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THE STORY OF THE
"SEVEN TRUMPETS"

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Part I

      Prelude to the Trumpets

Part II

The 1st Trumpet
The 2nd Trumpet
The 3rd Trumpet
The 4th Trumpet
The 5th Trumpet
The 6th Trumpet
The 7th Trumpet

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The Fourth Trumpet--
CE 1160-1378

"And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise." Revelation 8:12

    Peter Waldo was the fourth "trumpet" messenger. He recognized the follies and evils of the papal reign. He saw the wealth and power of the clergy in stark contrast to the poor oppressed people. He set an excellent example for the opulent clergy by giving away all his possessions. Waldo was followed by the poor men of Lyons who also gave away their wealth and entered the ministry.

    Peter Waldo translated the four Gospels into French, and his disciples carried them throughout the region.
    The ministry of the Waldenses caused the right-hearted Christians to realize that the Gospel sunlight had been darkened, as was the Mosaic Law obscured along with the apostolic lights.
    To the right-hearted it became clear that light was being withheld from them.
    Though bitterly persecuted by the papacy, the Waldenses faithfully endured the persecutions and they effectively were in the forefront of those pressuring for reform.

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Peter Waldo

 

    The fourth "plague" of Revelation 16:8, 9 only affects the sun and in quite a different fashion. Instead of being darkened or withholding light, here the "plague," when poured "upon the sun" causes it to become extremely hot. Those ministers, who had been spreading some of the sweet Gospel teachings and passing themselves off as ministers of God, now find the sun burning furiously down upon them and their followers, causing them to defame God who is bringing this scorching heat upon them.
    We notice there is no repentance and no willingness to respond by giving glory to God. It was easy to give glory to God when basking in the Gospel promises. But when the burning sun bakes them crisply, how different it is! The fourth "plague" is "poured upon the sun."

    The Waldenses did not pose a serious threat to the papal reign. Hence we find a very short description limited to one verse. The fourth "trumpet" only made the right-hearted realize that the light of the "sun," "moon" and "stars" were being withheld from them and were determined not to accept the darkness, striving instead toward the light.

"And I beheld, and heard an angel [an eagle crying with a loud voice, according to ancient manuscripts] flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhibitors of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound." Revelation 8:13

    This verse declares that the next three "trumpet" voices would be attended with "woe" or trouble for society. The "trumpet" messages to follow would begin to adversely affect false religion, both Catholic and Protestant, causing grief as society realizes step by step the declining fortunes of their church-state religions.
     It is those who have separated themselves from Babylon who are said to fly in the "midst of heaven." Mid-heaven Christians are those not ruling in  ecclesiasticism, but who are in touch with the Word of God. It is God’s Word, "an eagle crying with a loud voice," or the Word on the wings of the Old and New Testaments as they began to be available and distributed, that portends the woes to Christian society.

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The Bible
Codex Siniaticus

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A Flying Eagle Representing
Wings of the Old and New Testaments

    Starting with Wycliff and onward, the Bible began to be available and to circulate. At first limited, the Word of God began to stand in stark contradiction to the papal teachings, and later, to the Protestant compromised teachings.

 

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TOPICAL STUDY ON THE SEVEN TRUMPETS:
Prelude to the Trumpets - 1st Trumpet - 2nd Trumpet - 3rd Trumpet
4th Trumpet - 5th Trumpet - 6th Trumpet - 7th Trumpet

CHAPTER/VERSE BY VERSE STUDY ON THE SEVEN TRUMPETS:
1st through 6th Trumpet [Revelation 8,9] - 7th Trumpet [ Revelation 11:15-19]

 

         TOPICAL STUDY ON THE SEVEN SEALS:
Seven Seals Part I - Part 2
1st Seal - 2nd Seal - 3rd Seal - 4th Seal - 5th Seal - 6th Seal - 7th Seal

CHAPTER/VERSE BY VERSE STUDY ON THE SEVEN SEALS:
1st to 6th Seal [Revelation 6] - 7th Seal [Revelation 8:1]

 

TOPICAL STUDY ON THE SEVEN CHURCHES:
7 Churches Topical Study Home Page
Ephesus - Smyrna - Pergamos - Thyatira - Sardis - Philadelphia - Laodicea

CHAPTER/VERSE BY VERSE STUDY ON THE SEVEN CHURCHES:
7 Churches Verse by Verse Home Page
Ephesus - Smyrna - Pergamos - Thyatira - Sardis - Philadelphia - Laodicea

 

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