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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wormwood Star

Revelation 8:6-13 NIV

The Trumpets – First to Fourth


6 Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.

7 The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

8 The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, 9a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

10 The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water—

11 the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.

12 The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.

13 As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair call out in a loud voice: “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!”

 

Seven Trumpets

The seven trumpets is the sound cycle of seven. The seven trumpets clearly announce God’s judgment.

Like the seven seals, the trumpets can be divided into two cycles. Like the first four seals, the first four trumpets are alike in nature. Similarly, the final three trumpets are alike as were the final three seals.

As the final three seals dealt with the Wrath of God, the final three trumpets will deal with an intensified expression of God’s Wrath (the three Woes).

Trumpets have a rich tradition in the Old Testament Scriptures. Predominantly, trumpets were used to;

(1) call God’s people together

(2) call to repentance

(3) announce judgment

(4) call to salvation

(5) call to the king’s coronation

(6) announce eschatological judgment.

The apostle Paul indicates that the trumpet of God will blow at the Parousia (Παρουσία , Arrival) of Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 1 Corinthians 15:52). A teaching reflected in the teachings of Christ in the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24:30-31).
 

“Wormwood”

“The name of the star is called Wormwood” is a unique phrase. There is no historical evidence that a star by this name existed in the ancient world. Wormwood is a medicinal herb of antiquity used to dispel worms from the intestines. It is very bitter. “Many men died from the water” is the natural result of fresh water made bitter. Wormwood is known for its bitterness; however, death is not normally associated with this herb.

“Because they were made bitter” indicates the reason for the death of many people. Dehydration is not the cause of death, but drinking the water kills people. Thus, the purpose of the third trumpet is to kill men with bitter water.


Use

Wormwood is the traditional color and flavor agent for green “songpyeon”, a type of “dduk / tteok” (Korean rice cake), eaten during the Korean thanksgiving festival of Chuseok in the autumn. The juice from its fresh leaves provides the coloring and flavoring ingredient in the dough prepared to make “green songpyeon.”

The use of wormwood as a stomachic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, febrifuge and anthelmintic. Extracts of the plant have shown to exhibit strong antimicrobial activity, especially against Gram-positive pathogenic bacteria. It can repel insect larvae when planted on the edge of the cultivated area. It has also been used to repel fleas and moths indoors.


Theories

One interesting theory is that nuclear weaponry could be called ‘wormwood.’ For example: Ukrainian synonymy ‘wormwood’. They do poison the water where they are detonated, thus explaining the correlation. Some even point to the Chernobyl disaster as a possible fulfillment of this prophecy, as the name Chernobyl is said to translate to ‘wormwood.’

Various scientific scenarios have been theorized on the effects of an asteroid or comet’s collision with Earth. An applicable scenario theorizes a chemical change in the atmosphere due to “heat shock” during entry and/or impact of a large asteroid or comet, reacting oxygen and nitrogen in the atmosphere to produce nitric-acid rain.

 Acid rain from the heat shock of a large comet or asteroid’s impact with Earth is believed by some to fit the Biblical description of the bitterness produced by the Wormwood Star upon a third of the Earth’s potable water.

However we don’t believe either Chernobyl disaster contamination, asteroid’s collision or falling of a single star could literally fall on a third of the fresh water sources of the earth and make it bitter (poisonous).  John just intends the reader to understand the fact that the star affected one-third of the rivers and springs on the earth.

To properly understand the expression ‘wormwood’, the name of the star, we will need to read Revelation 1:20;

“The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.”

From this, we can draw a logical formula;

 (seven) stars = (seven) angels or messengers of churches.

i.e.  Star = Angel or Messenger of church

I am cautiously saying this:

“This star named ‘wormwood’ might be a very influential church leadership (a great star, blazing like a torch) whose teachings or doctrines are misleading one-third of Christians into the spiritual death.”

Pure wormwood oil is very poisonous and it can kill the herbivorous animals, such as sheep, goats and cows if they graze on it. God’s people are portrayed as sheep in the Bible.

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