I was reading an article today on the Chernobyl disaster back in April of 1986 and remember how big a deal of the "fact" that Chernobyl means "wormwood" and is mentioned in Revelation 8:11
. It is interesting to note that, yet again, TFI got it wrong. Berg especially made a big deal about it in the following: The Revelation of the Beast
(here he notes that Halley's Comet also appeared in April 1986).
It is funny how Berg's states that, "they don't know really how Chernobyl happened". They know exactly how it happened
Karen Zerby also takes a stab at it here: Y2K Calamities?
Another big fuss over nothing.
According to one view, the city name comes from a combination of chornyi (чорний, black) and byllia (билля, grass blades or stalks); hence it literally means black grass or black stalks. It is named after the Ukrainian word for the plant wormwood. Wormwood, which is used in absinth, grows abundantly in the Chernobyl area. However, another view states that contrary to the widely-held belief, the Russian word for wormwood is not "Chernobyl." Stating that "chornobyl," / "black stalks," refers to mugwort (artemisia vulgaris
), not to wormwood (artemisia absinthium
). In addition, the fable that Chernobyl = wormwood originates from a 1986 New York Times article that quoted an unnamed "prominent Russian writer" as claiming the Ukrainian word for wormwood was "chernobyl." This erroneous attribution took root in the popular imagination, because it enabled associations with the famous verse in the Apocalypse of St. John (Revelation 8:11
) Folk etymologies have appeared after the 1986 nuclear incident, which represent attempts to link the accident to prophecies in the Book of Revelation in the Christian New Testament.