One third of the population died in the largely forgotten famine of Mount Lebanon. A devastating confluence of political and environmental factors lead to the deaths of 200,000 men, women and children in the region.
The bubonic plague, better known as the “The Black Death,” has existed for thousands of years. The first recorded case of the plague was in China in 224 B.C.E. But the most significant outbreak was in Europe in the mid-fourteenth century. After five years 25 million people were dead--one-third of Europe's people.
These two historical events indicate that a third of any given population could reasonable be asserted to die.
As the quotes below indicate, Revelation had a third of all populations – plant, marine, animal and human – die. We know that plague was known at the time of the prophecy, and even at the time of the earlier prophecy which had half the population die. But why would it be envisioned as a global death?
According to the Book of Revelation:
The First Four Trumpets
The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
[This sounds like an asteroid or comet hits the earth. Possibly a meteor shower in which the molten stone or metal fall to earth to burn the grasslands and forests – the trees and grass infer Africa or South America.]
And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
[This would being “as a great mountain” it is not a mountain but could, again, be a meteor or comet which follows the smaller fire causing debris and falls in to ocean.]
And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
[Clearly a Comet-like object, flaming and striking land in a way that impacts a third of rivers – the rivers being in a common area and not a third of all rivers on earth, but likely rivers in a river junction valley of one continent … close to, or possibly a quarter rotation of globe from, the original impact area.]
And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
[All this tells us is that the impact poisons the water system.]
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.
[There is smoke, clouds, and darkness for EIGHT HOURS – four on either side of sunset – so we know, or are being told, the impact is in the afternoon.]
And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabitants of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!