And I saw the seven angels who stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
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earthquake: He shook the earth by the thunder of divine threatening, and the voice of exhortation, and the lightning of miracles, when some persecuted and some followed; when the latter said, "He is a good man," and the former, "Nay, but He deceiveth people." to sound. The Church, inflamed by the sevenfold Spirit, prepared herself to preach with confidence, so as to throw down the glory of the world like the walls of Jericho with heavenly trumpets. For that compassing about for seven days also suggests the whole time of the Church. THE FIRST ANGEL