The fall of a great leader

After Jesus opened the seventh seal on the scroll that He had taken from the Father on His throne, John said this happened,

“Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter” (Revelation 8:10–11).

A great star fell from heaven. Isaiah 14, a passage widely misinterpreted to mean Satan, described the king of Babylon as a star which fell,

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!” (Isaiah 14:12).

The downfall of a national ruler is a bitter experience for men. They put their hope and trust in him, and then he falls and it is like wormwood. Therefore, let us put all our hopes in the Lord who reigns forever and ever.

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