In the message to the seven churches, Jesus unfolds the religious history of the Christian era. The seven seals unfold the social history of the Christian era and trace especially the great apostasy. The seven trumpets depict the military history of the Christian era as it affects Christ's church.

The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th trumpets portray the breakup of the original Roman Empire (both east and west). In symbolic language, we see the barbaric tribes which carved up the Pagan Roman Empire and prepared the way for the Papal Roman Empire. The 5th and 6th trumpets picture the onslaughts of the Mohammedan tribes, under various leaders, which gave rise to another religious power that warred against Christianity.

The 7th trumpet presents the final period of time, when God's last day church gives the everlasting gospel and the three angel's messages of Revalation 14:6-10 to the entire world.

Islam brought another false sabbath (Friday), a false prophet (Mohammed), and a counterfeit Bible (the Koran). They reject Jesus as the Messiah and teach rightousness by works.

Revelation 9:15, remember dated at 97 A.D., stated the Ottoman Empire would continue, "an hour, a day, a month, and a year." This prophetic time period equals 391 years and 15 says. The empire was established as of July 27, 1449. Adding the 391 years and 15 days would reach to August 11, 1940.

Based on this calculation Josiah Litch, an American Clergyman, predicted in 1838 that the Ottoman Empire would lose power on August 11, 1840. Egypt was threatening Turkey and was well able to conquer her. Hopeless and helpless, Turkey appealed to the European nations which agreed to protect her. The ultimatum they sent to Egypt arrived on the dot, on August 11, 1840. The Ottoman Empire was finished.

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