Saturday, April 03, 2004

'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 8:10,11

The Ukrainian word for wormwood is Chernobyl.

Wormwood is a plant from which a bitter oil is produced, which is used as a purgative and in the drink absinthe. While the passage sounds like a spooky prophecy about the end of the world, and maybe it is, wormwood was known in ancient times as a bitter purgative oil and was synonymous with the consequences of sin. So it's traditionally interpreted to mean that at the end of time God will rain down bitterness and poison the earth to punish the sinners.

But do you want to see something REALLY scary?

Thanks to Coop.


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