These two names, meanig "Destruction" are given to "the angel of the bottomless pit" and is most likely Satan himself.
Oddly, the chapter and verse correspond with the date infamous in American history: 9/11. If nothing else, that helps memorization of the verse (or finding in quickly, anyway).
In Rev. 9:1 this angel, who has fallen from heaven, is given a key to the bottomless pit. He is used by God to unleash a horrible swarm of demonic stinging locusts to torment the enemies of Jesus near the end of a time of judgment against the whole earth. He then leads the horde of demons into the world.
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SouthWriter wrote: These two names, meanig "Destruction" are given to "the angel of the bottomless pit" and is most likely Satan himself.
However, do note that the one who will be given the key to the Abyss is a star that fell from heaven and no name is given. This does not necessarily refer to Satan but could refer to any demon (since they are fallen angels) but does not rule out that possibility.
Abaddon is the king of the demonic locusts and is not the demon who will unlock the Abyss. If he was, then John the Apostle likely would have said that Abaddon was the star that fell from heaven.
Arguments from silence should never be used. Elsewhere Satan is often described as the fallen angel. That there are demons confined to the pit until they are needed is also demonstrated elsewhere. Sometimes, educated guesses are good enough.
It is instructive that the keys are given to this fallen angel. This is evidence that it has delegated authority. That the angel opens the gates gives him the authority to lead the demons out of it. But, just as the false prophet and the antichrist seem much alike, the authority to open the gate and the authority to lead the swarm may fall on two separate beings.
True. However, the angel who unlocked the Abyss in not named so we cannot say with certainty who it is until it happens, if we even find out who that is. So it is best to not guess who it is unless there is other Biblical references that give additional information, even then it is best not to guess. John said the name of the king of the locusts was Abaddon/Apollyon, so it is best that we go with what he said.
Although, considering John 10:10 (and interpreting the thief to be Satan), it might be possible that the "Destroyer" is Satan, since John 10:10 does say the thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, unless the thief is Abaddon and not Satan (although this is unlikely, Jesus was likely referring to Satan).
Abaddon could be a manifestation of Chaos, sent upon the world by Satan Lucifer.
What do you think?