What Is the "Wormwood"
Spoken of in Revelations 8:10-11
The purpose of this document is to clarify a justifiable confusion
regarding the mention of Wormwood in the Book of Revelations. In the
Douay-Rheims version of the Holy Bible we read:
the third angel sounded the trumpet, and a great star fell from
heaven, burning as it were a torch, and it fell on 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.
We have received a letter which reflects the most logical
misunderstanding. The letter follows:
A third of all waters
being poisoned with
something that kills those who drink it requires more than some dust
comet. Yet a search of the web turns up all sorts of bizarre
See the wikipedia summary (1).
These explanations are
contrived and do not work, but after 1986 the
meaning should have been made obvious: Why does nobody point out
Wormwood (the plant) is called Chernobyl
in Slavic languages? Re-read the above reference, and substitute “Chernobyl” for
and suddenly it is clear what it is about the waters that kills those
shall try to clarify the confusion.
The first item to call to the Faithful's attention is that in
the Holy Scriptures written in English, Spanish, Portuguese and
Ukrainian we can see that the word "wormwood" or its translation
appears written in two different ways: In English, for example -
as a proper noun, with a capital "W", and as an adjective , with a
lower case "w". [In Spanish the word is "Ajenjo".]
This immediately tells us that the star (actually, a celestial body)
has the name of Wormwood and upon impact will turn the waters
wormwood-like. Biblically speaking what is wormwood-like?
The Biblical usage of the
We can get an idea about this from the other Books and Verses where the
4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, and sharp as a two-edged sword.
15 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Behold I
will feed this people with wormwood, and give them water of gall to
15 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts to the prophets: Behold I
will feed them with wormwood, and I will give them gall to drink: for
from the prophets of Jerusalem corruption has gone forth into all the
15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath inebriated me with
19 Remember my poverty, and
transgression, the wormwood, and the
7 You that turn judgment into wormwood, and forsake justice in the land,
13 Can horses run upon the rocks, or can any one plough with buffles?
for you have turned judgment into bitterness, and the fruit of justice
speaking, "wormwood" is something bitter, quite undesirable.
Let us review the presence of the word "wormwood" in Mythology (2)
Now, in the mythological domain [let us remember that God uses every
possible channel to communicate to His deaf and blind children] we find:
«Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
perennial plant or shrubby plant found all over the world. Its
appearance is characterized by deeply-incised leaves and small yellow
flowers. Literally and somewhat metaphorically, wormwood often grows in
waste places. The leaves are bitter-tasting, and so the word wormwood is also
defined as a description of something grievous and bitter. »
«Historically, this herb has been utilized for a variety of
Wormwood has been used as a medicinal herb, as a vermifuge (an agent
that dispels intestinal worms), as a protection against the plague, as
a deterrent for vermin (especially fleas), and as the star ingredient
in the infamous drink of absinthe, to name a few. The application I
find the most perversely curious is the ancient Egyptian documented use
of wormwood as part of a treatment for pains of the anus that had been
caused by demons. (2a)
(See Ancient Egyptian historical uses for more details on that
«Its Latin name (Artemisia absinthium) illustrates that the herb
named after the goddess, Artemis, the goddess of hunt from Greek
Let us now address the relationship with the
word "wormwood" and "chernobyl"
Through the courtesy of one of our cooperators who is from, and still
lives in, Ukraine we learn:
Wormwood translates to Ukrainian and
Russian as Polyn' ("полин" or
"полинь" in Ukrainian; and almost the same - "полын" or "полынь" in
Chernobyl (in Ukrainian - "Чорнобиль") is another name for
Wormwood, scientifically Chernobyl
is one of the types of Wormwood.
Chernobyl was rather old but not big city, first noted
in 1193 year (4)
and existed till
place was chosen for the nuclear plant because it was quite close to
Kiev to transfer
produced electricity and close to river Prypjat to take from it water
The city received this name because of plant "chernobyl" - one of the
types of wormwood - which is quite wide spread there.
In the Ukrainian translation of Bible word "Polyn" [полин] is used:
Амос 5: 7 вони змінюють суд на полин,
і кидають правду на землю.
And in Revelations this word
also has capital letter:
Об'явлення 8: 11 А ймення зорі тій Полин.
І стала третина води, як полин,
і багато з людей повмирали з води, бо згіркла вона...
Russian translation has the same word used.
God, in His infinite Goodness and Attentiveness chose to
underscore the above in the manner that Only He can do. Just as
we were gathering the information to prepare this document we read the
following news report (6)
leaves 200 ill
About 200 villagers have fallen ill from mysterious gases that spewed
from a crater after a meteorite crashed in southeastern Peru, but no
radiation has been detected, officials and scientists said Tuesday.
Scores of residents of the farming village of Carancas began vomiting
and complaining of headaches and dizziness after the space object
struck the area Saturday, creating an eight meter (26-foot) deep, 20
meter (65 foot) wide crater.
"We have determined with precision instruments that there is no
radiation," engineer Renan Ramirez of the Peruvian Nuclear Energy
Institute told AFP.
Ramirez said the illnesses may have been triggered by sulfur, arsenic
or other toxins that may have melted in the extreme heat produced by
the meteorite strike.
"It is a conventional meteorite that, when it struck, produced gases by
fusing with elements of the terrain," he said.
As we conclude this section we feel compelled to mention that
an interview with Conchita (7)
the main Garabandal visionary, the following is revealed:
Q: Many years ago you told us the event of
Warning begins with the letter "A".
Since Our Lady never told you not to
reveal it, can you now mention it?
A: She did
not forbid it, but I don't know
I haven't said it and I don't feel as though I should say it now.
Could it be that the "A
are referring to is the "A
" of Ajenjo
in Spanish the language
used by Conchita in her conversations with the Virgin Mary? Or is it
just another "coincidence" as the ones we mention regarding key dates
of World Wars I and II (8)
Even if we did not know that the Earth will be
hit by a meteorite, as it will, the above would indicate that such was
the exact meaning in the Book of Revelations.
The "Chernobyl" apparent
coincidence has the "fingerprints of God" all over it just as the
events of September 11, 2001, were just a preview of Step No. 1 (5) - A Divine Preview.
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