“And the third angel sounded the trumpet: and a great star fell from heaven, burning as it were a torch. And it fell on 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)
Firstly, the trumpets announce chastisements – judgments – upon humankind based on their faithlessness and lives of sin. The trumpet is a musical instrument important for announcements, is generally thought of as loud, therefore carrying the sound to distant places, and implies also war as an instrument of directing the battle (certainly in the days of the Bible).
The third trumpet, not to be taken as in timing or an ordered sequence, alludes to the papacy, as the popes used to wear the “triple tiara“, that is the three-level crown signifying the highest office on earth as the Vicar of Christ. The three also represents many things, including the Trinity and God’s one and only Church on earth is the Catholic Church, headed by the Pope, the threefold office of Christ (Priest, Prophet, King), and the threefold authority of the Pope. In short, the pope.
The star represents a priest (as Revelation 9:1 also indicates, in that case Martin Luther) since the purpose of stars in the heavens is for navigation, that is guidance to get safely into port across the sea using the ship analogy. The priest is to guide people to their eternal home in Heaven. Applying the ‘great’ adjective to the star means a high office, and the highest level of the priesthood is a bishop. Jorge Bergoglio is a bishop. In particular, the Pope, the Vicar of Christ, is the Bishop of Rome, and that is the highest possible priestly office. An anti-pope, who externally is viewed as a valid Pope, therefore is the greatest possible star as the Pope is supposed to guide the whole world to eternal life in Heaven with God.
The star falling from Heaven means that the priest was – past tense – a good guide to souls at some point, but has become heretical and an apostate, falling from grace. Satan is also represented as a star falling from Heaven when he rebelled against God, as Isaiah reveals, so the apostate “Pope” who rebels against God, follows his father, the dragon:
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star [Lucifer], son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!” (Catholic Biblical Association (Great Britain). (1994). The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version, Catholic edition (Is 14:12). New York: National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA.)
“Then I saw another beast which rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon.” (Catholic Biblical Association (Great Britain). (1994). The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version, Catholic edition (Re 13:11). New York: National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA.)
The burning well represents Hell, and a torch provides light, but in this case the light of the fires of Hell, as that is his guidance as a falling star, not up into Heaven, but down to earth.
Of course history illustrates all too well various apostate priests, such as arch-heretics Martin Luther, Arius and Nestorius. In fact all the major heresies were started by bad clergy. Why would God allow such a thing? In his book ‘The Priest: His Dignity and Obligations’ St. John Eudes wrote that God permits bad priests as a sign that He is very angry with His faithless children. In Chapter 11 of Qualities of a Priest, St. John Eudes writes:
Bad priests are a sign of God’s anger
“THE MOST EVIDENT MARK of God’s anger and the most terrible castigation He can inflict upon the world are manifested when He permits His people to fall into the hands of clerics who are priests more in name than in deed, priests who practice the cruelty of ravening wolves rather than the charity and affection of devoted shepherds.”
“Instead of nourishing those committed to their care, they rend and devour them brutally. Instead of leading their people to God, they drag Christian souls into hell in their train. Instead of being the salt of the earth and the light of the world, they are its innocuous poison and its murky darkness.“
If that is true for merely a priest, how much more for a bishop, with the ultimate punishment being a bad Pope, or an apparent Pope now, the anti-pope who is the False Prophet (Revelation 13:11-15). There can be no greater punishment of a bad Pope as that is the highest form of the priesthood.
Moving on to the ‘third part,’ that represents a portion and not necessarily a literal 33.33%. The ‘rivers’ and ‘fountains of waters’ represent God’s grace as provided through His Church and the sacraments. Jesus referred to giving living water to the woman at the well (cf. John 4:7-15). Without this living water, grace, salvation is impossible as is living in virtue. Thus to fall upon said water indicates damage, a serious problem, especially when associated with Wormwood.
‘Wormwood’ traditionally signified perversion of justice, or the fruits of idolatry, or divine chastisements (Amos 5:7; 6:13; Deuteronomy 29:12; Jeremiah 9:14, 15). The waters are not embittered because the star is made of wormwood; but because they are corrupted, the star is so named. (Martindale, C. C. (1953). The Apocalypse. In B. Orchard & E. F. Sutcliffe (Eds.), A Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture (p. 1200). Toronto;New York;Edinburgh: Thomas Nelson.)
So Francis the False Prophet corrupts the teachings of the Church, therefore preventing salvation by many (one-third symbolically) because they drink the poisonous water, that is they accept the corruptions, which are the lies as opposed to the Truth. Some idolatries that Francis promotes now are that of the poor, focusing on their physical problems and ignoring their salvation, as well as a false version of mercy which does not require repentance, that is leaving the person in their mortal sins (adultery, sodomy, etc), and not promoting conversion thus leaving many souls comfortable in their false man-made religions. In the future Francis will maximize idolatry by invaliding the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (the Abomination of Desolation) and promote worship of the Antichrist (cf. Revelation 13:14-15). St. Paul mentions the people who drink this poisonous belief also, those who become corrupted:
“NOW the Spirit manifestly saith that in the last times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to spirits of error and doctrines of devils” (The Holy Bible, Translated from the Latin Vulgate. (2009). (1 Ti 4:1). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)
“For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers having itching ears:And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables.” (The Holy Bible, Translated from the Latin Vulgate. (2009). (2 Ti 4:3-4). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)
As does also the prophet Jeremiah:
“Your wickedness will chasten you, and your apostasy will reprove you. Know and see that it is evil and bitter for you to forsake the LORD your God; the fear of me is not in you, says the Lord GOD of hosts.” (Catholic Biblical Association (Great Britain). (1994). The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version, Catholic edition (Je 2:19). New York: National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA.)
“Therefore a lion from the forest shall slay them, a wolf from the desert shall destroy them. A leopard is watching against their cities, every one who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces; because their transgressions are many, their apostasies are great.” (Catholic Biblical Association (Great Britain). (1994). The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version, Catholic edition (Je 5:6). New York: National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA.)
Notice also the further symbolism of Jeremiah, the lion and the wolf, with regard to apostasy:
“Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour.” (Catholic Biblical Association (Great Britain). (1994). The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version, Catholic edition (1 Pe 5:8). New York: National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA.)
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” (Catholic Biblical Association (Great Britain). (1994). The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version, Catholic edition (Mt 7:15). New York: National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA.)
With Francis promoting the acceptance of sin, those who wish to live a sinful life will be confirmed in it, therefore many will choose Hell by their evil lives. That is the ‘many men died of the waters’, since death here indicates eternal death in Hell, not mere physical death which is instead described as sleeping by Jesus.
Finally, since the world is living in the worst possible time, the great apostasy, the great falling away, in these Latter Days, God allows a fake Pope to test the faith of everyone on earth. Will His children choose Truth and the consistent teachings of the Church, or will they choose the lie which approves of their favorite mortal sins and political correctness? That is why we live in the time of ‘Great Tribulation’ “such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, neither shall be.” (The Holy Bible, Translated from the Latin Vulgate. (2009). (Mt 24:21). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)
Pray to Our Lady Destroyer of Heresies and Our Lady Protectress of the Faith for certain help and strength to bear this trial since “he who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 24:13)