Revelation 8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun 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 shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
(With the fourth trumpet, it says that the third part of the sun was smitten, also the third part of the moon and the stars.Then it qualifies further, by saying, “so as the third part of them was darkened”.However, it further qualifies by saying, “the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise”.Are there different possibilities, e.g. intensity, location, or time – and there may be others?
Intensity: Wouldn't that consider that the light of the sun, moon, and stars lost a third part of their intensity?i.e. that they are only ⅔ as bright as they previously were.Could this have occurred by either the celestial objects themselves being diminished in intensity?Or could the air have been darkened, resulting in reduced intensity of the light passing through it?However, the air being darkened is not mentioned here, but it is mentioned specifically for the fifth trumpet:)
Revelation 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
(Also, it says that the day shone not, and doesn't not mean “not”, and doesn’t mean “less”?So, is intensity perhaps not the best explanation?)
Location: Wouldn't that consider that ⅓ of a location is under darkness? perhaps similar to:
Exodus 10:21 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days:23 They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
So that ⅓ of that part of the earth would have had light during the day, didn’t, as it was in darkness, similar for the night?Or could it be explained by a band of darkness, around the globe, keeping ⅓ of the planet in darkness during the plague?However, it says, “the sun was smitten”, not that darkness blocked the sun.So, is location perhaps not the best explanation?)
Time: Wouldn't that consider that over a particular part of the planet,e.g. the Middle East, that during the last 4 hours of the day,and the first 4 hours of the night, that the celestial bodies are smitten, and their light goes out, i.e. “shone not”?The last 4 hours of the day are a third part of the 12 hours of day.Likewise, the first 4 hours of the night are a third part of the 12 hours of night.It doesn’t say exactly how the celestial bodies are smitten, only that they are.However, do not these plagues, described in chapter 8 about the trumpets, bring glory to the Lord Jesus?Like as the seals reveal the coming King, do not the trumpets announce the coming King?)
(Those who consider evolution, doubt that Jesus actually made the sun, moon, and stars, in one day, the fourth day:)
Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
(Now, the same creator, Jesus, who made the sun, moon, and stars in one day, smites them all out, for a third part.)