The Hebrew word for “winds” in The Old Testament is “ruwach”. It is a symbol for the ‘breath of life’, i.e. God’s Spirit. Strong’s definition has it as “wind; by resemblance breath…” (Strong’s no. 7307). It’s the same word translated as:
‘Spirit’ in Gen.1:2, where God’s Spirit moved upon the face of the waters.
“My sprit” in Gen.6:3 where God said His Spirit would not always ‘strive’ with man, then giving the numbers of days of Adam to live at that point.
“breath of life” in Gen.6:17; 7:15; 7:22. It is most often translated as God’s Spirit in The Old Testament.
‘Ruwach’ is heavily linked with the sustaining ‘spirit’ which God has imparted inside man’s flesh, sustaining man’s soul. It is… the ‘spiritual body’ Paul taught about in 1 Cor.15. Moreover, it is the “image” of our spiritual body which God created man with in His Own Likeness (Gen.1:26).
APPLIED TO DANIEL AND LATTER DAY PROPHECY:
The idea of the ‘four winds’ Daniel and other of God’s prophets spoke of, is that event of Christ’s second Advent as KING, destroying Satan’s future stronghold upon Mount Zion, with God causing His ‘consuming fire’ to melt all the ‘elements’ (i.e. ‘rudiments’ of man’s flesh world things), ushering in God’s Millennium spiritual age (2 Pet.3).
Jer 49:36 And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come.
37 For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies, and before them that seek their life: and I will bring evil upon them, even My fierce anger, saith the LORD; and I will send the sword after them, till I have consumed them:
The Elam referred to here was about a region east of Babylon; a group of Elamites who were arrayed for battle. Symbolically it refers to Rosh, or Russia, and is when Russia will come against Israel in the latter days, and God’s ‘consuming fire’, or Spirit (ruwach), will consume the armies come up against God’s People (see Ezek.38-39). That’s what Christ’s two-edged Sword is.
Ezek 37:9 Then said He unto me, “Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
This example from Ezekiel 37 is when God gave a Message for Ezekiel to go and prophecy God’s Word to the ‘dry bones’, meaning the ‘spiritually’ dead peoples who had fallen away from God into false worship. Those in Christ today are made alive through The Holy Spirit coming into them, and thus are given the ability to understand God’s Word, if they will seek Him.
Dan 11:4 And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion which he ruled: for his kingdom shall be plucked up, even for others beside those.
This is the consuming fire event of Christ’s second coming. This “he” is false messiah, Lucifer, at the time when his false kingdom is full. That false kingdom will be flattened, cut asunder, and the New Jerusalem will ascend DOWN from Heaven instead (Rev.3:12; 21:2). Then Christ’s Rule as KING begins, upon this ancient earth. The ‘four winds’ is symbolic of this spiritual event, beginning the thousand year reign of our Lord with His elect (Rev.20).
Matt 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
The symbolic “four winds” of God’s wrath upon the wicked, from our Lord’s Gospel. So the ‘four winds’ of Daniel is tied to our Lord’s return and the ‘change’ from the flesh age… to the spiritual body age, as Paul taught in 1 Corinthians 15. One more example:
Rev 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.
2 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,
3 Saying, ‘Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.’
This “holding” is the cup of God’s wrath, the consuming fire event to end this flesh age. But before that time, God’s servants are to be ‘sealed’ with His Truth in their minds and hearts. I feel that ‘sealing’ is now in effect today at this time.
So although the ‘four winds’ analogy is given in different ways within God’s Word, its meaning is our Father’s Spirit. Naturally, His Spirit has many different ways to express His Power. Thus the example of ‘ruwach’ as the ‘breath of life’, the Spirit of God moving the waters of Noah’s flood, and God’s Spirit within those of His People who seek to serve and follow only Him; “in spirit and in truth”.