The Fourth TrumpetOdoacer and the Heruli
The Eclipse of the sun, moon, and stars
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.
Here we see an announcement, and a grouping, of the other three Trumpets yet to sound. They are called the three “woe” trumpets, and are referred to as such later on as each is finished.
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
These three “woe” trumpets ultimately encompass the rest of the entire fall of the Roman Empire in its Imperial and Papal aspects, as well as the fall of the Islamic Empires which succeeded the Eastern Empire.
Daniel's prophecies spoke of the iron kingdom of Rome being divided and mingled with other peoples into ten nominal kingdoms of “iron and clay – a “partly strong” and “partly broken” arrangement of nations which would still retain the iron thread of Rome. Rome was to receive a “deadly wound”, yet it’s power was to revive in a different form after being healed. It would become “the beast that was, and is not, and yet is”. Europe was to continue in this state until the return of Jesus Christ, and the power of Rome was to dominate Europe for over a thousand years, yet wane and be consumed towards the end.
This history, which, apart from the kingdom of God, is the primary subject of the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation, is dealt with later in the book of Revelation. But the visions of the next two Trumpets first deal with the fall of the Eastern Roman Empire, and the rise of Islam.