|At the sound of the third
trumpet, a star
falls: Revelation Chapter 8
Verses 10-11 (NASB)
And the THIRD ANGEL sounded, and a GREAT STAR
like a torch,
The literal view of this is that this is something entering the earth's
from outside or above the clouds. Some scholars believe this may be a
missile (like a torch) and use the
authenticate the nuclear warhead. Whatever this GREAT STAR is, it is
burning up in the atmosphere and pieces apparently are landing in
rivers and other bodies of water. It is not clear why the surrounding
land is not included in this verse.
The symbolic view is that there is a "high-level"
in heaven. It is possible that what is visibly shown here during the
TRUMPET, is also what the rejoicing is over in
, where the down casting of the devil is in the past tense, "has come
The fact that the devil, a fallen angel, is equated to a great star is
by the fact that the seven angels of the seven churches are also
to as stars in Revelation 1:20
and it fell on a THIRD of the rivers and on
The literal view is that if it is a nuclear explosion, the residue
radioactivity would run off in the rivers and seep into the ground
water (springs). This may be what this is, however, ground seepage to
cause springs to be radioactive is a longer process -- longer than the
seven years of tribulation.
The symbolic view would say that fully a THIRD of the
earth is affected. Recall that the serpent in
Revelation 12:15 tries to flood out the woman (Christianity)
great flood of water.
That this is an evil tide affecting a third of the people is confirmed
in Revelation 17:15
. Note that this verse does not say that the THIRD dies ... it just
on them. The consequences would be a populace "hell bent" on evil and
It will not be fun to live during this period.
and the name of the star is called WORMWOOD;
The plant, Artemisia absinthium, is known as wormwood. From it, a dark
oil, which is very bitter, is produced. It is lethal in water as the
of the verse shows.
a THIRD of the waters became WORMWOOD; and
many men died
waters, because they were made bitter.
There are two literal possibilities:
The symbolic view is that if this is the devil and his followers who
are being thrown from heaven, then he brings bitterness and death.
- There is an "explosion" of the wormwood plant on the
when the previous two trumpets judgment is completed, has been
or crushed to release the wormwood oil into a THIRD of the waters.
- Second, since this is a star, the chemical
is such as to pollute the THIRD of waters and make them bitter.
that the Russian word, Chernobyl means wormwood.
This trumpet is a direct judgment upon mankind because
the waters; the previous two trumpets were upon the earth itself with
involved as an innocent bystander.
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Christ are in bold italics. All
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