Question 9: What is the “great star” of Revelation 8:10-11?

Revelation 8:10-11 says:

10 The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing 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 people died from the water, because it had been made bitter. (ESV)

Answer: Whenever the word “star” is used symbolically in the Scriptures, it always symbolizes an angel. The context determines whether it is a good angel or a fallen angel. The “great star” of Revelation 8 is a fallen angel. This can be seen in the fact that he fell from heaven and that his name is Wormwood. God uses this fallen angel to poison the waters, resulting in many deaths during the judgments of the tribulation.

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