Revelation 9:1

Revelation 9:1 – Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit.

Verses 1-3: Chapter 9 describes the first two woes, trumpets five and six. The “fifth” trumpet brings a five month period of torment on the unbelievers of the earth. The “star” is either an angel of God (compare 1:20; 20:1), or Satan, the one who has authority over the “pit” (compare verses 11; Isa. 14:12; Luke 10:18). The “bottomless pit: is the Abyss, the abode of evil spirits or demons (compare Luke 8:31). The “key” represents authority. “Smoke” from the “pit” indicates fires below. Locust like creatures come “out of the smoke”. That they are not literal “locusts” is indicated by their description which follows. In the Old Testament, locusts are symbols of destruction (compare Exodus 10:1-20; Deut. 28:42, 1 Kings 8:37; Psalm 78:46; Joel 1:2 – 2:11). Considering the identity of their king (verse 11), and the Abyss from which they come, these locusts probably represent demons. Like “scorpions”, they can hurt people.

In the first 12 verses, John employs the image of a pit seven times to describe hell. Each time the pit is closely associated with demons; it is also associated with the unsaved (Romans 10:7).

This image of hell may also imply darkness and imprisonment since pits were often used as prisons in ancient cultures. Obviously, the pit appears as a place of suffering.

If you have trouble believing God could ever make a hell, remember it was prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). Those who go to hell, are in essence choosing to spend eternity with Satan rather than with Christ.

Recall from Revelation 8:13, an angel announces the fifth, sixth, and seventh Trumpet judgments as three “woes.” In the Old Testament, the prophets often used the word “woe” while they were prophesying against someone or something, showing grief, affliction, anguish, deep distress, and lamentation over coming judgment. The last three Trumpet judgments increase in severity compared to the previous judgments, and will certainly bring more lamentations, mourning, and woe than ever seen before on the earth.

When the fifth angel sounds, John sees a “star fallen from heaven to the earth.” This is clearly not a physical star, but a spiritual being, as he receives a key. Recall from Revelation 1:20, “stars” can refer to angels in Scripture, both holy and fallen:

“I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth”: Unlike the other stars that will have fallen (6:13; 8:8), this one will be an angelic being (compare verse 2), probably Satan himself (verse 4; 12:7; see notes on Isaiah 14:12-14; Luke 10:18).

We know that Jesus Christ holds the key to the bottomless pit. He took the key away from Satan when He (Jesus), went there, preached, and brought captivity captive out with Him (Eph. 4:8).

“Bottomless pit”: Literally “pit of the abyss”. Mentioned seven times in Revelation, it always refers to the prison where some of the demonic hordes are incarcerated, the place of severest torment and isolation (verses 1-2, 11; 11:7; 17:8; 20:1, 3; see notes on 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6-7).

The Fifth Trumpet: The expulsion of Satan from heaven. The identification of Satan in this passage is not hard to make. Isaiah foresaw this development in exactly the same manner described by John.

Isaiah 14:12 “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, you who have weakened the nations!”

Many people mistakenly believe that throughout human history, Satan has already been banished from heaven, or that he reigns in some kind of kingdom in hell. That isn’t true. Satan has always had access to the Throne of God, where he serves as the principle accuser of the saints of God.

“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them” (Job 1:6).

Satan’s entry into God’s presence changes here. Now he is kicked out of heaven, and he is furious. Note also that he carries with him the key to the bottomless pit (Rev. 9:1). He didn’t have it before; it was given him by the One who holds the keys to heaven, hell and death.

Job 38:4, 7 – “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth…. When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”

Daniel 8:9-11 – And out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great…. And it grew up to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and some of the stars to the ground, and trampled them. He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host….

Amos 5:26 – You also carried Sikkuth your king and Chiun, your idols, the star of your gods, which you made for yourselves.

John tells us that the star is “fallen.” The form of the Greek word used indicates the angel wasn’t falling at that time, but was already fallen. Some believe that this is the same angel that later binds Satan the dragon and locks him in the bottomless pit with the same key given here in this chapter:

Revelation 20:1-3 – Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

However, the angel that binds Satan is not described by John as “fallen,” but as “coming down from Heaven” as a present action using a different Greek word. Scripture describes Satan (aka Lucifer) as “falling” or “fallen” from Heaven in the following two passages:

Luke 10:17-20 – Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

Isaiah 14:12-15 – “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.”

While Satan is “fallen” in the sense he has sinned against God, he still maintains access to the Lord’s presence in Heaven:

Job 1:6-12 – Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. And the LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” So Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.

Job 2:1-5 – Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD. And the LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause.” So Satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”

Zechariah 3:1-2 – Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. And the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”

Fortunately, Jesus is the advocate with the Father (1 John 2:1) because Satan is the adversary of believers (1 Timothy 5:14-15), accusing them before the Lord in Heaven still today:

Revelation 12:10 – Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

Satan will be permanently cast down out of Heaven near the middle of the Tribulation, after the “abomination of desolation,” when the Jewish remnant flees to the mountains in the wilderness:

Revelation 12:6-9 – Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days. And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

The fifth Trumpet judgment comes near the end of the second half of the Tribulation, which fits with Satan being the “fallen star” who unlocks the bottomless pit, as he is cast out of Heaven near the middle of the Tribulation, before the tormenting locusts are released from the abyss a few years later, as shown below:

fallen star unlocks abyss order of events

Nowhere in Revelation do we see the “fallen star” with the key to the abyss ascending back into Heaven to descend again later. The fact that the star in this chapter is “fallen” from Heaven as a past action, and the angel in Revelation 20:1 descends from Heaven as a presently occurring action, supports that these are two different angelic creatures at two different times. In addition, when Satan is bound after the Tribulation all the fallen host will also be imprisoned, which means the angel that binds Satan is a holy angel that is not fallen, or he would be bound at that time too:

Isaiah 24:21-22 – It shall come to pass in that day that the LORD will punish on high the host of exalted ones, and on the earth the kings of the earth. They will be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and will be shut up in the prison; after many days they will be punished.

If the “star” that opens the bottomless pit and the angel that binds Satan and throws him into the bottomless pit are two different spirit beings, then at some point the angel that comes down from Heaven to bind Satan after the Tribulation receives the key to the bottomless pit. Just because we do not see an exchange of the key between spiritual entities in Scripture does not mean that they are the same character. The one with the authority to delegate power over the key is Jesus, as discussed in Revelation 1:18; He gives the key to whom He chooses and when He chooses.

The key to the bottomless pit is one of several keys the Lord has sovereignty over:

Revelation 1:18 – I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

Matthew 16:18-19 – And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Revelation 3:7 – “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens…”

The key to the bottomless pit is one of the keys to Hades. The bottomless pit is literally: the “pit of the abyss.” This pit is in the inner part of the earth:

Ezekiel 26:19 – “For thus says the Lord GOD: ‘When I make you a desolate city, like cities that are not inhabited, when I bring the deep upon you, and great waters cover you, then I will bring you down with those who descend into the Pit, to the people of old, and I will make you dwell in the lowest part of the earth, in places desolate from antiquity, with those who go down to the Pit, so that you may never be inhabited; and I shall establish glory in the land of the living.'”

Ezekiel 32:18, 24 – Son of man, wail over the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down to the depths of the earth, her and the daughters of the famous nations, with those who go down to the Pit… There is Elam and all her multitude, all around her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, who have gone down uncircumcised to the lower parts of the earth, who caused their terror in the land of the living; now they bear their shame with those who go down to the Pit.

The bottomless pit is found in the lowest parts of “Hades,” which is the Greek word for the holding place of souls inside the earth. “Hades” is translated as “Sheol” in Hebrew and “Hell” in many English translations. Sometimes Hades or Sheol is called “the pit,” which includes the “bottomless pit” or the abyss, but also encompasses other compartments of Hades:

Isaiah 14:15 – Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.

Proverbs 1:12 – Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, and whole, like those who go down to the Pit.

Isaiah 38:18 – For Sheol cannot thank You, Death cannot praise You; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your truth.

The passage below describes some of the different compartments of Hades:

Luke 16:23-26 – And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.'”

The compartments of Hades described in this passage are: “Abraham’s bosom,” “a great gulf,” and “torments” (also called “Gehenna”; named after a valley in Jerusalem the ancients used as a garbage dump that continuously burned with fire). The fallen angels have their own compartment called “Tartarus” (2 Peter 2:4), which many believe is the deepest part of Hades, known as the abyss, or the pit in the center of the Earth.

The Hebrew word for “pit” can also be translated as “cistern,” which is a narrow pit that is dug and sealed to hold something like water, or in this case fallen angels, or demons (Luke 8:27-31). The center of the Earth is in fact “bottomless,” as every direction from the center is “up.” The bottomless pit is the compartment in Hades that the “fallen star” in this chapter will open and where Satan will be bound (Revelation 20:1).

Below is a schematic of Hades and its different compartments that Christ described during His earthly ministry:

hades

Jesus was in Hades during the three days His body was in the grave:

Romans 10:6-7 – But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?'”(that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, “‘Who will descend into the abyss?'”(that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).

Ephesians 4:8-10 – Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.” (Now this, “He ascended” – what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

Jesus preached to the spirits held captive in Hades:

1 Peter 3:18-19 – For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison.

Jesus was in the heart of the earth, which means He was in the bottomless pit, where He preached to all those imprisoned in all the compartments of Hades:

Matthew 12:40 – For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Jesus paid the ransom and penalty for our sin and death, through His own death. When Jesus rose again, He took the power over “Death” from Satan to release the souls of the righteous from “Abraham’s bosom” in Hades, and raise them from the dead:

Hebrews 2:14-15 – Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Hosea 13:14 – “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction! Pity is hidden from My eyes.”

Acts 2:22-24, 27 – “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know – Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it…. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.”

Matthew 27:52-53 – And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

Abraham’s bosom was also called “Paradise,” where the souls of the righteous were kept in Hades:

Luke 23:39-43 – Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

The Greek Septuagint translates the garden in Eden as “paradeisos,” which is transliterated to “paradise” in English. This suggests that God moved the garden in Eden to Hades at some point after the fall, and the souls of the righteous went there when they died, until Jesus rose from the dead and took them to Heaven (Ephesians 4:8). According to Paul, Paradise is now in the “third Heaven,” which is where God dwells today. Therefore, today Hades is an abode only for spirits that are not saved:

2 Corinthians 12:2-4 – I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago – whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows – such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man – whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows – how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Death and Hades, or Sheol, has “gates”:

Matthew 16:18 – And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Job 17:16 – “Will they go down to the gates of Sheol? Shall we have rest together in the dust?”

Job 38:17 – Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?

Psalms 9:13-14 – Have mercy on me, O LORD! Consider my trouble from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death, that I may tell of all Your praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion. I will rejoice in Your salvation.

Psalms 107:13-19 – Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their chains in pieces. Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He has broken the gates of bronze, and cut the bars of iron in two. Fools, because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all manner of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses.

Isaiah 38:10 – I said, “In the prime of my life I shall go to the gates of Sheol; I am deprived of the remainder of my years.”

Therefore, Jesus’ possession of “the keys of Death and Hades” (Revelation 1:18) represents His power and authority to release those restrained behind these “gates.” As we will see in the next few sections, Christ gives authority to the fallen star to release spirit beings that are bound behind the gate of the bottomless pit in Hades with a key. Oh the irony, if Satan (aka Lucifer) is this fallen star, and after he is cast out of Heaven he goes to the very place of his impending imprisonment:

Isaiah 14:12-15 – “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.”

Revelation 20:1-3 – Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

It makes sense that the Lord gives Satan the key to unleash the occupants of the bottomless pit in the first “woe” and fifth Trumpet judgment. After Satan is cast out of Heaven, he becomes enraged “having great wrath” and “woe” against the “inhabitants of the earth”:

Revelation 12:10-12 – Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

Revelation 8:13 – And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”

Satan’s first act of wrath could be releasing the occupants of the bottomless pit on the inhabitants of the earth. Just as God has used nations and spirit beings to pour out His wrath in the past (Zechariah 6:6-7), He can certainly use Satan to unleash the torments of the fifth Trumpet judgment on the inhabitants of the earth.

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