revelation 9, the fifth trumpet: the army of locusts
revelation 9, the duration of the fifth trumpet
revelation 9, the fifth trumpet of torment but not death
revelation 9, the conclusion of the fifth trumpet
revelation 9, the four angels of the sixth trumpet
revelation 9, the sixth trumpet: crossing the euphrates
So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, were released to kill a third of mankind (Rev 9:15). Four angels, who correspond to the restraining and releasing spiritual authority of four Turkish states, had been prepared to kill the remaining third of mankind, or the third part of the Roman Empire which had not yet suffered judgment. This was the Eastern, or Byzantine, empire, with its capital at Constantinople. In 1056, which was the year the Seljuk Turks crossed the Euphrates into the Eastern empire, the Empire consisted of Asia Minor (modern day Turkey), Greece, Macedonia, southern Italy, modern day Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Armenia, Cyprus, and Crete.
Now the four angels were given one hour, one day, one month, and one year to kill that third part. Using the same prophecy time principle established in Daniel, which we saw employed in the fifth trumpet of Revelation, one day of prophetic time equals one year of historic time. So:
one hour = a part of a year
one day = 1 year
one month = 30 years
one year = 365 years
The total is one part + 1 + 30 + 365 = 396 to 397 years. Adding 397 years to 1056, the year the Turks crossed the Euphrates, we arrive at 1453, the exact year Constantinople fell to the Turks. How can this be a coincidence? The time is exact. But, this is not the only compelling evidence favoring the Turks as the fulfillment of the sixth trumpet.
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