III. The third trumpet (Rev. 8:10, 11).

3rd Trumpet

The next trumpet sounds and the water supply is attacked. “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;  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.” In the ancient world the word star took in the meaning of any heavenly body (and even in our modern vernacular for we still call meteorites falling stars). So it is most likely this great star called Wormwood, based upon the bitter effect that it had no doubt and named after a particularly nauseous and bitter plant, is a meteor of some kind. There is plenty of evidence that the earth has been struck in the past and it is a common belief that it will inevitably occur again. One third of all fresh water sources are made bitter, hurtful, and undrinkable. We add this with the economic, environmental, and food market disruptions and this makes for a very bad scenario for mankind. We take for granted in our day that we can go to the store and buy fresh spring water or even just turn on the tap when we are thirsty. Suddenly fresh water will be rationed in the world. The whole world will suddenly be standing at the waters of Marah without a Moses to sweeten the bitter waters with his picture of the cross (Ex. 15:32). The natural result of the loss of fresh water is the many people are going to die. Remember that during the Seven Seals anywhere from one fourth to one half of the world’s population will have already died. Here many more will die under judgment. The world is going to be a much different place.