The Bottomless Pit

ABYSS

A recent piece (The Plague of Demons in Joel and Revelation)–as well as a newer one (MORE On the Demons in Joel and Revelation) which more closely examines those beings–features mentions of the bottomless pit (sometimes referred to as “the abyss“).

Since so few seemed aware of the bottomless pit, it was decided to provide some basic info on that place of containment.

1- Bottomless Pit (or The abyss)

In the Bible, the abyss is an unfathomably deep or boundless place. The term comes from the Greek ἄβυσσος, meaning bottomless, unfathomable, boundless. It is used as both an adjective and a noun. It appears in the Septuagint, the earliest Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, and in the New Testament. It translates the Hebrew words tehom, תהום‎, deep), tsulah צולה, sea-deep, deep flood) and rachabh רחב‎, spacious place). In the original sense of the Hebrew tehom, the abyss was the primordial waters or chaos out of which the ordered world was created (Genesis 1:2) . The term could also refer literally to the depths of the sea, the deep source of a spring or the interior of the earth.

In a later extended sense in intertestamental Jewish literature, the abyss was the underworld, either the abode of the dead (sheol) or eventually the realm of the rebellious spirits (Hell). In the latter sense, specifically, the abyss was often seen as a prison for demons. This usage was picked up in the New Testament.

2- There are several references to the bottomless pit (abyss) in God’s Word.

In Jude 1:6 and 2PETER, the bottomless pit is mentioned as the place where rebellious angels are locked away until the last days.

“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”
–Jude 1:6

“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment”
–2PETER 2:4

[The greek word <a href=”https://biblehub.com/text/luke/8-31.htm”>ἄβυσσον</a&gt; (abyss) is used for both of these references.]

3- In Luke 8:31, Jesus is begged by the entities in the Gadarene demoniac to NOT send them to the abyss.

“And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.”

So, it appears that both fallen angels AND demons may be locked away in the bottomless pit.

4- Revelation 20:1-3 informs the reader that, after Jesus returns to earth, the bottomless pit will serve as a containment area for the dragon (Satan): Satan will be chained and locked away in the bottomless pit for one thousand years.

“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.”

5- The (fallen) angel in charge of those locked in the bottomless pit is named Abaddon.

“And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.”
–Revelation 9:11

Apollyon = “a destroyer.”

6- The end times beast of the dragon–who will be worshiped by ALL of mankind–comes from the bottomless pit.

“The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”
–Revelation 17:8

7- This beast is responsible for the killing of the two witnesses of God.

“And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.”
–Revelation 11:7

And THAT is about ALL that God’s Word has to say about the bottomless pit.

Everything else that is claimed seems to be speculation on the part of the claimant.

DID the reader previously think much about the bottomless pit (abyss)?

It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines:  April 20, 2022.]

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