v10: Now the third angel sounds the third trumpet. This is a sign that another thing is about to happen. When it sounded, great star fell from heaven burning like a torch. It poisoned (making bitter and undrinkable) 1/3 of all fresh water on earth. There are many people that try to make these words fit actual wars and fighting that have already occurred. However, when studying the events of these people, they simply don't fit the sequence of events that God decreed.
©Salem Kirban, Inc.Adam Clark in his New Testament commentary (referenced in Bibliography) says:
v11: Wormwood, the name given to this "falling", is actually a non-poisonous but very bitter plant found in the Middle East. Within the bible, the term wormwood is used to indicate bitterness and sorrow. Certainly, this is very appropriate here. The chemicals from a heavenly object could very well penetrate the fountains, springs, and wells (Greek pege means any of these) of waters. Keep in mind what we have been saying since we started Revelation: God always wants to have people turn to Him. He could, obviously, allow the death of all. But He does not WANT death for all. He wants us to go to Him. Therefore, only 1/3 damages are done. Again, giving us another chance. Remember, Jesus said if God the Father did not stop the judgments, there would not be any one left.
John 4:6; Deut 29-18; Prov 5-4; Jer 9-15; 23:15; Amos 5:7
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