Who Is Abaddon/Apollyon?

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Revelation 9:11 tells us that the fifth trumpet locusts are overseen by the angel of the bottomless pit. The angel of the bottomless pit is a mysterious figure known as Abaddon in Hebrew and Apollyon in Greek:

“And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.” (Revelation 9:11)

In this article, I will reveal the identity of Abaddon/Apollyon (henceforth known as Apollyon).

Unlike many commentators, I do not believe that Apollyon is an evil spiritual being even though his title is the “angel of the bottomless pit”. I do not see how Apollyon would want to punish the wicked if he and the wicked were on the same side. Apollyon simply oversees the activities of the locusts, the instruments of God to punish the recipients of the Mark of the Beast. In addition, Revelation 9:11 does not state that Apollyon comes out of the abyss like the locusts do. Apollyon’s title “the angel of the bottomless pit” indicates that he has authority over the bottomless pit.

“Abaddon” in Hebrew means “Destroyer” or “Destruction” and “Apollyon” in Greek means “Destroyer”. Therefore, Apollyon is an angel tasked with bringing destruction.

The Old Testament and the New Testament reference a spiritual being known as “the Destroyer”. The Destroyer is most known for smiting the Egyptians first-born, the final plague of the 10 plagues of Egypt:

“For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.” (Exodus 12:23)

“Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.” (Hebrews 11:28)

The destroyer is also mentioned in 1 Corinthians 10:10, which references an event in Numbers 14.

Some argue that the Destroyer is the Angel of the Lord. Proponents of this theory often cite the fact that the Angel of the Lord wiped out the Assyrian Army with a plague (Isaiah 37:36). I believe 1 Chronicles 21:15-18 is a passage that either supports or refutes this theory. The passage mentions the “destroying angel” being in the same location as the Angel of the Lord:

“(15) And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the LORD beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD stood by the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite. (16) And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the LORD stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces. (17) And David said unto God, Is it not I that commanded the people to be numbered? even I it is that have sinned and done evil indeed; but as for these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, O LORD my God, be on me, and on my father’s house; but not on thy people, that they should be plagued. (18) Then the angel of the LORD commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up, and set up an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.” (1 Chronicles 21:15-18)

I previously thought that the Angel of the Lord was the Destroyer. However, the more I studied the passage above the more I am convinced that there are two angels at the scene. The Destroyer and the Angel of the Lord. Therefore, I believe Apollyon, the leader of the locusts, most likely is the angelic Destroyer that God has used to inflict punishment on people like the Egyptians and not the Angel of the Lord who smote the Assyrians.

You can learn more about the fifth trumpet by reading my article about the locusts that Apollyon oversees.

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Shea Marks
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Shea Marks

The angel that was responsible for the 10 plagues is said to be Mastema. I believe abaddon is a demon but not an evil one.

Lucy Embry
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Lucy Embry

Most teachers connect the destroyer to Rev. 17 :8 the beast of the bottomless pit

Tirtza Canales
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Tirtza Canales

apollyon is aka “The King of Bottomless Pit” meaning he rule with Satan aka that him. I don’t get y u would assume that he isn’t diabolical

Chris Rob
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Chris Rob

Yeah hell is where the devil is to be tormented and punished, he has no authority at all there, movies ect portray him as a ruler in hell but god has all authority and Abbadon has been choosen to bind satan to his fate.

Abaddon Arises
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Abaddon Arises

Just skimming and saw this ridiculous comment. So your saying that the devil/satan/lucifer/Samael is Abaddon the king of the bottomless pit? Hmm well thats all very nice and all but if I was a king of something, im pretty sure I’d have the key to it.Because otherwise I’d have to ask someone to let me out. If i was a king, im sure as hell not gonna ask someone to let me out. Especially if its hell.

Jon
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Jon

5th trumpet equals the 5th angel gods judgement samael

Jonathan
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Jonathan

Russ Dizdar from shatterthedarkness.net gives great commentary in this area.
http://preemptionbroadcast.podomatic.com/entry/2016-08-24T16_09_01-07_00

Anonymous
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Wirefence
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Wirefence

At Revelation 9:11, however, the word “Abaddon” is used as the name of “the angel of the abyss.” The corresponding Greek name Apollyon means “Destroyer.” In the 19th century there were efforts made to show that this text prophetically applied to individuals such as Emperor Vespasian, Muhammad, and even Napoleon, and the angel was generally regarded as “satanic.” It should be noted, however, that at Revelation 20:1-3 the angel having “the key of the abyss” is shown to be God’s representative from heaven, and rather than being “satanic,” he binds and hurls Satan into the abyss. Commenting on Revelation 9:11,… Read more »

Eaglet
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Eaglet

Satan fits the discription as the angel and the beast that is bound in the bottomless pit and in the abyss, and that will come out of it after the thousand years. Satan is an ANGEL OF light and is called also as a DRAGON BEAST. nowhere in scriptures you will find that there are other angels or beast that will come out of the abyss, only in Rev. 9 and 20. If you think the antichrist is the beast, no scripture ever mentioned that there was a man who are bound and kept in the abyss alive for such… Read more »

Tibi
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Tibi

I am open minded and I see what you’re saying…and I want to understand more of what you have to say, so I am wondering why are you saying the millennium is the half hour silence in heaven? And will the 7th seal , be opened when Christ comes, or end of millennium?

What will happen before Jesus comes? As in these days that are ahead of us?

a lot of what you said makes sense, I’d like more of how you came to that conclusion. It’s very interesting to me.

Jon
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Jon

See how easy it already is to divide & conquer you guys cant agree on anything

Tibi
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Tibi

So a lot of what you have you say makes sense, I do have a couple questions though, so will the 7th seal be opened right when Christ comes? Then there will be the half an our silence in heaven?
If great tribulation is not going to happen before Christ comes but end of millennium, what exactly will happen before Christ comes?

These are just questions wanting to understand how you came to that conclusion, it’s very interesting to me.

Eaglet
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Eaglet

the sixth seal is the great tribulation. kings and mighty men tries to hide from the wrath and the face of the Lamb, this goes to show that they see Jesus Christ is coming down with His army to destroy them. then in Rev. 7 the 144k and the great multitude were presented, this means that the rapture and ressurection had taken place on or before the 2nd advent. Then follow Rev. 8 which is the millennium. Jesus Christ the king. Establishes His thousand year kingdom of peace on earth at the same time heaven is in silence because there… Read more »

Tibi
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Tibi

Eaglet, Everything does sound good, and I looked into it, but I ran into verses that disprove your theory , let me know what you think. Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. Looks like the beast will be thrown into the lake of fire, along with the false prophet as they are mere humans, but satan… Read more »

Jon
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Jon

Both sides had offspring shhh dont tell. Lol

Eaglet
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Eaglet

Tibi, Satan is likened to a Dragon. A dragon can be taken as a beast also, like other wild animals. The Beast that came out of the bottomless pit is different from the beast that was defeated by Christ in armageddon. This beast that was defeated by Christ did not came out of the bottomless pit. There were no mention in scriptures that there was a certain man that was imprisoned in the bottomless pit. Abyss or bottomless pit are for demons and fallen angels only. Hades are for dead people who are not of Christ. This dead people will… Read more »

Tibi
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Tibi

And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. 13And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet Here it shows that those are 3 different entities, and they are together before the millennium. It also shows that mark of the beast and great tribulation will happen before end of millennium which is… Read more »

Eaglet
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Eaglet

What point are you disproving? Rev. 2 to 11 ito my understanding is the he entire prophetic end timeline, beginning from the church up to the end of the millennium. Rev. 12 to 21, is the same entire prophetic end timeline, narrated and viewed differently, beginning from Israel up to the end of the millennium. The key is finding the location of the great tribulation and the millennium in Rev. 2 to 11. Rev. 6 is very true of the GT by descriprion: the celestial signs, kings and mighty men hiding from the wrath and face of the Lamb, islands… Read more »

Eaglet
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Eaglet

correction, seal 6 is the GT and 2nd Advent.

sherrilyn111
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Someone is coming. He.knows and is afraid. I smile at last.

Tibi
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Tibi

Yup

Son of man
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Son of man

Hello children of the one true living God, please pray that you will be accounted worthy to escape the hour of temptation that is going to come upon the entire world. And pray that you will also be accounted worthy to stand in the presence of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Jon
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Jon

Gods judgement is near rapture means soul saved through torment of the flesh. Its the proof god needs that you truely love his son and deserve heaven.

gary g
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gary g

I have heard many people say abaddon is the devil , even some bible preachers have said it but they must be reading from a different bible than i am. clearly abaddon is NOT the devil/satan as its abaddon who binds satan and casts him into the lake of fire. So to say abaddon is satan is riddiculos, would satan cast himself into hell ? I dont think so.People who say this need to READ THEIR BIBLE AGAIN! – Amen 😉

gary g
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gary g

Spelt abbadon wrong multiple times there woops lol 😉

Connie
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The angel given the key is not named. It does not necessarily hold that he has to be Abaddon. He is just the angel assigned to open the pit. It would seem to me if it were Abaddon there and later with Satan, why not just say so.

ceasar
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ceasar

Appoloyon is destroyer angel. Known in Hebrew Abandon. This is reaper angel of souls at death who appears to people at moment of death to say ” you’re time is finished” hence people are startled at his sight just before they give up ghost. This angel oversea abbys or abode of death. He is not the same as Satan the Devil. But acts on orders from God it appears.

eaglet
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eaglet

Compare this following scriptures and see what can you come up with this: (Open and Close Parenthesis is my understanding) Revelation 9:1 (Trumpets) The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star (ANGEL) that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star (ANGEL) was given the KEY to the shaft of the ABYSS. Revelation 20:1-2 (Second Advent prior to start of the Millennium) And I saw an ANGEL coming down out of heaven, having the KEY to the ABYSS and holding in his hand a great chain. 2 He seized the dragon , that ancient serpent,… Read more »

Wayne Croley
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Figure out how to spell the word “which” first you go out and try to do that.

the hero
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the hero

the devil is destined to fail
wich is a very important factor here
failure wich means the devil cannot win
I am destined to introduce satan to his destruction and I am destined to win

the hero
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the hero

your also forgetting about me
I am to kill satan
and when the times comes I will do so

TESS
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TESS

The remnant of Israel (Romans 11:5) beget Christiandom….Amos 7 and 8 tells us that Israel was no more..and that God will pass by them never again…ever..THAT COVENNAT WAS ENDING (HEBREWS 8:13)but that he would save a remnant (Amos 9) fulfilled in Romans 11:5…Israel IS CHRISTIANDOM..WE ARE THE ELECT..AND JOINT HEIRS …FULLY.. Even in the Old Testament.it said if a gentile were to believe..then whatever tribe he was with..he became FULLY as one of them..

Anonymous
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Anonymous

If Abbadon was a demon why would he be the king (or have dominion) over the locust that are going out to torture the people who do not have the seal of God on their body. If Abbadon was a demon he would be targeting God’s children not the ones who have not declared the faith or serve the beast. Abbadon is an angel that is under God’s command not morningstar or any other demon. He binds morningstar for a 1000 years how can he be evil. One last thing, dont look at destruction as always an evil thing because… Read more »

eaglet
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eaglet

Satan is the angel from the abyss/bottomless pit. He is also called the Destroyer. The Locusts are demons who came out from the abyss with their king, Satan.

Those who have the seal of God are the saints reigning with Christ at the millennium. Those who will be tormented are the nations outside the camp of the saints, the beloved city.

The Seven Trumpets Judgement happens at the end of the millennium.

Connie
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Considering that the resurrection occurs at the last trump, which is the seventh trumpet, and the saints are rewarded at the Bema Seat judgment at that time, (Rev. 11:15-18) and the nations are finally given to Christ to reign, all of which have to occur before the millennium, it would seem that the trumpet judgments cannot be after the millennium.

eaglet
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eaglet

It was also mentioned in Rev. 11 the time for judging the dead. We know that the time for judging the dead will be at the white throne judgement. It was mentioned also in Rev. 20:5, The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.The dead in Christ who resurrected together with the alive in Christ that were raptured, were only given the authority to judge, they have not received yet their crowns/rewards. Paul and John both had seen this judgement in their vision with their own way of perceiving and describing the… Read more »

Connie
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When it says that it is time for judging the dead in Rev. 11, it is before the resurrection, so it is talking about the dead in Christ who are about to be resurrected, not the resurrection of the unbelieving dead. It is clearly referencing the saints and prophets. It also clearly says that the time for rewarding the saints comes at the same time that the nations are given to Christ to reign over. Are you saying He doesn’t get given the throne until after the millennium? That would make no sense, since the millennium is about His reign… Read more »

Dean
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Connie,if I may ask,who are the dead in Christ?

Connie
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The dead in Christ are those who have died believing in Christ, up until His return, whether they lived before He first came or after. The saints before Him looked forward to His coming, the ones after look back to it. If you do not believe that, then read Hebrews 11 – the faith chapter. Look what is says about Moses, “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming… Read more »

Dean
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On Rev 11 time for judging the dead. Who is the dead?

Dean
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Who is the dead?

eaglet
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eaglet

Tell me if this is Adding or Subtracting to the words of the Prophecies: Revelation 11:18 The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the DEAD IN CHRIST, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name,… 1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the DEAD will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together… Read more »

eaglet
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eaglet

Another way of understanding scriptures is by rephrasing it, and see if it is consistent in essence and substance from the original: For the Dead in Christ: Revelation 11:18 The time has come for judging and rewarding the Dead in Christ, which are your servants the prophets and those people who reverence your name… For the Unbelieving Dead: Revelation 20:13-15 13 All the Dead that the sea gave up that were in it; All the Dead that were given up by death and Hades that were in them; were judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and… Read more »

eaglet
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eaglet

Check out this scripture: Revelation 21:22-25 22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the… Read more »

eaglet
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eaglet

No more Temple means no more Priests? Because God and the Lamb already tabernacled (Ark of the Covenant) with the kings and the nations in the holy city? No need anymore of intercessors and mediators?

When and where does the saints then exercised their priestly duties? I think it is found in Revelation 20:6

eaglet
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eaglet

Also found in Revelation 8:3-5, on the breaking of the Seventh Seal which is the start of the Millennium.

The saints here is entirely different from the martyrs, their spirits crying from the grave, that were mentioned in Revelation 6:9-10. Also the GOLDEN (Royal) Altar which is different from the altar (earth) mentioned in Revelation 6.

Isaiah 66:1, Heaven is my Throne and the Earth is my Footstool (altar),…

Dean
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What is the seal of God,that is in the forehead of the saint’s?

Dean
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Eaglet,the dead in Christ Jesus, are the spiritual dead, these are not saints nor Prophets of God’s,the spiritual dead are those being spoken of in Revelation 22:11-“he that is unjust, let him be unjust still, and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still. And he that is righteous. Let him be righteous still. And he that is Holy, let him be Holy still” the spiritual dead in Christ Jesus are those that is unjust and those that is filthy. Who shall receive their rewards in Verse 12-“And behold, I come quickly; and My rewardcis with Me, to give… Read more »

eaglet
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eaglet

1 Thess. 4:16-17 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the DEAD IN CHRIST will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together WITH THEM in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. I don’t know why you have a different understanding of the Dead in Christ. It is clearly said that they shall always be with the Lord. I don’t know why the… Read more »

eaglet
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eaglet

Hi Dean, Those who has the seal of God on their foreheads are the saints that had lived on through the millennium. They received it since the time of the end of the great tribulation. They are God’s people, the royal priesthood, dwelling at the beloved city in the mountains of God, up to the end of the millennium. They are not living in jerusalem, because it is inhabitable anymore in the millennium. Check out Rev. 11:8 (trumpets): “Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city–which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt–where also their Lord was… Read more »

Dean
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Anonymous, Abaddon is (Satan) and is the king over the locust army,and to answer your question, the reason why Abaddon and his army are attacking those that do not have the seal of God in their foreheads,Abaddon ( Satan) has those that do not have the seal of God in their foreheads convince,deceived into believing that he is Christ Jesus and all their troubles are because of all those others,So Abaddon (Satan) convincing them to attack them that have the seal of God in their foreheads will take care of all their troubles.You see the ones that do not have… Read more »

eaglet
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eaglet

Hi Dean, Answering your question on who is the the dead in Rev. 18, let’s look at the scripture first: “The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small— and for destroying those who destroy the earth.” The above verse tells of two scenes, judging and rewarding. There are three groups of people here, the dead, the prophets, and the people of God who revere His name. It did not say “… for judging… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

If Abbadon was a demon why would he be the king (or have dominion) over the locust that are going out to torture the people who do not have the seal of God on their body. If Abbadon was a demon he would be targeting God’s children not the ones who have not declared the faith or serve the beast. Abbadon is an angel that is under God’s command not morningstar or any other demon. He binds morningstar for a 1000 years how can he be evil. One last thing, dont look at destruction as always an evil thing because… Read more »

The Wise One
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The Wise One

You are very close to the truth. Hold on to it my friend. God’s truth requires no defending. Growing tired of the ignorance in others is your ego’s need to be “right”. There is no right or wrong…there is only truth – GOD’S TRUTH IN CHRIST. BE STILL…AND KNOW GOD.