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.
This star (representative of Satan) is given the name of Wormwood. There has been quite a bit of speculation and controversy concerning this title. To help us come to a clearer understanding of the meaning of this title we need to see how it is used in the Bible…
It’s OT usage:
“Wormwood” in the OT is translated from the Hebrew word “la’ anah” and carries with it the definition of bitter and poisonous. This same word is translated “hemlock” in Amos 6:12.
It is used in the OT seven times, and in all seven it describes a bitter and harmful substance. In many of these texts, it is used to describe God’s judgment falling against those who have turned away from Him.
It’s NT usage:
“Wormwood” in the NT is translated from the Greek word “apsinthos” and carries with it the definition of “bitterness, fouling”.
It is only used once in the NT (our text for today). In context we can see it is a fouling of the fresh water sources that result the death of many people. This is a symbolic representation of the polluting of God’s Word resulting in the spiritual death of those who partake of these false teachings.
From this word study, we can see that Wormwood is used Biblically to represent a bitter, poisonous substance that wreaks death and havoc among mankind. Symbolically, in Revelation, it is a symbol of the perversion of God’s Word by Satan which results in misleading many men to their spiritual death.
Folks, when we think of Satan, we need to remind ourselves of this title given to him. He is the one that is bitter and fouling, whose work results in the spiritual death of many. He is Wormwood, the lethal fouling spirit that opposes our Lord and His Word seeking to destroy mankind…
May we all refuse to partake of this foul bitterness that can destroy men’s souls…
Deu 29:18-20 KJV
“Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;
And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst:
The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven.”
May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation