Chapter 14 -- From the Peace of Ryswick to Louis XVI's Birth
"Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth" (14:1-3).
Aries ("Jesus... the LAMB of God" -- John 1:29) stood (vertically). How? With the two horns [Ephraim & Manasseh] of Taurus as legs and Taurus [Joseph] forming the "body of the Lamb" (or church -- 1 Cor. 12:27) on Mount Zion (the Milky Way hump; "heavenly Jerusalem ... church of the firstborn" -- Heb. 12:22-24). The Lamb or "Christ in you" (Col. 1:27) dwells in Taurus with 144,000 other stars forming constellations that have names of the Father in their foreheads (Ras al Hagus; Ras al Gethi; Al Chibar; Rastaban; Al Phiratz; Fomalhaut; Aldebaran; As Bar Praesepe; etc.) (Rev. 14:1). The Lamb began ruling in Britain (Taurus or Joseph -- Deut. 33:17) with the Act of Supremacy in 1534 when Henry VIII destroyed Papal supremacy (163 degrees or years before 1697 [Sagittarius] are Gemini witnesses speaking firey words in 1534 burning Cancer's Catholic horns) and in 1539 when he ordered copies of the Great Bible to be printed and placed in every English church by royal command secured by a chain to a reading desk. But now a new deliverance occurs in 1697. A "NEW SONG" means a "NEW DELIVERANCE" (Ps. 144:9-10; cp. 33:3; 96:1; 98:1; 149:1) -- in this case from Roman Catholics by English Protestants. John may have heard Lyra and Gemini playing "God Save The King" composed in 1652 on their harps before Cepheus (symbolized by Ophiuchus stepping on the Catholic horns of Scorpio). Taurus has an alternate harp symbol also (14:2). The four beasts are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius and the 24 elders are 24 stars in Ursa Minor -- the little flock (14:3).
Where is Mount ZION? Mount Zion is in worldly Jerusalem. To Jesus belongs the throne of David, who ruled on Mount Zion (Luke 1:32). But the throne of David today is the Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey, London, England. "Ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect. And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant" (Heb. 12:22-24). This "HEAVENLY JERUSALEM" is wherever the 144,000 Christian Israelite saints are -- who migrated to the British Isles in chapter 7. Only Jews dwell in earthly Mount Zion today. "The Lord hath chosen Zion: he hath desired it for his habitation. This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell" (Jerusalem) (Psalm 132:13-14). (See also Isaiah 9:6, Micah 4:7, Isaiah 24:23.). Yes "the LORD, my God, shall come, and all the saints with thee" (to Jerusalem) (Zech. 14:5; cp. 1 Thess. 4:16-17). He "hast made us ... kings and priests" (Rev. 5:10) and "judgment was given to the saints ... and ... the saints possessed the kingdom" (Dan. 7:22). "Let the saints be joyful in glory ... Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the peoples; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written. This honor have all his saints" (from Jerusalem) (Ps.149:5-9; Rev. 2:26-27).
In type this occurred in 1534 with the Act of Supremacy when Henry VIII destroyed Papal supremacy in England. Henry had married his deceased brother's wife (Catherine of Aragon) in obedience to Deuteronomy 25:5. But five of her six children had died, causing Henry to wonder if God was displeased (cp. Lev. 20:21; Matt. 14:4). But the Pope wouldn't grant a divorce. Henry divorced anyway and married Ann Bolyn. In 1535, Henry VIII found countless convents served by 'lewd confessors' full of illegitimate children and clergy having sex with whores and married women (de Rosa's Vicars of Christ, pp.579-580). In 1539, all Catholic monasteries were dissolved and Henry VIII ordered copies of the Great Bible to be printed and placed in every English church by Royal command (secured by a chain to a reading desk). This enabled the LAMB to begin ruling in English lives. It enabled "HEAVENLY JERUSALEM" to be built in England. Henry also was the first to build battleships with cast iron cannons (1/5 cost of bronze). He consented before his death in January 1547, to abandon the Roman Catholic Mass for the Communion service, to confiscate Rome's land and money in England, and to allow the clergy to marry. The formulation of the 39 Articles in the Convocation of 1563 under Queen Elizabeth completed the separation from the Pope. Then in 1611 the King James Authorized Version was produced. But in 1697 the Prince of Orange was ruling on the British Throne and had defeated the Catholic pretender in the west and Prince Eugene of Savoy defeated the Moslems in the east -- both a type of our Lord the coming Prince.
Astronomically, Gemini and Lyra are the harpers. Taurus has an alternate image of a harp too. There are 24 stars in Ursa Minor (the Little Flock or Hesperides or "three little maids"). Historically, the FOUR BEASTS symbolize the FOUR CAMPS of ISRAEL in the British Isles. The 24 elders (Rev. 4:4) denote 12 sons of Jacob (Old Covenant) and 12 apostles of Jesus (New Covenant). After David had been "brought ... up ... out of an horrible pit," he said that God "hath put a NEW SONG in my mouth" (Ps. 40:3). David also said, "I will sing a NEW SONG unto thee, O God ... who delivereth David, his servant, from the hurtful sword" (Ps. 144:9-10; cp. 33:3; 96:1; 98:1; 149:1). Therefore, a "NEW SONG" means "a new DELIVERANCE" from some kind of trouble. The DELIVERANCE of the 144,000 is DELIVERANCE from Papal Rome in 1534 and from the feebleness of mortal human nature at Christ's second coming. "For the Eternal ... will beautify the meek with salvation" (Ps. 149:4). They "shall shine like the brightness of the firmament" (Dan. 12:3). "Arise, shine" (Isa. 60:1). But in type the "NEW SONG" was the British NATIONAL ANTHEM -- "God Save The King" composed in 1652. By the Act of Settlement in 1689, it was once and for all determined that the British monarch must be a Protestant. That was something to SING about. At succeeding coronations, the monarch was required to take the Oath that he will defend the Protestant Faith and maintain the Act of Settlement. In 1910 the Declaration was "watered down."
"God save our gracious King, Long live our noble King, God save the King: Send him victorious, Happy and glorious, Long to reign over us: God save the King. O Lord, our God, arise, Scatter his enemies, And make them fall; Confound their politics, Frustrate their knavish tricks, On Thee our hopes we fix: God save us all.Thy choicest gifts in store, On him be pleased to pour; Long may he reign: May he defend our laws, And ever give us cause, To sing with heart and voice, God save the King -- John Bull (1652)."Our loved Dominion bless, With peace and happiness, From shore to shore; And let our Empire be, United, loyal, free, True to herself and Thee, For evermore." -- Robert Murray (1832-1909). "My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims' pride, From ev'ry mountainside, Let freedom ring! Our fathers' God to Thee, Author of liberty, To Thee we sing. Long may our land be bright, With freedom's holy light, Protect us by Thy might, Great God our King" -- Sam F. Smith (1832).
"These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. 5 And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God" (14:4-5).
Andromeda, Cassiopeia, Coma and Virgo, etc. are all VIRGINS like Queen Elizabeth, the "VIRGIN Queen," and like the United States which was at this time known as VIRGINIA (the whole east coast of North America). Also north Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, England and Scotland along with parts of Switzerland and the Netherlands. These Nordic peoples transferred their allegiance from Rome to the Bible. They are "not defiled with TEMPLE PROSTITUTES" -- neither with "the mother of harlots" (Rev. 17:5) nor her "Protestant" daughters." English Puritans and Separatists (Pilgrims) rejected everything Roman Catholic. They follow Aries as he rotates around the ecliptic (14:4) just as the British now followed the Prince of Orange, and many in eastern Europe followed Prince Eugene.
"Not defiled with women for they are virgins" must be taken figuratively because "Marriage is honorable" (Heb. 13:4) and wives are "heirs together" with their husbands of the grace of life (1 Pet. 3:7) and the bulk of the apostles were married men (1 Cor. 9:5; cp. Luke 10:42; Acts 8:12). If the Roman Catholic Church is the "mother of HARLOTS" (Rev. 17:5) (she is often called the "mother church"), the DAUGHTERS must be recognized in her OFFSHOOTS -- all sects and denominations that recognize her as their "mother." These "HARLOT" churches are the "WOMEN" that have not defiled the 144,000. The 144,000 have been outside popular "Christianity" which is just a "refuge of lies" (Isa.28:17). True Christians obey the Bible. They follow Jesus into suffering and then into glory. "Our light affliction which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory" (2 Cor. 16:17). "Them who honor me I will honor, and they who despise me shall be lightly esteemed" (1 Sam. 2:30). "If ... we suffer with him ... we may be also glorified together" with him (Rom. 8:17). "But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God" (Luke 12:9).
Redeemed Israel is a "VIRGIN" (Eph. 5:25-27; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; 7:1; 11:2). All Protestant European Israel nations are "VIRGINS" -- England, Holland, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Scotland. Sir Walter Raleigh asked Queen Elizabeth if he could name the eastern United States "VIRGINIA" -- after her. She consented. It was colonized by English Puritans and Separatists (Pilgrims) who rejected everything Roman Catholic. As the daughter of Henry VIII and Ann Bolyn, Queen Elizabeth, as England personified, entertained Catholic suitors from Catholic countries, among whom were King Philip II of Spain, Archduke Charles (Hapsburg) of Austria, and the French Duke of Anjou to buy time, but remained a Protestant VIRGIN till death. She caused the Bible to be distributed throughout the kingdom and read in English and forbade the elevation of the host. The Pope excommunicated her as a "bastard daughter of a whore" and "a heretic." Then came the Prince of Orange who fought Roman Catholics his whole life.
Why are they "FIRSTFRUITS"? "Every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming" (1 Cor. 15:23). The main, great harvest will be at the end of the Millenium as the result of the work of Christ and the saints in ruling the world for a thousand years. Multitudes will ripen for immortality under their reign. The first resurrection is "the twelve tribes ... FIRSTFRUITS" (James 1:1,18). The "two wave loaves" of wheat (144,000 & innumerable multitude -- Rev. 7) (Lev. 23:17) due to the "former rain" (Joel 2:23) before the Millenium (Rev. 20:4-6); the second resurrection is "fruit of a citron, an unopened palm frond, myrtle branches and willows" (Lev. 23:40) due to the "latter rain" (Joel 2:23; James 5:7) after the Millenium (Rev. 20:11-15).
Psalm 32:2 says, "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile." Every man is saved by grace (Eph. 2:8) but rewarded "according to his works" (Matt. 16:27). In order to be saved by grace we must have good works since "The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Cor. 6:9).
"Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come (1697 onward); and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen (in west), is fallen (in east), that great (European) city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the (Roman Catholic) beast and his (Moslem) image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with (cannon and musket) fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb" (14:6-10).
The three angels who fly "in the midst of heaven" are the three eagle constellations: Aquila (eagle), Cygnus (swan or sometimes referred to as an eagle by Arabs) and Lyra (In Hebrew Gnasor is harp; Nesher is eagle; Notice the white stars and 13 stripes of this American eagle. Vega is a white star.). These eagles are natural enemies of, and "bad news" for, the snake (Papal Roman Empire) (14:6-10) because they love the U.S. Constitution which protects Bible-followers. This is something to sing about also. Just as JERICHO had to fall before Israel could possess the Promised Land, so ROME must fall before the British and Americans can possess the worldwide Kingdom of God. "Babylon is fallen, is fallen" (Catholic & Moslem).
"And this GOSPEL of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come" (Matt. 24:14). Gutenberg's printing press was invented in 1454. In 1476 Caxton introduced printing into England. In 1526 Tyndale's English New Testament was printed. In 1535 Coverdale's Complete English Bible was printed. In 1539 the "Great Bible" was printed under Coverdale's supervision and placed by Royal Command in every church for the use of parishoners. In 1611 the King James Authorized version was printed. The British and Foreign Bible Society founded in 1804 and the American Bible Society founded in 1816 both print millions of Bibles per year in over 1000 different languages to the countries of the world. This establishes the Anglo-Saxon nations as being Israel "my witnesses, my servant" (Isa. 43:10). "The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it" (Ps. 68:11).
"Babylon" caused all nations to toast her idol-gods with her wine of false doctrines poured into, and drunk out of, God's HOLY VESSELS stolen from His Temple (Dan. 5:1-4; cp. Jer. 50:28; 51:7; Rev. 9:20-21; 17:2; 18:2-3). The wine of this spiritual fornication -- the worship of images, holy pictures, holy relics, holy medals, and demons, through the medium or channel of BIBLICAL names, characters and associations such as Jesus, Mary, angels, saints -- has deceived and stupefied all nations. The false SACRIFICE of the Mass, the false "ISRAEL" of ten Latin-German nations and the false MILLENIUM of the Dark Ages (533 to 1534 A.D.) have all made the world drunk. This prophecy is repeated in Revelation 16:19 and 18:2. Babylon fell once in 539 B.C. and fell again in 1527A.D., so "is fallen, is fallen." In 1527 A.D., a Protestant army consisting of Spaniards, Italians and Germans under Charles the Fifth took the city of Rome and for nine months sacked the city and insulted the pope (Gibbon's Decline and Fall, ch.31). This was a token pledge of the complete fall just like the transfiguration was a foretaste of the kingdom (Matt. 16:28; Mark 9:1; Luke 9:27). The red wine of God's wrath has been poured out from the CRATER CUP as it rotates in the sky spilling a red sunset and two blood red FULL MOONS ("full strength") out which represents death in battle for Catholics and Moslems.
The smoke of torment is the Milky Way. Historically, Jesus will be "revealed from heaven in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction" (2 Thess. 1:7). Paul describes it as "a fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries" (Heb. 10:27). Malachi says it is "a day that will burn up the wicked, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch" (Mal. 4:1). Sodom and Gomorrah also suffered "the vengeance of eternal fire" (Jude 7) though "overthrown as in a moment" (Lam. 4:6).
"And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’”“Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle" (14:11-14).
The smoke of their (Catholic & Moslem) torment ascendeth up forever" (the Milky Way). Catholic and Moslem have no Sabbath rest. They work 12-hour days, seven days a week just as the starry constellations do and just as Israel in Egypt did (14:11). John saw Sagittarius sitting on the Milky Way cloud ("so great a cloud of witnesses" --Heb. 12:1) with the solar disk crown on his head and a sharp lunar crescent sickle in his hand and he reaped the earth (14:14-16). He is typified by the Prince of Orange in the west who reaped Catholics and Prince Eugene in the East who reaped Moslems. The cloud that helped the reapers cut down beast worshippers in Europe stands for a righteous multitude of Bible-followers who were fighting Roman Catholics and Moslems all across Europe. Additionally, "In the 16th and 17th centuries support and encouragement for Protestants and Calvinists ... were one of the fundamental principles of Ottoman policy" (Halil Inalcik, History of Islam, pp. 325-329). "There would have been no Protestantism had there been no Turk" (Kenneth Oster, Islam Reconsidered p.72).
In 1588 the Pope and Philip of Spain assembled their great fleets in Spain and a large army in the Netherlands, in an effort to conquer the "heretical" Island and end England's Reformation. Just as it set sail, the Chief Commander, Marquis Santa Cruz, died. On the first day of battle, the Spanish lost two flag ships, 450 men, the paymaster of the fleet and 100,000 ducats of gold. The Protestant Dutch blocked the harbor at Dunkirk thereby making it impossible for the great army of the Duke of Parma to be transported across the Channel. At the same time Drake and his fire ships spread havoc in the Spanish galleons. Then the enforced passage around the coast of the British Isles completed the destruction of the Armada. 8,000 Spaniards perished along the Irish coast, murdered for their clothing and jewelry by Irish Catholics. From the year Constantine named the capital Constantinople in 328 A.D., thereby fulfilling 2 Thess.2:7, till the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 A.D., is 1260 years.
From 1572 to 1609 Protestant Holland's William of Orange fought for independence from Catholic Spain's Philip II and his Duke of Alva. From 1562 to 1629 the Huguenot Wars in France were fought between Protestant and Catholic France. From 1618 to 1648 the Thirty Years' War was fought between Catholic and Protestant princes of Germany, but gradually involved almost all the nations of the continent. From 1649 to 1652 Cromwell's English Protestants defeated Catholic Irish Royalists. In 1660, Charles II, and in 1688 James II, in turn allied themselves with Louis XIV of France in an endeavour to restore Roman Catholicism to Britain with French troops and money. The people revolted in 1688 and offered Protestant William Prince of Orange the Crown. The outcome of this Protestant Revolution was the separation from the Catholic church of north Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, England and Scotland along with parts of Switzerland and the Netherlands. These Nordic peoples transferred their allegiance from the Church to the Bible.
"And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.” So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs" (14:15-20).
Who is the SON of MAN? SAGITTARIUS with the SUN or crown on his head and the lunar CRESCENT in his hand. "Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all" (Jude 14, 15). "And before him (Jesus) shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his SHEEP from the goats: And he shall set the SHEEP on his right hand, but the goats on the left" (Matt. 25:32-33). The "lost SHEEP of the house of ISRAEL" (Matt. 15:24) are the Christian "SHEEP" nations of western Europe. The Moslem "goat" nations are everyone else. The "TEMPLE" is the heavenly vault of the SKY. Verse 17 may be referring to BOOTES who has a sickle in hand. What is the "VINE of the earth"? Hydra and the Milky Way -- Romn Catholics and Moslems.
Adding 180° to 1697 brings us to 1712° months (Lyra) or 1871-2 lunar° years (Cygnus) or 1874-5 prophetic° years (Aquila) or 1877 solar° years (Sagittarius) (FULL MOON in Gemini: "GRAPES ... FULLY RIPE" 14:19). The Milky Way vine "trodden" by Gemini can be either the Moslem or Roman Catholic vine. Therefore, the red GRAPE under Gemini is the Battle of Vilmergen in 1712 or Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 -- both Catholic defeats; or the 1875-1877 Herzegovina Uprising against the Ottoman Empire or the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 -- both Moslem defeats.
Adding 180° to 1754, we arrive at 1769° months (Lyra) or 1928-9 lunar° years (Cygnus) or 1931-2 prophetic° years (Aquila) or 1934 solar° years (Sagittarius) (FULL MOON in Leo: "GRAPES ... FULLY RIPE" -- 14:19). The Hydra vine "trodden" by Leo can be either the Moslem or Roman Catholic vine. Therefore, the red grape under Leo is the Russo-Turkish War from 1768 to 1774 or the Battle of Sabilla (1929), Kufra (1931), Kashgar (1933) or the First and Second Battles of Urumqi (1933-34) -- all Muslim defeats.
We have already included Bootes 180°-days difference within the tolerances of the other dates. Furthermore, Leo's grape could be as little as 55 days after Gemini's grape which means they are essentially contemporaneous using the degree-day scale.
The red glow of sunset makes many other star clusters appear red. These stars represent other battles at various places and times over a period of 1600 years to the level of the horse's bridle (HARNESS; RESTRAINT) in AURIGA'S right hand.
Yes, in type the SICKLE was also the CRESCENT of ISLAM which was an instrument used by God to gather and slaughter wicked Roman Catholic forces of Europe. Suleiman the Magnificent captured Belgrade in 1521 after several assaults. In succeeding years Turks regularly raided Hungary (1526-1566) and Austria (1529-1691), creating panic throughout central Europe. Moslem Turks also battled Sicily and southern Italy (1534), Spain (1554-1585), Venice (1537-1684), Malta (1565), Russia (1677-1702) and Poland (1672-1676). Finally the united armies of Venice, Savoy, Germany, Austria and Poland in the Fourteenth Papal Crusade turned the tide: Prince Eugene in 1697 at the Battle of Zenta in particular. In 1699 the Treaty of Karlowitz ended the fighting. Turkey yielded up huge territories including Hungary, Transylvania and Ukraine. "He will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire" (Matt. 3:12).
What is the WHITE CLOUD? The Milky Way. "So great a CLOUD of witnesses" (Heb. 12:1). The CLOUD that helps the Turkish Islamic reaper cut down Roman Catholics in eastern Europe stands for a MULTITUDE and the color WHITE stands for RIGHTEOUSNESS, so a WHITE CLOUD is a RIGHTEOUS MULTITUDE of Protestant witnesses who are fighting Roman Catholics in western Europe.
What are the VINE CLUSTERS? "The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance; he shall wash his feet in the blood of the WICKED. So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous; verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth" (Ps. 58:10). "The slain of the Lord shall be in that day from one end of the (Roman-Moslem) earth even to the other end of the (Roman-Moslem) earth; they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried: they shall be dung upon the face of the ground" (Jer. 25:33). "The indignation of the Lord is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter" (Isa. 34:2).
What is the WINEPRESS? In type it is western Roman Catholic Europe -- particularly France where grape wines are famous. Also eastern Moslem Turkish Europe -- wherever the WICKED have been killed like GRAPES and their BLOOD has flowed like WINE. "Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the Valley of JEHOSHAPHAT (Kidron Valley); for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put in the sickle; for the harvest is ripe; come, get down; for the PRESS (Zodiac) is full, the fats (vats -- Crater & Aquarius's bucket) overflow; for their WICKEDNESS is great" (Joel 3:12-13; 14:17-19). Also Armageddon (Megiddo) (Rev. 16:16). Then will be "a time of trouble, such as never was" (Matt. 24:21). A day when "the haughtiness of man will be humbled, and the Lord alone exalted" (Isa. 2:17). Europe here is described as a WINEPRESS. It is interesting that 1600 furlongs equal 184 miles (607 feet per furlong x 1600 furlongs = 971200 feet / 5280 feet per mile = 184 miles.).
What are the "HORSE BRIDLES" and "1600 FURLONGS? In anti-type we learned in Rev. 6 that a HORSE symbolized the ROMAN EMPIRE. Therefore, a HORSE BRIDLE must be the place in time where the HORSE is CONTROLLED or HARNESSED or RESTRAINED. The Holy Roman Empire and Ottoman Empire received their fill of blood after 1600 years. If each FURLONG represents a YEAR (just as seven ears of corn and seven cattle stood for seven years -- Gen. 41:26-27), and if we begin counting in 96 A.D. (when John wrote the Apocalypse), we arrive at 1697 A.D. when the Peace of Ryswick (15th Sept.) was signed ending religious wars between Catholic and Protestant; and when the Battle of Zenta (11 Sept. 1697) was fought, resulting in an end to religious wars between Catholic and Moslem. Furthermore, 1698 was 1,260 lunar (1222 solar) years from the end of the W. Roman Empire in 476 A.D., and 2,520 lunar years or "seven times" from Nabonassar (747 B.C.) -- the starting point of Babylon's chronology. In the early days of the Reformation, when Protestantism was weak and divided, Moslem Turks kept papal forces pre-occupied with Moslem diversionary wars. Once Protestants were safe, there was no need for Moslem wars. Sagittarius (Christ our Lord) is typified not only by victorious William III, Prince of ORANGE, (sun is like a giant ORANGE in his head), but but also by victorious Prince Eugene in eastern Europe at the Battle of Zenta who slew 30,000 Ottomans at a cost of only 500 Austrians. He captured the Sultan's harem, 87 cannons, the royal treasure chest and the state seal of the Ottoman Empire.
Sagittarius and Bootes reaped the Milky Way VINE (14:14-16) and the Hydra VINE (as well as Serpens and Drago VINES) (14:17-19). Cepheus and Ophiuchus cast their VINES into the WINEPRESS (Zodiac) also which was trodden outside the ecliptic by Corvus. The other animals tried to stay on the path. Leo,the Crab and Gemini kept "trampling out the vintage" in the same circle squashing MOON and STAR grapes until the blood-red SUNRISE wine level rose to the horse's bridle in Auriga's right hand. Hercules and Orion squashed grapes of wrath with their clubs while Aries, Taurus, Capricorn, Pegasus and Sagittarius stomped with their hooves. Sagittarius ate a golden grape while Aquarius poured a vat of golden wine. The two-edged sword CRESCENT in the bow of Prince Eugene was what occurred ten degree-years earlier on August 12th, 1687, when Ottoman invaders of Hungary were routed at the Battle of Mohacs. Then on Sept. 28th, 1687, Venetians took Athens from the Turks. The two-edged sword CRESCENT in the bow of William, Prince of Orange, was what occurred ten degree-years earlier on July 2nd, 1687 when King James II disbanded English Parliament. Then on Sept 26th, 1687, the city council of Amsterdam voted to support William of Orange's invasion of England, which became the Glorious Revolution. William, Prince of Orange, a Dutch Protestant from the Netherlands, led an invading army supported by the English Parliament across the channel to become William III of England (1688–89) overthrowing the last Catholic monarch -- James II. In an attempt to keep William from leading troops back to the Continent, Louis supported a counter-revolution in Ireland but James II was defeated at the battle of the Boyne (1690) with "approximately 1500 dead." We believe that casualties would have actually totalled 1600 if injuries sustained in that battle leading to premature death were included, or subsequent battles were included. Hence "1600 furlongs" or Catholic lives lost by 1697. Incidentally, on Dec. 31st, 1687, the first Huguenots departed France to Cape of Good Hope. These were good grapes. On 15th September 1697, William signed the Peace of Ryswick -- a peace between Great Britain, the United Provinces, France, Spain and the Emperor Leopold I. Under this treaty, concluding nine years of war with France, Louis XIV acknowledged the Prince of Orange as King of Great Britain without condition; Strasbourg was restored to the empire, Luxembourg to the Spaniards, together with other places taken by the French since the Treaty of Nimeguen; and all places in the Low Country taken by France were abandoned. This pacification for the contintent was but "a preliminary armistice of vigilance." But in England it signalized the beginning of a new era of full civil and religious liberty expanding to worldwide dimensions. For Catholics, it was disastrous both socially and politically. Catholics were denied the right to vote and sit in the Westminster Parliament for over 100 years afterwards. They were also denied commissions in the army and the monarch was forbidden to be Catholic or marry a Catholic, thus ensuring a Protestant succession. (See Popery Act 1698 and Act of Settlement 1701 for more)
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge (using sign language). They have no (verbal) speech, they use no (vocal) words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice (sign language) goes out into all the earth, their (picto-graphic) words to the ends of the world." (Ps. 19:1-4)
ThE "1600 furlongs" is four complete rotations (4 x 360) with 160 degrees left over bringing us from Sagittarius in 96 A.D. to Auriga's bridle of RESTRAINT for Pegasus (Europe) TAKEN OFF in 1697 A.D. The European bridle of Papal and Moslem CONTROL was finally REMOVED from Pegasus who could now run FREE. Notice that Europe is portrayed as a HORSE again rather than a SNAKE -- certainly due to Biblical and Protestant influence. The outer boundaries RESTRAINING Islam were reached in 1697 A.D. and confirmed in 1699 A.D. when the Treaty of Karlowitz ended the wars between Moslems and Christians with the first substantial losses in Europe of Ottomans who gave up Hungary, Transylvania, etc. If we begin counting in 96 A.D. (when John wrote the Apocalypse), we arrive at 1697 A.D. when the Peace of Ryswick (15th Sept.) was signed ending religious wars between Catholic and Protestant; and when the Battle of Zenta (11 Sept. 1697) was fought, resulting in an end to religious wars between Catholic and Moslem. Furthermore, the mid-date of these two treaties (Karlowitz and Ryswick) is 1698 which was 1260 lunar years from the end of the western Roman Empire in 476 A.D., and 2520 lunar years or "seven times" from Nabonassar (747 B.C.) -- the starting point of Babylonian chronology. Remarkably, 96 A.D. + 1552 (1600 lunar years: 354.366 x 1600 = 566985.6/365.242 = 1552.35) = 1648 when the Peace of Westphalia ended the Thirty-Years War in favor of nations deciding their own religious allegiance (FREEDOM). Also 96 A.D. + 1577 (1600 prophetic years: 360 x 1600 = 576000/365.242 = 1577) = 1673-1674 when the treaty of Westminster ended the Third Anglo-Dutch War. Three separate victories for Protestants. Notice that from "a golden crown" (14:14) on the head of Sagittarius (Peace of Ryswick & Battle of Zenta -- 1697 A.D.) to the full "golden cups" given by Aquarius (15:7), (the birth of Louis XVI -- 1754 A.D.) is 57 degrees or 57 years. But why use furlongs to represent years? The earth is tilted at 66 degrees from horizontal and a furlong is 660 feet. The earth is 7920 miles in diameter and a furlong is 7920 inches.
Our Lord is a glorious Prince who will parallel the best achievements of both Prince Eugene of Savoy and the Prince of Orange when he returns in 2026. At that time, He will be offered the throne and crown of Britain and will accept both in 2026, and sit on the British throne like the Prince of Orange in 1687. He will then defeat the Roman Catholic rival monarch in battle. He will also take an army to eastern Europe and will defeat Islam's Sultan on 11 Sep 2027 (19:17). Human types will pale by comparison. "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done, is that which shall be done" (Eccl. 1:9). God says, "I change not" (Mal. 3:6). He is "the same yesterday, today and forever" (Heb. 13:8).