Abyss Demon Locusts
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Abyss Demon Locusts
(Revelation 9.1-3)
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"The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth." (Revelation 9.1-3)✞

Fell from Heaven

Christ of the AbyssA star, which could possibly refer to Satan himself who was described as "a star" which fell from heaven to open up the underworld here called the Abyss, which simply means "bottomless" in Greek. "Abyss" is the same word used by Jesus in Luke 8.31 to refer to the bottomless pit of Hell. We read of the demon-possessed man, "Jesus asked him, 'What is your name?' 'Legion,' he replied, because many demons had gone into him. And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss." The star with a key came and released the demon locusts. The access to the shaft of the Abyss or bottomless pit was normally held by God and kept locked, but was temporarily given to this fifth angel from Heaven. This angelic being was under God's control and authority.

Three Cosmos Levels

New HeavenThe Hebrews pictured three levels to the Cosmos. The heavens were above, the earth beneath and the underworld below the earth containing the abyss locusts. The dead without Christ lived in the underworld with the beast and demons. The Abyss was a prison for Satan during the millennium or "one thousand years" and was the home of the demon locusts.✞

The Abyss Cavern

Abyss CavernThe abyss was envisioned as a vast subterranean cavern full of fire. Its only link with the earth was a kind of passage or mine shaft, which was usually kept locked. The Abyss represented the place of the demon locusts and of Satan, the king of demons. These evil powers were being released at God's command and in his control in order to wreak havoc upon the earth.✞

"Abyss Demon Locusts"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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