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Omens And Prodigies That Foretold Uproars In Westphalia And The Destruction Of The City Of Münster

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We learn through the reading of history that virtually no commonwealth was ever afflicted with some notable disaster because of crimes without God having first, in His gracious omnipotence, terrified it with horrible omens and prodigies in order that He might thereby make manifest the offense that He feels and give advance warning of the destruction to come, in case the astonishment caused by these portents might cause people to lay down their impiety and really come to their senses. This chapter looks at the local prodigies, as the author describes the transformation of the polity of Westphalia and of Münster in particular. The uproars in cities of Westphalia and bloody war in Münster, which disturbed the surrounding towns and entire Holy Roman Empire, were preceded by three complete eclipses of moon. Furthermore, just as God foreshadows unpleasantness by means of eclipses, He also does so by means of comets.

Keywords: comets; God; Münster; omens; prodigies; Westphalia

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