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Fourth Trumpet

Revelation 8:12  Odoacer is the first barbarian ruler of Italy who is connected with the downfall of Western Rome in A.D. 476

Rev 8:12  And the fourth angel sounded and the third part of the sun (Roman emperor's) was smitten,and a third part of the moon, (Roman Senate)   and the third part of the stars; (Roman Consuls, the Sun, moon, stars are the three luminaries of the Roman Government, {Emperors, senators, and consuls,}) so as the third part of them was darkened, (Western Rome fell A.D. 476 Romulus was the last emperor, he was called Augustulus) and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

Verse 13  And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the mist of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, Woe, Woe to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpets of the three angels, which are yet to sound.

The Three Luminaries of the Roman Government

1.   Emperor = Sun
2.   Senate   = Moon
3.   Consul   = stars

476 A.D.  Roman Emperor position dissolved but election of Senate and consul continue.

538 A.D.  Belisarius dissolved the Roman Senate and consul. Bishop of Rome set up as sole interpreter of Scripture and ruler of Europe.  Heruli, Vandals, and Ostrogoths, three of the ten powers in Rome destroyed. The Bishop of Rome, the Pope, becomes the dominate power in Europe.

The unfortunate Augustulus was the instrument of his own disgrace: he signified his resignation to the senate; and that assembly, in their act of obedience to a Roman prince, still affected the spirit of freedom, and the forms of the constitution.   The senate addresses an epistle, by their unanimous decree, to the Emperor Zeno, the son in law and successor of Leo I, who after a short rebellion was again on the Byzantine throne.  The Roman Senate disclaimed the necessity or even the wish of continuing any longer the imperial succession in Italy. They felt the monarch of the East (Constantinople) could protect both the East and Western empire.  In their own name, and in the name of the people, they consented to transferring the seat of power from Rome to Constantinople.  The Glory of Rome as bearing rule over any nation, became extinct.  A new conqueror of Italy, Theodoric, the Ostrogoths, speedily arose, who unscrupulously assumed the purple, and reigned by the right of request.  The royalty of Theodoric was proclaimed by the Goths (March 5, 493 A.D.)  with reluctant consent of the empire of the east.  The Imperial Roman power that at times held sway in Rome or Constantinople is no longer the official power in Italy, thus a third of the Sun no longer emits the faintest rays of light. The power of the Caesars was unknown in Italy; and a Gothic king reigned over Rome.

But though the third part of the sun (emperor) was smitten, and the Roman imperial power was at an end in the city of the Caesar's, yet the moon (senate) and stars (consul) glimmered for a little longer in Western hemisphere (empire) even in the midst of Gothic darkness.  Theodoric did not abolish the consulship and the senate (moon and stars). A Gothic historian applauds the consulship of Theodoric as the height of all temporal power and greatness. Instead of abolishing the office, Theodoric himself congratulates those annual favorites of fortune who without the cares enjoyed the splendor of the throne.  Nevertheless, in their prophetic order, the consulship and the senate of Rome met their fate.