The Third TrumpetAttila and the Huns
The star falling on the rivers
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.
The name, “Wormwood”, given to the burning star means “bitter”. Wormwood is a bitter plant. In this prophecy in Jeremiah, we see again a key: the Lord promises to feed the people with wormwood, or bitterness, and to give them bitter water to drink. The prophecy explains (see next slide also) that the Lord will scatter them and send a sword among them. The meaning is clearly that God will send bitter warfare upon them until they are consumed. The wormwood and bitter water are symbols of the terrible bitterness of war that will overtake them.
Again using such prophecies as a key, the symbols in the Third Trumpet represent a terrible and bitter attack upon the riverlands and mountainous areas of the Empire.
It was the movement of the Huns from the northern parts of Asia which had pushed the other barbarian nations to migrate down into the middle area (orange) of the Roman Empire in the latter 300s. This began the mingling of the “iron” of Rome with the “clay” of other peoples, spoken of in the related prophecy of Nebuchadnezzar's Image in the book of Daniel.
And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
The Goths in this middle area ultimately invaded the West, and later the Huns did also.
The Alps and Po Valley were the fountains, or source, from which the waters sprang. Attila attacked first the “river” areas to the Northwest and then the “fountains of waters” at the top of Italy, even in the same order mentioned in the prophecy.
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;