This Revelation Timeline Decoded Bible study focuses on the fourth Trumpet of Revelation 8.
Many Pastors teach that when the end times 4th trumpet of Revelation 8 sounds, the literal sun, moon and stars, will be darkened.
In this Bible study you will learn that the true historical fulfillment of the fourth trumpet represents our Lord sending the Heruli to war against the Roman Empire, which caused their leadership structure to collapse.
Our Lord is exacting vengeance against the Roman Empire because Satan had empowered them to kill millions of Christians, in his attempt to wipe out Christianity.
Revelation 8:12, “And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
The Sun, Moon and Stars symbolizes the leaders of kingdoms, and this trumpet represents the downfall of Roman leadership when Romulus Augustalus, the last Roman Emperor of West was captured.
He was the top leader of 1/3rd of the Roman Empire, so his removal represented 1/3rd of the sun being smitten.
If the Sun is the supreme ruler, the Moon and Stars are subordinate rulers (Gen. 37:9-10).
One third of the moon (Consulship) was extinguished by Justinian in 541 A.D. (Decline and Fall, Gibbon, Vol 4, chap. 40, pg 286).
The stars (Senate) kept glimmering until banished from their country by Totila, who was a Goth, and basically meet their fate from lack of power in 553 A.D. (Decline and Fall, Gibbon, Vol 4, chap. 43, pgs 445, 446).
So in 476 A.D., just like 70 A.D. when Jerusalem fell, “the SUN was darkened, the MOON gave no light, and the STARS fell from heaven” (Matt. 24:29)
The Heruli, a branch of the Goths, under the leadership of Odoacer, invaded and conquered the city of Rome in 476 A.D. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heruli
1/3rd of the Roman Empire (the moon and the stars) had completely passed away.
It only took 76 years for the Goths, Huns, Vandals and Heruli, to conquer the Western Roman Empire, which is why only 7 verses were devoted to the first four trumpets of judgment.
You will see that the 5th and 6th trumpets spanned greater periods of time, thus there are more details given about them in Revelation 9.
Can you now see the Biblical, historical fulfillment of the 4th trumpet of Revelation 8?
Now you know that any person who teaches that it is fulfilled in the future, is teaching you false prophecy.
David Nikao Wilcoxson
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