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39. Abyss Locust Demon
Revelation 9.1-6

"The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star received the Abyss shaft key. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like a gigantic furnace' smoke. The Abyss' smoke darkened the sun and sky. Out of the smoke, locusts came down on the earth and received power like earth scorpions. They were told not to harm the earth's grass or any plant or tree, but only those people without God's seal on their foreheads. They were not allowed to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like a scorpion sting when it strikes. During those days, men will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them." (Revelation 9.1-6)✞

Star Falls

Christ of the Abyss"A star" that falls from heaven to open up the underworld could refer to Satan himself. Here, "hell" is called the "Abyss," meaning "bottomless" in Greek. "Abyss" is the same word Jesus used in Luke 8.31 to refer to hell's bottomless pit. "Jesus asked the demon-possessed man, '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." In Revelation, the star with a key comes and releases the abyss' locust demons. Access to the Abyss' shaft is locked, and God holds the key. Here the key is temporarily given to this fifth Heavenly angel. This angelic being is under God's control and authority.

The Abyss

New HeavenThe Book of Hebrews pictures three levels to the Cosmos. The heavens above, the earth beneath, and the underworld containing the locust demons are below the surface. The dead without Christ live in hell with the beast and demons. The Abyss is Satan's prison during the millennium or "one thousand years" and is the locust demon's home. The Abyss is a vast underground fire-filled cavern, and its only link with the earth is a locked shaft. The Abyss represents the locust demon place, and Satan, its king. God controls these evil powers, which are released to wreak havoc upon the earth.

Locust Plague

Locust PlagueA plague of scorpion stinged locusts tortures those without God's seal on their foreheads. A locust plague was described by the prophet Joel as foreshadowing the Day of the Lord in Joel 1.4. "What the locust swarm has left, the great locusts have eaten; what the great locusts have left, the young locusts have eaten; what the young locusts have left, other locusts have eaten." Following this, we read in Joel 2.28-29, of the Spirit's coming, "And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams; your young men will see visions. Even on my both my men and women servants, I will pour out my Spirit in those days." In the Old Testament, locusts are destruction symbols because they devour crops and food. They figured prominently in Egypt's eighth and ninth plagues before the Exodus. Here the Revelation scorpion stings torture people who do not believe in God. "Scorpion stings" are well known in Israel for the excruciating pain they inflict. The limitations placed on locusts that can only torment people for five months indicate that they are still under God's authority and control.

"Abyss Locust Demon"
by Ron Meacock © 2021

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