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ndals, who and Maritim, jo, made and after
Apoc. vüj. , A ND the second angel founded ; and as it were a great moun.
1 tain burning with fire was cast into the sea; and the third part of the sea became blood.
9. And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and
had life, dyed; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.. See Jer. Lj. 25. This second Trumpet throws a great burning Mountain into
the Sea, or the Maratim and Infular Parts of Europe, and there. by destroys what was concain'd in it, its Inhabitants and Ships, all things with and without Life, the People and Cities therero belonging. This Trumpet therefore most naturally belongs to the Irruption of the second of the Barbarous Nations, the Vandals, who A. D. 406. or 407, made a terrible Invafion into the Western and Maritim Parts of Europe ; and in a fhort eime breaking thro’all Oppofition, made themselves Ma. sters first of France, then of Spain and Portugal, and afterwards from Africa, were a great Plague to the Southern and Peninsular part of Italy it felf. Let us hear Sigonius's Account, and then that of St. Jerom, who may be calld an Eye-Witness, as Living and Writing at that time. Anno Domini 406. inquit Si.
gonius tertia Barbarorum in Occidentem eft falta impressio; qua •Gallia primum, deinde Hifpania, postremo Africa, occupate, ati que omni genere calamitaris affli&tæ funt. - Godigifilus enim Rex "Vandalorum ex Scythia cum Vandalis & Alanis egreffus, i populis plurimis per viam as umptis, citato agmine nemine refiftente recto Itinere ufque ad Rhenum procesit. Ibi vero Franci denique occurrerunt; ac tranfitum impedire conati funt. Verum a Van• dalis multitudine superantibus pulsi, haud magno momento ceffen "runt. Ita Vandali fine impedimento pridie Kalendas Januarias, "teste Profpero, trajecto Rheno in Galliam penetrarunt. Atque * Anno 407. proximas Rheno Provincias Germaniam primam, el ‘Belgicam fecundam ingresi late victoriam, frustra repugnantibus
' Honorii Prefe&tis, exercuerunt, &c. St. Jerom's Account is Apud Medum. 'in these words, · Innumerabiles, inquit ille, & ferocissima nationes universas Gallias occuparunt. Quicquid inter Alpes en
* Pyreneum eft; quod Oceano o Rhodano includitur (N.B.) 249• dns, Vandalsig Sarmata, Alani, Gipedes, Heruli, Saxones, * Burgundiones, Alemanni, á Hoftes Pannonü vastarunt. Ma
gunciacum capia atque subverfa eft : c in Ecclefia mulia Homis num millia trucidata. Vangiones Longa obfidione deleti. Rije
morum urbs prepotens, Arabiani, Airebares, Morini, Torna* cus, Nemeta, Argentoratus tranflati in Germaniam. Aquilamia, novemque Populorum Lugdunenfis * Narbonensis Provinciæ preter pancas urbes populata sunt cuncta : non poffum absque lacrymis Tolofe facere mentionem ; qua ut hucusque non ruerit fanéti Episcopi Exuperii merita prastiterunt, Ipfe Hispanic jam jamque perituræ contremiscunt. Roma vitam auro redimit. This was the sad State of the Maritim part of Europe under thefe Barbarous Vandals; who confining themselves wholly within their own Bounds, at least during the proper interval of this Trumpet, met with no Defeat; but went on without controul, agreeably to the Prophecy, till they had Subdu'd France, and Spain, and Portugal, (and made Rome it self pay for its Liberty,) and there they setlled themselves ; till some time afterward, but not till towards the Period for the nextTrumpet, they went into Africa, and Founded the Kingdom of the Van. dals there, of which more hercafter.
A ND the third angel founded, and there fell a great star from Apoc. viij. T heaven burning as it were a lamp; and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of water.
11. And the name of the star is called wormwood; and the third part of the waters became wormwood: and many men dyed of the waters, because they were made bitter.
This third Trumpet brings down from Heaven a kind of Comet, or Blazing-Star, a Portentous Meteor to be sure, and lets it fall upon the Rivers, and the Fountains of Water : and the Stars name Wormwood, implys, that here is denoted fome sad and bitter Calamity among these Rivers and Fountains of Water. This must therefore be the dreadful Inundation of the third of
the Barbarous Nations the Huns: and the Star which has a particular and bitter Name in the Trumpet, Wormwood, must be. their famous Leader Attila, who has a like particular, and bitter, or afflicting Name in History, being stilld metus Orbis, and Flagellum Dei, The Scourge of God, and Terror of Men: and the
Rivers and Fountains of Water must be principally Lombardy. See Howel pt.
And if we leave the Trumpet, and look into Hifiory, to pass 0.856.667. by the Desolations they brought on the Empire about 40 years & Sigon. A. before, of which we have but very imperfect Accounts in HiD. 442. story; and the wasting of Mæfia, Thrace, and especially Illyri
cum about 10 years before, of which also we have not fufficia ently thc Particulars, and which lay chiefly in his way to Lombardy, we shall find that in the middle of the fifth Century A. D.452, this Attila with a prodigious Army of his Huns, made a terrible Invasion into the Western parts of Europe; and while he kept along the Danube, or near the Rhine, the greateit Ri. vers of Europe, and so the Outskirts of his Jurisdiction, he carry'd all before him; and when he enter'd Lombardy, his proper Province, about A. D. 452. he made the most terrible of all the Invasions of the Barbarous Nations. For, as Sigonius ob. serves, ‘Hæc irruptio omnium quas Barbari intulerant nostrornm
fermonibus celebratissima, & vulgo maxime decantata fuit. And
as Latus the Historian has it. •Dimissus Hoftis (Attila ; post puge P.135.
nam nimirum Catalaunenfem,) non defiit elle Metus Orbis, Fla. 'gellumve Dei; (ita se vocitabat ;) fiquidem regreffus in Panoniam, exercitu instaurato, in Italiam, totam rursus fecum trahens Scythiam concessit, &c. But to prevent multiplicity of Te. stimonies, take the whole Account in Sigonius's own words, who is esteem'd one of the most Accurate Historians in these Matters. ' Anno Domni 452. inquit ille, Italia savo novarum calamitatum laboravit incendio ; fiquidem Attila, cum inimenfo ac formidabili illo fuo barbaria coeuntis exercitu, in ipfam De*mum ferox ac truculentus inivit. -Urbene Aquileiam tandem "intravit, ac bona civium qui remanferant militibus diripienda,
ipsosque.pro cujusque libidine conflictandos permisit. — direptis boinis, Templis inde tectisque publicis ac privatis incendium est illarum: urbsque ad deterrendas exempli fæditate finitimas ad folum cverfa. Ex civibus alii captivi in poteftate hoftium remanfcrunt,
min e asininum sendio, then, w
alii tormentis excruciati vitam mifere finierunt. - Concordia, Altinum, Opitergium, Patavium, & Ateste, eximia atque inveterata nobilitatis Oppida, in poteftatem cefferunt, captaque at. que direpta subjectis facibus diro, ac prope hoftibus etiam ingrato Spectaculo confiagrarunt. Maritimis his Oppidis expugnatis non
recto cursu, fiunt opinio fuerat, ad Padum processit ut Romam (N. • B.) quam in Sermone jactabat appeteret; verum ad dexteram con«versus fefe ultra Padum continuit ; atque uni predationi ac va
ftationi, ut videbatur, urbium deditus, Mediterranea Venetie • Oppida, Tarvisium, Vicetiam, Veronam, Mantuam, Cremon
nam, Brixiam, Bergamumque perivit : capta ac pariter mili'tari populatione exhausta subvertit. Transmiso inde Abdna, Li
guriam ingreffus, eandem urbibus ejus intulit labem ; Laudi, • Como, Novaria, Vercellis, Eporcedia, Taurino, Mediolano, • ac Ticino. Inde Padum fine impedimento trajecit : atque ac
currentes Æmilia urbes Placentiam, Parmam, Regiumque sub• inde adortus, nullum item in eas exemplum hoftilis feritatis omifit. Jam omnia quæ intra Apenninum * Alpes (N. B.) erant
fuga, populatione, cæde, servitute, incendio, e desperatione, ! repleta erant : nullaque mali facies aberat. But then, what is here also very remarkable, is, that when sometimes he ventured beyond the Bounds of this Trumpet, he was Beaten, or at least,' failid of his Design. Thus in his first Onset, as soon as · he went beyond the Rhine farther into France, belonging to the
foregoing Trumpet, he was miserably Beaten by Aëtius the Roman General, in the thence famous Campi Catalaunici ; and Sigon. p. 219, might, as it was thought, have been utterly destroy'd, but 220. thata Politick Reason sav'd him. Thus also, when he went to destroy Rome, he fail'd of his Design; as he did also of another in France afterwards. As if whatever was beyond the ftri&t bounds of this Trumpet, the Rivers and Fountains of Water, was equally beyond his Power, and the force of his Arms alfo.
TRUMPET IV. A ND the fourth angel founded; and the third part of the fun Apoc. viij. 12.
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 vuone not for a third part of it, and the night likewife.
This tourth Trumpet Eclipses the European Sun, Moon, and Stars, and so deprives them of their light and influcnce. 1.e. It cxftinguishes the Western limperor, and his fubordi. nate Governors; thereby putting an intire end to the verv remainders of the Roman Cæfars. This therefore is plainly the fourth Inundation of the Barbarous Nations, or the Invasion of Italy, by the Heruli undir Odoacer their Leader. A. D. 476. Who with great cafe overcame the last Emperor Momyllus Auruftulas, and thereby put an intire period to the European or Western Empire. Take this History also in the words of Siponius. Anno Domini 476, inquit ille, citeriore “Italia ad arctoritatem obfequium que fuum adducta,Odoacer He‘rulorum Rex Romam inde accellit; argue urbem corona circun
dedit : ipfam, ni fe dederet, expurnaturum denunciuns. Popu*lus autem dira urbium aliarum calamitare edoctus, deditione re
pente fačta, obviam extra urbem effufus ipfum magna hlaritate excepit, Quod ubi vidit Momyllus Auguftulus Purpuram ftatim depofuit, ac fefe tandem infausto a Patre fibi parato Imperio * Abdicavit; ac in Lucullanum Campania castrum, tanquam in exilium abiit. Atque his quidem variis atque ancipitibus rerum temporumque successibus Roma jam quartum poft Chrifti an. num 400, capta, Italiaqne a Barbaris firmo tandem pofsideri * Imperio cæpta eft. Imperinm autem Romanum quod in Am*gufto initium fumplit, in Augustulo finem accepit. Neque enim posthac hic titulus in Occidente dum rerum potiti Barbari funt eft audit us. And fo much shall suffice for the four former and lesser Trumpets.
Apoc. viij. 13. A ND I beheld and heard an Angel flying through the midt of
M Heaven, saying with a loud voice, wo, wo, wo, to the ina habiters of the Earth, by reason of the other voices of the trumpet
of the three angels which are yet to sound. Apoc.ix. 1. C. And the fifth angel founded; and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth, and to him was given the key of the Bottomless pit.