Sea became blood, what is Wormwood in Revelation? (Rev. 8:8-12)

Nov 11, 2020

Revelation 8:8 “And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;”

This is a passage you can use concerning volcano eruptions when you talk about how we’re closer to the end times and volcanos erupting. So this looks like a volcano going off and it’s in the middle of the sea, perhaps on an island.

Notice that it says ‘the sea’, then where is this volcano erupting? It’s interesting when God talks about the sea on the earth during the tribulation, it’s referring to the Mediterranean Sea.

Why do we say the Mediterranean Sea? When the Antichrist comes out of the sea, his ethnicity, as you know is a Syrian Jew, and when the Jewish people talk about the sea in their region, it’s the Mediterranean Sea.

Revelation 13:1 “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.”

That’s the Antichrist coming from the Mediterranean region. Maybe you can find some kind of volcanic activity that the geologists are unaware of but there’s going to be something happening in the Mediterranean region. Perhaps the timing where it gets closer to the rapture and tribulation will depend upon this mountain about to erupt.

and the third part of the sea became blood;”

When the volcano erupts and falls into the sea, a third part of the sea became blood. The water gets contaminated, perhaps due to people or life in there or it could be like verse 7 where God deliberately sent down blood to them.

Revelation 8:9 “And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.”

A third of the creatures in the sea died and the third part of the fleet going back and forth will be destroyed. The Antichrist’s headquarters is not going to be in USA Washington DC, it’s going to be in Jerusalem, the Mediterranean area, which can establish the fact even more that this sea would be the Mediterranean Sea. All of the Antichrist’s activity and fleets are going back and forth with the ships and God sends His judgment on them. There goes billions of dollars spent on military warfare, national security as well as for the environment.

Revelation 8:10 “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;”

This looks like a meteor, because it’s a star and it comes down out of heaven. Notice that it got rid of a third part of rivers in the world and fountains of waters. How can it do that with one star, unless it’s a meteor and it broke apart?

Revelation 8:11 “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.”

God gave a name to this particular star that was going to come down and ruin the world, and called it Wormwood.

When you look online, Planet X has become a big sensation, and a lot of people are guessing what Wormwood is. The reason why the pastor doesn’t fall for that is that this thing is well underway the tribulation, the Christian church is already raptured. Even if there is some truth to it, they are simply precursors to the real thing. When the real thing comes out, it’s worse than you think.

So now the water is bitter, tastes like wormwood. God judged the sea at verse 8 and He wanted to take care of the rivers and fountains of water. Despite science and technology preserving water for everybody, God’s going to make sure everything is judged.

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.”

It’s chaos in the heavens. A third part of the whole universe is darkened and there was no light during the day, neither at nighttime.

You’ll notice that the judgments here are very similar to how God judged Egypt with the 10 plagues, with water turning into blood and people unable to drink, then they had to go through many days of darkness. But that’s no surprise if you read Revelation 11, the Antichrist’s city is called Egypt in the Bible. Not only that, the 2 witnesses who are coming down at Revelation 11 are Moses and Elijah.

Some people might wonder if verse 12 matches with Matthew 24 where the sun and the stars of heaven went through chaos, and if that matches with Revelation 6 where there was chaos in heaven. It seems very different. When you come to the fifth trumpet, it actually lasts for 5 months long, so this event is going to happen before the sixth seal.

Sixth seal:
– heavens in chaos
– see Jesus face to face

Seventh seal:
– a third of the universe darkened
– Jesus is nowhere in sight, He hasn’t come yet

If Jesus hasn’t come yet in the seventh seal, then the seventh seal is before the sixth seal. The seventh seal cannot be chronological with this sixth seal, so it makes more sense that the seventh seal is more of an overview of what’s going on.