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Wormwood: What does it mean Biblically?

Wormwood, abomination of desolation, the hour is upon us!

Flowing river with rocky bottom

In my Bible reading today I was led to three scriptures. First, I wrote them down, along with what stood out the most in my mind about them. Then, I started to write them out as I thought I would share them with my Christian Prepper Gal Facebook Group. Well, that led me to thinking I should share it as a blog. So, here it is.

I started out by reading Amos, Chapter 5, and this is what stood out to me:


Amos 5:7, "Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,".

Which lead me to search "wormwood" and this is the scripture I found:


Rev. 8:10-11, "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."


These verses led me to look up the definition of the word wormwood. Here's what I found:

  1. a woody shrub with a bitter aromatic taste, used as an ingredient of vermouth and absinthe and in medicine.

  2. a state or source of bitterness or grief.

The second meaning was the one I was looking for here.