Three States of the Church in Revelation

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Wilhelmus à Brakel:

These three states are prophesied in Revelation and presented under three symbols, namely:

  1. Seals, representing the church under the heathen emperors.
  2. Trumpets, representing the church under the Antichrist:
  3. Vials, showing the decreasing of the Antichrist and the plagues over him, while the church increases as much as the Antichrist decreases, sometimes the one, sometimes the other winning in the battle, with respect to the external.

Not to be Ignored: Rev. Wilhelmus a Brakel’s Commentary on Revelation (McCarter Providential Enterprises LLC: 2016), page 81.