|Bottomless Pit is opened, the
Verses 1-12 (NASB)
And the fifth ANGEL sounded,
This is the first WOE of the WOE, WOE, WOE in Revelation
8:13 (the previous verse). It will take eleven verses to
TRUMPET blast. Finally, in verse 12, this
and I saw a STAR from heaven which had fallen
Since this STAR "had fallen" indicates the fall took place previously.
Perhaps, this star is the one in the third TRUMPET, Revelation
8:10. The most common interpretation is the STAR is a fallen
or the devil himself.
and the key of the bottomless pit was given
Here is where things get interesting. Christ has the keys: Keys of
and Hades, Revelation
So it is as if Christ
the devil by saying, "Show me what you have in the bottomless pit that
you could possibly use to overthrow Me." Just the act of the devil
to take the key shows superiority of Christ.
Now let's consider "the bottomless pit (abyss)". It is
because it is lockable. Otherwise, there would be no need for a key.
the word "bottomless" contradicts the idea of self-contained. So the
conclusion is that physical boundaries are subject to physical laws,
spiritual/evil boundaries are subject to different yet lockable laws.
There are two types of demons. Those who are free to
These are the ones Jesus cast out throughout His miracles period. Those
who are bound in the pits of darkness for sins committed as Peter says
2:4-9. They are being preserved
for judgment as Jude
Some think that the Nephilim of Genesis
6:1-8 are some in the bottomless pit after they were drown in
flood. It is a place so horrible that even the "free-roaming" demons do
not want to go there, Luke
And he opened the BOTTOMLESS PIT
The one who was given the key in the previous
- SMOKE went up out of the PIT,
like the smoke of a
Smoke is an indication of wrath and anger, Psalm
If hell is at the center of the earth, as some
then there really is no bottom but only up. The entities in the PIT are
angry for being bound there. Recall that the curse of sin is upon the
ALL OF IT!
The PIT is where the beast arises: Revelation
11:7 and Revelation
17:8. It is the
of certain demons, Luke
8:31 and the
realm of the dead, Romans
This is the SUN-darkening and AIR-filling SMOKE from the previous
verse, and it came from the PIT. It is not clear whether this is a
literal vision or a figurative one. Usually, smoke (fire) would kill
therefore, it is probably most likely the LOCUSTS are symbolic.
- And out of the SMOKE came forth
LOCUSTS upon the
The PIT is reserved for the devil and his angels, so
awful demons previously locked up. Joel
describes what these LOCUSTS do ... strip the remaining humans of life
and spiritual conscience.
This is the first of three things given to the LOCUSTS. The other two
follow in the next two verses. There is nothing which happens in the
unless the Lord permits it,
- and 1) POWER
was given to them, as
the earth have power.
Scorpions are not pleasurable. They inflict terrible sting and pain.
Israelites experienced them so they would be trustful, humble, and
the power to make wealth, Deuteronomy
2:1-7 shows the house of Israel
being so fearful and rebellious that they are willing to "sit on
than to repent. This explains when Jesus was encouraging the seventy
after a demon-bashing-in-His-name mission in Luke
10:17-20 that He passed on His authority to "tread on
This verse shows that a terrible, visible, stripping,
evil will be released onto this earth. DO
BE THE ONE LEFT BEHIND TO EXPERIENCE THIS!
And 2) they
were told that they should not
the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree,
It is the creatures from the PIT who are told by the four angels
to hurt any green
Now, if these are real locusts, as in the
then this is exactly opposite of what real locusts do. That is, real
feed on "green things". Also since they understand what they are not to
do, these creatures are intelligent, at least more than real locusts
BUT ONLY the men who do not have the SEAL OF
GOD on their
Now, this is an interesting twist. It is clear that these creatures
the PIT are to go after men. Maybe this is a testing of those
men who falsely claim they are sealed. The 144,000 men, apparently, are
not sealed all at once as implied in Revelation
7:3. So these demons from the PIT appear to be released to do
mischief while the sealing continues by the four angels.
And 3) they
were not permitted to KILL
but to TORMENT for FIVE months;
Five months, spring and summer, is the life cycle of the locust. During
this time, the permission to kill is denied. To TORMENT is OK. However,
for the type of TORMENT to be experienced during this exact five
DEATH would probably be preferred.
It is clear that to harm believers, the devil needs
2:3-6). The devil also needs permission to TORMENT these
This implies that ALL HUMAN LIFE is precious to God. Even today we are
experiencing a hint of this TORMENT when young men think its nothing to
"rub out" a person "just because I wanted to". Here, in this verse, it
is the threat of death which is the TORMENT.
Note: the five months period is the same time that the
with water. During this time ALL LIFE was killed (notTORMENTed) except
for Noah and his family and pairs of animals, Genesis
and their TORMENT was like the TORMENT of a
stings a man.
The scorpion's sting is most painful but seldom fatal. It was equated
harsh discipline as in 2
Other examples of TORMENTand related fear:
These are the days during the 5th TRUMPET and following the release of
the smoke (demons) from the abyss.
- Job indicates TORMENT brings no ease -- Job
- The remnant of Topheth is TORMENTed by the bones of
Israelis -- Jeremiah
- The sin of Israel brought on TORMENT -- Hosea
MEN will seek DEATH and will not FIND it;
Watchman Nee in his book, "Come, Lord Jesus" says, "The desire to die
a matter of the heart, whereas the seeking of death is a question of
Presently, it is death that seeks man, but (in those days) in the
it will be man seeking death."
and they will long to die and death flees
Remember that even DEATH is under Christ's control, Revelation
1:18. Even as Hannah prayed in 1
2:5-10, it is the Lord that kills and makes alive.
This period has to be a real awesome period. For five
be no deaths among the unsealed people. This is hard to imagine since
guns, drugs, hangings etc. should be available during this time; yet
state of the demon controlled person may be such that they will not be
able to control their own movements. Take, for example, Luke
8:26-39, a man who had some of these demons. He was out of
Also note the fear of the villagers in verse 37.
And the APPEARANCE of the locusts was
John sees these demons released out of the abyss and tries to describe
them. Whether they will be visible to the unsealed persons is not
but their effect on them will be REAL!
- like HORSES prepared for battle;
Job in Job
39:19-25 gives us a verbal
description of how war horses act. Nothing will stop them; they have no
fear; and they will not respond "to a trumpet". That is, whatever man
to do to counteract these terrible demons will not work. They are
to go" having just been released from the pit! Look out unsealed
Check out how Habakkuk (Habakkuk
describes the horsemen invasion by the Chaldeans.
- on their heads, as it were, CROWNS
like gold, and
The old deceiver, Revelation
again trying to imitate authority. However, remember the TRUE crown of
GOLD is worn by Christ, Revelation
and his followers, like the 24 elders, Revelation
- their faces were like the faces
This denotes the demons have intelligence. That is, they use rational
thought. They know who the unsealed are, and it will be difficult for
unsealed to distinguish the humans from the demons. But, again, that is
the highest form of deception.
- And they had HAIR like the HAIR
Whether this image is to denote a very attractive beguiling demon which
lures men to them or if the long hair is for the "glory" (1
11:6-7) of their leader, ABADDON (Revelation
9:11) is not clear. Nonetheless, they are attractive. That
an attention getter, just watch the TV commercials to see what part
plays in selling product!
- and their TEETH were like the
TEETH of lions.
What an odd combination! The unsealed are lured by the hair, and then
they are "torn apart" by the teeth "of lions". This is in line with
Joel says about the devouring nature of demons (Joel
These demons have no respect. They obviously don't
to others as they wished to be done to them (or are they?) (Matthew
- And they had BREASTPLATES like
breastplates of IRON;
These locusts or demon creatures are well protected, they think. They
cannot be killed, nor can they kill; they can only torment for 5
Note the contrast between these demons "protection"
is given to them by Christ who wears His BREASTPLATE of righteousness, Isaiah
- and the SOUND of their wings was
like the SOUND of
chariots, of many
horses rushing to battle.
The demon creatures have movement and their movement is loud. It is
not as though they sneak up on you. Those unsealed persons will hear
going and the SOUND alone should strike terror into their hearts. Joel
sees them as leaping from the top of one mountian to another, Joel
2:5 (or can we interpret this as metro area to metro area?).
- And they have TAILS like
scorpions, and STINGS; and
is their POWER to hurt men for five months.
When a phrase "for five months" is repeated within a chapter (verse
5), it means it has importance. These demonic creatures will
"unsealed" humans for five months. They cannot kill the unsealed people
-- just make life miserable.
Then after five months, they all disappear. Again a
Consider how scorpions sting. The tail is kept out of
out of nowhere, while you are facing the creature, you get hit. Again,
how deceptive is looking at beauty and the extreme torment lurking
One senses throughout this discussion of the
of sexuality. This almost seems like David and Bathsheba in 2
11:2-5 and the consequences in 2
11:26-27. This is the combination of beauty, temptation, and
They have as KING over them, the ANGEL of the
Solomon rightly observed that animal locusts do not have a king in Proverbs
30:24-28. Therefore, this phrase clearly indicates that these
than animals. To have an angel (fallen) leading them indicates their
nature, that is, demons. There are more creatures than just satan who
evil or fallen, Matthew
It is not satan himself even though he rules
as found in Ephesians
6:12 and Colossians
2:15. And satan's place currently is not in the abyss but in
places as shown in Ephesians
his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the
Greek he has
John is the only writer who uses bilingual terms. He does here and in
20:16). This is his
style of writing; however, here in this verse he may have wanted to
that this demonic locust plague was going to affect all "unsealed" both
apostate Jews as well as unsaved Gentiles.
The term 'ABADDON' means 'destruction' or 'ruin'. It is
26:6 as the place of destruction, and even this place is
before Christ Jesus (Proverbs
There is no comfort there, even as in Sheol, Proverbs
The term 'APOLLYON' is the name of a person meaning
personifies the leader of the fallen angels who are released as these
stinging locusts -- demons.
It was accepted in New Testament times that there were
imprisoned. Peter eludes to them in 1
3:19 and 2
apparently is chief among these imprisoned spirits. Also see other
to the destroyer in Jeremiah
9:26, and Daniel
This is the woe we have just studied which is associated with the
of the fifth trumpet. This woe can be interpreted two ways:
- Real (physical) ==> There will be a plague of
which sting as scorpions for 5 months. They are released from a dormant
state or are newly created by God for this woe.
- Figurative ==> Demons are released from the
inflicted upon this earth's people will be glamourous but oh so
Mental anguish is often the worst torment.
behold, two woes are still coming after these
Perhaps, this is said by the eagle (Revelation
8:13) and foretells the next two woes as "trumpets 6 and 7".
pronouncement after the second woe in Revelation
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