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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Second Quarter, 2012

The Third & Fourth Trumpet Judgments: The Demise Of Hope and Spiritual Darkness

“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” (Revelation 9:10-11).

In Christian tradition the star symbol was significant of that hope which led the wisemen to the Christ child (Numbers 24:17; Matthew 2:2, 7, 9; Revelation 22:16; II Peter 1:19). The star of David, in this view, thus signifies the Jewish hope in the messianic promise that God made to old king David concerning his lineage, and particularly the kingdom of his anointed Son. These promises were fulfilled in Jesus Christ who now sits on David’s everlasting messianic throne at the right hand of God in heaven (Acts 2:29-36; 13:32-37). Jesus was born, lived, ministered, and died as “King of the Jews.” Thus in this regard He fulfilled the hope of David‘s star.

For those Jews of the first century who rejected Christ, however, David’s star of hope was cast down from heaven as a flamming, falling, failing torch, whose brightness lasted only for a moment, a flash in the pan as it were, that quickly turned to disillusionment, despair, and death where ever it fell. The rivers and fountains of waters that offered the sustenance of life and hope turned to bitterness because there was none other for the Jew but Jesus. And He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. For those Jews rejecting Jesus the star of David‘s messianic hope was dashed, grew dim, and disappeared, and life became a parched spiritual desert where there was no water free from bitterness to quench the thirsting soul.

Moses had cast a tree into the bitter waters of Marah and made them sweet. That tree prefigured the cross of Calvary, where Jesus sweetens all our heavy load. Judaism without its Christ has brought no spiritual life to the world only bitterness and death. “Many men died because the waters were made bitter” is the sequel of 70 A.D. The fourth trumpet judgement of Revelation 8:12, finally, depicts the spritual darkness that has fallen over Christ-rejecting Jews from the first century untill now. Salvation is for all TODAY. There is no future millennial plan. This age is all there is. Next comes eternity.

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