Nature has furnished the first and the most abundant, exuberate, colorful, and complete sources of imagery in the Bible. Example, Light and darkness are commonly made use of in most all languages as meaning prosperity and adversity. A great deal of light implies a larger proportion of joy and prosperity, and vise-versa.
1. Isaiah 13:9-10, "The day of the LORD cometh, -- He shall destroy the sinners thereof -- the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine."
2. Isa.59:9, "We wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness."
3. Joel 2:10, "The sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining." Also see Isaiah 30:26, 60:19-20. Jeremiah 15:9. Amos 8:9. Micah 3:6.
The same metaphors of light and darkness are also used to mean knowledge and ignorance.
1. Isaiah 8:20, "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."
2. Isaiah 9:2, "The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined."
Ephesians 5:8, "ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light." See also Matthew 4:16.
At times the sun, moon, and stars, figuratively represent kings, queens, and princes or rulers.
1. Isaiah 24:23, "Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed.
2. Ezekiel 32:7, God said, "I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light."
"The lights of heaven," are at times applied to give us the conception of God's mighty powers and of the glory of His kingdom.
Psalms 84:11, The Lord is said to be a sun and shield; a sun to give light to His people and a shield to protect them from the power of darkness.