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In 1842, a labourer quietly going about his work in Pouan-les-Vallées, France stumbled across an amazing find – an ancient burial site. But this was no commonplace grave, yes it contained a skeleton, but also two gilt swords, numerous jewels and gold ornaments. This was no ordinary find, this was the burial site of a princely Germanic warrior – the event historians associate with this warrior is the battle of Chalons in 451AD, a battle fought by Attila the Hun against a coalition of the Visigoth king Theodoric I and the Roman general Flavius Aëtius.

God was working in these nations to determine the direction of western civilization, Dan 4:17. These events were foretold under the third trumpet in Rev 8:10-11, 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. As we’ll see in a moment – this momentous star was the notorious Attila the Hun.

The first four wind trumpets of Rev 8:7-12 resulted in the end of the Roman Empire in the West (476AD) when the remnants of that empire were divided up into ten Barbarian peoples answering to the ten toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s image in Daniel 2.

What was this third trumpet all about and what did it achieve?
It is all about the Huns who were a fierce, wild, horse riding people from Mongolia, a terror to the world, who slew and plundered all that was in their path as they made their way across Europe from Central Asia, urging the rapid downfall of the Roman Empire. Their leader Attila the Hun, is seen in Revelation as a bright meteoritic star, a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp – a powerful and successful warrior invader, who brought the Huns to their greatest strength so that they became a major threat to the Roman Empire. Attila suddenly appeared on the world stage burning brightly and scortching the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters, the alps of Switzerland from whence the major rivers flow, turning them to apsinthos – wormwood, destroying many men with its poison.

So what does history tell us about Attila the Hun and his blazing conquests?
Attila was the leader of the Huns between 434-453BC and was known as the Scourge of God. He was short, with a large head, deep-set eyes, flat nose and a thin beard. More notable was his cruelty, aggressive defiance and blustering speech.

He alone achieved the uniting of the two mighty kingdoms of the Germans and the Scythians, becoming the supreme and sole emperor of the Barbarians. His territory stretched from Germany to the Ural River and from Danube River to the Baltic Sea. He twice invaded the Balkans and with the Germans and the Scythians he marched to the convergence of the Rhine and the Neckar meeting up with the Franks. From the Rhine and the Moselle he staged attacks into the heart of Gaul, crossing the Seine at Auxerre, he fixed his camp at Orleans. From here he retreated to the plains of Chalons where he fought a fierce, obstinate and bloody battle, unparalleled in history to that time, the dead amounting to between 162,000–300,000. Attila, defeated and losing his reputation as invincible, gave the Western Roman Empire the last victory it would claim. In the ensuring spring, Attila passed over the Alps into Italy, to ruin Aquileia, Altinum, Concordia and Padua and then onto the plains of Lombardy. As a result of these attacks in Italy, the city of Venice was born, as residents fled to the small islands located in the Venetian Lagoon.

For three years Attila had blazed across Europe, scorching the rivers and fountains of the waters, leaving death and destruction in his wake. He returned to his village in 453AD where he died an untimely death. Thus the third trumpet of the Apocalypse ceased to blow.