Chernobyl – Third Trumpet of Revelation?

March 20, 2011   |   Category: Endtime Magazine Articles   |   Tags: , , , ,

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown, on April 26, 2011, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited the memorial dedicated to the “liquidators” (first responders) to the accident.

Chernobyl and the Third Trumpet

 By Irvin Baxter

The headline reporting this visit read:

Presidents of Ukraine, Russia visit “Star of Wormwood” memorial

Is it merely a coincidence that the name of the memorial complex remembering those that died fighting the nuclear fires of Chernobyl is the exact same name of the fallen star called Wormwood referred to in the third trumpet prophecy of Revelation 8?


The article reporting the visit to Chernobyl by the two presidents also described a statue now standing on the site: An enormous angel blowing a trumpet!


The above facts have come to light since the article below was published in the May/June 1995 issue of Endtime magazine.

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; 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

The book of Revelation describes cataclysmic events that are to happen in the endtime. Parts of these events are signaled by the blowing of the third trumpet in chapter 8, a great star called Wormwood was cast into the earth.


The world’s worst ever nuclear meltdown occurred in 1986 at Chernobyl in Ukraine, at that time one of the states of the Soviet Union. Incredibly, Chernobyl is the Russian word for wormwood! It appears that the Chernobyl catastrophe was the fulfillment of the sounding of the third trumpet of Revelation 8!



At 1:22 am on April 26, 1986, a Soviet reactor crew carelessly turned off the safety systems of the Chernobyl Unit 4 nuclear reactor to perform an unauthorized safety test.


Within 36 seconds the reactor surged out of control, and a steam explosion pierced the roof. Deprived of coolant, 150 tons or uranium fuel melted into lava that oozed into the basement of the reactor.


A second hydrogen explosion ignited blocks of graphite, rocketing a hot plume of radioactive particles a mile into the sky. The explosion was so powerful that it blew the 2 million pound concrete lid of the reactor into the air. For three weeks the fire spread out of control, sprinkling iodine-131 and other nuclides as far as Scandinavia, Italy, and Britain.


In an 18-mile radius around the reactor, Geiger counters found extraordinarily high-level “gamma fields” where the fire’s plume brushed the ground. Authorities evacuated 170,000 people, threw up barbed wire, and declared the area a permanent “exclusion zone.”




The explosion in Chernobyl’s reactor released an immense cloud of radiation north of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. The Chernobyl meltdown released 10 times the amount of radioactive substances as was released by the bombing of Hiroshima in World War II!


An estimated 125,000 people in the Ukraine have died because of the Chernobyl disaster, and two million have been infected. Disease rates in some regions are three times higher for children than before the accident, and four to five times higher for pregnant women. One million extra cases of cancer are predicted worldwide within 70 years, Ukrainian scientists estimate. Over 200 million people have experienced excess exposure to radiation because of Chernobyl.


Dr. Alexander Rykhlya, director of the department of international scientific and technical cooperation, gave this opinion: “My view is that as time passes the medical aftermath will become worse. The peak death rate has not yet been reached. It will be reached after one or two generations.”


Most severely affected was the Gomel region, hit first by the radiation: the thyroid cancer rate there is now about 80 times the world average. “The only reasonable explanation,” write the Belarus officials, “is that it is a direct consequence of the accident at Chernobyl.”


In the most badly affected areas, such as the Gomel area in the south, just over the border from Chernobyl, the cesium-137 surface contamination is more than 1,480 kilobecquerels per square meter, 1,000 times the norm. The normal level of radiation in the soil before the disaster was 1.48 kBq.


In these areas the forest looks as though it has been struck by lightning. Efforts are being made to bury radioactive trees, but the financial burden is too great. Only the animals remain. “There are large numbers of wild deer, elk and boar because it is a closed area,” said Professor Alexandr Stozharov, director of the Research Institute of Radiation Medicine. “Some are shot by the guards because they can transmit radiation to the clean zones.”


More than 3 million acres of farmland—an area about the size of Connecticut—is considered lost for a century.


More than nine years after what everybody calls “the tragedy”, Pripyat, the city near Chernobyl, is still dead and deadly. No one can live here—at least for long.


Weeds stand shoulder high along the wide avenues; a Ferris wheel is rusting behind the cinema. The dozens of tall apartment buildings where 49,000 people once lived still look new, but their windows are open, broken, and blank. Trucks spray chemicals on decaying streets so the breezes that rustle dead leaves of dead trees won’t spread their contaminated dust.


“This is the one place where you could understand how the world would be after a nuclear war,” says Sergei Akulinin, who lived only 7 minutes from the Chernobyl power plant where he worked.


All animals and other foodstuffs that were contaminated by the radiation had to be destroyed. Several tens of thousands of rabbits raised for meat had to be destroyed. Nearly 100,000 reindeer being raised in Europe had to be killed and buried.


Cesium-137 has a half-life of 30 years. As a result, when food that contains radiation is eaten it gets in the muscles and stays for a very long time. It eventually causes cancer.



The prophecy of the third trumpet emphasizes that the star called Wormwood made the waters bitter. As the nuclear cloud produced by Chernobyl drifted over the Soviet Union and over Europe, an extraordinary amount of rain fell. The rain brought the radiation from the nuclear cloud onto the soil, the animals, the crops, the trees, and into the rivers. The greater the rainfall, the greater was the amount of radioactivity. These heavy rains greatly increased the magnitude of this horrible disaster. Much of Europe was affected. When the prophecy said that many men died because of the waters, it explicitly described the effect of Chernobyl.



Oleg Genrikh and Anatoly Kurguz were two of the workers on duty at Chernobyl at the time of the accident. Kurguz sat at his desk and made entries in his log. Three open doors stood between him and the reactor hall. When the nuclear reactor blew up, highly radioactive steam with nuclear fuel surged into the room where Kurguz had been sitting. He dashed through this inferno to try to close the door. Closing it, he shouted to Genrikh, “Fire! Everything’s on fire!”


Genrikh leaped up from his cot where he had been taking a nap, and dashed to open his door. He opened it a little, but beyond it was such an unbearable smell of burning that he gave up trying, and instinctively lay down on the linoleum, where it was a little cooler. He shouted to Kurguz, “Tolya! Lie down! It’s cooler on the floor!”


Kurguz went in with Genrikh, and both of them lay down on the floor. “There at least we were able to breathe. I had a funny burning sensation in my lungs,” Genrikh later recalled.


They waited about 3 minutes, by which time the heat had abated somewhat—as it should, since there was now no roof over their heads. Then they went out into the corridor along axes 50-52 of the building. The severely blistered skin on Kurguz’s bleeding face and arms was hanging off in strips.


On the way to the control room, two operators from the gas circuit, Simekonov and Simonenko, joined Genrikh and Kurguz. By now, Kurguz was in very poor shape: he was bleeding, and the skin under his clothes was covered with blisters. No one could do much to help him, as the slightest contact caused him intense pain. One wonders how he managed to walk the rest of the way to the medical center. Genrikh’s burns were less serious, as the windowless room had protected him. Both of them, however, had received a dose of 600 roentgens.


Similar experiences were later recounted by most of the operators that were on duty that fateful April 26th morning. Most of the Chernobyl personnel that were working during the meltdown died extremely painful deaths within the next few weeks or months from radiation exposure.



It is an awesome thing to contemplate the possibility that the third trumpet of Revelation 8 was sounded in 1986. Yet the evidence that this is true seems undeniable. What are the odds that the world’s greatest ever nuclear accident would occur at a power plant named Wormwood—the exact name prophesied 2,000 years ago in the Bible? The prophecy says that it was because of the waters that were made bitter that many men died. The conveyance of nuclear radiation by the water was the thing that caused so many to die.


Some have thought that the events of the seals, trumpets, and vials of Revelation must all occur during the Great Tribulation, but scripture does not say this. It can be proven that the first four seals of Revelation 6 have now been opened for some time (See chapter three of A Message for the President). It is indisputable that our generation is living in the book of Revelation right now. We are the generation spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 24:34 when He said: “Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”


As we swiftly approach the year 2000, we also are approaching the promised second coming of Jesus Christ to this earth! Are you ready?

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24 Responses to “Chernobyl – Third Trumpet of Revelation?”

  1. Cheryl Rose

    I am currently reading the Book of Revelation. It’s a terrible thing but I am not afraid. I have God’s Seal on my forehead and I feel awful for those who don’t. But I am praying that my family and one who died not knowing the Lord will be saved through God’s mercy. I believe that the third trumpet has already sounded. Chernobyl ( Wormwood ) is a perfect example. The human race is doomed, sooner than later.

  2. I’m russian. Wormwood means “полынь” in russian Bible. Полынь another name is Chernobyl. Almost nobody do not know it’s the same things. I think maybe you’re right.

  3. I think this is a great article. Thank you for writing it. I also like to point out that he said the Christians should be encouraging people and not just ripping into other Christians and putting them down. That’s so typical. If you do your exegesis of the scripture talking about the rapture, you will see that the verb to meet refers to meeting a dignitary outside of the city and returning with them into the city. The church does not just disappear from the Earth. Also in Revelation when speaking about stars it’s talking about angels and demons. A third of the Stars fell to Earth means. Third of the Angels fell to Earth. Star named wormwood could refer to an angel or demon that fell to Earth causing this accident. No wonder secular people look at the church and laugh and call us a bunch of hypocrites because of the way we react to each other.

  4. The church is in heaven/rapture has happened before god starts unleashing his wrath on the earth. Not to mention thag chernobyl really has to be forced to fit this bill considerkng it did not affect a third of the rivers. I really wish people who claim to know the bible so in turn begin teaching would actually do their research on the subject. I swear so many people have a neat little revelation and instead of being like wow I wonder or let me see, they jump to an enormous conclusion, disregard scripture(rapture in this instance), and fail to take the literature literal. Gods not dealing with almost, or pretty close. Hes exact and this gas to many holes to be exact so in turn should immediately make one hesitate before spreading the doctrine.
    Also just in case youre mid trib or post trib and thats your rebuttal pkease do note God is not a wicked God. Hes not going to start crushing the church and his people with the blasphemers and mockers just because hes to angry to control himself. In order for this Idea to be true you cant hold a pre trib view and in turn must think God is going to annihlate the church along with everyone else. Then you have to take the exact repercussion of wormwood which is an obvious target at a third of the rivers and ignore that fact. Then say john doesnt know what debri is so hes gonna call it a star that im pretty sure did not land in a river which is specified.

  5. I enjoy studying Bible prophecy and I am often amazed at some of the conclusions people arrive at.

    The Bible says in Revelation 8:10 “and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp,” and in the next verse Revelation 8:11 “And the name of the star is called Wormwood.”

    Folks, the Bible is talking about a great star that falls to the earth from the heavens, possibly it is a meteorite. I don’t see where it could remotely be interpreted as a nuclear power plant that explodes on the ground.

    Secondly the “star” has a name, it is called Wormwood. The power plant that exploded had a name too and it was called Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Nuclear Power Plant. That does not translate to Wormwood in any language that I know of.

    The Bible is talking about the “star” and it is a “great star from heaven” not a city on the ground that is named after a type of vegetation. Cherno means black and Chernobyl is named after a grass (Artemisia vulgaris), that is also called wormwood. So is this grass black and hence the name Chernobyl?

    Incidentally, I understand that Artemisia vulgaris is a bitter herb used medicinally to help people get well. The Bible talks about people dying after drinking the bitter waters contaminated by the falling star. That is the opposite effect of what it is used for today.

    In conclusion, is the Bible is talking about a great star that falls from heavens or is the Bible talking about a city or a power plant that explodes?

    • Sandra Anonymous

      It sounds absolutely to me like the star called ‘Wormwood’. How specific is that? It occurred in the early hours of the morning. To an observer in Heaven, with the top blown sky high, could have looked like a star falling to the earth. How could the Russians have possibly known about Revelation in the Bible? We have just found out recently, the Lord is speaking to us by this past event and telling us that things must be well on the way for His return.

  6. Several problems with the idea that Chernobyl is referred to in Revelation:

    10] 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.

    1. From the text in Revelation, it was from the waters themselves, not the land, that many became sick.
    2. The text says, “third part of the rivers” which I assume is a third part of the entire earth ? Chernobyl does not contain a third part of all rivers of the entire earth.

  7. I heard this back in 1986, and I finally got around to checking up on it. I don’t speak Russian, but I looked in every Russian translation of the Bible on, and all of them translated “wormwood” as Полынь, pronounced “Polin”. Of course this sounds nothing like “Chernobyl”. So at the very least, Chernobyl is NOT the name of the star that Russian Bibles use in Rev 8:11. It’s possible that Chernobyl can also be translated “wormwood”, but can you point to some source that says that? I mean, a generic source like a Russian-English dictionary, not another Christian page making this Revelation link? I frankly wonder if this is a story that got started and passed around Christian circles and it in fact is not true.

    • I just googled “Wormwood in Russian” and it said Chernobyl. I then googled, “What does Chernobyl mean in Russian” and it said “wormwood”. Now, it seems the area was once surrounded by grasslands, and the grass was….a bitter herd called wormwood. So next time instead of being suspicious, try a little. Do you pray with an unbelieving heart? Then no, your prayers are not answered either.

  8. I had a thought. I wondered if the Fukushima disaster could be considered as a continuation of the third trumpet. It’s clearly poisoning the ocean, and as it’s the same sort of disaster as Chernobyl, it seems they could be the same event if considered on a biblical timescale.

    • Doug Norvell

      Hey dostorwhy88,

      The Ukrainian word чорнобиль, translates to wormwood/chernobyl. Revelation 8:10 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.

      We are not trying to pull anything on anyone, only trying to open eyes. Have a blessed day in the name of Jesus. 🙂