|The Sun, Moon, and Stars Darken,
Trumpet, Revelation Chapter 8
Verses 12-13 (NASB)
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 13:32-37.
Let's look at the expression 'might be darkened'. There was darkness in one the of plagues on Egypt in Exodus 10:21-23 . The darkness was so thick you could feel it, and, curiously, the Israelis light worked while the Egyptians didn't (implied). This Egyptian darkness was for three days and then, apparently, the normal day/night cycle returned. In this fourth TRUMPET, this appears to be a permanent effect on the earth's rotation.
At Christ's crucifixion, darkness fell upon the land for 3 hours from noon until 3 pm as given in Matthew 27:45 . This was a one time occurrence on that day.
From a symbolic view, darkening of the sky is connected with the 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%?
In "midheaven" tends to indicate this eagle (angel) physically flies over the earth visible to all below.
The prophesy of Deuteronomy 28:49-57 may finally be fulfilled in these three WOES. It is described as "an eagle swoops down" meaning it will be carried out silently yet powerfully.
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