Questions I’ve Been Asked – The Bottomless Pit – Part 5

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On to the next verse we find in the book of Revelation, and trying to find some answers to the Bottomless Pit question a brother set me on to research. It seems I still have four verses to consider.

I will address the last two in the next post.

Lets consider our first verse.

Rev 11 :7
And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them,

Nagging questions…..

Who is the beast?

  • He fights against the two witnesses (whoever they represent I don’t know, but at the very least they are on God’s side).
  • He is coming out of the pit so he probably smells of death (2 Cor 2:16)

Is his ascension a present activity or is it describing the beasts origin?

In other words, does the beast ascend to make war, or has he ascended previously and John is simply describing the origin/source of the Beast?

The word ascendeth in the Greek is the Strong # G305,

  • verb – present active participle – nominative singular neuter
  • anabaino an-ab-ah’-ee-no: to go up
  • arise, ascend (up), climb (go, grow, rise, spring) up, come (up).

Notice that Johns verb choice is a present active participle. I do not know greek, but from what I can find out, the use of a present tense signifies continuity, or continuously coming out of the abyss.

One website that tries to explain greek grammar states that the present tense signifies “a continuous action, habitual action, often reflects a lifestyle”

(Now I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time considering the continual ascending of the beast as a lifestyle, but the point is taken, that this does not seem to be a one time event.)

Other than defining where the beast is rising from, this verse doesn’t shed much light on the pit.

Rev 17 :8
The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come.

What is going on here?

Dang – I am glad the only thing I have to consider is the portion describing the bottomless pit, cause this thing about “the beast that was, and is not, and yet is” is simply beyond me. Also, the book of life thing is confusing for me, so I am glad I don’t have to address that topic!

What I do have to address is the pit.

What does this passage teach me concerning the pit?

  • Well – the beast comes out of it – but we saw that in an earlier passage (Rev 11:7).
  • Could this be the same time, same ascendancy as in Rev 11:7?
  • I think John is describing a different time, this being the time(s) the beast goes into damnation/perdition.
  • Rev 11:7 speak of the beasts ascendancy and seeming success over the two witnesses.
  • This passage speaks of the downfall of the beast.

I am tempted to think that the mention of the bottomless pit is more of a description of this beasts origin, as opposed to defining a physical location. I don’t have much to base that on other than this is a highly symbolic book and trying to identify a location for the pit may be a fools errand.

Also, whatever John is trying to describe escapes me since his verb tenses are confusing to me. The beast shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and yet is not, and yet is.

I guess the one thing that I know is that the pit is a real bad place – real bad! Other than that, I am not seeing much more that this verse is telling me of the bottomless pit.

If you have some input, I would welcome it! Hope to see you again for our final post in this series.


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4 thoughts on “Questions I’ve Been Asked – The Bottomless Pit – Part 5

  1. As far as the bottomless pit is concerned, I have found it to be talking about a desolate place on the earth. As you have shown, the words used in Greek and their Hebrew equivalent talk about a pit or deep water. Could it be that John was trying to turn us to an old testament understanding of pit or deep water? I find it interesting that Genesis 1:2 uses the Hebrew word for deep water when talking about the world when it was without form and void. You may also find it interesting that Jeremiah uses the same language when describing the earth after the second coming of Jesus Christ. Jeremiah 4: 23-26, “I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger.” I don’t have time to go into all the details of this subject, for I could never fit it in this comment, but I believe that Satan will be stuck on this planet after everything is destroyed for a thousand years. The Bible gives evidence that the saints will spend this time in heaven with Christ judging both evil angels and the wicked. Then in the last chapters of Revelation, we see Christ come again, the wicked dead raised and then destroyed forever. After that, the earth is created anew, and eternity begins without sin. Whew! Sorry for the mouthful, but that’s as much as I could seem to condense it lol.

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  2. In my studies, I have found some important methods that have helped me grasp some of these themes in Bible prophecy.

    1. Major prophecies always seem to begin in the day of the one who had the vision and culminates with the second coming of Christ. We see examples of this in Daniel. The image in Daniel 2 starts with Baylon as the head and moves through Medo-Persia, Greece, and then Rome. Then we see that Rome would become divided and remain that way. The next event was the coming of Christ, where He sets up his everlasting kingdom (the stone cut without hands). The same progression is found in Daniel 7 and 8 and 11. It starts in Daniel’s day and ends up at the setting up of Christ’s eternal kingdom. I also see the same pattern in Revelation. (The Historical Method of Interpretation)

    2. The Bible must be its own interpreter. A good example would be in Revelation 17:1, where it talks about the great whore that sitteth on many waters. The meaning of water in Bible prophecy is given in verse 15. “And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” So essentially, this whore (Roman Catholic System of worship) was to control many populated nations. Did we see this in history? Yes, in the dark ages. I have found this method to be very reliable. The Bible seems to answer the questions which can sometimes be raised.

    3. Prayer before studying of the scriptures.

    PS. If you’re interested in Revelation 13, study Daniel 7. The little horn power was the Papal power that persecuted God’s people through the dark ages. That power was wounded in 1798 when it lost control over the nations just as foretold in Revelation 13. Interesting stuff…

    Anyhow, I just thought I would share a little of what has helped me. Hope all is well, and God bless

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  3. I used to believe that also, and it may be true, especially since any non christian could be called anti (or against) Christ, but I never found anywhere in the scriptures a statement defining either of the beasts as “antichrist “. If so please forward. I would be pleased to have more clarity on the subject. Thanks for your comment, and hope to discuss further.
    Be blessed.

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