"I saw another angel coming down from heaven...
and the earth was illuminated with his glory."
Revelation 18:1

The Third Trumpet: Nuclear Activity, Water Pollution

3rd Trumpet Dual Fulfillment: The Waters Struck, Nuclear Activity & Water Pollution

Revelation 8:10 Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.



Roman Empire



For the third trumpet, Uriah Smith quotes a section from Albert Barnes, “That there should be some chieftain or warrior who might be compared to a blazing meteor; whose course would be singularly brilliant; who would appear suddenly LIKE a blazing star, and then disappear like a star whose light was quenched in the waters. That the desolating course of this meteor would be mainly on those portions of the world which abounded with springs of water and running streams; that an effect would be produced as if those streams and fountains were made bitter; that is, that many persons would perish, and that wide desolations would be caused in the vicinity of those rivers and streams, as if a bitter and baleful star should fall into the waters, and death should spread over lands adjacent to them, and watered by them.’”


Uriah Smith also says “It is here premised that this trumpet has allusion to the desolating wars and furious invasions of Attila against the Roman power, which he carried on at the head of his hordes of Huns. Speaking of this warrior, particularly of his personal appearance, Mr. Barnes says:-"In the manner of his appearance, he strongly resembled a brilliant meteor flashing in the sky. He... was accustomed to array himself in a peculiarly brilliant manner, so that his appearance, in the language of his flatterers, was such as to dazzle the eyes of beholders."  "And the Name of the Star is Called Wormwood [denoting the bitter consequences]." These words - which are more intimately connected with the preceding verse, as even the punctuation in our version denotes - recall us for a moment to the character of Attila, to the misery of which he was the author or the instrument, and to the terror that was inspired by his name. "'Total extirpation and erasure,' are terms which best denote the calamities he inflicted." He styled himself, "The Scourge of God."


United States



As we study the 7 trumpets prophecy it becomes more and more obvious that along with “wars and rumors of wars” God is taking note of the destructive inventions of mankind and the development of increasingly powerful weapons of mass destruction is chronicled within the prophecy.


It would only make sense, then, that we would find documentation of one of the most destructive weapons ever developed in the history of the world - the nuclear bomb.  And, indeed, that is just what we find in the third trumpet prophecy.  The thermonuclear reactions which occur inside a star, such as our sun, closely match those that are involved with the explosion of nuclear weapons, so the description of a “great star” burning like a torch falling from heaven perfectly describes a nuclear weapon.  The prophecy is an accurate description of nuclear explosive force even down to the description of nuclear fallout which pollutes water.



The use of atomic force by the United States in August 1945 at the end of World War 2 marked the beginning of a different age in human history.  For the first time in human history we had begun to develop the power to destroy all life on earth.  And with the development and use of atomic power and energy has come a great burden of nuclear waste, which has only compounded the toxic burden of pollution which is causing our earth to “grow old like a garment,” as Hebrews 1:11 describes.


It’s notable that the prophecy’s mention of this star falling from heaven closely matches Christ’s description of having seen Satan fall like lightning from heaven, and also the 5th trumpet’s description of the star that fell from heaven who is the “angel of the bottomless pit” who is named destroyer.  These associations of atomic power with Satan indicate how God sees the development and use of atomic weapons as pure evil.  The power of indiscriminate, unnecessary destruction of innocent lives is not based on the principles of the kingdom of God, but rather of the kingdom of Satan. 


For the United States, “One nation under God,” to take a leading role in developing and using nuclear weapons is self-condemning evidence of great moral decline.  The deadly light of the nuclear explosion eradicating innocent civilian lives is a far cry from the torch which was proclaimed to symbolize liberty and welcome to “tired, poor... huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”


Somewhere along the way the “mild eyes” of the “Mother of Exiles” turned to a cold stare when it used it’s “torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning” to annihilate thousands in nuclear holocaust. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Colossus


Wikipedia comments; “As the first military use of nuclear weapons, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki represent to some the crossing of a crucial barrier. Peter Kuznick, director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University, wrote of President Truman: ‘He knew he was beginning the process of annihilation of the species.’ Kuznick said the atomic bombing of Japan ‘was not just a war crime; it was a crime against humanity.’”



It is of note that nuclear weapons first used by the United States connects the United States to the prophecies about the beast from land of Revelation 13 who “performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.” (vs. 13-14).


Not only did the US make fire come down out of heaven through those two historic nuclear attacks, but it has also conducted more test explosions than any other country.  Wikipedia says “the number of nuclear tests conducted by the United States alone is currently more than the sum of nuclear testing done by all other known nuclear states (the USSR, Great Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, and North Korea) combined.” 


Though the attacks of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were done by the United States instead of against it, the US has repeatedly tested nuclear weapons on US territory in the mostly western states of Nevada, Alaska, Colorado, Mississippi, and New Mexico, as well as our own territory of the Marshall Islands.  It seems strange that the weapon we developed to be a scourge on our enemies has been deployed most on our own land.  This also parallels the pattern of the first four trumpets being about destruction on Western Rome.


Wikipedia confirms that the nuclear testing has “infused vast quantities of radioactive material into the world’s atmosphere, which was widely dispersed and then deposited as global fallout.” as pointed out by the third trumpet prophecy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downwinders


According to the pattern we’ve seen with the other trumpets, smaller “echoes” of the third trumpet prophecy likely involve the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters.  The word "Chernobyl" actually means to "Wormwood" in Ukrainian. This strengthens the case that nuclear activities in modern times, such as this and other nuclear disasters, are included as part of the general focus of the third trumpet prophecy.


Not only nuclear fallout but perhaps water pollution in general is noted by the third trumpet as an apocalyptic sign of the end times. With the explosion in population growth and increased urbanization as people have increasingly moved to the cities to find work, sewage and water systems are often inadequate to handle the influx of people. Up to 500 million people globally are living in conditions in which they do not have pure water available to drink.  Water pollution is considered to be the leading cause of death and disease globally. Chemicals, sewage, agricultural wastewater, organic and inorganic substances all contribute to the problems of water pollution. It was estimated by a Cornel researcher in 2007 that approximately 40 percent of deaths worldwide are caused by water, air and soil pollution.


 These effects and trends among humanity are the end-time symptoms of a terminal illness – the results of sin and evil cultivated throughout many generations until it is coming to fruition. Now is the time for us to sit up and take notice of the signs of the times so that we may have a chance to grasp the life preserver, to take the hand of hope that Christ holds out to us, while time yet remains...


 By, Vicki

7 Trumpets Dual Fulfillment Summary Chart



Roman Empire

United States


Visigoths attack of Rome under Alaric (Western Rome), scorched earth policy, Roman deforestation

WWI (Bombs), US midwestern drought of the 1930’s, global deforestation and desertification


Vandals attack of Rome through naval pirate attacks led by Genseric. They surprised the unguarded roman fleet in the bay of Cartagena.


Japanese surprise attack of US unguarded naval fleet in Pearl Harbor which got the US into World War II.  German U-boat naval attacks, and huge WWII naval losses worldwide.


Attack of Huns on Rome - Uriah Smith described the events in words that would dually apply to a nuclear bomb; “compared to a blazing meteor” ...“many persons would perish... wide desolations would be caused in the vicinity of those rivers and streams, as if a bitter and baleful star should fall into the waters, and death should spread over lands adjacent to them, and watered by them.’” He said the third trumpet would involve ‘Total extirpation and erasure,' ... ‘The Scourge of God.’”

End of WWII, Nuclear Bomb at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Nuclear testing on US soil.


Fall of Western Rome - Uriah Smith chooses a poem to describe the events of the fourth trumpet which draws the visual picture of a volcanic eruption


Mt St Helens eruption in western United States


Rise of Islam, Islamic terrorism


Rise of Islam, Islamic terrorism/ 9/11


Rise of Ottoman Caliphate

Rise of ISIS Caliphate


Mystery of God Finished

Mystery of the ages is complete (Paul calls the Gospel a mystery), Possible final nuclear war (“great hail”)

8/06/15 Post has been updated to reflect growing understanding.

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