Monument to Gaspard de Coligny - Eglise Reformee de l'Oratoire du Louvre

Gaspard de Coligny (1517-1572) as the military and political leader of the Huguenots was part of the Two Witnesses of Rev 11. These two witnesses are described in Rev 11-12 as the earth and the woman and can be seen as the political and religious opponents of the Catholic system. In the bible, the earth is a symbol of people (Isa 1:2,10) and a woman is a symbol of a religious entity.

And I will give power to my two witnesses and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore (1260) days clothed in sackcloth, Rev 11:3. This time period of 1260 years commenced in 312AD, when Constantine had a great military victory after seeing the vision of the cross on his way to Rome. The outcome was he converted to Christianity and the following year issued an edict of religious toleration. The massacre of St Bartholomew’s day, 24 August 1572, marks the end of this 1260 years of witnessing. It was on the eve of this massacre that Gaspard de Coligny was assassinated. (See article Église Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois)

Translation of Monument Plaque: This monument was erected in 1889 to the memory of admiral de Coligny, a very prominent Protestant figure from the sixteenth century, who was a victim of intolerance of his time on the night of St Bartholomew.

Translation of Secret Message written in Coligny’s Coat : At the commencement of the wars of religious between the Catholics and the Protestants, Gaspard de Coligny passed a secret message to the besieged at Rouen encouraging them to resistance. These instructions written on a piece of cloth made up the lining of the doublet carrier. It is probable that these were the last to be intercepted…

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