Before its' toxicity was known it was used as the name implies: a worming medicine for people and animals. . Historic references to wormwood go back as far as 1600 B.C. in Egypt. Wormwood leaves contain absinthian a substance which can be toxic to other plants. You may have heard of the alcoholic drink "absinthe" a green colored beverage that is now illegal in most countries. It has been documented that the painter Vincent Van Gogh was imbibing of absinthe when he lopped off his ear to send to a woman.
The New Testament Greek word for "star" is aster , as in asteroid. Providentially, the not-too-distant occurrence of the 3rd Trumpet Judgment (as seen above in Revelation 8:10-11) of the Tribulation Week, places Wormwood, the Asteroid of Judgment, in prophetic focus. Apsinthos , the Greek word for "Wormwood", means undrinkable.
Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink. Jeremiah 9:15
The book of Revelation discloses what appears to be the Earth being struck by an asteroid, with the result that the "third part of the rivers" and the "fountains of waters" became "wormwood". The aftermath will be that "many men will die of the waters", and specifically, "because they were made bitter". GOD's judgment will most assuredly come to pass! Wormwood is one of many judgments to occur during the Tribulation Week. The judgments described to occur during this upcoming period in human history are hard to imagine. Meditation on these judgments is difficult, but as with all scripture, meditation is for our benefit and is a blessing to us.
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalm 19:7-14
On September 26th 1990, the United States House of Representatives, in its NASA Multiyear Authorization Act of 1990, stated: "The Committee believes that it is imperative that the detection rate of Earth-orbit-crossing asteroids must be increased substantially, and that the means to destroy or alter the orbits of asteroids when they threaten collision should be defined and agreed upon internationally." As is seen, the secular world is unwittingly being prepared by the Almighty for their rendezvous with Wormwood, the Asteroid of Judgment. Coming judgment is in the hands of the Living God to work out His purpose of judgment to an unbelieving and stiff-necked World. Are you ready for that?
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. 2 Peter 3:9-11