Who Is Abaddon/Apollyon?

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).

Apollyon: Good or Bad?

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 Destroyer

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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  1. Apollo has a twin sister
    The Statue of Liberty is in New York and looks remarkably well like Apollo

    Twin Towers (Apollo and his sister)
    Ground Zero = has now two identical pits

    Revelation 9:11 = 9/11

    Coincidence?

  2. I don’t think Satan has people “on his side.” Everyone I have known who has sided with Satan has been tormented as a result of their sin. Satan is fine with tormenting any human any time.

  3. I actually went and read the text from the bible…Abaddon is king of the locusts that sting like scorpions. This is also at the fifth trumpet. Abaddon is a fallen angel or in other words a demon. He is the destroyer. People will be tortured by the locusts and will try to kill themselves, but death will escape them. People with the mark of God will be spared this horror.

  4. Clearly, you don’t know as much about Scripture as you think you do.
    In 2 Chronicles 18:21 and 1 Kings 22:23 we see that there are evil spirits who are eager to deceive the wicked king Ahab. They beg for permission from God to do this and God is depicted as the one who sends them to go and do the evil deed.
    HERE WE SEE THAT EVEN EVIL SPIRITS NEED GOD’S PERMISSION TO ACT AGAINST ANYONE, NOT JUST THE RIGHTEOUS BUT EVIL MEN AND WOMEN AS WELL.
    Abaddon has been given a similar mission and is clearly another example of this.

    • Thank you W.D.J. With someone of the expertise that wrote this should be smarter than a 13-year-old. I had a vision a few weeks back about the final battle and me bringing an end to Abaddon. The demons want to torture the wicked and the demons are not kind to anyone. If they could they would bring us all down to the bottomless pit of hell. Read Dante’s Inferno. This will reveal the truth of hell and we must be ever vigilant about This. Anyway, I need to find out a way to cast him into hell in the final battle and have talked to a canon lawyer on this. I was wondering if you guys could help me with this at all.

  5. 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.

    • Abaddon is a fallen angel. The Hebrew term Abaddon, and its Greek equivalent Apollyon appear in the Bible as both a place of destruction and an angel of the abyss. In the Hebrew Bible, Abaddon is used with reference to a bottomless pit, often appearing alongside the place שְׁאוֹל, meaning the realm of the dead. Hell is basically a bottomless pit. One of the most powerful demons in hell.

    • I don’t believe the destroyer is the beast of the bottomless pit. Rev 17:8’s beast of the bottomless pit represents the Antichrist. Abaddon/Apollyon is an angelic being according to Rev 9:11.

      • I was just reading that Abaddon may be Satan himself because he is the king of the bottomless pit. This is unknown soI am going to contact a person who may know from visions. and your bible is off. Abaddon is the KING OF THE BOTTOMLESS PIT!!!!!

      • Yes, he is an angelic being. Not a demon nor a beast. He’s the king over the scorpions. But not over the bottomless pit. May his role is to be an angel in the bottomless pit, and not in heaven. His his to command the scorpions, not the bottomless pit. And that doesn’t make him evil. He his just doing his job. That is what he was created for. A simple example. A prison warder oversees prisioners, but that doesn’t make him a prisoner or an evil person himself. He his just doing his job. And he his likely to spend most of his time in prison. I am on the same page with you sir.

  6. 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

    • 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.

    • 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.

  7. 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, The Interpreter’s Bible says: “Abaddon, however, is an angel not of Satan but of God, performing his work of destruction at God’s bidding.”

    • 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 a long time and just waiting for the appointed time to come out of it.
      I DON’T KNOW WHY FOR A LONG TIME I’VE BEEN POSTING HERE NO ONE EVER TRY TO INVESTIGATE MY CLAIM THAT THE TRUMPET JUDGEMENT HAPPENS AT THE END OF THE MILLENNIUM, AND THE MILLENNIUM IS THE HALF HOUR SILENCE IN HEAVEN, THE THOUSA D YEAR OF PEACE ON HEAVEN AND EARTH BECAUSE SATAN IS IMPRISONED.
      REV. 2 TO 11 FITS THE ENTIRE PROPHETIC END TIMELINE, FROM THE CHURCH TO THE WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT. LIKEWISE REV. 12 TO 21, FROM ISRAEL TO THE WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT.
      THE KEYS CHAPTERS ARE REV. 6 AS THE GREAT TRIBULATION, REV. 7 AS THE RESSSURECTION, AND REV. 9 TO 11 AS THE MILLENNIUM AND THE TRUMPET JUDGEMENT (satan, gog, 8th king released from the abyss, the 200 million man army magog, the deceived nation, riding on horse-like locusts that came out with satan from the abyss) THAT HAPPENS FOR 3.5 YEARS PRIOR TO THE WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT.

      • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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 are no more trouble, for satan and his minions are cast out of heaven, defeated by Christ, and then were bound in the abyss bottomless pit prison for a thousand years.
          Rev..8:2 onwards up to Rev. 11, are the events at the end of the millennium, the trumpet judgement, the 3.5yrs short period of satan’s reign after his release from the abyss, the gog and magog led by satan as the king (the 8th. Apollyon) of the 200million man army from the deceived nations, riding on horse-like locusts that came out of the abyss together with satan.
          The two witnesses will cause all the first four trumpet judgements and will prophesy again for 3.5 years.
          Satan will be thrown and destroyed altogether with his minions, death, hades, and sin into the lake of fire.
          The ark of the covenant will appear at the last trumpet judgement, which is also the Mercy Seat of Christ, the White Throne Judgement, where the dead will be judged according to their deeds and the prophets and the saints will be rewarded according to their faithfulness.
          Judgement is not only about condemnation, more importantly it is about commendation.

          • 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 indwelled. Then in Revelation chapter 20, 1000 years later, end of millennium it says the devil was also cast into the lake of fire where the beast and false prophet are.

            Revelation 20:7And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 9And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 10And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the BEAST and the FALSE PROPHET are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

          • 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 be raised again, released from death and hades to face the white throne judgement at the end of the millennium, the Sheep and the Goat Judgement.

            Satan is the 8th and last king to go against God. His last stand will be at the end of the millennium. He took this matter by himself alone, no need to indwelt anyone. The deception will be so great there is no need for him to disguise himself. He came to life again at the end of the millennium, and everyone will be astonished, there was a tomb marker for him after his defeat at armageddon for the remnants to remember.

            He was of the seven. He indwelt all the kings of the 7 empires that conquered and ruled jerusalem.
            Abyss is a prison. Any prison has a king among the prisoners.
            Satan is gog. The deceived nations is magog, riding on horse-like locusts. There NUMBER is as many as the sand on the seashore(Rev. 9 and 20). JOHN heard their NUMBER. 200 MILLION Army encompassing the horizon from a vantage point can be likened into sand on the seashore.

            JOHN has a unique understanding what an hour, a last hour, and half an hour is to him. Check this out in 1 John 2:18.

            Heaven does not have a sun and moon to tell of time. John was in Heaven when he was translated there. He saw what was happening on earth while he was there in heaven while the consciousness of his own time there is of earth’s time. All we need to check if he wrote about the book of revelation first, before he wrote 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John.

          • 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 at the coming of Christ, which is soon.

          • 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 and mountains removed from its place which you can also found in Rev. 15 to 16. Therefore making the Sixth Bowl judgement happening also in Rev. 6, and therefore it is also the GT.

            Locating the millennium in Rev. 2 to 11, is quite a challenge.
            If the GT located in Rev. 6 is very conclusive, only then the millennium can be understood as happening in Rev. 8:1, with Rev. 7 to back it up logically, because the 144k and the great multitude was presented, making the 2nd advent happened already. So what obviously comes next is the millennium.

            All it takes now is to understand what does silence and half hour really mean. 1 John 2:18 will give you an idea what an hour is to John’s perspective. As to the silence, do the allegorical approach of understanding it: peace, not much activity, trouble-free,…

            As to my point that the Trumpet judgement happened at the wnd of the millennium., dispprove the following events not possible to happen at the end of the millennium:
            A. The little scroll, what does it need for
            B. The two witnesses, in the GT? for what? Are not the christians enough to evangelize during the GT ?(i am post-trib)
            C. Time is no longer Rev. 10. When will time end? At the end of the millennium?
            D. Time to judge the dead Rev. 11, will it happen at the 2nd Advent or at the White Throne Judgement? WTJ, judgement seat of Christ, and the Sheep and the Goat Judgement are one and the same judgement. Jesus, Paul, and John had not had an opportunity to collaborate and agree on one title.
            E. Ark of the Covenant, the Mercy Seat of
            Christ, where it should properly appear? 2nd Advent or WTJ?
            F. The Mystery of God is complete Rev. 11. The mystery of God is Christ. When will Christ fulfill His task of putting everything under Him and Himself to God so that God will be all in all. Isn’t it at the WTJ?
            G. And so much more.

            Seals 1 to 6 started from pentecost and ends at the 2nd Advent. seal 7 is the millennium, finally revealing the content of the scroll which is the mystery of God.

  8. 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.

    • 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.

  9. 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 😉

    • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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, who is the devil, or Satan (ANGEL), and bound him for a thousand years.

        Revelation 20:7-9 (End of Millennium)
        7 When the thousand years are over, Satan (ANGEL) will be released (KEY was used to unlock) from his prison (ABYSS/BOTTOMLESS PIT) 8 and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog (this is Ezekiel 38, Ezekiel 39 happens in Armageddon War)—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore (200 million army trumpet judgement? 50,000 fans in a superbowl game is how much of a sight compared to 200 Million?).

  10. 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

  11. 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..

  12. 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 when you look on earth when volcanoes erupt they destroy whatever is in their path; however, when rhe lava hardens that ground is rich and life in that areas is better than before. Ultimately, Abbadon is not evil and I am tired of people calling him satan when he binds him.

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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 event. Seat and throne are the same in characteristic and meaning.

          • 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 of 1000 years. Then at the end of that, the dead who are not in Christ are raised for judgment based on their works. You can’t take things out of context. I don’t know why you are having a problem with the trumpets being before the resurrection and millennium. It fits perfectly there when you look at things in order. God’s wrath (the vials) are poured out before the millennium to purify the earth for the millennium and it occurs while He is rewarding the saints. Then they come down at Armageddon in Chap. 19 and reign with Christ for 1000 years then there is the Great white Throne Judgment for the unbelieving dead. When John says he sees the martyrs from under the throne come to life, it is before the millennium. It is at that first resurrection at the last trumpet. They were part of the first resurrection, but the rest of the dead, the unbelievers, have to wait until the end of the millennium, because those who die during the millennium who are unbelievers must be judged then too. The righteous don’t die during the millennium. So there is no need for a second resurrection for them, so there is no need for the first resurrection to be put off until after the millennium. How could we reign with Christ for 1000 years if we aren’t resurrected? We couldn’t. And how could we be appointed judges if we have not been given our rewards to determine who has how much responsibility? That is the point of the parables of the talents. What we do here will no doubt determine our level of responsibility then.

          • 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 the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.” MOSES(?) esteemed the reproach of CHRIST(?) greater riches than the treasure of Egypt? They all knew there was a Messiah coming to save them.They believed on and trusted in the promise of that Messiah or Christ for their salvation, not on the sacrifices of bulls or sheep or goats. Heb. 10:4 “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.”

            Everyone who has died in faith from the beginning, have died in the promise of the Messiah. That is why he led captivity captive (those who died in faith before He died, who were in Paradise) to heaven when He ascended. They were awaiting Him in Paradise so that He could take them to heaven. It is these people (everyone who has ever died in faith up until His 2nd coming) who will be judged for their rewards after the resurrection at what we commonly call the Bema Seat judgment. It says that in Rev. 11. “and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great;”. Notice the prophets (O.T) and saints (N.T.)are both included in this group, and this occurs before God’s wrath is poured out. The same verse says – “and thy wrath is come” That’s who the dead are in this passage.

        • 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 with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.

        • 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 Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 All the Dead whose names were all not found written in the book of life were thrown into the lake of fire.

          Sometimes even the use of punctuation could give two different understanding. Here is the example 🙂

          Woman without her Man, is nothing.

          Woman without her, Man is nothing.

          Peace 🙂

          • 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 nations will be brought into it.

            This is after the millennium and the beginning of the New Heaven and New Earth.

            Question: Who are the kings (with crowns? and what happened to the royal priesthood?) and the nations mentioned here?

            Please study the Sheep and the Goat Judgement. Who are they and Where does this event fit in the prophetic end timeline?

          • 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

          • 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),…

          • 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 every man according as his work shall be” Therefore the unjust and the filthy shall receive their do rewards.

          • 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 Lord would want to be in the company of the unjust and the filthy in the millennium or in the New Heaven and New Earth.

          • 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 crucified.”

            It is obvious that the great city is jerusalem because it is were the Lord was crucified. Sodom is symbolic of adultery and prostitution, while Egypt symbolic of Idolatry.

            I hope your getting the idea who or what the great whore is, where most prophets and the saints were killed.

            Rev. 3:9
            9 I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.

            This is why there will be a New Jerusalem in Rev. 21.

            Do you want to know if the seal of of God is truly from Him when the time comes when we will be asked to accept it?

            If someone who claims that he is the messiah and asked you that you have to accept the seal of God in your forehead, and there is an option to have it in your right hand, then you know it is the mark of the beast.

            It is that simple 🙂

    • 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 the seal of God in their foreheads are being deceived into believing that Abaddon (Satan) is Christ Jesus and those that do have the seal of God in their foreheads are the evil ones.that are bringing all the evil on them,take care of them and all the evil that is upon you, will go away.

      • 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 and rewarding the dead which are the prophets and those people who revere your name”.

        It is speculation to say that the dead are the dead in Christ. The dead will be judged at the end of the millennium at the white throne judgement. It is redundant to mention the dead and the people of God who revere His name, if both groups are the same group. Unless there is another group that will be saved in the first resurrection.

        This is why I located the Trumpets Judgement at the end of the Millennium.

        Aside from this, the key words in Rev. 11:7 which happens before the seventh trumpet, “the beast that
        comes up from the abyss”, which is also the same being in Rev. 9:11 and Rev. 17:8, gives you the idea that the trumpets judgement happens at the end of the millennium. It is in Rev. 20 that it clearly said that Satan will be in prison on the abyss for a thousand years and after that he will be released. I don’t know of any other scriptures that shows that there are several times that satan was bounded from the abyss, and neither no other beings that comes up from any other abysses of some sort that I found in any other scriptures. If there is such, I am sure that that being is satan described in another title which is his very nature also.

        If we say that the beast is a man (antichrist?), then give me scriptures that tells that there was such a man that was bounded from the abyss long time ago, and just waiting for the appointed time that he will be released.

  13. 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 when you look on earth when volcanoes erupt they destroy whatever is in their path; however, when rhe lava hardens that ground is rich and life in that areas is better than before. Ultimately, Abbadon is not evil and I am tired of people calling him satan when he binds him.

    • 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.

  14. I’ve thought about the idea that the locusts have been assigned to the torment those that are in the abyss like prison guards are assigned to prisons to watch over inmates. The idea could be wrong though

  15. Question. I’m trying to see where you are coming from on this. You said that you don’t believe these entities in the fifth trumpet are demonic. Then what exactly so you think they are? They are coming from the abyss, where the worst of the fallen spirits are kept (especially those who left their first estate and sinned with mankind – which can be derived from seeing the link between 1 Pet.2:4 and Jude 6, who have been kept there for the day of judgment.) Could these be those angels? As you said, God permits or allows them to torture people. God’s permissive will is not always the same as He active will. He allows evil, He doesn’t perpetrate it. If Abaddon is a good angel who is the Destroyer, did God create him to be the Destroyer at the start, and if everything at the start was supposed to be good, why would God create an angel for the purpose of destruction? Even knowing in advance we would sin, wouldn’t that seem a little off? Could it not be that this angel is a Destroyer now by fallen nature, and he is restrained except when God needs him to be used as God’s tool of vengeance? Then He turns him loose to do his thing? Just an alternative thought.

  16. I’m not sure what to believe, however what you are saying does make sense! I do believe that God does allow His chosen children to reveal His mythic truths of things unknown as well as unmentioned! I also believe you are one of the chosen children to do that! Thank you!

  17. I would compare Daniel 7 and Revelation 13. You’ll probably find a lot of similarity between the fourth beast and the beast from the sea of Revelation 13. Some commentators view both beasts as synonymous and representing the empire of Antichrist. There is a debate about what the heads of the beast of Revelation 13 represent. Some people believe the heads represent past empires while others believe that the heads represent previous leaders (like mentioned in Revelation 17:9-10). As a consequence, some people believe the healed wound represents the restoration of a past empire while others people believe the healed wound represents the restoration of a past leader. I hope this is at least somewhat useful for you.

    • Hi Wayne,

      Consider the following points:

      1. Dragon/Satan – Seven Heads with CROWNS and Ten Horns
      Beast out of the Sea – Seven Heads and Ten Horns with CROWNS
      Be of the Earth – Two Horns/Two False Prophet

      2. Crowns signifies POWER and RULE

      3. Seven Heads are the empires that will RULE the earth from Assyria to the last empire in the great tribulation, the Revived Roman Empire, having the influence of Satan/Antichrist Spirit in every empire.

      4. Ten Horns are the ten kingdoms of the last Beast/Antichrist Empire that will be given POWER to RULE with the Beast out of the Sea/Antichrist in the great tribulation.

      5. Two Horns like a Lamb – False Prophets of the Beast out of the Sea/Antichrist in the Great Tribulation. Satan’s counterfeit of the Two Witness at the false 3.5 years great tribulation.

      6. Satan is the Original Antichrist from the beginning of time. Anti in thesaurus means opposing, against, hostile, averse, defiant, unwilling, challenging, antagonistic, resistant. This can be found evident in Revelation 12. From the time of Jacob/Israel and the forming of the 12 tribes, the first empire that RULED that time were the Assyrians.

      7. In Revelation 13, the Seven kings are Seven Antichrists figures ruling their respective empires and 5 were/ 1 was/1 will be indwelt by Satan (ex. Satan entered in to Judas when he betrayed Jesus)

      8. The Eight King is Satan himself at the end of the millennium who belong to the Seven (heads/empires), who is the beast, who once was, now is not, and will come out of the Abyss and go to his destruction at the end of the millennium. The people who was not found in the book of life and does not have the seal of God in their foreheads (deceived by Satan at the end of the millennium) was amazed that Satan came back again, because he once was long time ago, and was not after the great tribulation / wrath / armageddon, yet will come again at the end of the millennium.

      9. Satan will lead as Gog at the end of the millennium, the deceived nations, Magog (200 million army?), to attack the camp of the saints, who has the seal of God on their foreheads, at God’s Beloved City.

      10. This is my theory on the Army of Locust:
      a. The Locusts are fallen angels bound in the abyss together with Satan during the entire millennium.
      b. They were released at the end of the millennium to torture the nations except the saints who has the seal of God on their foreheads.
      c. The deception of Satan, the beast that come out of the abyss, is that he will convince the nations to fight against God’s saints. Because from the saints will come the two witnesses that will cause the plagues of the first four trumpets judgement that the nation will endure and curse.
      d. With all the nations that will have to endure the plagues, it will be easy for Satan, the Beast that come out of the Abyss, to convince them, given also the astonishing wonders such as Satan coming back to life again (once was, now is not, yet will come) and showing his might through his army of Locusts/Fallen Angels, and which the people horribly experienced the power of the Locusts/Fallen Angels, they were made to believe that they can defeat the saints and the two witnesses if they will join forces together.
      e. The reason why Satan does not want to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tee, is because he doesn’t want to destroy the earth and the people that he planned to rule on to, together with his fallen angels, because Satan and his minions can not recreate the earth again and he has no place anymore in Heaven.
      f. There was also written in the Old Testament about those nations in the millennium (including the remnant jews) who will not come to worship in the Holy Mountain/City, will not have rain in their places. Maybe they also got fed up with following all the laws that were instituted by Christ the King and enforced by the saints (royal priesthood/intercessor between the nations and Christ the King who are in the Throne in Heaven, Rev. 20:6).

      Please give this a chance and see if it does fit in the prophetic end timeline and on the truth about Apollyon, Abaddon, Beasts, Heads, Horns, Angel of the Abyss, The Beast that come up out of the Abyss, having all the nature/embodiment of Satan/Antichrist.

  18. I know the book of Baruch is not canonized,(not sure why, it used to be in the 1611 KJV bible), but it states that during the end times when the messiah is being revealed that leviathan and behemoth will be revealed also. And in the book of Enoch an angel says that information on leviathan and behemoth is a hidden thing and he does not disclose anything. For sure the ten horns are kingdoms but I’m not so sure about the seven headed beast. There is an egyptian heiroglyph called the cylinder seal of Gudea that shows a 7 headed dragon (called a Mushushu dragon) fighting with a god with a sword and loosing, it shows 4 of the seven head drooping down. Also in Revelation 13:14 said it was wounded by a sword. check out this link and scroll a little more than halfway and there is a pic of this heiroglyph. http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?t=160926
    I have noticed that the beast, even though it has seven heads like satan, is different from satan in that it is made up of many beasts (maybe that is why it is called the beast), so maybe this beast is related to satan maybe like his offspring. According to many jewish texts, they believe that God will again kill this dragon and we will eat it at a feast with the messiah when he returns and the dragons skin will be used to make a canopy for this feast. Your insights will be greatly appreciated.

  19. You assume that the Abaddon/Apollyon is physically coming out of the abyss. The text does not necessarily suggest that he is physically coming out of the abyss:

    “The particular grammatical construction (Genitive of subordination) here indicates that this angel is over the bottomless pit. It does not say that the angel is from the bottomless pit”.

    Revelation 9:11:

    http://www.revelationcommentary.org/09_chapter.html

  20. Not saying its not possible but by him being in the abyss. Wouldn’t he be considered a fallen angel instead of referred to as an angel? I mean he had to of fallen from grace to right to be there?

  21. For years I’ve thought that Isaiah 27:1 may refer to the figures in Revelation 13.

    However, I’ve thought that the dragon mentioned in Isaiah 27:1 could be Satan, the dragon in the Book of Revelation.

    These are chapters I’ll need to examine more.

  22. Psalms 74:12-14 contridicts Isaiah 27:1. But I think I have the answer to it. My answer is Rev.13:3. What do you think?

    • What order do you speak of? But you are right. Abbadon is an angel of God. He is known as the prince of hell not because he is not a demon but he is the gate keeper in hell.

    • What order do you speak of? But you are right. Abbadon is an angel of God. He is known as the prince of hell not because he is not a demon but he is the gate keeper in hell.

      • that’s foolish to think that any of the bible contradicts
        because if that’s so then the whole bible is a contradiction. witch is not true it’s only because of your flesh that you can’t see the truth.

    • You are right abbadon is an angel of the Most High God which He uses as a tool for destruction. Shalom

  23. You are incorrect in thinking that the elect will be removed from the earth before the torment of the locusts, as they are commanded to torment those not having the seal of God on their foreheads. If the elect had been removed, the locusts and Abaddon would not have to discriminate.

    • I personally think that the Believers will still be in the earth during the demonic locusts. If they were not, John would not have needed to say they were only given permission to hurt those without Gods seal in their foreheads.

      • I agree with you Destinee One that the Church will still be here through the trumpet judgments. I have come to believe that we were told very bluntly where the rapture would be, and we have chosen to ignore it. Paul said at the last trump, and at the 7th trumpet we find that Christ is crowned King of Kings and takes ownership of earth, the mystery of God (the Church) is finished (rapture), the dead, (1st resurrection) saints, (raptured Church) and prophets are judged and rewarded (Bema Seat) and that God’s wrath is announced, as being about to be poured out. We see for the first time that the temple is opened to see inside. Then we have an interlude in this narrative, but it is picked up at the end of Chap. 14 where we see the rapture in verses 14-16 and the tares gathered in verses 17-20 to be thrown in God’s wrath, followed by seeing the raptured on the sea of glass (the ones on the sea of glass after the sixth seal came out of the tribulation – by death), and again we see the inside of the temple which had just been opened in Chap. 11, and then several times it is announced that the angels are going to pour out God’s wrath, which ends at Armageddon when Christ returns with His Bride, having already judged and rewarded and married her, apparently while the wrath was going on. Is that not the order everyone expects? Christ is made King of this world, Christ comes back, resurrection, rapture, Bema Seat, marriage, and God’s wrath poured out. It’s all right there. If we just take the Word at face value, it becomes much easier to understand.

        • There has been a lot of confusion over Daniel’s 70th week or the last 7 seven years as portrayed in Revelation which there shouldn’t be as Revelation is very clear if you understand it correctly.

          For those that are still confused and unsure about what Revelation is showing and want to understand it fully if you can spare the time please take a look at this Revelation Series as everything will be crystal clear afterwards.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g56wtMhODP4

    • the father is a spirit
      the word is the water
      the holy ghost is the blood

      1john chapter 5 read it sister but I’d ask you .tp read with understanding that’s the witness that we have in our selves making us the sons and daughters of god every body thinks god is a man but he’s not even the man that you thinkers Christ said I come in my fathers name his name is not Christ but elijaha I can prove it.

    • it is the devil but instead of guessing brothers and sisters find out who Christ is and you want have to guess. I’m pretty sure if
      you want to know god would tell you

    • Unfortunately, your information is wrong. Abaddon, the destroyer was given power from Satan to wreak havoc on the earth in the last days. In Revelations 17 it clearly stats that Satan or the dragon gave power to abandon to rule the earth.

      • Soooo. Satans angel to whom he gave power will come back with the key and chain to bound him for 1000 years?

        • This is what I know about the different titles of satan:
          1. Old Serpent – Beast
          2. Dragon – Beast
          3. Antichrist – against The Seed/Jesus Christ from the beginning (whoever satan indwelt with becomes antichrist)
          4. Beast – Old Serpent/Dragon/Antichrist
          5. Angel – Fallen Angel/Angel/Beast from the Abyss/Bottomless Pit/Prison. No one can go in and out of prison unless someone allowed him to be released.
          6. Abaddon and Apollyon – Destroyer, no other angel and king (8th King) can come from the abyss other than satan.
          7. 8th King – Gog of Rev. 20, who was one of the seven, who once was, now is not, and will come out from the bottomless pit.

          With the above facts, we can conclude that:
          1. Abaddon and Apollyon is Satan the Destroyer
          2. Satan is Gog and the 8th King at the end of the Millennium
          3. Trumpets Judgement happens at the end of the Millennium, because of the mention of abyss/bottomless pit in the Trumpets Judgement.

      • Revelations says Abaddon is the one who chains the devil and throws him into the abyss. Having come from heaven. Learn to read.

        • So you are saying that there is a King that will come from Heaven that will release the locust army from the abyss/bottomless pit?

          I hope this King is not greater than the King of kings and Lord of lords enthroned in the Kingdom of Heaven.

          I know satan is the one that will be imprisoned in the abyss/bottomless pit for a thousand years (With his craftiness, wit, and leadership skilss, I think he can managed to establish himself as king over all the beings imprisoned there in the abyss/bottomless, much like the prisons we have here on earth. they have gang leaders) and after that he will be released to deceive the nations at the end of the millennium. Satan is Gog, the 8th king, the Destroyer, who will lead Magog, the Locust army, to attack the nations and God’s people, the saints, the royal priesthood, those who have the seal of God on their forehead.

          The problem with understanding my view is because you can not accept that the Trumpet Judgement happened at the end of the millennium and the Seventh Seal is the Millennium, a thousand year of peace on earth and in Heaven, the half hour silence. (1 John 2:18).

          Revelation 12 is a start off point again of another narrative of the prophetic end timeline presented on a different angle. Notice Rev. 12 started off with this… “12 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head…” and not with “After this…” or “Then…”.

          Rev. 2 to 11 is chronological narrative of the entire prophetic end timeline from the church age up to the end of the millennium. Rev. 12 to 21 on the other hand, is the detailed narrative of each major events, personalities, and groups involved in the entire prophetic end time line from church age, to millennial kingdom, then up to the New Heaven and New Earth.

          Learn to analyze and use logic.

        • In chapter nine it says the star which fell is given the key to the abyss. In chapter 20, an angel comes down from heaven (not falling, nor fallen) and he has the key to the abyss where he throws the fallen star, satan, for a thousand years..

        • The (loud) locusts (swarm and hover?) which can sting (shoot) from their tails (helicopters?) enforcing “five months”/marshall law? which will be under “the destroyer”, aka, anti-Christ.

          • marie glen,

            The locusts are as they are described in Rev. 9, you cannot take this figuratively. Just as at is was in the time of Noah there are Nephilims, there will also be monstrous beings in the Trumpet Judgement at the end of the millennium. The 200 million army are the Riders, those who are from the nations deceived by satan to make war with the Saints of God at the Holy Mountains. With regards to the horses, you may want to consider that these are the Locusts that came out from the abyss with satan, checkout how Revelation described both of them , they are almost the same.

            200 million army on the horizon from a vantage point at the Holy Mountains, the sight is likened to SAND IN THE SEASHORE. John heard their NUMBER. Rev. 9 & Rev. 20

      • I see that my last reply posted randomly and not under Anonymous’ reply where I clicked to reply. So this reply is to Jansen in regards to his March 31, 2016 reply. I just read Rev. 17 and I it’s not so clear to me. I think you are mistaken, but, just in case, will you please narrow down the verse(s) in Revelation where you think you see Satan giving power to Abaddon.

          • The commenter may be equating Abaddon with the beast of the abyss in Revelation 17. But they are not the same. The beast of the abyss in Revelation 17 is a depiction of the Antichrist.