Death and Destruction

They had as their king the angel of the abyss, his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek he has the name Apollyon. Revelation 9:11 HCSB

The Hebrew word translated as Abaddon means “destroyer” or “destruction”. This word occurs six times in the Old Testament and is linked with Sheol, the place of the dead. The Hebrew word comes from the root word that means “perish”. It takes on the meaning of destruction, especially as related to death. In some cases the word has been translated to the Devil. This Hebrew word only appears in the New Testament in this verse in Revelation.

The Greek form of the word translated Apollyon comes from the root word “apoleia” which appears in the New Testament 20 times and has the same meaning of “destruction” or “ruin”. The word Apollyon only occurs in this verse in Revelation.

The angel of the abyss is most likely the Devil. He is the fallen angel or the fallen star from heaven that is mentioned in Revelation 9:1. The Scriptures tell us that Satan and his angels were cast out of heaven. Matthew 25:41 reminds us that at judgment those who do not know Jesus as Lord and Savior will be cast into the place of torment that has been prepared for Satan and his angels. Judgment is coming for those who oppose God.

Challenge: Which side are you on? The Devil’s side or God’s side? The Devil will only destroy and bring ruin into your life, both now and in the future. God on the other hand brings abundant life. Praise God for the abundant life you have through Jesus Christ, His Son.

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