OPENING THE BOTTOMLESS PIT OF STRONG DELUSION: REVELATION NINE
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(Rev 1:3) Blessed [Gk: fortunate, well off: happy] is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
BINDING STRONG DELUSION
(Rev 20:1-3) And I saw an angel [Gk: messenger] [Christ Jesus] come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit [Gk: a well, fig. an abyss (as a prison)] and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound [Gk: tied] him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive [Gk: cause to roam (from safety, truth, or virtue): go astray, err, be seduced, wander, be out of the way] the nations no more, till the thousand years [the Millennium] should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
GENERALITIES: THE RELEASE OF STRONG DELUSION
(2 Thes 2:8-12) And then shall that Wicked [antichrist – in the flesh] be revealed [Gk: to take off the cover, disclosed], whom the Lord [“The Word of God” Rev 19:13] shall consume with the spirit of his mouth [words against words, breathe to breathe], and shall destroy [Gk: render entirely idle (useless)] with the brightness [brilliant glorified light] of his [second] coming [Gk: return]: Even him [antichrist], whose coming is after [Gk: after the manner of] the working of Satan with all power [Gk: dunamis; miraculous power] and signs [Gk: miracles] and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness [Gk: delusion: deceit] of unrighteousness in them that perish [Gk: are destroyed fully]; because they received not the love of the truth [versus false lies], that they might be saved [born-again, imputed for righteousness]. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned [Gk: condemned] who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
PARTICULARS: THE RELEASE OF STRONG DELUSION
(Rev 9:1,2) And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star [Christ Jesus] 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 [Gk: ascended] a [thick dark] smoke out of the pit [the shrieking cries of the unchained fallen angels], as the [vast dense] smoke of a great furnace ; and the sun and the air  were darkened [i.e., without light]  by reason of the smoke of the pit.
1. (Rev 8:3,4) And [at the opening of the seventh seal] another angel came and stood at the altar [of incense], having a golden censer [of fiery coals gotten from the altar of burnt offerings]; and there was given unto him much incense [Heb: fragrant powder burnt in religious service], that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.
2. air = Gk: 109 aer; to breathe unconsciously, respire. (Dict: to breathe; inhale and exhale air); as when uttering words.
3. (John 8:12) Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I [the Word of God: John 1:14, and] am the light of the world [Gk: kosmos; cosmos, (universe)]: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
(Rev 9:3-6) And there came out of the smoke locusts  upon the earth: and unto them was given power [by whom?] [by Satan], as the scorpions of the earth have power [poison in their penetrating sting (symbolic of evil words entering into you)]. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing [in contrast to Moses in the eighth Egyptian plague of locusts: “and there remained not any green thing” Exo 10:15], neither any tree [symbol of godly men]; but [hurt] only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads [not saved]. And to them [the locust-scorpions (fallen angels)] it was given that they should not kill them [the unsaved men], but that they should be tormented [Gk: tortured: in pain] five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
1. locusts = Dict: any of various large grasshoppers; specif. a migratory grasshopper often traveling in great swarms and destroying nearly all vegetation in areas visited. (locust: to 2 inches long)
(Rev 9:7-11) And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared [armored] unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns [of blasphemy] like [imitation] gold, and their faces were as the faces of men [angels]. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions [for ripping, tearing, and the eating of, the destruction of, flesh]. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron [connoting “indestructible” spirits]; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle [in imitation (counterfeit) of Joel 2:1-11]. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails [the results, consequences, of their lies]: and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon [Heb: a destroying angel], but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon [Gk: a destroyer (Satan)].
(Rev 9:12-16) One woe [Gk: an exclamation of grief] is past [the opening of the bottomless pit: Rev 9:2]; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter. And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns [of power (the prayers of the Saints)] of the golden altar which is before God [i.e., the altar of incense], Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound [good angels are never bound, thus these four angels are evil leaders, fallen angels, perhaps from the four corners of the world] in the great river Euphrates [but issuing forth geographically from the Euphrates river]. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year [a very definite time, a “moment” in history], for to slay the third part of men [via virtually instantaneous nuclear war]  And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand [i.e., 200 million fallen angels (unsaved persons) speaking vile blasphemy]: and I heard the number of them.
1. Commentary: In hand-to-hand combat, it would take an exceedingly long time, multiple years, much more than a “moment,” to kill over 2 billion men in the world (population presently 7.7 billion).
(Rev 9:17-19) And thus I saw the horses [symbolizing obedient power] in the vision, and them that sat on them [angelic riders in control of their horses of power (people)], having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions [the king of beasts (the unsaved people): Eccl 3:18]; and out of their mouths issued [great roaring words] fire and smoke and brimstone [symbolizing evil, defiling words, lies, i.e., blasphemy against God]. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone [i.e., nuclear war], which issued out of their mouths [i.e., issued at their command]. For their power is in their mouth [words, deceptions, strong delusion], and in their tails [the results of their lies, deceptions, delusions]: for their tails were like unto serpents , and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
1. (Num 21:6) And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit [entered into] the people [with poison-laden fangs (words) that issued forth from their mouths and penetrated into the people with the affirmation of sin]; and much people of Israel died.
(Rev 9:20,21) And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of [Gk: to think differently, reconsider] the works of their [own] hands [versus the works of God], that they should not worship devils [fallen angels], and idols [Gk: images; heathen gods] of gold, and silver [symbols of money], and brass, and stone, and of wood [and edifices]: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they [Gk: to think differently, reconsider] of their murders, nor of their sorceries [Gk: drugs (spell giving potions)], nor of their fornication [Gk: harlotry /// indulging in unlawful lust /// whore], nor of their thefts.