FRANCE: Sodom and Egypt
FRANCE: Sodom and Egypt
We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We are the true temple. Any physical structure is not a temple or church of God unless it is filled with people who are true temples of God in their bodies. That can only happen when we are filled with the Holy Spirit.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13, 14.
The Gentiles are symbolic of those who do not worship the true God. They have set up their own institutions of worship. They have built big cathedrals and churches; however, God is not among them since they do not obey His Ten Commandments and the 7th day Saturday Sabbath.
When was this period of time to take place? For 42 months. That is the same as 1260 days (years) in Bible prophecy. This is the time that the Catholic Church ruled the world and “trampled on the holy city”. The Catholic Church trampled on truth and drove it to the ground. It destroyed the holy city of God in the person of God’s worshipers.
“Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze upon their bodies and refuse them burial. The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.” Revelation 11:7-10.
This prophecy is historically fulfilled in the history of France. France was the son of the papacy. Whatever dirty work the papacy wanted done it knew it could depend on France to carry it out. For almost eight hundred years France fought the wars and executed the martyrs for the Roman Catholic Church.
“The Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, the mass killing of French Protestants by Catholics, began on Aug. 24, 1572, and is remembered as a crime against humanity. It was preceded (August 22) by the attempted assassination of Admiral Gaspard de Coligny, a prominent Huguenot in Paris. Many other Protestant nobles had come to the capital to attend the wedding of Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV) and Margaret of Valois. CATHERINE DE MEDICIS, who feared Coligny’s plans for war with Spain, was probably implicated in the murder plot, and when an investigation threatened to expose her role in the scheme she persuaded her son, Charles IX, to order the death of the Huguenot leaders in anticipation of a supposed Protestant plot. The killing began in Paris and was extended to the provinces, continuing until October. It is estimated that tens of thousands were slaughtered.”*
During the 1260 years that the Catholic Church ruled, France became a despotic government. The citizens were taxed heavily by the civil government and heavily by the Roman Catholic Church. Because of this oppressive environment the nation rose up to throw off the two oppressive institutions. This culminated in the Reign of Terror.
Reign of Terror
“God’s faithful witnesses, slain by the blasphemous power that ‘ascendeth out of the bottomless pit,’ were not long to remain silent. ‘After three days and a half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.’ Revelation 11:11. It was in 1793 that the decrees which abolished the Christian religion and set aside the Bible passed the French Assembly. Three years and a half later a resolution rescinding these decrees, thus granting toleration to the Scriptures, was adopted by the same body. The world stood aghast at the enormity of guilt which had resulted from a rejection of the Sacred Oracles, and men recognized the necessity of faith in God and His word as the foundation of virtue and morality. Saith the Lord: ‘Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? And against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? Even against the Holy One of Israel,’ Isaiah 37:23. ‘Therefore, behold, I will cause them to know, this once will I cause them to know My hand and My might; and they shall know that My name is Jehovah.’ Jeremiah 16:21, A.R.V.” GC
“The church and the Bible had been slain in France from November, 1793, till June, 1797. The three years and a half were expended, and the Bible, so long and so sternly repressed before, was placed in honor, and was openly the book of free Protestantism!” George Croly, The Apocalypse of St. John, page 183.