Revelation Chapter 8 Continued

The Third Trumpet

Revelation 8:10-11 "And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; 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." (KJV)

1/3 of all fresh water, rivers and fountains of water turned bitter caused by a falling star.

This is another heavenly body perhaps a comet or another asteroid.

"Wormwood" is a perennial herb, extremely bitter, it is used in France as a beverage, and is much more intoxicating and destructive to the human body than ordinary liquors.

In Ex 15:23-25, a tree was cast into bitter waters to make them sweet. Here "wormwood" turns sweet water bitter.

The Fourth Trumpet

Revelation 8:12 "And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise." (KJV)

1/3 of sun, moon, and stars turned black.

This means 8 hours of total darkness out of a 24 day. There is no indication how long this lasts. It may be a short period of time or it maybe for the rest of the tribulation period.

Sure we have electric lights now but this will have a serious impact on life on earth.

How will this impact the human race? Colder weather? Crop failure?

The first 4 trumpets are inflicted on nature. The 5th and 6th trumpets are inflicted on man.

Why do you think each of these judgments involved 1/3? Why not 1/4, 1/5, 1/2, etc?

So far in just these 4 judgments food is destroyed, distribution is crippled, water supply is limited, and production is hampered.

Revelation 8:13 "And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!" (KJV)

Three "woes" are announced in this verse. Showing us that things are getting worse and worse with each judgment. They are associated with the next trumpets.

The word "Woe" refers in scripture to some great calamity, usually a judgment from G-d such as Y'shua pronounced upon Chorazin and Bethsaida (Matt 11:21)

We have 10 different English translations of the Bible and there is one word that deserves some attention. In 8 of the Bibles an "eagle" is flying through the air and in 2 translations it is an "angel". The KJV and NKJV are the only ones to use "angel".

Our Biblesoft Greek software gives this definition of the word.

NT:105 - aetos (ah-et-os'); from the same as NT:109; an eagle (from its wind-like flight):

Later in the verse three angels are mentioned and the word for "angels" in the Greek is:

NT:32 - aggelos (ang'-el-os); from aggello [probably derived from NT:71; compare NT:34] (to bring tidings); a messenger; especially an "angel"; by implication, a pastor: - KJV - angel, messenger.

(Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright (c) 1994, Biblesoft and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

The commentaries we are using all say it is an eagle that is crying out "Woe, Woe, Woe".

(Compare with Numbers 22)