|In keeping with our
general theme that interpretation must stand on prior prophecy, we have some
leverage here. Recall that we have had
seven seals, then seven trumpets, and now seven bowls of wrath. We are entitled to use the interpretations
again. If we said “this” means “that”
before, we should be strongly inclined to say it again -- if the symbols are
|This will be
particularly strong in the historicist view -- particularly as it relates to
geography. One other point will become
clear: first with first, etc. We will see that the first trumpet and the
first bowl are “on the earth” -- and
particularly in the historicist view, we apply the same interpretations.
|In particular, based
upon this sequence and other events in later chapters, the historicist view
holds as follows:
|• The six seals were
the fall of pagan Rome.
|• The six trumpets
were the fall of political Rome.
|• The seven bowls
complete the sequence: they are the
fall of papal Rome.