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The Third Trumpet

A.D. 450 -- 453

"And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; and the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter." Revelation 8:10, 11.

--1. a king.

Matthew 2:2 -- "Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him."

--2. involves paganism.

Acts 7:43 -- "Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon."

--3. the wicked.

Jude 13, "Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever."


Proverbs 6:23 -- "For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life."

They who do God's will will be "peculiar," or singular, in the eyes of the world. See 1 Peter 2:9; 4:1-5; Titus 2:14; Exodus 19:5. See also the excerpt from Daniel and the Revelation (1909), by Uriah Smith.

--military forces.

Isaiah 8:7 -- "Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks."

Fountains of Waters
--1. wives

Proverbs 5:15-18 -- "Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee. Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth."

--2. water

Revelation 16:14 -- "And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood." (Note the parallel between this and
Exodus 7:20-25.)

See the prophetic definition of the word "waters."

--bitterness or unpleasantness

Proverbs 5:4 -- "But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword."

Jeremiah 9:15 -- "Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink."

Lamentations 3:15 -- "He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood."

Lamentations 3:19 -- "Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall."

Revelation 8:11 -- ""And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third prat of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made [or, became] bitter."

--"peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues."

Revelation 17:15 -- "And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues."

Daniel and the Revelation (1909), by Uriah Smith

In the interpretation and application of this passage, we are brought to the third important event which resulted in the subversion of the Roman empire. And in finding a historical fulfilment of this third trumpet, we shall be indebted to the Notes of Dr. Albert Barnes for a few extracts. In explaining this scripture, it is necessary, as this commentator says, - {DAR1909 484.3}

"That there should be some chieftain or warrior who might be compared to a blazing meteor; whose course would be singularly brilliant; who would appear suddenly LIKE a blazing star, and then disappear like a star whose light was quenched in the waters. That the desolating course of this meteor would be mainly on those portions of the world which abounded with springs of water and running streams; that an effect would be produced as if those streams and fountains were made bitter; that is, that many persons would perish, and that wide desolations would be caused in the vicinity of those rivers and streams, as if a bitter and baleful star should fall into the waters, and death should spread over lands adjacent to them, and watered by them." - Notes on Revelation 8. {DAR1909 484.4}

It is here premised that this trumpet has allusion to the desolating wars and furious invasions of Attila against the Roman power, which he carried on at the head of his hordes of Huns. Speaking of this warrior, particularly of his personal appearance, Mr. Barnes says:- {DAR1909 485.1}

"In the manner of his appearance, he strongly resembled a brilliant meteor flashing in the sky. He came from the East gathering his Huns, and poured them down, as we shall see, with the rapidity of a flashing meteor, suddenly on the empire. He regarded himself also as devoted to Mars, the god of war, and was accustomed to array himself in a peculiarly brilliant manner, so that his appearance, in the language of his flatterers, was such as to dazzle the eyes of beholders." {DAR1909 485.2}

In speaking of the locality of the events predicted by this trumpet, Mr. Barnes has this note;- {DAR1909 485.3}

"It is said particularly that the effect would be on 'the rivers' and on 'the fountains of waters.' If this has a literal application, or if, as was supposed in the case of the second trumpet, the language used was such as had reference to the portion of the empire that would be particularly affected by the hostile invasion, then we may suppose that this refers to those portions of the empire that abounded in rivers and streams and more particularly those in which the rivers and streams had their origin; for the effect was permanently in the 'fountains of waters.' As a matter of fact, the principal operations of Attila were on the regions of the Alps, and on the portions PICTURE of the empire whence the rivers flow down into Italy. The invasion of Attila is described by Mr. Gibbon in this general language: 'The whole breadth of Europe, as it extends above five hundred miles from the Euxine to the Adriatic, was at once invaded, and occupied, and desolated, by the myriads of barbarians whom Attila led into the field.'" {DAR1909 485.4}

"And the Name of the Star is Called Wormwood [denoting the bitter consequences]." These words - which are more intimately connected with the preceding verse, as even the punctuation in our version denotes - recall us for a moment to the character of Attila, to the misery of which he was the author or the instrument, and to the terror that was inspired by his name. {DAR1909 487.1}

"'Total extirpation and erasure,' are terms which best denote the calamities he inflicted." He styled himself, "The Scourge of God." {DAR1909 487.2}

"One of his lieutenants chastised and almost exterminated the Burgundians of the Rhine. They traversed, both in their march and in their return, the territories of the Franks; and they massacred their hostages as well as their captives. Two hundred young maidens were tortured with exquisite and unrelenting rage; their bodies were torn asunder by wild horses, or were crushed under the weight of rolling wagons; and their unburied limbs were abandoned on public roads, as a prey to dogs and vultures. {DAR1909 487.3}

"It was the boast of Attila that the grass never grew on the spot which his horse had trod. The Western emperor with the senate and people of Rome, humbly and fearfully deprecated the wrath of Attila. And the concluding paragraph of the chapters which record his history, is entitled, 'Symptoms of the Decay and Ruin of the Roman Government.' 'The name of the star is called Wormwood.'" - Keith. {DAR1909 487.4}


I calculated the date, starting when Attila began to have designs on the Western Roman Empire (he asked the Roman emperor at that time for half of it as dowry), and, of course, the final date as the date of Attila's death. It must be noted here that Attila's career in desolating the Western Roman Empire was a bloody yet short one.

"Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God." Isaiah 50:10.

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