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A writer once penned – there is no nation existing which, first and last, has produced such a number of faithful witnesses against Papal corruptions and tyrannies as France. No people have so long a list of martyrs and confessors to show as the Huguenots of that country; and there is no royal family which has shed, in the support of Popery, half the blood which the Capets have shed. Who deluged the earth with the blood of the Waldenses and Albigenses that inhabited the southern parts of France and bore testimony against the corruptions and usurpations of Rome?…
La Rochelle, a maritime port on the mid-Atlantic coast of France, once the Huguenot capital and their last stronghold, fell to the control of Cardinal Richelieu’s forces in 1628.
What were some of the events leading up to this time?
The massacre of St Bartholomew’s day had occurred 56 years earlier in 1572, a significant date ending the 1260 years of witnessing (312-1572 AD). See article Eglise St-Germain-l’Auxerrois, Paris, FRANCE
The Wars of Religion or Huguenot Wars (1562–98) had culminated in the issuing of the Edict of Nantes (1598) by Henri IV King of France (himself a Huguenot). This edict granted freedom of religious worship throughout France and established Protestantism in 200 towns with special rights and privileges.
The lull in the storm of religious persecution was not to last, Henri IV was assassinated in 1610 and conflict immediately arose between the Huguenots and Papists. The result was the Huguenots were conquered, their political power broken, their strongholds lost, the last being La Rochelle (1628). Tens of thousands left the French shores from the port of La Rochelle to start a new life in the “New World” in the Americas.
Louis XIV (1685) broke the religious hold Protestants had on France by issuing the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes which destroyed any religious privileges that the previous Edict of Nantes (1598) had put into place – thus the light of the witnesses was extinguished and they lay “silenced, dead in the streets” of France for 105 years (1685-1790). And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified, Rev 11:7-8.
France is destined to remain Catholic, its destiny is outlined in the bible to be part of the toes of Daniel’s fourth beast and the Gogian host of Ezekiel 38. What is the end picture?
Dan 2:44-45 And in the days of these kings (of the toes of the image = United Europe) shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.