The fourth angel blew his trumpet (Rev 8:12)

“The fourth angel

Blew his trumpet.

A third of the sun

Was struck.

A third of the moon

Was struck.

A third of the stars

Were struck.


A third of their light

Was darkened.

A third of the day

Was kept from shining,


A third of the night.”

Καὶ ὁ τέταρτος ἄγγελος ἐσάλπισεν· καὶ ἐπλήγη τὸ τρίτον τοῦ ἡλίου καὶ τὸ τρίτον τῆς σελήνης καὶ τὸ τρίτον τῶν ἀστέρων, ἵνα σκοτισθῇ τὸ τρίτον αὐτῶν καὶ ἡ ἡμέρα μὴ φάνῃ τὸ τρίτον αὐτῆς, καὶ ἡ νὺξ ὁμοίως.

John said, “The fourth angel (Καὶ ὁ τέταρτος ἄγγελος) blew his trumpet (ἐσάλπισεν).  A third (τὸ τρίτον) of the sun (τοῦ ἡλίου) was struck (καὶ ἐπλήγη).  A third (καὶ τὸ τρίτον) of the moon (τῆς σελήνης) was struck.  A third (καὶ τὸ τρίτον) of the stars (τῶν ἀστέρων) were struck.  Thus, a third (τὸ τρίτον) of their light (αὐτῶν) was darkened (ἵνα σκοτισθῇ).  A third (τὸ τρίτον) of the day (καὶ ἡ ἡμέρα) was kept from shining (μὴ φάνῃ), likewise a third (τὸ τρίτον αὐτῆς) of the night (καὶ ἡ νὺξ ὁμοίως).”  This is the only use of this Greek word that appears only in Revelation and not in any other canonical biblical NT writing, the word ἐπλήγη, that means to strike or smite.  John said that the fourth angel blew his trumpet.  This time, a third of the sun, the moon, and the stars were struck.  Their light was diminished by a third.  The result was that the sunlight and the moonlight was limited by a third.  These all seem harsh, but never bring about total destruction.  Thus, one third of the land, the sea, the rivers, and the sky were affected by these four trumpet blasts.  Have you ever seen a dark overcast day with little sunlight?


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