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77. Devil Abyss
Revelation 20.1-4

"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 (the angel from heaven) threw him (Satan) into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time. 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 about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshipped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years." (Revelation 20.1-4)✞

Feared Most

AbyssMany scholars believe "The Devil Abyss" to be a "subterranean cavern," a "bottomless pit" or a "desolate place" beneath the earth. It is the place where all the dead go, or the place to keep special sinners 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 is equivalent to "byssos" or "bottom of the sea." The word "abyss" has also found its way into the name of the country of "Abyssinia." A bottomless gorge or chasm reaches the "abyss." The angel locks this with a key to keep the Devil in this prison.

Gerasene Demoniac

Legion the Gerasene DemoniacThe devils fear the abyss most of all. In the story of the Gerasene demoniac whose name was Legion, the devils possessing 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 reads, "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 permitted them. When the demons came out, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the bank into the lake and drowned."

Key of the Abyss

Seal for a ScrollThe angel seals the abyss for the safe-keeping of its prisoners, the dragon, or Satan. Jesus' tomb is sealed in Matthew 27.66, which reads, "So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard." The abyss is closed, and Satan bound for a period of a thousand years. In the first resurrection, those who have died for the Faith raised from the dead. The general resurrection will take place after the reign of Christ upon the earth. There are special rewards for those who show outstanding loyalty to Christ.

Jesus Bridge-Builder

Wooden BridgeThe Jesus bridge-builder forms a connection between God and human beings by his death on the cross. The Latin for "priest" is "pontifex," which means "a bridge-builder." The priest should be the builder of a bridge between God and human beings. Jesus, the great bridge-builder and High Priest, is the only one who brings God and human beings together. The human priest is a pale shadow in this respect, not capable of bringing God and humankind together but only to introduce Jesus, the only one capable of completing this task.

Priest

DeathFor Christians, Jesus utterly defeats death. The second death has no power over us. Physical death for us is not a thing to be feared, for it is the gateway to life everlasting. We are to be the priests of God and Christ. In Christ, even the most ordinary Christian becomes a priest and a bridge builder with Christ.

God and Human Beings

Jesus Icon the AlmightyJesus is the only one with the right of direct access into the presence of God. Those who are loyal to Jesus Christ have the privilege of introducing others to Jesus Christ and may also enter into God's presence. They, too, will reign with Christ.

Judge Jesus

JudgeJudge Jesus rules all the earth, the devil, and the vastness of the abyss and reigns for a thousand years. At the end of the thousand years, God looses the Devil, but he has not learned his lesson, for he begins where he left off. He assembles the nations for one final attack on God. The last attack on Jerusalem by hostile nations is one of the standard pictures of the end times in Jewish thought. Then comes the final judgment. Judge Jesus is on his great white throne, which symbolized his unapproachable purity.

Weighing Scales

Brass Weighing ScalesThe picture in the New Testament is of Jesus Christ as the judge. Jesus says in John 5.22, "Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son." In the Parable of the sheep and goats in Matthew 25.31-33, Judge Jesus is glorified, "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he (Jesus) will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. In Saint Paul's speech at Athens in Acts 17.31, he says that God has appointed a specific time at which Jesus Christ would judge the world. "For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead." According to Saint Paul in 2 Timothy 4.1, "In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and because of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge." Jesus is the one who is to judge the living and the dead!✞

"Devil Abyss"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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