We’re stumbling into Hal Lindsey territory.
Hal Lindsey, for those who slept or drank their way through the 70s — or just plain ignored the paranoid tenor evangelicalism in that decade, was this guy who sold mega-sales of books claiming that he could find point by point correspondences between Revelation and contemporary society — especially warfare and geo-political situations. Coincidentally all the evil guys just happened to be folks who were political or economic competitors of the good old US of A.
Flaming mountains falling into the sea looks just a tad like underwater nuclear tests or naplaming of fishing villages. Wormwood poisoning the water afterwards. And once you get these images into your brain-box its hard to get them out.
For John, wormwood was a medicine designed to ease severe stomach cramps but which tasted awful. The stomach cramps were attributed to tapeworms (hence the name) and likely the recipient was not expected to survive anyway.
A medicine that kills off a third of the planet is a bitter one indeed.
Back at my earlier posting about the cosmic balance — we’re here a preserving salt — preventing this kind of disaster — a radically different position than the Hal Lindsey groupies who look forward to the disaster — because they’ll be safely raptured. But what if that is the whole point? What if while we’re in this body,as long as it is today, our role is to be Abraham, and call on the HaShem to not obliterate the human race, to recall his covenant with Noah, to be the last ten righteous people and keep this horror-show from happening?