Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, April 16, 2020 Under: Teaching
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So yesterday, my cousin and I were talking about the end times and a teaching we had listened to earlier in the week concerning the same, and I recalled the part in Exodus 12 (thank YOU LORD) about the destroyer, so I did a little digging to see if the mention on Revelation is the same from Exodus.
Let's start with these:
"And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit."
Revelation 9:1-2, KJV.
"And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon."
Revelation 9:11, KJV.
While on Wikipedia the word is taken to mean "doom", which I think is fair when you compare the Thayer's definitions from StudyLight:
- The place of destruction
But this one waxed eloquent:
- The name of the angel-prince of the infernal regions, the minister of death and the author of havoc on the earth.
I think we know which one is being talked about here, lol.
The Greek, Apollyon, on the other hand says:
The angel of the bottomless pit, the Destroyer.
Let's fly back to Exodus 12:23, KJV for a second:
"For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you."
The word destroyer there is not a name though - simply a title/verb. Instead of being Abaddon, the name or verb, it is pronounced: "shaw-khath'" - sounds a smidge different, lol. This means to actively destroy and can be used as a verb, figure of speech, in a moral way or very practical and literal way.
Now, does this mean that the destroyer in Exodus is the destroyer from Revelation - honestly, I don't know, but I really believe so, because of what his name means and what I believe the LORD has shown me, so far, to depict him as, and from all I'm sharing with you guys now. The Devil, for example, is called the Lord Of The Flies in Hebrew wordplay - does that mean he is the king of flies? No, but we have cause to believe that flies relate to him in a significant way - probably a prevalent thing in hell.
In Job 26:6, it talks about the place of destruction, also called Abaddon.
Other references of Abaddon:
Job 28:22, 31:12
Proverbs 15:11, 27:20
All of these refer to the location, not the spirit or entity.
I also checked GotQuestions:
They mention that some translations like the GNT actually do use "Angel of Death" and NLT "Death Angel", but grammatically, I believe this is interpretation rather than faithful translation, because Lexicons disagree. They also mention Hebrews 11:28, which calls him "he that destroyed the firstborn"; in this context we simply have the verb "to destroy" - no name.
Psalm 78 shows that the evil angels and the death of the first born are separate issues, because pestilence is listed between the two. They also want to suggest that GOD was possibly working alone, but it's mere conjecture in this instance - the way it's worded clearly indicates that GOD was not alone, just like for Job, King Saul, as well as Micaiah before Ahab...
They mention two other instances of judgement meted out by angels and quite frankly, none of these help us, because they are called The Angel Of The LORD in those instances or just an angel.
It's also interesting to check out some commentaries on the issue, but thankfully, some agree that whether the angel was good or evil or whatever is irrelevant, because the LORD simply used it/him to carry out judgement - which HE is fully entitled to do since HE created and owns everything and everyone, including the Devil; and no he is not GOD's equal, but certainly a force to be reckoned with.
One thing I do believe is that this isn't a good angel, but a fallen one - Abaddon. This based on a quick google search that showed me what others have to say about him. He must've also had a high position, because clearly you have to be quite a mission if you have to be given a bottomless pit to be locked in. This does mean that he does not look nice and therefore I'm gonna have to let the LORD simply and clearly lead me further on how to show him properly, that will give the right impression, but not give any open doors to the enemy. Thankfully that is still a ways off in production, so we'll cross that bridge when we get there - I will say this though - I think my initial sketches and ideas here are pretty on point as scary, but not too scary and actually surprisingly accurate.
But another question is why is he called the angel of death in some translations and more importantly, where does that name come from, because it's not scriptural. Check out this verse for example:
"And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;"
Luke 16:22, KJV.
Notice there is more than one that took Lazarus away - angels. And no, I don't believe it was because Lazarus was too heavy to carry. I believe it was to honor him, because he was counted more worthy than the rich man, despite his circumstances. Notice that the rich man was not expressly escorted by angels (assumption, since a parallel is drawn), which is consistent that not everyone is, if you read accounts of people's last words (again assumption, because the angels came to get him after he died).
So, again, where does the term come from, so I did a little digging on this too. According to Wikipedia, in Jewish tradition, as well is Islamic tradition, there is a specific archangel in charge of carrying the deceased into eternity, but if you read some of the article, you quickly realise that they are talking about the exact same entity Abaddon, so I can understand the conjecture from translators to refer to "the destroyer", relating to Abaddon, as the angel of death. They just referred to him as Azrael in Jewish mysticism.
I say they are the same, because of the tale that an angel was to gather the dust for Adam's creation and this was said of Abaddon as well as Azrael (Wikipedia, Gnostic texts section).
However, at the end of the article, there is a bit of a twist. In Western tradition, Azrael is the grim reaper without the blade, yet still with the black hooded cloak (probably also not a skeleton, probably equally scary), though not compared to Samael, who is considered to be characteristic of the Devil himself, though not necessarily, since he apparently still serves GOD.
If you read Samael as Samuel at first, lol, me too.
A word of caution:
Demonology is not a good field of study imo. I've felt that it can be a major open door for the demonic in your life - not from doing it, but simply from seeing a picture here and there completely unintentionally on FB when someone else commented on a post to tell people to take it down, since it can be such an issue. So, I strongly advise that you focus on JESUS instead.
Most of these entities are not listed in scripture, and while they may exist, there is clearly a lot of conjecture and uncertainty about who they are, what they are and what their actual roles were and are. The enemy is just too deceptive to try and figure these things out apart from CHRIST. HE will let you know what you need to know.
The design so far is very much grim reaper-esque, but with a smokey mode of movement and a lot of warping and shape shifting. The latter is to represent that these are not simply spectres or images, but they are multi-dimensional beings that are not confined to our ideas of time and space - like I mentioned before, just check out some info on the 4th dimension (scientific angles, not conspiracy theories please).
Anyway, that's it for now! I found this quite the interesting research trip and I'd simply like to end the post, by reminding you again that the LORD will steer you right - you honestly don't need to go looking for the enemy. The research I did simply confirmed what the LORD already gave me - which is always great, but again proves the point - focus on JESUS.
Have a super day!!
GOD bless you! (^^,)
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