As a teenager, watching for shooting stars was something that you incorporated into a date. Like Inspiration Point on the hit show Happy Days, actual seeing a shooting star illicits an immediate bond between couples. However, the Bible speaks of a shooting star that doesn’t fully burn up. This particular star called Wormwood falls to earth and causes issues with the water supplies worldwide.
The third angel blew [his] trumpet, and a huge star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it dropped on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water—Revelation 8:10
Wormwood is a byproduct of the 7 tribulations in the book of Revelation. Based upon John’s vision, the remains of this fallen star polluted 1/3 of the earth’s water supply. In a metaphorical sense based upon Jeremiah 9:15 and Lamentations 3:15, Wormword refers to bitter calamity and sorrow brought upon the earth. John points out that many people died from drinking and or using this contaminated water.
And the name of the star is Wormwood. A third part of the waters was changed into wormwood, and many people died from using the water, because it had become bitter, Revelation 8:11.
This event in the Bible reminds me of words written by Jesus’ earthly brother James. Writing to Christians scattered throughout the world following Nero’s persecution, there is a warning for anyone who is consumed about planning for the future, James 4:13-14. Life is too short to get stressed out about what tomorrow will bring. Therefore, live for today before the events of tomorrow changes your world forever.
by Jay Mankus