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Devil Abyss
(Revelation 20.1-2)
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"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." (Revelation 20.1-2)

Feared Most

Abyss"The Devil Abyss" was believed to be a "subterranean cavern," a "bottomless pit" or a "desolate place" beneath the earth, the place where all the dead went, or the place where special sinners were kept until punishment. The word "abyss" dates back to the 14th century from the middle English "abissus", the Latin "abyssus" and the Greek "abyssos" meaning "bottomless." It was equivalent to "byssos" or "bottom of the sea." The word "abyss" has also found its way into the name of the country of "Abyssinia." The Biblical "abyss" was reached by a bottomless gorge or chasm in the earth and this the angel locks with a key in order to keep the Devil within this prison.

Gerasene Demoniac

Legion the Gerasene DemoniacIt was the abyss which devils feared most of all. In the story of the Gerasene demoniac whose name was Legion, the devils living in him begged Jesus not to command them to go out into the deep, that is, the abyss but to cast them into a herd of pigs feeding on the hillside. Luke 8.31-33 read, "And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission. When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned."

Key of the Abyss

Seal for a ScrollThe seal was set on the abyss by the angel to ensure the safe-keeping of its prisoners, the dragon or Satan, just as the seal was set on the tomb of Jesus in Matthew 27.66 which read, "So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard." The abyss was to be kept closed and Satan bound for a period of a thousand years. In the first resurrection, only those who have died and suffered for the Christian faith will be raised from the dead. The general resurrection will take place after the reign of Christ upon the earth. There were special rewards for those who had shown outstanding loyalty to Christ.

"Devil Abyss"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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