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The Folding of the Seals, Trumpets and Vials Part 2
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The Folding of the Seals, Trumpets and Vials (Part 2)
by Marsue and Jerry Huerta
In the previous chapter it was concluded that the historicist’s interpretations have progressed as each new generation has learned from the mistakes of the past and corrected their errors; this was chiefly conveyed in the case of the seven vials. Historicist E. B. Elliott held that the first vial or the commencement of the final plagues was fulfilled at the French Revolution,1 but more recent historicists have concluded that Elliott was in error and that and the vials or final plagues are an end time phenomena at the close of probation, just prior to Christ’s return.2 As a result, the seven vials cannot fold over the eras pertaining to the six earlier churches but must commence within the era of the seventh church; the seventh church encloses the seventh trumpet or the seven final plagues, just prior to Christ’s return.
No equivocation can prevail against the truth that past historicists have blundered in interpreting the seals, the trumpets and their structuring, which is even now being brought to light. The contemporary historicists Jon Paulien and Ranko Stefanovic have challenged the traditional historicist’s interpretations of the trumpets in connection with the fifth seal and the opening of the trumpets, they refuted the traditional views of the fifth and sixth trumpets as representing the rise and fall of the Ottoman empire.4 Even so, Paulien and Ranko’s omissions undermine their own interpretations; for example, the victims of the harlot Babylon (Revelation 17:6) cannot be omitted as an ἕως πότε)in Revelation 6:10
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1. Tucker, Brief historical explanation of the Revelation of St. John, According to the 'Horæ Apocalypticæ' of the Rev. E.B. Elliott, 103.
2. The confinement of the seven plagues to the time of the seventh trumpet was sustained by Treiyer: “the last and seventh trumpet was expected to be definitive in connection with the coming of the Lord (Rev 11:18: God's wrath outpoured in the seven plagues, 16:1).” Treiyer’s review of Heidi Heiks’: Satin’s Counterfeit Prophecy,” 5.
3. The traditional perception of recapitulation in Revelation was challenged by Ranko Stefanovic: “It thus appears that the clue to the full theological meaning of Rev 8:3-5 lies in the scene of the fifth seal.” The Angel at the Altar (Revelation 8:3-5): A Case Study on Intercalations in Revelation, 86; Paulien also states: “Very significant is the reference in Rev 8:13, which stands at the structural center of the seven trumpets. This verse indicates that the trumpet plagues fall on ‘those who live on the earth,’ the same group which was martyring the saints, referred to in 6:9-11 as the ‘souls under the altar,’” Interpreting the Seven Trumpets, 6-7. In both cases the sixth seal becomes a flash-forward and thwarts the traditional perception of recapitulation.
4. In the sixth chapter of this work Stefansson was cited to vindicate the traditional historicist’s interpretation of the trumpets, specifically the fifth and sixth, is under assault and cannot withstand the contemporary historic evidence that exposes its fallacies.
5. William H. Shea, Selected Studies on Prophetic Interpretation, (Biblical Research Institute, 1992, printed by Review and Herald Publishing Association), 145.