|Once again, Lindsey
is alone in insisting that the great star ablaze must be another H-bomb (or
series thereof) hitting the fresh waters of the earth. All others interpret this as a great
leader. Talbot explains that this is
the head of the revived Roman Empire, most probably the Pope.
|The effects of this
are taken either literally (Amillennialists and Lindsey plus Smith) or
(Talbot) figuratively. Talbot proposes
that water represents the truth of God (I can’t find justification for this).
This would then be a symbol for apostasy, which fits. Historicist explanation will follow on the
|Wormwood is a tough
one to trace, until you discover that the word for Wormwood here is
translated “bitter food” or “bitter poison” elsewhere in the Bible. (This is another instance of how the King James Version has affected our
view). In Deuteronomy 29:17-18, we see
that this bitter poison is the fruit of idolatry.
|Taking it together,
we see a great leader, with some religious significance, connected
somehow to rivers and springs.
|The historicists see
this fulfilled in Attila the Hun.