|In AD 409 Alaric and
his Goths sacked Rome - the first time it had been taken in over 1100
years. Why do historicists point to
this as fulfillment of this prophecy?
| It was his policy
(as opposed to some others, which we shall see later) to conduct a scorched
earth campaign. His orders were to
burn all orchards, vineyards and farms.
He precisely parallels the indications in this verse.
| The third part -- a
recognized division of the Roman Empire -- here means the Greco-Roman lands,
the Latin part of the Roman Empire.
The other divisions -- roughly Turkey to Egypt, and Egypt on around
through Spain, are dealt with later.
Historicists do not precisely agree on exact definitions of one
enough, 8 days after Alaric took Rome, he died. His followers scattered, after the sack of
the city. He came in like a hailstorm
-- and just as suddenly, was gone. His
followers went north, and founded the kingdom of the Goths north of the
| There is a definite
connection with the church. The Goths
were heretics -- Arianists, who did not believe that Jesus was equal with
God. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, wrote
his classic work on the Trinity in an effort to persuade the Goths to
orthodox doctrine. This is the first
connection with the church of the time.