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Scientific Scenario Of A Comet's Impact And The Wormwood Star Prophecy by Marshall Beeber
The Messianic Literary Corner ^ | February 2008 | Marshall Beeber

Posted on 09/21/2008 9:24:38 AM PDT by mbeeber

Scientific Scenario Of A Comet's Impact With Earth And The "Wormwood Star" Prophecy

by Marshall Beeber

An Introduction

In the First Century AD, the Apostle John wrote an apocalyptic book called "Revelation" in which he described among many "end-time" events the collision of a star called Wormwood with Earth. Revelation states:

Rev. 8:10-11: 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-- 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.

Wormwood is a botanical herb commonly known for its bitterness. See Botanical.com. It was used a pesticide, medicinal tonic and liqueur ingredient. The term "wormwood" was often used to describe "extreme bitterness".

Let us consider the possibility of a "star" turning the waters bitter on Earth. The term "star" in classical terminology lacks the modern astronomical sense. It could have been referring to a comet, asteroid, "sun-like" star or planet. Since the possibility of a planet or sun colliding with earth is infinitesimal, we will eliminate this possibility.

A Scientific Explanation For The Wormwood Star

The Wormwood prophecy cites a "great star, blazing like a torch". Comets are well known for their blazing tails, due to ionization of their gases by the Sun. Either an asteroid or comet could manifest a blazing tail on their entry into Earth's atmosphere. With respect to a comet's impact with a planet, astronomers have recently tracked the collision of the "Shoemaker-Levy 9" comet with the planet Jupiter and were able to confirm many of their theories.

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. The bitterness produced by the Wormwood Star upon a third of the Earth's potable waters could be the Biblical prediction of "acid rain" from the "heat shock" of a large comet or asteroid's impact with Earth.

The Hooper Natural Science Museum in Ottawa, Canada cites a scientific theory that postulates "atmospheric chemical changes" from the impact of an asteroid or comet with the Earth. See the statement below:

When an asteroid enters earth's atmosphere there are two occurrences of extreme shock. The first occurs as the asteroid enters the atmosphere. The second, more important one, occurs when the ejecta plume (the ejected debris caused by an impact) enters the atmosphere (Zahnle, 1990). This shock causes the breakdown of the oxygen (O2) and the nitrogen (N2) molecules found in our atmosphere. Through a series of chemical reactions the dissociation of the nitrogen and oxygen forms NO which is then converted into NO2. These two molecules can produce acid rain (HNO3) (Prinn and Fegley, 1987). In 1987 Prinn and Fegley determined the atmospheric consequences of a "large" comet impact versus a "small" comet impact. They assumed the "large" impact comet had a mass of 1.25 x 1016 Kg traveling at a velocity of 65 Km/s. As for the "small" impact asteroid, they assumed it had a mass of 5 x 1014 Kg traveling at a velocity of 20 Km/s. It is important to note that these two objects are possible bolides that hit the earth 65 million years ago.

Conclusions of the Large Impact Scenario

If the comet scenario occurred, 7 x 1040 molecules of NO would have been produced and subsequently converted into acid rain. (See chemical reactions) This would have caused a global dispersal of acid rain with a pH of 0-1.5. On the continents the acid rain would have weathered the soil removing many of the insoluble elements ( for e.g. Be+2, Al+3, Hg+2, Cu+, Fe+2, Fe+3, Ti+3, Pb+2, Cd+2, Mn+2, Sr+2). These elements would end up in soil water, streams, rivers, lakes, etc., causing a problem as some of these elements are known for their toxicity towards plants and animals (e.g. Al, Be, Ti, Hg). As for the oceans, the global acid rain would lower the pH of the mixed layer (the top 75 M of the ocean) to a pH of 7.8, breaking down the calcareous shells of organisms that thrive in the mixing zone.

Conclusions of the Small Impact Scenario

If the "small" asteroid scenario were to occur, the amount of acid rain produced would be similar to the "large" comet scenario but only near the impact site. The global pH change would be rather insignificant.

Above statement is referred to Reference Link #4 (Hooper Museum Website)

Conclusion

In conclusion, the scientific scenario theorizing "acid rain" following a large comet or asteroid impact with Earth is the best explanation for the "Wormwood Star" prophecy existing today. Such information enhances the credibility of the "Wormwood Star" prophecy and New Testament writings with scientific theory.

Referring Links

Below are various links discussing asteroids and comets. I have focused particularly on the scientific scenarios of a comet or asteroid colliding with Earth, causing chemical changes in the atmosphere.

"Academy of Sciences" website article describes comets.

"Purdue Univ. Physics Dept." article on physical attributes of comets.

Hayden Planetarium website analysis of 1994 comet collision with the planet Jupiter.

Hooper Museum website article predicting "atmospheric chemical changes" with the impact of a comet.

Smithsonian/NASA article on possible "acid rain" effect of comet's collision with Earth.

"Univ. of Bristol, Bristol, UK" website article on impact geology, physics and chemistry of comets.


TOPICS: Apologetics; Religion & Science; Skeptics/Seekers
KEYWORDS: asteroid; catastrophism; comet; endtimes; impact; stuned; wormwood
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The bitterness produced by the Wormwood Star upon a third of the Earth's potable waters could be the Biblical prediction of "acid rain" from the "heat shock" of a large comet or asteroid's impact with Earth.
1 posted on 09/21/2008 9:24:39 AM PDT by mbeeber
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To: mbeeber

Color me stuned.


2 posted on 09/21/2008 9:26:51 AM PDT by js1138
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To: mbeeber

Fascinating.


3 posted on 09/21/2008 9:27:03 AM PDT by HelloooClareece ("We make war that we may live in peace". Aristotle)
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To: mbeeber

more good news to ponder - thanks


4 posted on 09/21/2008 9:29:24 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: mbeeber

Interesting, and a nice mix of science and the Bible, not “It is thusly” however the possibility is plausible, even under the view of Science.


5 posted on 09/21/2008 9:33:12 AM PDT by padre35 (Sarah Palin is the one we've been waiting for..Rom 10.10..)
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To: mbeeber

Are you a real beeber or just another beeber like object?

6 posted on 09/21/2008 9:33:20 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: al baby; martin_fierro; dighton; Petronski; Constitution Day

A most inauspicious first post and screename.


7 posted on 09/21/2008 9:34:14 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim

one would think i was banned for good this time and came back to stir the post great post welcome


8 posted on 09/21/2008 9:38:56 AM PDT by al baby (Hi mom I know McCain couldn’t answer her in a flippant way, but IF HE COULD it would have nice to)
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To: mbeeber

btt


9 posted on 09/21/2008 9:39:43 AM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: mbeeber

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1162751/posts


10 posted on 09/21/2008 9:39:44 AM PDT by al baby (Hi mom I know McCain couldn’t answer her in a flippant way, but IF HE COULD it would have nice to)
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To: js1138

This is series! This is hugh!


11 posted on 09/21/2008 9:41:15 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

“A most inauspicious first post and screename.”

Truly. It makes you wonder if his beeber was stuned.


12 posted on 09/21/2008 9:42:13 AM PDT by OpusatFR (As we bicker about faith, the faithful are witnesses by their martyrdom.)
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To: mbeeber; Slings and Arrows

Sling ping for the not-a-ping list. Lots of stuned beebers on this thread, including the author. It’s Hugh and Series. SCARMABLE!


13 posted on 09/21/2008 9:43:01 AM PDT by Kevmo (Obama Birth Certificate is a Forgery. http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/certifigate/index?tab=articles)
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To: OpusatFR

We must face our end with stoic good humor....

14 posted on 09/21/2008 9:44:05 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: mbeeber

You are going to be popular here, “beeber” being local lexicon humor.


15 posted on 09/21/2008 9:45:04 AM PDT by Enosh (†)
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To: mbeeber
If you add a little sugar, it knocks the bitterness down. I like it, myself. And considering that the western half of the United States is covered with "wormwood", we probably don't need to panic; where I come it's called sagebrush.
16 posted on 09/21/2008 9:45:08 AM PDT by stormer
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Slim, can you post the beeber stuning instruction booklet?

I lent mine to a friend, along with my mu-metal foil chapeau, and he was abducted before he could return it.

Thanks,
KB

PS:
Revelations is on the money. Beeber stuning a separate but tangentially related matter. Foil hats and capes are absolutely necessary to counter Obama mind control rays emanating from your television and DNC cell phones.

17 posted on 09/21/2008 9:45:18 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Drill. Double Refining Capacity. Make METHANOL from Coal, NG, Nuclear ..let's roll.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Slim, can you post the beeber stuning instruction booklet?

I lent mine to a friend, along with my mu-metal foil chapeau, and he was abducted before he could return it.

Thanks,
KB

PS:
Revelations is on the money. Beeber stuning a separate but tangentially related matter. Foil hats and capes are absolutely necessary to counter Obama mind control rays emanating from your television and DNC cell phones.

18 posted on 09/21/2008 9:45:36 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Drill. Double Refining Capacity. Make METHANOL from Coal, NG, Nuclear ..let's roll.)
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To: mbeeber

bookmark


19 posted on 09/21/2008 9:48:36 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Kenny Bunk

There’s instructions? I just kept trying it on my neighbors schnauzer until I had the hang of it.


20 posted on 09/21/2008 9:51:52 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: mbeeber

Acidic compounds taste “sour”. Basic compounds taste “bitter”.


21 posted on 09/21/2008 9:55:18 AM PDT by Melinator
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To: Melinator

Yes, whiskey sour and bitter ale.


22 posted on 09/21/2008 10:05:23 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Melinator

Good thought. There may be a lack of distinction between acid and base from a first century perspective. Bitterness may also be due to other elements leached from the soil by the acid rain (see article excerpt below):

“On the continents the acid rain would have weathered the soil removing many of the insoluble elements ( for e.g. Be+2, Al+3, Hg+2, Cu+, Fe+2, Fe+3, Ti+3, Pb+2, Cd+2, Mn+2, Sr+2). These elements would end up in soil water, streams, rivers, lakes, etc., causing a problem as some of these elements are known for their toxicity towards plants and animals (e.g. Al, Be, Ti, Hg).”


23 posted on 09/21/2008 10:05:50 AM PDT by mbeeber (Messianic Literary Corner Director (http://www.messianic-literary.com/))
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To: mbeeber

Thanks for this post.

I believe a “comet” is actually referred to by Trumpets 1 and 2 in Rev, not Wormwood (#3).

If it was an asteroid - solide, dense rock, it would destroy the planet entirely. That’s not God’s plan, as it’s meant to be a chastisement. But a water-ice comet - it would wreck havoc - but much life would still remain.

In Trumpet 1, it’s pieces of the comet that rain down and hit the Earth causing damage (1/3 of land on fire). Then in Trumpet 1, the remaining big chunk if you will hits the sea, and killing 1/3 of sea life, destorying coasts, etc.

Trumpet #3 - wormwood - is something else that FOLLOWS the comet strike. It is said to be “a star” and “great burning torch”. This is neither a comet nor an asteroid. God’s word chose to use “star” to convey something. A star generates fission/fusion reaction.

So it is something creating fission/fusion that falls to earth, hits the waters, and makes them (1/3 of them) not just undrinkable, but DEADLY (”many men died from the waters”).

The only thing I can think of that meets the requirements of:
a) acts like a star (fission/fusion reaction)
b) falls down on Earth making water impotable and deadly

is nuclear weapons, or more specifically a nuclear war exchange.

We can further infer this by reading Trumpet 4, which talks about the third of the sun being darkened, and the day being as night.

What is the logical result of a nuclear exchange? Nuclear winter, for a period of time.


24 posted on 09/21/2008 10:23:02 AM PDT by rjp2005 (Lord have mercy on us)
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To: SunkenCiv

Interesting read


25 posted on 09/21/2008 10:25:19 AM PDT by BBell
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To: mbeeber

Isn’t acid sour; and alkaline bitter ? If so, wouldn’t acid rain make the waters sour, not bitter ?


26 posted on 09/21/2008 10:26:13 AM PDT by Red Boots
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To: mbeeber
Calling Robert Duvall and Bruce Willis.
27 posted on 09/21/2008 10:29:39 AM PDT by LiberConservative ("Typical" white guy voting McCain/Palin)
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To: All
"Well all I hear all day long at Sunday School is how great Marshall is at this or how wonderful Marshall did at that! Marshall, Marshall, Marshall!"   -   Jan Beeber.
28 posted on 09/21/2008 10:38:57 AM PDT by Hoplite
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To: rjp2005

Hi,

I don’t mean to be harsh with your ideas, but your exegesis of the Wormwood Star passage goes far beyond the statements made. As mentioned in my article:

“Let us consider the possibility of a “star” turning the waters bitter on Earth. The term “star” in classical terminology lacks the modern astronomical sense. It could have been referring to a comet, asteroid, “sun-like” star or planet. Since the possibility of a planet or sun colliding with earth is infinitesimal, we will eliminate this possibility.”

The possibility of the Wormwood star being a nuclear weapon is real stretch of the imagination. My article gives a reasonable explantation for the Wormwood Star using current astronomical theories.


29 posted on 09/21/2008 10:43:19 AM PDT by mbeeber (Messianic Literary Corner Director (http://www.messianic-literary.com/))
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To: stormer
And considering that the western half of the United States is covered with "wormwood", we probably don't need to panic; where I come it's called sagebrush.

Chernobyl (sp?) means wormwood.

30 posted on 09/21/2008 11:02:17 AM PDT by Lady Heron
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To: Lady Heron
"The city name comes from a combination of chornyi (чoрний, black) and byllia (билля, grass blades or stalks); hence it literally means black grass or black stalks." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl
31 posted on 09/21/2008 11:13:51 AM PDT by stormer
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To: stormer

Hello,

As posted in my original article “Scientific Scenario Of A Comet’s Impact And The Wormwood Star Prophecy” at http://www.messianic-literary.com/comet.htm,

“The scientific scenario theorizing acid rain following a large comet or asteroid impact with Earth is the best explanation for the “Wormwood Star” prophecy existing today. Such information enhances the credibility of the “Wormwood Star” prophecy and New Testament writings with scientific theory.


32 posted on 09/21/2008 12:55:48 PM PDT by mbeeber (Messianic Literary Corner Director (http://www.messianic-literary.com/))
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To: mbeeber
Some have postulated that wormwood is a brown dwarf star. That it is part of our binary sun, and as such when it reenters to the inner solar system the out gassing will cause the long tail. This same star is recorded throughout history as the dragon in China the great destroyer and many other names. It will drag with it asteroids and small rock and such into our system which will cause the rain of fire spoken of in Revelation, combinded with the out gassing of the star.

Revelation 00137 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

The blood is red rain of iron from the out gassing of the star.

33 posted on 09/21/2008 3:21:32 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Psalm 83:1-8 is on the horizon.)
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To: mbeeber

for later


34 posted on 09/21/2008 5:22:16 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: guitarplayer1953
Hello,

The “heat shock” and “atmosheric chemical reaction” postulated by Prinn & Fegly in 1987 is a far less speculative for explaining the Wormwood Star Prophecy than is the “brown dwarf star”. The scientific scenario I have proposed only deals with enhancing the scientific credibility of the “Wormwood Star Prophecy”.

One should assume that if the “heat shock” is so great that it would convert O2 and N2 into NO and subsequently acid rain, it would also cause a tremendous “fire storm” in the area surrounding it's impact.

I am not refuting the connection of the Wormwood Star prophecy with Rev. 8.7, but for the sake of establishing the credibility of this article, I am circumventing it.

It also doesn't serve my argument to wander into speculation of ancient Chinese prophecies that may or may not be related to the prophecy of the Apostle John.

Sorry for being so strait-laced in the way I am approaching the subject. I don't want to be faulted for straying off into discussions that may be seen as fancifull.

35 posted on 09/21/2008 5:47:45 PM PDT by mbeeber (Messianic Literary Corner Director (http://www.messianic-literary.com/))
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To: mbeeber
Film by Gary Beeber (tune in at 11.)


36 posted on 09/21/2008 5:53:18 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Are you ready to pray for Teddy?)
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To: Revolting cat!

Gary’s a great artist and very imaginative. The creativity doesn’t fall far from the tree. We are cousins.


37 posted on 09/21/2008 6:37:16 PM PDT by mbeeber (Messianic Literary Corner Director (http://www.messianic-literary.com/))
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To: BBell
Thanks BBell. Added it to the catalog, but no ping. I think "The Amazing Criswell" also prophesied about it, but wait a sec, no, maybe not. He did talk about a comet called Bullarion I think.
 
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38 posted on 09/21/2008 6:51:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: mbeeber
Actually the wormwood brown dwarf is a returning cyclical occurrence. My referring to the dragon was not a Prophecy but a historical sightings in China there is the flying snake of Mexico and the Destroyer of Europe that is in folk history.

My point that this star has come this way before several time it is upon the endtimes that it wreaks more havoc than it has before.

A very good book on the subject is The Return of Planet-X, it goes into the historic and the scientific side of the brown dwarf star.

39 posted on 09/21/2008 7:36:46 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Psalm 83:1-8 is on the horizon.)
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To: guitarplayer1953

Sorry, but you seem to be missing my point. Whether the Wormwood Star is the Brown Dwarf or not is irrelevant to my topic. The topic is one of “scientific relevance” rather than which star does what! I’ll let the space captains take care of that topic. Sorry for my lack of courtesy, but I am not here to discuss Planet-X with you all.


40 posted on 09/21/2008 9:10:15 PM PDT by mbeeber (Messianic Literary Corner Director (http://www.messianic-literary.com/))
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To: mbeeber

Planet X is a star.


41 posted on 09/21/2008 9:22:08 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Psalm 83:1-8 is on the horizon.)
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To: mbeeber

If a comet should hit the caldera at yellowatone or the Jimez Caldera near Los Alamos and the Hardon Collider could simultaneously inject dark matter particles into the center of the earth - thus producing expansion and earthquakes and vocanic eruptions worldwide - then you might see some serious environmental bling. Otherwise - it’s fear-mongering pipe dreams for the end-of-times crowd who own defeat lock, stock and barrell.


42 posted on 09/23/2008 2:31:17 AM PDT by x_plus_one (Muhammed and Allah = memes destined for the ashheap of history.....)
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To: x_plus_one

Hello,

The intent of my article “Scientific Scenario Of A Comet’s Impact And The Wormwood Star Prophecy” is not fear mongering, but rather a very reasonable correlation of the scenario posted by the Hooper Museum of Otawa, Canada (http://hoopermuseum.earthsci.carleton.ca/impacts/atmchg.htm) and the “bittering of waters” by the Wormwood Star prophecied in Rev. 8:10-11. The fear mongering you imply may only be your subjective response to this correlation.


43 posted on 09/23/2008 9:30:42 AM PDT by mbeeber (Messianic Literary Corner Director (http://www.messianic-literary.com/))
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To: mbeeber
In conclusion, the scientific scenario theorizing "acid rain" following a large comet or asteroid impact with Earth is the best explanation for the "Wormwood Star" prophecy existing today. Such information enhances the credibility of the "Wormwood Star" prophecy and New Testament writings with scientific theory.

Hmmm, it seems that by ignoring the Bible and simply looking for a "plausible" scientific explanation you are missing the entire purpose of the vision.

Rather than speculate as to the meaning of the "star" or wormwood, why not just read the very next chapter of Revelation? It begins:

1 Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. 3 Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
Here we have a vision of a star with a key. (The original Greek syntax shows that connection as well as the pattern established in the other trumpet visions.) That should be the first clue that perhaps "star" is not to be taken literally as some mere astronomical phenomena.

It might also be helpful to investigate the parallels in the Exodus story with the plagues in Revelation, in this particular case the plague upon the waters. In Exodus the waters of Egypt were turned to blood and rendered undrinkable. The entire Exodus story indicates this all happen miraculously and not by some natural cause.

Similarly, in Revelation we see the divine hand upon the land. Rev. 8:7 speaks of hail mixed with blood and v. 8 where we are told a third of the sea turn to blood. (The recapitulation of the vision is given as the third bowl in Rev. 16:3.)

Also, "stars" are often used to symbolize individual beings or unseen things. Jesus is called the "morning star". The brothers of Joseph are seen as stars in his vision (Gen. 37:9). In Daniel 8 we see a vision of stars identified with the hosts of heaven that were cast down to the earth.

So "stars" in Revelation are the personal agents of God sent to pour out His wrath on the disobedient.

With respect to wormwood, again, a careful study of the rest of the Bible will reveal the meaning of the vision. In places like Jeremiah 23:15, God says that He will feed them wormwood and make them drink the water of gall. Did God literally do this? Of course not. The image is meant to convey the bitterness of the people because they were forsaking the God of their fathers. It was a warning to turn from the false prophets and return to their one true God.

Careful examination of Scripture, not technology-inspired speculation, is what will help to understand the images and symbols in the book of Revelation. The parallels of the plagues in Revelation with the plagues in Exodus is a strong indicator that the judgments in Revelation were intended for the nation of Israel who apostatized for the covenant when they rejected Christ and turned Him over to the Romans for crucifixion. They killed the son of the Landowner, and God’s judgment was meted out against them.

36 Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38 See! Your house is left to you desolate; (Matt. 23)
In AD70, the armies of Rome marched against Jerusalem and its inhabitants, sacked the city and destroyed the temple so the words of Christ were fulfilled, "not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down." (Matt. 24:2, cf Luke 21:20)
44 posted on 10/16/2008 12:47:01 PM PDT by topcat54 ("The selling of bad beer is a crime against Christian love.")
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To: guitarplayer1953

Ping to #44.


45 posted on 10/16/2008 12:50:48 PM PDT by topcat54 ("The selling of bad beer is a crime against Christian love.")
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To: guitarplayer1953

Black Moon
(Emerson/Lake/Palmer)

Everyday I see a new cloud coming
There’s one more hole in space
Everytime I walk across the street
I feel the gas blowing in my face
We never learn even deserts burn
And all politicians lie
They won’t do nothin’
‘Till we reach high noon
Black Moon

Ain’t nobody gonna walk on water
When it falls like acid rain
Nobody gonna fake you out
Every poison stains
We’re all stuck here
Right in the middle
We never call the tune
They won’t do nothin’
‘Till we reach high noon
Black Moon

In the night see the red sky burning
There’s fire on the mountain
Oil slicks on the sea
Black Moon is rising
How long will it be

Just take a look around the world
The future never waits
We’re skating on the thin ice
And we’re in the hands of fate
What we need’s a little re-direction
To find our blue lagoon
You know it wouldn’t come
A moment to soon
Black Moon’s
Fear is in their eyeblack moon


46 posted on 10/16/2008 12:57:18 PM PDT by 21twelve (Ever Vigilant, Never Fearful)
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To: mbeeber

“Rev. 8:10-11: 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— the name of the star is Wormwood.”

This says nothing about a tail. It clearly refers to a “star”, which would certainly blaze. The smallest star we know of is thousands of times bigger than Earth and would destroy Earth even by coming close, yet this one hits Earth.

Only by adding a tail (which is not in the original) can we warp this around to “comet” so that it begins to fit our current world view and knowlege of the space around us.

A star falling from the sky fits the world view of when the book was written, though.

Acid rain comes from burning high-sulfur fuels and from volcanic gas containing lots of sulfur. There is no indication that a comet would have sulfur in it.

I’m going to stick to the original text, in which a star called Wormwood hits Earth, earth survives, and the waters become bitter for some reason not explained.


47 posted on 10/16/2008 1:00:25 PM PDT by DBrow
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After reading your post are you saying that wormwood is a type and not a real physical event?

The end times judgment of Revelation will be a world wide judgment.

48 posted on 10/17/2008 12:49:53 AM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Psalm 83:1-8 is on the horizon.)
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After reading your post are you saying that wormwood is a type and not a real physical event?

No, not at all. The question is what is the real event that is represented by the imagery of wormwood.

The end times judgment of Revelation will be a world wide judgment.

I'm not a futurist. I believe that most of the events represented by the symbols and images in Revelation were fulfilled in the AD70 sack of Jerusalem and destruction of the old covenant temple, the punishment brought against apostate Israel.

49 posted on 10/18/2008 3:18:52 PM PDT by topcat54 ("The selling of bad beer is a crime against Christian love.")
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when was Revelation written?


50 posted on 10/18/2008 4:34:46 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Psalm 83:1-8 is on the horizon.)
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