The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts. Revelation 9:20-21
Let us pick up a brief rabbit trail here and emphasize what the seal judgments and the trumpet judgments have in common. They are both directed against the Roman Empire. The seal judgments bring the Roman Empire of the Caesars to its end, and the trumpet judgments, so far, have been directed against, in trumpets one through four, the Western Roman Empire, in trumpet five, the Eastern Roman Empire, and in trumpet six, the Byzantine Roman Empire. The common denominator is Rome.
We have already shown that when Revelation speaks of the whole earth, the whole of mankind, etc., it is talking about the whole of the Roman earth, and the whole of mankind which was of Rome. Now we read that the rest of mankind, which I submit is Rome, after they endured these plagues (of the fifth and sixth trumpets — the rise of Islam and the rise of the Turks) did not repent of six things, with which they were charged:
the works of their hands
worshipping demons and idols
My reading of Revelation, therefore, leads me to believe that these last two trumpets, the fifth and sixth, were designed to judge a Roman Empire which practiced the six sins mentioned above. The span of years which these two trumpets encompass was 612 ad to 1453 ad, as we have already shown (more on the end date of 1453 coming). It just so happens that pope Gregory the Great died in 604 ad. From his papacy the Christian church was known as the Roman Catholic church.
It is also well known that the Roman clergy, and the Roman papacy, increased in these six sins during those years. The Roman scholars do not hide it. But we know that they did not repent of those sins after 1453, because in 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses against indulgences on the door of Wittenburg church.
To be continued …
Update: continued in Revelation and the second interval period