Hundreds of years before the Protestant Reformation struck medieval Europe there was a group of Christians who challenged the primacy of the Catholic Church.
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
* See Joel commentary in notes below.
How the Catholic Church under the direction of the Vatican and the Pope Slaughtered men, women, and children for refusing to bow down to their Pagan false religion.
THE BLOOD of the WALDENSES ran in a real Valley! For the Catholics used demonically possessed men to brutally torture, rape, and whole house slaughter an entire valley of people who were indeed genuine followers of Christ.
The Notre Dame Timeline of the Waldenses
One of the most notable monuments in Paris (and in all of Europe for that matter) is the Notre Dame Cathedral. This Catholic treasure is over 800 years old. It is located on a small island called the Ile de la Cite in the middle of the River Seine. The building of the cathedral was completed over the course of 200 years; it was started in 1163 during the reign of King Louis VII and was completed in 1345.
As is the case with most notable historical monuments, The Notre Dame Cathedral Paris has its own share of both the glorious and the tragic historical moments that will forever remain indelible in the mind of people everywhere. Among them is the crowning of Henry VI of England right inside the cathedral in 1431. The Cathedral was at one time in a state of total disrepair and close to the point of being demolished but was later saved by Napoleon who himself has crowned Emperor in 1804 inside the Cathedral
Twin Towers with belfry and spire in the middle > Please see our Brick and Mortar Blog to understand the evil behind the pagan cathedral and church architecture
During the 1163 – 1345 Notre Dame Construction The Protestant group refusing to come under the rule of the Vatican known as the Waldenses suffered horrific persecution and massacre of tens of thousands of innocent lives of Christians who read their Bible and refused to bow down to the Catholic Church.
In 1059 Pope Nicholas II issues Episcopal Pall issued to bring all faith under the Vatican of Rome. This was aimed at the group of Waldenses in the French Alps. From 1059 throughout the next 600 years the Vatican Catholic Religion ordered massacre of innocent Christians with documented scenes as follows: Quote: “Little children were torn from the arms of their mothers, clasped by their tiny feet, and their heads dashed against the rocks; or were held between two soldiers and their quivering limbs torn up by main force. Their mangled bodies were then thrown on the highways or fields, to be devoured by beasts. The sick and the aged were burned alive in their dwellings. Some had their hands and arms and legs lopped off, and fire applied to the severed parts to prolong their suffering. Some were flayed alive, some were roasted alive, some disembowelled; or tied to trees in their own orchards, and their hearts cut out. Some were horribly mutilated, and others the brains were boiled and eaten by these cannibals. The soldiers dispatched by the Vatican were not content with the quick dispatch of the sword, but invented new and hitherto unheard of modes of torture and death. Examples: The entrails torn from the body and a fierce cat thrust in their place. Sulphurous matches placed and lit between the fingers, in the nostrils, in the lips, and over the body. One man has his mouth filled with gunpowder, which, being lighted blew his head to pieces. Maria Monne , had the flesh cut from her cheek and chin bone, so that her jaw was left bare, and she was thus left to perish.”
And here is a sample of what the martyrs cried out while dying: quote: “Can I change the truth as a garment?” (when ordered to say the Bible is NOT authority over the Catholic Church) and: “There is no torments so terrible, no death so barbarous, that I would not choose rather than deny my Savior. Your threats cannot cause me to renounce my faith; they but fortify me in it.” Quotes taken from The History of the Waldenses J.A. Wylie pages 7, 53, 106, and 117.
History of the Waldenses by WhiteHorseMedia
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History of the Waldenses by J.A. Wylie hardcopy book
Waldenses: Unique Position in Christendom–Their Twofold Testimony–They Witness against Rome and for Protestantism–Hated by Rome–The Cottian Alps–Albigenses and Waldenses–The Waldensian Territory Proper–Papal Testimony to the Flourishing State of their Church in the Fourteenth Century–Early Bulls against them–Tragedy of Christmas, 1400–Constancy of the Waldenses–Crusade of Pope Innocent VIII– His Bull of 1487 – The Army Assembles–Two Frightful Tempests approach the Valleys.
THE Waldenses stand apart and alone in the Christian world. Their place on the surface of Europe is unique; their position in history is not less unique, and the end. appointed them to fulfill is one which has been assigned to them alone, no other people being permitted to share it with them. The Waldenses bear a twofold testimony. Like the snow-clad peaks amid which their dwelling is placed, which look down upon the plains of Italy on the one side, and the provinces of France on the other, these people stand equally related to primitive ages and modern times and give by no means equivocal testimony respecting both Rome and the Reformation. If they are old, then Rome is new; if they are pure, then Rome is corrupt; and if they have retained the faith of the apostles, it follows incontestably that Rome has departed from it. That the Waldensian faith and worship existed many centuries before Protestantism arose is undeniable; the proofs and monuments of this fact lie scattered over all the histories and all the lands of medieval Europe, but the antiquity of the Waldenses is the antiquity of Protestantism. The Church of the Reformation was in the loins of the Waldensian Church ages before the birth of Luther; her first cradle was placed amid those terrors and sublimities, those ice-clad peaks and great bulwarks of rock. In their dispersions over so many lands–over France, the Low Countries, Germany, Poland, Bohemia, Moravia, England, Calabria, Naples– the Waldenses sowed the seeds of that great spiritual revival which, beginning in the days of Wycliffe, and advancing in the times of Luther and Calvin, awaits its full consummation in the ages to come.
In the place which the Church of the Alps has held, and the office she has discharged, we see the reason of that peculiar and bitter hostility which Rome has ever borne this holy and venerable community. It was natural that Rome should wish to efface so conclusive a proof of her apostasy, and silence a witness whose testimony so emphatically corroborates the position of Protestantism. The great bulwark of the Reformed Church is the Word of God; but next to this is the pre-existence of a community spread throughout Western Christendom, with doctrines and worship substantially one with those of the Reformation.
The Persecutions of these remarkable people form one of the most heroic pages of the Church’s history. These persecutions, protracted through many centuries, were endured with patience, a constancy, bravery honorable to the Gospel, as well as to those simple people, whom the Gospel converted into heroes and martyrs. Their resplendent virtues illumined the darkness of their age; and we turn with no little relief from a Christendom sunk in barbarism and superstition to this remnant of an ancient people, who here in their mountain-engirdled territory practiced the simplicity, the piety, and the heroism of a better age. It is mainly those persecutions of the Waldenses which connect themselves with the Reformation, and which were, in fact, part of the mighty effort made by Rome to extinguish Protestantism, on which we shall dwell. But we must introduce ourselves to the great tragedy by a brief notice of the attacks which led up to it. Etc…The quote is taken from the link: https://www.whitehorsemedia.com/docs/the_history_of_the_waldenses.pdf
The History of the Waldenses by J.A.Wylie
* Joel commentary