Regarding your last message about the last 3 woes being the first of the 10 (not just the seven) last plagues: I’ve never heard that before, and don’t believe the person you’re referring to has a strong foundation to stand on, as the book of Revelation is laid out structurally to support something differently. Here’s what I mean:
- Chapter 1 has a picture of Christ followed by 7 churches.
- Chapter 4-5 have a picture of Christ followed by 7 seals.
- Chapter 8 has a picture of Christ followed by 7 trumpets.
The seals have an interlude between the 6th and the 7th seal.
The trumpets have an interlude between the 6th and the 7th trumpet.
The book of Revelation is laid out that way, I believe, showing how we ought to understand it.
Also, an amazing book called “The Great Controversy” on page 334-5 says, “In the year 1840, another remarkable fulfillment of prophecy excited widespread interest. Two years before, Josiah Litch, one of the leading ministers preaching the second advent, published an exposition of Revelation 9, predicting the fall of the Ottoman empire, and specifying not only the year but the very day on which this would take place. According to this exposition, which was purely a matter of calculation on the prophetic periods of Scripture, the Turkish government would surrender its independence on the eleventh day of August, 1840. The prediction was widely published, and thousands watched the course of events with eager interest. At the very time specified, Turkey, through her ambassadors, accepted the protection of the allied powers of Europe, and thus placed herself under the control of Christian nations. The event exactly fulfilled the prediction. When it became known, multitudes were convinced of the correctness of the principles of prophetic interpretation adopted by Miller and his associates, and a wonderful impetus was given to the Advent movement. Men of learning and position united with Miller, both in preaching and publishing his views, and from 1840 to 1844 the work rapidly extended.”
Keep studying and we will grow together until we meet under the tree of life!