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Revelation 8:7

Rev. 8:7  The first angel sounded, (Judgments) and there followed hail (Alaric came from the icy north 395 AD.) and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third (The three divisions of Roman Empire: 1. Constantinople  2. Britain, Gaul, and Spain.  3. Africa and Italy.) part of trees (The Goths burned trees all over the countryside.) was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. (The Bible represents the terrible effects of the Gothic invasion as "hail," from the northern origin of the invaders; and the "blood," from the terrible slaughter of the citizens of the empire by the bold and intrepid warriors. The blast of the first trumpet has its location about the close of the fourth century, and onward, and refers to these desolating invasions of the Roman Empire under the Goths.)

The first invasion under Alaric ravaged the Eastern Empire.  Alaric captured the famous cities and enslaved many of the inhabitants of Thrace, Macedonia, Attica, and Peloponnesus, but he did not reach the city of Rome.  Later, the Gothic chieftain crossed the Alps and the Apennines and appeared before the walls of the Eternal City, which fell to the fury of the barbarians in 410 A.D.

Alaric again stretched his ravages over Italy.  For four years, the Goths ravaged and reigned over Italy without control.  In addition, in the pillaging and fire of Rome, the streets of the city filled with dead bodies; the flames consumed many public and private buildings; and the ruins of a palace remained, after a century and a half, a stately monument of the Gothic conflagration.

The public devotion of the age was impatient to exalt the saints and martyrs of the Catholic Church on the altars of Diana and Hercules.  The union of the Roman Empire dissolved; its genius was humbled in the dust; and the armies of the unknown barbarians, issuing from the frozen regions of the North, had established their victorious reign over the farthest of provinces of Europe and Africa.