In chapter 9 of the revelation we learn that:

Revelation 9:1 and 2 NKJV 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. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit.

And in verse 11 we find:

Revelation 9:11 NKJV And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.

Smith’s Bible dictionary defines the two words as:

Apollyon Apol'lyon. Apollyon or, as it is literally in the margin of the Authorized Version of Rev_9:11, "a destroyer", is the rendering of the Hebrew word, Abaddon, "the angel of the bottomless pit". From the occurrence of the word in Psa_88:11, the rabbins have made Abaddon, the nethermost of the two regions into which they divide the lower world; but that in Rev_9:11, Abaddon is the angel and not the abyss, is perfectly evident in the Greek.

Psa 88:11 Shall Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave? Or Your faithfulness in the place of destruction?

Psalm 88:11 Westminster Leningrad Codex

הֲלַמֵּתִים תַּעֲשֶׂה־פֶּלֶא אִם־רְפָאִים יָקוּמוּ ׀ יֹודוּךָ סֶּֽלָה׃

According to my Linear translation:

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in Abaddon


In Revelation chapter 12 it says:

Revelation12:7 through 12 NKJV And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, *Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. * 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Is there any Doctrine in any denomination which addresses this, since the best I can derive from these passages is that the bottomless pit is a Spiritual prison, in which God has placed Satan and the rebellious Angels.

Chapter 12 of the Revelation has me the most confused, since the indication here; is when this happened, Salvation was set into motion.

In trying to understand these Scriptures I have concluded that the Revelation Chapter nine, Psalm 88:11 and Revelation 12:7 through 9 are pre Crucifixion while 10 through 12 are at the Crucifixion, especially since:

Luke 23:44 and 45 NKJV And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.

Since following the war in Heaven Satan and his Angels were cast into the Earth can the bottomless pit be the Earth as described in Genesis?

Genesis 1:1 and 2 NKJV In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

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    It seems logical that it would be some spiritual or imaginary place. But your earth suggestion is intriguing. Now that is a good question. And no, I don't have a clue. Feb 22, 2015 at 18:14

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First, we need to know that Revelation is a prophesy about the future.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, (Revelation 1:1, NKJV)

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” (Revelation 4:1, NKJV)

Once that framework is set, we can start thinking from that perspective. The visions saw by John were not related to the past or John's present time. So, the war in Heaven is about the future war between Satan and God and not related to the crucifixion of Christ, and so on.

The Abyss or Bottomless-Pit is mentioned three times in Revelation 9, 11 and 20. Here is a summary of it.

  • Locusts came out from it (Rev 9)
  • The Beast ascends out of it (Rev 11:7)
  • Satan was bound in it for 1000 years (Rev 20:3)

According to Rev 20 (NKJV), the Bottomless-Pit is a Prison.

1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 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.

7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea.

The location of this Bottomless-Pit is unknown but it must be somewhere in this vast universe or perhaps out of it, in a spiritual world or whatever you call it. It possibly cannot be on Earth but I can't say it is not. One thing we know for sure is that the Bottomless-Pit is a prison and this is a place where many demons are afraid to go.

The demons kept begging Jesus not to send them into the bottomless pit. (Luke 8:31,NLT)

Hope this helps.


  • It is not all future, some is past some is present and some is future.Rev 1:19 NKJV Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.Rev 1:19 KJV Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; Rev 1:19 ISV Therefore, write down what you have seen, what is, and what is going to happen after this.
    – BYE
    Feb 24, 2015 at 14:22
  • @Bye That passage is very closely related to the vision of the seven churches. But after that vision, from chapter 4 onward it clearly says that it is for the future(Rev 4:1).
    – Mawia
    Feb 25, 2015 at 5:00
  • Mawai look at chapter 12. in my mind it cannot be future since Jesus said he saw Satan's fall, and that was past tense when he said it. The problem appears to be with understanding verse 1:10. John was in the Spiritual realm, where there is no time. In the Spiritual realm now is where you happen to be in the realm of eternity. The concept of eternity is difficult to understand since we are incapable of time travel. In the Spiritual realm time travel is only a word since in the Spiritual realm all things are simultaneous.
    – BYE
    Feb 25, 2015 at 15:25
  • @Bye Jesus indeed said that he saw the fall of Satan(Luke 10:18) but it seems he was simply reminding the 72 disciples that pride was the cause of Satan's fall. Remember that the fall of Satan was already recorded by Isaiah. Some denominations think that this was the exact time Satan was cast out of Heaven but I don't agree. I also don't think that the Bible was written to confuse us about Time. It was written for human.
    – Mawia
    Feb 26, 2015 at 5:43

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