The third of the waters (Revelation 8:11)


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; 11 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 - King James



⚪ Many portions of the Scriptures, misunderstood, miscontrued and misapplied

Rev. 8:11 [...]
Is called Wormwood. - What an ideal name for the doctrine which has caused more bitterness against God than any other doctrine ever taught, and for the man who roasted Servetus at the stake.
And the third part of the waters.Many portions of the Scriptures, misunderstood, miscontrued and misapplied.
Became. — Were made to appear In the eyes of many.
Wormwood. — Bitter as gall. "None now would justify Calvin's course in sentencing Servetus to be burned.

Source : 🇺🇸 1917 - Studies in the Scriptures, Vol 7, The finished mystery, page 151 + Cover


⚫ The professional ruling group

"The star," Satan, fell upon the "third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters", which evidently refers to the professional ruling group as distinguished from the agricultural and artisan group. [...] They are the "fountains of waters" who have ignored Jehovah as "the fountain of living waters". [...] They have attempted to dictate to the people concerning their every affair of life, and Satan has complete charge of all such.-Rev. 12:12. The name of this star is called "Wormwood", which means bitter. Being cast out of heaven Satan is in the "gall of bitterness". (Acts 8:23) He has tried to make the lives of God's people bitter and to turn all people to bitterness against Jehovah God. Heis bitter against Jehovah and against the 'seed of promise' and is making the existence of the people bitter.-Gen. 3:15; Rev. 12:17.
"And the third part of the waters became wormwood." The many policies and theories that have been brought forth by the ruling factors and tried out on the people have eventuated in bitterness to the people and to the chagrin of the authors of such schemes. They are the ones "who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth". (Amos 5: 7; 6:12) This ruling group, and particularly the fraudulent, religious profiteers, are a wicked crowd, having turned away from the light which they once had. "A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain [bitter waters], and a corrupt spring." (Prov. 25:26)

Source : 🇺🇸 1930 - Light, vol 1, page 127, page 128 + Cover