“THEN THE fifth angel blew [his] trumpet…and to the angel was given the key of the shaft of the Abyss (the bottomless pit). HE OPENED the long shaft of the Abyss and smoke like the smoke of a huge furnace puffed out of the long shaft, so the sun and the atmosphere were darkened by the smoke from the long shaft. Then out of the smoke LOCUST CAME FORTH on the earth, and such POWER was granted them as the power the earth’s scorpions have.” ~ Revelation 9:1-3 AMPLIFIED Bible.
Buckle Up Your Seat Belts–it’s going to be quite a ride!
Although the picture I inserted is from the movie THE ABYSS, it gives some clues into some images of eschatology in the Bible. My intent and focus of this blog is to perk your interest, not to school you on end-times prophecy. So here we go and buckle up your seat belts!
What is a TSUNAMI?
According to Dictionary.com: Waves that are created by ground disturbances, such as earthquakes. They happen deep under water in the ocean…and they can devastate coastal areas. How does this relate to the Abyss and to September 11th? First of all, the above title states 9:11 (Revelation 9:11), not 9/11. Although…the events that occurred just might have been a beginning of a great “disturbance”; a tremor in the “Day of the Lord” but not the event that occurred at the Twin Towers.
Revelation 1: 10–“The Lord’s Day”:
The apostle John was in exile on the island of Patmos where he was given in a vision, a glimpse of the end of the age; which is called the “Day of the Lord” in Old and New Testament Scripture.
Zephaniah 1:18 says, “Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s indignation and wrath…”
GOD will punish humanity in their proud, selfish and sinful ways and their refusal to acknowledge Him as the true and only God. “But I thought God loved everyone?” He does, that’s who He is! But He is also a righteous God!! I love my children, but when they were small they WERE punished for the wrong doings.
The PUNISHMENTS and the ABYSS:
The release of the wicked demons and fallen angels locked in the Abyss. The BIBLE teaches the Abyss is a ‘spirit prison’– (Luke 8:31; 1 Peter 3:19; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6).
In the Abyss, fallen angels are bound in “everlasting chains under darkness” waiting “for the judgement of the great day.” Oh by the way…it doesn’t matter whether you believe in the “Abyss” or a place for “fallen angels and “demons.”
It is kind of like the line in the movie “A Few Good Men”; with the dialogue between Tom Cruse and Jack Nicolson:
USMC Major Nathan Jessop (Nicolson): “You want answers?!!”
Cruse: “I want the TRUTH!!”
Nicolson: “You can’t handle the TRUTH!!”
THE “TRUTH IS”… GOD’S WORD; SCRIPTURE; YOUR BIBLE!”
But in the meantime….an intriguing character is introduced:
“Over them [locust and scorpion-like, demons and fallen angels] as king they have the angel of the Abyss (of the bottomless pit). In Hebrew his name is Abaddon [destruction], but in Greek he is called Apollyon [destroyer]” Revelation 9:11.
THE ‘FALLEN ANGEL’ THAT’S LOCKED UP IN THE ABYSS:
There is a ‘fallen angel‘ now residing and locked up in the bottomless pit who is himself –THE (Greek definite article of speech) KING of the demonic Locusts and his name is ABADDON in the Hebrew language; in the Greek tongue his name is APOLLYON.
However, what I noticed about this name was this is NOT this demonic spirit’s actual name, but rather his occupational/vocational name–DESTRUCTION!
What is Apollyon/Abaddon’s Destructive Mission?
To ruin and destroy by all manner and means possible ; the very fabric of LIFE itself and those commodities that are essential to support life as we know it–that’s what LOCUSTS do!
The Capabilities of the Abyss Locust (Revelation 9:4-10):
Before I give you the locust’s abilities presented in Scripture of Revelation 9, let me reveal what I found in the Old Testament; about the Locusts in the plagues of Egypt as a correlation:
“Then the Lord said to Moses, Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up on the land of Egypt and eat all the vegetation of the land, all that the hail has left.  And Moses stretched for his rod over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night; when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts.  And the locust came up over all the land of Egypt and settled down on the whole country of Egypt, a very dreadful mass of them; never before were there such locusts as these, nor will there ever be again.  For they covered the whole land, so that the ground was darkened, and they ate every bit of the vegetation of the land and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left; there remained not a green thing of the trees or the plants of the field in all the land of Egypt” (Exodus 10:12-15 AMP).
Now look back at the difference in Revelation 9:
1. The locusts were told NOT to injure the herbage of the earth nor any green thing nor any tree (verse 4).
2. The locusts were told NOT to kill those who were attacked; just to torment the people under their torture (verse 5).
3. The locusts had unique tails; they were as a scorpion, stinging them not once but for a period of 5 months (verses 5-6).
What John saw and what he tried to explain.
Many modern day scholars attempted to state with absolute certainty, that these locusts represented “helicopters” or some other weapon of war. While this all may be true, and I tend to lean this way myself, it’s just possible, they may be some sort of living creatures. Now I’m not positive that a helicopter or a weapon of war fits the descriptions given in Revelation 9, although chemical warfare could come into play as the “torment” for the last five months in verse 5. Just saying.
THE “SEAL” (MARK) OF GOD AS PROTECTION AGAINST THE ENEMY’S STING!
Who were the SEALED? In the Greek language, the word is esphragismenon, perfect passive participle; ones having been sealed.
Whatever your views are on the tribulation, Scripture informs us that some sort of SEAL will identify the protected.
The SEAL identifies those who are set apart with special protection in the middle of God’s judgements. We don’t know WHEN the events will occur but we do know they WILL HAPPEN and since God’s timing is different from what we might think, it could start tomorrow; even while you are reading this blog.
This MARK “denotes ownership which carries with it protection of the owner” [A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament by Fredrick Dunker and Walter Bauer].
In this case…GOD!
This SEAL may not be visible to man but it’s evident to God, the angels and to demons disguised in the forms of LOCUSTS, or demon-pilots in helicopters, will carry forth His judgements.
There Is A Similarity to the Sealing of Believers Today.
That sealing comes when believers are baptized into the body of Christ and sealed with the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:13; Eph. 4:30).
The COMMAND ‘do not hurt or kill them‘ implies: after the ‘sealing’ is finished, the judgements that are next will come.
The Apostle Paul Asks An Important Question:
“I Ask then: Has God totally rejected and disowned His people? Of course not! Why, I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin! No, God has not rejected and disowned His people [whose destiny] He had marked out and appointed and foreknown from the beginning…” (Romans 11:1-2 AMP).
Paul continues in verse 5-7: “So too at the present time there is a remnant (a small believing minority), selected (chosen) by grace (by God’s unmerited favor and graciousness). But if it is by grace, it is no longer conditioned on works or anything men have done. Otherwise, grace would no longer be grace [it would be meaningless]. What then [shall we conclude]? Israel failed to obtain what it sought [God’s favor by obedience to the Law]. Only the elect (those chosen few) obtained it, while the rest of them became callously indifferent (blinded, hardened, and made insensible to it).”
Paul doesn’t leave Israels fate here!
“And so all Israel will be saved…” ~ Romans 11:26.
KING OF THE BOTTOMLESS PIT:
In covering this passage (verse 11), I had to investigate numerous other Scriptures to be considered and to correct many misconceptions.
Abaddon/Apollyon, are they now on the world scene?
Some today have taught in the past that Abaddon was Saddam Hussein. Today…well today it is the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
But in the Bible, it says that until the 5th Trumpet sounds, this “angel of the Abyss (the bottomless pit)” is exactly where the Bible says he is: THE ABYSS. The shocking reality of this angel is disturbing when my investigation compared other Scriptures: [Revelation 11:7; Rev.13:4, 8; Rev.17:8, Rev.17:11, 17:13]. When the descriptions are compared to the BEAST, there should be no doubt that the BEAST are the one in the same; Abaddon/Apollyon.
This Was But A Glimpse Into the Future.
Did I get your attention of world affairs going on in the ‘right now’? To be honest, that was only a small part of why the Lord led me in my Bible detective investigation. The FUTURE can be the next year, the next month, the next day, the next hour, minute and second. The question is where will you be when the 5th Trumpet Sounds?
GOD KEEPS GOOD RECORDS–
GOD knows His own family:
“And if ANYONE’S [name] was not found recorded in the Book of Life, he was hurled into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).
My wife spent over four months before Christmas 2011, to compile a THOMPSON and PAGAN (her maiden name) in a family tree for each one of our three children. It included old pictures, family photos of group gatherings, mementos (a saved strand of hair from our oldest daughter’s first hair cut), etc… All three of our children exclaimed: “it was the best Christmas gift ever given from mom and dad.”
The Book of Life is a set of names.
Names of those in the family of God who will live with their heavenly Father forever in heaven. It is a ‘roll call’ of those who our SAVED (Rev. 3:5; 20:12; Phil. 4:3). This same Book is also called the Lamb’s Book of Life because it contains the names of those who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, Lord Jesus (Rev. 13:8; 21:27).
You’re maybe asking yourself, after reading this blog, “I don’t want to be caught by a ‘TSUNAMI’, where the SMOKE rises up like a wave from the Abyss and the sun and the atmosphere are darkened by the smoke from the long shaft” (Revelation 9:2).
If your name is written down in the Book of Life…you will be SAVED; not for awhile but for eternity. So you better be sure of your salvation by repenting of sin and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as you own personal savior.
Once your name is written down in the Book, it will never be erased! (Rev. 3:5; Rom. 8:37-39). No true believer should doubt their eternal security in Christ (John 10:28-30).
“…for the time when things are brought to a crisis and the period of their fulfillment is near” (Revelation 22:10).
“He Who gives this warning and affirms and testifies to theses things says, Yes (it is true). [Surely] I (Jesus) am coming quickly (swiftly, speedily). Amen (so let it be)! Yes, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).