Revelation Chapter 8:10
Revelation 8:10 – Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water.
When the third angel sounds his trumpet a “great star…burning like a torch” falls on a third of the rivers and springs, it will poison a large part of the drinkable water on the Earth. The Greek word translated “torch” is “lampas,” which can also be translated as a lamp or lantern, and is the same Greek word used in Revelation 4:5 to describe the seven lit lamps on the lamp stand, which represents the Holy Spirit and the churches. In other words, this star looks like a flame or a shooting star, which could be a meteoroid or a comet fragment falling to earth.
The Third Trumpet: A Star Called Wormwood. Tim Lahaye states that when the third angel blows his trumpet, another meteorite crashes to earth, “burning like a torch.” It does not fall on the sea but on a third of the earth’s rivers and springs, turning them “bitter” and poisonous. As a result of this plague, “many men” die.
“Now this will be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth” (Zech. 14:12).
This to Hal Lindsey means nuclear explosions. Hal states that perhaps the most terrifying revelation is that mankind and his own inventions cause most of the global holocaust.
His view on this is a bit different. Most of Revelation judgments he sees as being created by man and is nuclear. In the second Trumpet the verse specifies “something like a great mountain burning with fire.” He sees this to be either an enormous meteor or, more likely, a number of H-bombs. A hydrogen or thermonuclear bomb exploded under the ocean looks like a huge flaming mountain erupting out of the sea. In addition to destroying one third of all marine vessels, the “flaming mountain” will wipe out one third of all marine life, turning the sea crimson with the blood of the dead.
Why would such a weapon be fired into the ocean? Simple he says. Today, naval power, especially super nuclear submarines with ICBM launch capability, is seen as the future of warfare. Russia and the US both have over 100 nuclear powered submarines each capable of firing ICBM missiles with multiple thermonuclear warheads. The Russian Typhoon class nuclear subs are the largest, fastest, stealthiest, deepest diving and deadliest in the world. Each one carries as standard ordinance 20 ICBMs with 10 warheads each. That’s 200 warheads that can turn 200 large cities into vast devastated cemeteries. These can be launched from under water and hit 95% of our major population centers in less than 8 minutes from launch.
God has endowed man with great inventive capability, but instead of using it for good; he often uses it to destroy his planet and himself.
Man’s most basic problem has never been a lack of intelligence or education, but a nature that is fallen and morally corrupted. Unless man experiences a new birth, in which he receives a miraculous birth of a new spiritual nature through which God communicates with him, he is doomed to the destructive influence of his fallen nature. The Third Trumpet is again nuclear. He makes reference to Chernobyl as to how water can be polluted by a single nuclear incident.
All of this is speaking of terrible things associated with such an upheaval in the earth that it is beyond our comprehension.
Revelation 8:11 “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.”
“Wormwood”: A bitter, poisonous substance, derived from a root, that causes drunkenness and eventually death (Deut. 29:18; Prov. 5:4; Jer. 9:15; Lam. 3:15).
One interesting thing from the physical standpoint: Chernobyl means wormwood.
This accident that occurred in Russia affected mostly communist countries (those who deny God). This had a terrible immediate effect of fallout in many of the neighboring countries. Meat was not edible and milk from animals could not be drunk. Literally thousands of people were filled with cancer causing fallout.
Many years from now they will still be seeing the results from this terrible accident. In some places the radiation was 1000’s of times the normal amount. “Wormwood” means bad water, and I guess if you checked the water now on this planet, you probably would find that a large percentage of it is bad.
Some like to spiritualize this star away as an angel, since angels are sometimes called stars in Scripture, as discussed in Revelation 1:20. The physical devastation described as a result of this fallen star clearly argues in favor of this “star” being a physical heavenly body like a meteor or a piece of a comet, as discussed more in the next section.
Since the heavenly body falls on a third of the springs and rivers, it is possible it will break apart as it enters the atmosphere, with the pieces being scattered on a third of the fresh water sources. The Greek word for “springs” is “pégé,” which is the same word used in the last chapter for “fountains”:
Revelation 7:16-17 – They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Recall from Revelation 7:17, living fountains of water are a picture of eternal life found in the Lord, which is fitting, as water is a vital necessity for life. As we will see in the next section, many will die from poisoning of a third of the rivers and springs, apparently including Tribulation saints, as discussed in Revelation 7:16. However, the lost will have eternal spiritual thirst, but the Tribulation saints that die will never thirst again:
John 4:13-14 – Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
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