The Abyss and the Beast from the Abyss
compiled by Dee Finney
| Demons feared Jesus
Christ not just because He had the power (as did, and do, others
e.g. Matthew 10:8 - see also Casting
Out Demons), by means of the Holy Spirit, to cast them out of
someone they possessed, but also because He had the power and authority
to sentence them into the abyss.
(Luke 8:30-31 RSV)
|II THESSALONIANS 2:3 Let no one
deceive you by any means; for that Day [the return of Christ] will not
come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is
revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above
all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in
the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 5 Do you not
remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And
now you know what is restraining [the Abyss], that he may be
revealed in his own time.
|REVELATION 9:1 And the fifth angel
blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth,
and he was given the key of the shaft of the Abyss; 2 he opened
the shaft of the Abyss and from the shaft rose smoke like
the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were
darkened with the smoke from the shaft. 3 Then from the smoke
came locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the
power of scorpions of the earth; 4 they were told not to harm the grass
of the earth or any green growth or any tree, but only those of mankind
who have not the seal of God upon their foreheads; 5 they were allowed
to torture them for five months, but not to kill them, and their torture
was like the torture of a scorpion, when it stings a man. 6 And in those
days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die,
and death will fly from them. 7 In appearance the locusts were like
horses arrayed for battle; on their heads were what looked like crowns
of gold; their faces were like human faces, 8 their hair like women's
hair, and their teeth like lions' teeth; 9 they had scales like iron
breastplates, and the noise of their wings was like the noise of many
chariots with horses rushing into battle. 10 They have tails like
scorpions, and stings, and their power of hurting men for five months
lies in their tails. 11 They have as king over them the angel
of the Abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek
he is called Apollyon. [which both mean Destroyer]
|Rev. 11:6 These men [the two witnesses] have power
to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are
prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to
strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want. 7Now
when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes
up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.
|The great military "beast" (see Revelation
13) will get much of his great power from demons when they ascend
out of the abyss:
"And I saw, issuing from the mouth of the dragon and from the mouth of the beast and from the mouth of the false prophet, three foul spirits like frogs; for they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty." (Revelation 16:13-14 RSV)
|And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having
the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized
the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound
him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and
sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until
the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection.
Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.
When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth--Gog and Magog--to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God's people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them.
And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
|Significantly, in several passages the Gentile enemies of
Israel are compared to locusts. The particular similarity between
Israel's enemies and locusts is the vast number of each (Jud. 6:5;
7:12). In Jeremiah 51:14, similarly, the Lord swore that Israel would be
filled with locusts that would cry in triumph over them, and in Jeremiah
46:23, we find the prophecy that the Egyptians, though numerous as
locusts, would someday be no more.
It is not simply in numerical strength that nations are comparable to locusts. More particularly, locusts are likened to armies. Proverbs 30:27 compares locusts to an army that advances rank upon rank, and this comparison is picked up in Joel 1:4, where different ranks of locusts -- gnawing, swarming, creeping, and stripping -- are distinguished, and compared to an invading army (cf. 1:6). The analogy of locusts and armies is even more explicit in Nahum, who compares the swarming locust to the guardsmen, and the marshals to grasshoppers (3:15-16). Isaiah 33:4 refers to locusts that rush onto spoils.
The symbolism of locust armies is employed in Jeremiah 51:27, where the horses of the nations against Babylon are compared to "bristly locusts." The apostle John seems to be alluding to this passage when, in Revelation 9, he describes locusts coming from the Abyss and receiving power (9:3). John goes on to describe in detail the appearance of the "locusts": They are like horses prepared for battle; they wear crowns on their heads; their faces are like the faces of men, their hair like women's, their teeth like lion's; they wear breastplates; and the sound of wings is like sound of chariots, or of horses running to battle (9:7ff.).
David Chilton notes that the locusts in Revelation 9 come from the Abyss, and thus are demons; their sound is like that of the glory-chariot of God. (Chilton, The Days of Vengeance: An Exposition of the Book of Revelation [Fort Worth, TX: Dominion Press, 1987].) The locust army is a demonic parody of the glory of God, an "anti-glory cloud," if you will. This casts new light on all the references to locust plagues and locust-armies in the Old Testament. It suggests that the real enemies behind Israel's enemies were the demonic armies of Satan, just as the hosts of Israel were accompanied into battle by hosts of angels. The warfare of Israel and her enemies was a type and a visible working-out of the warfare of Michael and Satan
|And the holy city shall they trample forty-two months,
signifies that it would disperse every truth of the Word, even so that
nothing would remain. By "the holy city" is meant the holy
Jerusalem; and by "the holy Jerusalem" is meant the New Church
which is in truths of doctrine, for "holy" is predicated of
the Divine truth (n. 173); and "a city" signifies doctrine (n.
194); therefore by "trampling" that metropolis or city is
signified to disperse the truths of its doctrine; by "forty-two
months" is signified until there is an end, when there is nothing
left; by truths of doctrine are meant truths from the Word, because the
doctrine of the church, and all that relates to it, is thence derived.
That they who are, at this day, in the internals of the church, have so
dispersed the truths of the Word, and thence the doctrines of the
church, and everything of it, is described in this chapter by "the
beast coming up out of the abyss,"
in that "he killed the two witnesses" (verse 7), and may also
be seen from the Relations from the spiritual world, annexed to each
 By "forty-two months" is signified even to the end, and till no truth and good of the church is left, because the same thing is signified by forty-two and by six weeks, for six times seven is forty-two, and by "six weeks" is signified what is complete even to the end; for "six" has this signification, and "a week" signifies state, and "the seventh week" a holy state, which is a new state of the church, when the Lord begins His reign. This number has a similar signification in the following passage:
And there was given unto the beast which came up out of the sea a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and power was given unto him to continue forty-two months (Rev. 13:5). (See n. 583.)
The reason why "six" signifies what is complete to the end, is, because "three" has that signification (n. 505), and "six" is double that number, and a number doubled has the same signification as the simple number; besides, the same is signified by this number as by three and a half, because "forty-two months" make three years and a half. "Months" are mentioned because by "a month" is signified a full state (as in Isaiah 66:23; Revelation 22:1, 2; Genesis 29:14; Numbers 11:18-20; Deuteronomy 21:11, 13).
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