The Opening of The Abyss
The opening of the abyss is perhaps one of the scariest parts of Revelation, why else would three woes be sounded before this happens. To understand why it is so bad we need to do a careful study. One thing I ask is for you to have an opened mind to things you may not have considered or agreed with in the past. At times, we all will face the obvious and deny it because it goes against what we want to believe. There are many who just cannot in their mind conceive Noah and the ark story. So no matter what the Bible says about it, they just cannot believe it is true or they twist the scriptures to say that it was just a local flood. Are you willing to go where the Bible takes us? Are you willing to let the evidence lead the way? Then read on.
1And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth:and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 2And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit
This trumpet is not about another star falling. I know the KJV does not bring it out clearly that this is a star that had already fallen. When did this star fall? We already learned that in the third trumpet and found that it was Satan who was cast down. Then the fourth trumpet brought down the angels with them. Now we have another group of beings about to be let loose on the earth. Satan is given the key to let them loose. Now again we are dealing with symbols and the interpretation of this event should be found in the Bible. I just love this! The Bible is not a disconnected set of stories, it is a cohesive volume and so we should have no problem finding this pit with beings in it. We do find them in second Peter and Jude.
4For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment 5And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
2 Peter 2:4-5
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day
If the Bible tells us clearly there are angels being held for judgment, which the tribulation is, then why not connect them together. Where else could we know about such beings that are let loose from this pit? It just seems harder for me to believe that God just comes out of nowhere and says there are being we never had heard of in a pit. Now I have no problem with that if we cannot find any other possible place it could be mention. With Peter and Jude’s discussion about angels being lockup, this seems much more consistent and plausible then we are dealing with the same thing. Tying these passages together gives us knowledge of what is to become of these angels in the pit. Does that make sense?
Believing we are dealing with the same angels we need to see if we can find out more about these incarcerated angels so that we can better understand what is about to happen in Revelation. This is where it gets a little scary. Jude tells us; “I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord…”, and then goes on the tell about three time periods which are God saving the people out of Egypt, angels sinning, and Sodom and Gomorrah. We all remember the story about Egypt, everyone knows about Sodom and Gomorrah, but when did we hear about angels being leaving their first estate and habitation? I think Peter clues us in on this very well when he mention this event with the old world and Noah. What happen then?
That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
With what I have already shown is how Peter and Jude described these events and here we have clear use of a term that only is used to reference angels in the old testament. What I am saying is the term sons of God is a term used for angels. Now I have heard some really far reaching comments to say these are not angels. One comment was by a great man of God who had a radio program. He said they could not be angels because being the Son of God they were good and therefore could not have done such wicked acts. Why is that far reaching because Adam was given the title the “son fo God”1 and yet he sinned.
The second argument is that the “Son of God” are the offspring of Seth. Anyone study this title understands its significance. So why would the offspring of Seth be given such a title? God choose Abram to be a great nation and His chosen people, yet they were never given such a title!
If you refuse to believe these are angels, you really are required to respond to Jude, because he asked you to remember the angels that sinned. Where is that recorded for us? You cannot claim these are the angel that sinned with Satan because the bible is clear the fallen angels are at work in the world today. So there must be one group that are in the pit and the other is loose and at work now. This says something about these incarcerated angels. If they are so evil that God had to chain them up, then when they are let loosed it is going to be real bad. I believe Jude reveals the sin that put them in the pit.
6And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 7Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Next time will see what happens when the angels are released from the pit.