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Does ‘Satan 2’ = ‘Wormwood’?


An older Russian ICBM, RS 24 Yars
Credit: Соколрус/Wikipedia/Creative Commons 4.0

The Daily Mail is reporting that Russia is in the final testing phase of its latest super nuke that the government describes as invincible.

The intercontinental ballistic missile named RS-28 Sarmat, nicknamed Satan 2, weighs 208 tons and is scheduled to be part of Russia’s nuclear arsenal in 2022.

The government is planning three test launches of the ICBM this year and states it can travel 11,200 miles and is capable of reaching the continental US over the North Pole and is also capable of launching over the South Pole, in a surprise attack from an unexpected direction.

Because of its launch speed and unpredictable flight, Russia states that RS-28 Sarmat will be difficult to shoot down and its payload of 10 large thermonuclear warheads is capable of devastating an area as large as the state of Texas or the combined area of England and Wales.

Russia is not the only country with nuclear weapons. The US, Britain, China, Israel, France, Pakistan, India, and North Korea also have nuclear weapons and of course Iran desperately wants to be added to the list.

And with increasing tension in the world, the Daily Mail adds that the Satan 2’s arrival “comes amid the highest tension since the Cold War between Moscow and the West over Ukraine, alleged election interference, and cyber attacks.”

Though nuclear destruction is something that only became a reality in the past century, were the prophet’s ancient visions of the cataclysmic end times describing nuclear war?

Most of these prophets were seers meaning they were seeing events taking place and needed to find words in their vocabulary to describe what they were envisioning.

With chariots being the most advanced weaponry of the day, how would they describe a massive 208 ton ICBM that leaves the earth’s atmosphere and then reenters before unleashing several nuclear warheads.

Well, the Apostle John may have been making such an attempt when he described something called Wormwood.

10 The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— 11 the name of the star is Wormwood.[a] A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter. (Revelation 8:10-11 NIV)

So how would a prophet from 2,000 years ago describe an ICBM?

First, John describes it as a star, and in the first century AD what other word could be used to describe something falling from the night sky.

But this one was different. The first thing we notice is its unusual shape. John said it looked like a flaming torch, an elongated torch, and it was on fire.

Was John seeing a large intercontinental missile, like Satan 2, that of course takes on an appearance of a flaming torch as it reenters the earth’s atmosphere before unleashing its arsenal of thermonuclear warheads?

Then, how would the Apostle John describe the fallout from a nuclear attack?

He called this flaming torch, wormwood, a plant that was used in ancient times for both medicinal purposes and a poison, similar to radiation today.

He states that when wormwood hit earth, it contaminated the ground and the water with wormwood poisoning a third of the waters and killing people.

Is he describing a nuclear missile that similarly contaminates the ground with nuclear radiation once it hits the ground?

This isn’t the only Bible passage that might be describing nuclear war in the end times, but as with all apocalyptic prophecy, time will tell.

READ: Russia announces three tests of Putin’s ‘invincible’ new hypersonic ‘Satan 2’ super nuke capable of wiping out an area the size of England and Wales

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