The Bottomless Pit

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In Rev 20 we read:

Rev 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

If “Satan [ is] bound… a thousand years,” what will life be like during that thousand years? And what and where is this ‘bottomless pit?’
The rulership of this period will be in the hands of God’s elect and faithful saints as the very next verse affirms:

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

And what will be the character of the government of the faithful elect saints at this time?

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

The world will not be the same, and life will not be the same during the millennium. Life during the millennium will be much more like Israel’s life during their wilderness experience. Israel was ruled with a rod of iron. All rebellion and lawlessness was quashed immediately. When Miriam and Aaron spoke out against Moses, Miriam was stricken with leprosy, and the whole camp had to wait until Miriam could be cleansed and come back into the camp. When Korah and 250 elders of the people rebelled and threatened to take Israel back to Egypt, the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them.
I am not saying that this is what will be done then. I am not saying people will be fed with manna or that they will live in a desert. All I am talking about is the rod of iron aspect of Israel’s existence in the wilderness. We are not given details. What we are told is:

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

But there is one big difference between how things are now, how they were in ancient Israel and how they will be during the millennium. And that difference is that Satan who is now, by God’s design, free to deceive the nations will not at that time be free to do so.
In John’s epistle he makes this statement:

1Jn 2:13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him [ that is] from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
1Jn 2:14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him [ that is] from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

Twice we are told that the young men have “overcome the wicked one.” During the Millennium there will be no ‘wicked one’ to overcome. Why do I say that? Here is why:

Rev 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

So here is all we know for certain.
1) Satan is bound for one thousand years.
2) Satan is cast into the “bottomless pit.”
3) A seal is placed on Satan so that he cannot deceive the nations until the thousand years are expired.
4) He that overcomes will rule the nations with a rod of iron for one thousand years.

So Satan is in prison in this “bottomless pit” for the entire time. But what is this bottomless pit? Where is Satan during this time?
This ‘bottomless pit’, just like heaven, is a spiritual realm within the hearts and minds of mankind. Heaven is not a geographical location and neither is this ‘bottomless pit.’ When Christ was “taken up into heaven and a cloud received Him out of their sight”, those “with eyes to see” understand that what we are being told in that statement is that Christ went into his ‘cloud of witnesses.” In other words, Christ went into his disciples.

Mat 28:20 (b) … lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

He did not travel billions of light years to another planet called heaven. Here are the scriptures:

Act 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

What is this cloud?

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

“A cloud received Him out of their sight…” Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,… is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” So wherever Christ is, He is “set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Now exactly where is “the right hand of the throne of God? Where did Christ tell us He was going to be during this time he is “at the right hand of the throne of God?”

Joh 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Christ went to His Father’s house to prepare a place for us. He is in God’s house. And where is God’s dwelling place? Where is God’s ‘house?’

Eph 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
1Co 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1Co 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

We are God’s dwelling place, the place of His throne and His temple where he receives our sacrifices:

1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

And what is a “spiritual sacrifice?”

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [ is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Now, what about all those who do not have God dwelling in them, sitting on His own rightful throne in the temple of their bodies? What is on that throne if Christ is not there? Who is sitting on the throne which rightfully belongs to Jesus Christ?

Rev 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
Rev 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat [ Greek- thronos- throne – same word used in Mat 5:34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:], and great authority.
Rev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Rev 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

All who are without Christ in them ruling on the throne of God in their hearts, “worship the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worship the beast.”
Does anyone who is worshiping the beast admit to worshiping the beast? Of course not. We are told that Satan entered into Judas, and then Christ told Judas “that thou doest, do quickly.”

Joh 13:27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

Did Judas, at that point think: ‘I am now the “son of perdition,” Wow, I am in an awful spiritual spot. I sure hope Christ will forgive me for what I am about to do to Him.’ Is that what it is like to be deceived? No, it is not. Here is what it is like to be deceived:

Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

A deceived person can often think he is God’s very elect and cannot be deceived.
I am well aware that if I were deceived, I would not be aware of it. That is why we are told how to recognize God’s true prophets. It is not by their wisdom or their enticing words.

1Co 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

How do we recognize them? It is by their fruit. It is by what proceeds out from that throne where Christ ought to be seated. It is what proceeds from the heart that tells us who is and who is not deceived. These are words spoken in the “demonstration of Spirit and of power.”
It is knowing the voice of the true Shepherd and seeing the fruits of the Spirit that keeps the “very elect” from deception.

Joh 10:4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
Joh 10:5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

So what is meant by:

Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

What is this beast doing in the ‘bottomless pit’ while the two witnesses are witnessing against ‘that great city?’ The thousand years has not even started yet, much less been completed and here we have the beast, which gets his “power and seat [ throne] and great authority from the dragon,” ascending out of the bottomless pit where Satan will be imprisoned during the thousand years.
What and where is this bottomless pit?
This ‘bottomless pit’ is just as much a symbol as any other symbol in the book of Revelation. This symbol concerns the dwelling place of the dragon who gives the beast “his power and seat and great authority.” That dwelling place of the dragon is the ‘heavens’ of the beast:

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [ places].

The word ‘places’ is not in the Greek, and the Greek word translated ‘high’ is ‘epouranios,’ heavens. So the “rulers of the darkness of this world” are the “principalities and powers” in the “heavens.” (Be sure to read ‘What and Where Is Heaven’ elsewhere on the website).
And this next verse must also be understood from the point of view of the heavens of the two witnesses:

Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

God’s witnesses witness against the spiritually dead in Babylon. In doing so, God’s witnesses spiritually “kill those who would hurt them:

Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

This ‘killed’ is accomplished through the ‘fire’ of the word of God:

Jer 5:14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

These are spiritual words. God’s witnesses are not guilty of physical murder:

Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

So likewise when we read that “the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them,” this statement, too, symbolizes those who would “hurt God’s witnesses.” “The beast which ascends out of the bottomless pit is the same beast who “receives his power and seat and great authority from the dragon.” Those who have just been ‘killed’ by God’s witnesses are no more aware of their spiritual death than are the dead who are burying their dead:

Mat 8:21 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
Mat 8:22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

The spiritually dead Christ referred to were the followers of the scribes and Pharisees of Christ’s day. They certainly did not see themselves as killing God’s witnesses.

Joh 8:22 Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.

These people were not aware of the murder that was in their own hearts. The point is that these events, the killing of those who would hurt God’s elect, and the killing of God’s elect by those who would hurt them, are both taking place in the ‘heavens,’ the ‘epouranios’ of the principals. The beast in each of us is even now in “the bottomless pit,” (the abussos) which is also “the high places” of the “principalities and powers of this world”, in each of us.
Let’s look now at where this word appears and see how God’s spirit has inspired this word to be used.
If you search for the phrase ‘bottomless pit’, you will find it seven times. It is only found in the book of Revelation. Here are those seven entries:

Rev 9:1 And 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.
Rev 9:2 And 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.
Rev 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon [ Hebrew- Destroyer- Strong’s number 11], but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
Rev 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
Rev 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

What do we see here with these seven verses containing the words ‘bottomless pit?’ Only twice is the Greek word for ‘pit’ associated with the word translated ‘bottomless pit.’ Those two times where the Greek word for ‘pit ‘ is used are the first two verses of Rev 9. The word translated ‘pit’ in those two verses is the Greek word ‘phrear,’ Strong’s number 5421. The other five times this phrase ‘bottomless pit’ appears in the book of Revelation, it is translated from the single Greek word ‘abussos,’ Strong’s #12.
What is so interesting is that when you research the word ‘abussos’ (Strong’s number 12), you find that it appears more than seven times. The word abussos appears 9 times. And it is those two extra times where the meaning of this word is made clear. Here they are:

Luk 8:31 And they [ the demons named legion] besought him [ Christ] that he would not command them to go out into the deep [ Greek- abussos].

The demons much prefer to be enthroned in God’s church rather than to be sent out into the deep sea of mankind. Like all of us, demons want to be where the action is, and where the action is is where God’s people are being deceived. Demons seek rest in dry places, places on ‘the earth;’ preferably in God’s very temple and sitting on Christ’s throne:

Mat 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
Luk 11:24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.

Demons do not like ‘the deep.’ They very much prefer ‘dry places’ where they can find rest and feel at home, just as Christ ought to be feeling within each of us.
Now let’s look at the only entry of this word abussos which we have not yet considered. It is this entry which will reveal to us where the ‘bottomless pit’ is located.

Rom 10:6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down [ from above]:)
Rom 10:7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep [ abussos]? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
Rom 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

Now look at how the word translated ‘deep’ or ‘abussos’ is translated when we go back to the Old Testament and see from whence Rom 10:7 is quoted:

Deu 30:11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
Deu 30:12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
Deu 30:13 Neither [ is] it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
Deu 30:14 But the word [ Christ] is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy hear t, that thou mayest do it.

So where is the abussos? The ‘abussos’, the bottomless pit, just like ‘heaven’, is not way out beyond the milky way. The ‘a bussos,’ just like heaven, is within each of us. So that when Satan is cast into the abussos and is imprisoned with the chain mentioned in Rev 20, he doesn’t ‘go’ anywhere. He is simply under ‘house arrest’ until the time appointed to be released from the abussos and commissioned to go forth and deceive the nations again. According to Deut. 30, both the abussos and heaven are “very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart.”

Rev 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

To understand why Satan is to be loosed after the thousand years read ‘The Prophetic Sequence of Events’ in the ‘You Asked’ section of the web site.
Who then is responsible for the abussos and all that occurs therein? What say the scriptures?

Psa 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
Psa 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. Psa 139:9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Psa 139:10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
Psa 139:11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
Psa 139:12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

While it is incumbent upon mere mortals to make distinctions between light and darkness, from the perspective of our Creator, they are both but tools in His great sovereign hand. This verse is, in the final analysis, the Truth of where Christ is in all of this:

Rom 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
Rom 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
Rom 11:35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

The “all things” of Rom 11:36 certainly includes the abussos within every man. Whenever our beast is in the ascendancy, he is “ascending up out of the abussos.” When Christ is seated on His rightful throne in our hearts, we are “sitting with Him in the heavens.”

Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly [ places] in Christ Jesus:

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