|The Sun, Moon, and Stars Darken,
Trumpet, Revelation Chapter 8
Verses 12-13 (NASB)
and the FOURTH ANGEL sounded, and
This trumpet alters the amount of light the earth receives to one third
than what is normal now. Since the earth revolves around the sun,
listed the SUN, MOON, and STARS in equal THIRDs indicates that they did
change their positions, but rather, something on earth changed just
we see this change to our surrounding cosmos.
- a THIRD of the SUN and
- a THIRD of the MOON and
- a THIRD of the STARS were
so that a THIRD of them might be darkened and
shine for a THIRD of it, and the NIGHT in the same way.
was a cosmic
impact with the
earth, the rotation of the earth could be sped
up such that the days and nights would be a third shorter than what
are now. That is, the earth would make a complete revolution on its
every 16 hours instead of 24. It would be an interesting calculation to
the size of the invading cosmic object which would cause the earth to
its angular momentum by that much.
It is interesting that this is put into THIRDs. This keeps this verse
"season" neutral. That is, the DAYLIGHT and NIGHTTIME is a different
length depending whether it is winter or summer, for example. But using
THIRDs will work no matter what day of the year one is talking about.
Recall Jesus' words in Mark
Let's look at the expression 'might be darkened'. There
one the of plagues on Egypt in Exodus
. The darkness was so thick you could feel it, and, curiously, the
light worked while the Egyptians didn't (implied). This
darkness was for three days and then, apparently, the normal day/night
returned. In this fourth TRUMPET, this appears to be a permanent effect
the earth's rotation.
At Christ's crucifixion, darkness fell upon the land for
until 3 pm as given in Matthew
. This was a one time occurrence on that day.
From a symbolic view, darkening of the sky is connected
appearing of God's judgment.
As a footnote, most crimes are committed in darkness. Does this imply
the number of crimes will go up by 33%?
And I looked, and I heard an EAGLE
Version) flying in midheaven, saying with a loud
The oldest manuscripts all translate to EAGLE. This may be one and the
as the fourth living creature in Revelation
. This is a special message to earth that John both saw and heard.
In "midheaven" tends to indicate this eagle (angel)
the earth visible to all below.
"WOE, WOE, WOE, to those who dwell on the
blasts of the trumpet of the THREE ANGELS who are about to sound!"
It is not so unusual to have angels (eagle) make announcements to
earth. The birth of Christ was announced to shepherds in
. In Luke, that was a joyful announcement; in the
, the WOE, WOE, WOE here indicates evil, psychological mind games, and
anguish will be played out. In this chapter, the TRUMPETS mainly did
damage to the earth.
The prophesy of Deuteronomy
may finally be fulfilled in these three WOES. It is described as "an
eagle swoops down" meaning it will be carried out silently yet
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