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Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire says of Mohammad's successors: "They reigned by right of conquest over the nations of the East to whom the name of liberty was unknown and who were accustomed to applaud in their tyrants the acts of violence and severity that were performed at their own expense. Under the last of the Ommidades, the Arabian Empire extended two hundred days' journey from East to West — from the confines of Tartary and India, to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean."124
After his own religious re-orientation, Mohammed led increasingly vast armies of unitarianized Arabs. These had subjected most of the tribes in the Arabian Peninsula, even before he died. Jerusalem was conquered in 638, Iran and North Africa from 644 to 656, Spain and Northern India in 711. This also set the example for later Muslims in subsequent centuries — for Saladin and his Saracens, islamicized Mongolians, and especially the Turks — to crusade not only against idolatry, but also against all forms of Trinitarian Christianity.125
So, then — around 620 A.D., Mohammed apostasized from his own very slender grasp and rather inadequate understanding of some of the heavenly revelations contained in the Holy Bible. Under the misdirection of that great "fallen star" called Satan — and conceivably also at the promptings of demons126 — Mohammed perhaps even spiritistically or mediumistically127 "opened up" the bottomless pit, and made smoke to rise up out of it.
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The scourge of Mohammad's Islam, though then arrested in its advance into Christian Western Europe in A.D. 732 — and though subsequently expelled from Spain and the islands of the Mediterranean — still continued to spread to other areas elsewhere. "One woe is past. But behold — two more woes come after that!"128
Having already reached Central Asia between A.D. 700 and 730, Islam next infiltrated even Western China in A.D. 755 — and subsequently overwhelmed Afghanistan and the lands adjacent to it. Then, from around A.D. 1000, the Central Asian Turks (of Turkmenistan) not only spread Islam northward into Central Western Siberia and Southern Russia and the Ukraine. They spread it also southward throughout Northern India and thence eastward through Malaysia to the Philippines and to Indonesia.
Next, around A.D. 1040, the Turks started moving especially westward — across the River Euphrates, through the Holy Land, and into Asia Minor (alias the Asian part of the modern 'Turkey'). That latter expansion wiped out the nominal remnants of the seven Churches to which these very warnings in the Book of Revelation were originally addressed.129
So despite almost two centuries of resisting the Christian 'Crusades' in Palestine against them from 1096 to 1291 — the Turks had pushed on further toward the West. During that time, all the nominally-‘Christian’ armies were ultimately unsuccessful in trying to dislodge the Saracens from Palestine.130
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Declares the Word of God:131 "The sixth angel sounded. And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is in front of God, saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet: ‘Loosen the four angels which are bound to the great River Euphrates!’ Then the four angels were unleashed — which were prepared for an hour and a day and a month and a year, to slay the third part of men."
Explains Luther:132 "In chapters 9 and 10 [of the Book of Revelation], the real misery begins. For these earlier bodily and spiritual tribulations are almost a jest, compared with the plagues that are to come. The first woe, the fifth angel, is Arius…who plagued the Church so terribly everywhere…. The second woe is the sixth angel, the shameful Mohammed, with his companions the Saracens, who inflicted a great plague on the Church — with their doctrines and with the sword."