The Devil is imprisoned in the “Abyss” until the appointed time when he will be released and launch his final assault against the saints – Revelation 20:1-3.
Next, Revelation presents Satan bound in the “Abyss” for the “thousand years” until his release at the end of the period. During his imprisonment, he is prevented from “deceiving the nations,” and only after his release will be free to do so. The passage includes verbal links to the expulsion of Satan from heaven in chapter 12.
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The Abyss is the source of satanic attacks against the people of God, though it remains under the authority of the Lamb – Revelation 11:7.
When first introduced, “smoke” and the horde of locust-like creatures were seen ascending from the “Abyss” to torment the “inhabitants of the earth.” In Revelation, it is a deep pit from which satanic agencies ascend to wreak havoc and wage war against the “saints.” It is also the “prison” where demonic forces are held until their appointed time to execute their evil deeds.
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The “two witnesses” must complete their “testimony” before the Beast is unleashed from the “Abyss” – Revelation 11:3-7.
In its task of prophesying before “nations and kings,” the church is symbolized by the “two witnesses” as they give “testimony” against the “inhabitants of the earth.” Their work continues for the entire “twelve hundred and sixty days” or “forty-two months” until they “finish” their work. Afterward, they are “slain by the Beast from the abyss.”
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The fifth trumpet unleashed the first of “three woes,” as malevolent creatures began to ascend from the Abyss – Revelation 8:13-9:12.
When the fifth angel sounded his trumpet, John saw smoke “ascending” from the “Abyss,” a place ruled by an “angel” associated with “destruction.” The “Abyss” is prominent in several of the book’s visions. It is the source of malevolent entities hostile to the “Lamb” and his people that “ascend” from it to wreak havoc, sometimes on the “inhabitants of the earth,” but more often on the “saints.”
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