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.

All the while when I was reading from the Book of Amos I was reminded of a Christian band I saw once, called Daniel Amos. So, naturally, I thought of the "abomination of desolation" which Daniel spoke of, which prompted me to look up the next verse.

Matthew 24:15, "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)"

I actually read verses 15-28 here, but verse 15 was the one I was seeking. I rarely read one verse without reading those that are above and below it in order to gain a better understanding of it. In the other verses, Jesus tells us what to be on the lookout for and how to deal with it.

After reading the verse in Matthew, I was prompted to look up the definition of abomination:

  1. a thing that causes disgust or hatred.

  2. a feeling of hatred.

And, desolation:

  1. a state of complete emptiness or destruction.

  2. anguished misery or loneliness.

And then, it was impressed upon me, "The hour is upon us". I've been hearing that in my head a lot lately. That, and “the hour is at hand”, which basically means the same thing. This is telling me that we don't have much time to figure these things out. We need to be ready. Not just physically ready (with prepping) but spiritually ready as well. We need to be vigilant and aware. Again, aware both physically and spiritually.

I'm still trying to sort all of this out in my head, but felt the needed to share this as I feel it is something of great importance. What I am seeing here are three things:

  1. Bitterness

  2. Hatred

  3. Destruction

I have been trying to understand what Jesus meant by the abomination of desolation (Matthew 24:15) for many years. I'm still trying to figure it out, but today I have a little better understanding of what it might mean: a thing that causes disgust or hatred, a state of complete emptiness or destruction. Usually, “the” in abomination of desolation is referred to as a person. That person is most often referred to as the Antichrist. But, could it mean a country, a state of mind, or something else? What happens when we add wormwood (bitterness) to the equation? What (or who) do you think of when you think of bitterness, hatred, and destruction? (I don't even want to go here, but as I was just now typing this something came to my mind that I hadn't even considered before. Do you know of any religion that is completely and utterly Antichrist? That is jealous and bitter against Christians? That detests (hates) Christians? That wants to kill and destroy Christians? Not saying that's what it is for sure, but definitely a thought worth pondering.)

I don't really know what to think of all of this, but one thing I know for sure is that I want to figure it out. Perhaps we can figure this out together. If you have any thoughts on this and what it could mean would you please leave a comment below so we can discuss it? Thank you!

Until next time...happy prepping and God bless!