A Star Named Wormwood?

As we all know, the book of Revelation has many perplexing aspects hidden within its words. While reading through the assignment with week I came across something that I thought was very interesting, that being a star named Wormwood. In chapter 8 verse 11 the book of Revelation reads, “The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the water, because it had been made bitter.” This verse got my mind rolling in the idea of what exactly is wormwood and why is it associated with a star in this sense. In the way that the book of Revelation mentions this wormwood, it is quite obvious that it is associated with something that is undesirable because of John’s use of the word bitter. If you are unfamiliar with the taste of something undesirable or even the task of many poisons, so it is said that poisons have a bitter taste which leads me to believe this is the idea in which John is trying to explain with what he has seen. “Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is a perennial plant or shrubby plant found all over the world. Its appearance is characterized by deeply-incised leaves and small yellow flowers. Literally and somewhat metaphorically, wormwood often grows in waste places. The leaves are bitter-tasting, and so the word wormwood is also defined as a description of something grievous and bitter.” Perhaps the name of this bitter plant was drawn from this area of scripture, or this could have been the medium in which John was using in order to get his point across about the wormwood. The second part of the verse is important as well, “..and many people died from the water, because it had been made bitter.” What exactly is John trying to describe to us in the second part of this verse? Because of the wormwood infecting the waters, many people died from the water; again John is I believe using this as a metaphor for what is to come of those who drink of the bitter water, which is what many believe to be the “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” “This phrase catches our attention because in the other trumpet calls, people who lose their souls from the apostasy are seen as symbols such as grass or sea water. Here men are men (men and women by current usage). I believe that the “men” here are also symbolic. The term emphasizes the atheistic reliance on humanity, feeling no need of God.” This topic like most others in the book of Revelation is prophecies for what is to come to those who do not heed to what the spirit of the Lord is sending to them. Without getting theological it is interesting to divulge into the topics to see what exactly the author was talking about and in this sense to see the medium through which he might have traveled in order to describe to his audience what he needed to.

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About ethanponder

My name is Ethan Ponder, I am from Cullman Alabama. Currently a student at Jacksonville State University where I am studying Liberal Studies.
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