New Defender's Study Bible Notes
8:12 the sun was smitten. While the earth’s evolutionary scientists may be able to devise naturalistic explanations for the phenomena following the first three trumpet judgments, this temporary reduction of the sun’s light (as well as its reflected light from the moon and planets) must surely convince them that these plagues are from God, just as the two witnesses will have been proclaiming (Revelation 11:3). Furthermore, the repeated impact of the plagues on “the third part” of everything from the trees to the ships to the sun will obviously be impossible to explain except by intelligent ordering of worldwide phenomena. The great men of the earth will be forced to realize that the real nature of what is happening involves the age-long conflict between God and Satan.