Abaddon (also known as Apollyon in Greek translation), is from the Hebrew root meaning “place of destruction”; and literally means “The Destroyer.” In Revelations (KJV, Rev. 9:1-11), “They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.”
John (Revelation 8–9) describes a period during the end times when angels will sound seven trumpets. Each trumpet signals the coming of a new judgment on the people of earth. When the fifth angel blows his trumpet, the Abyss, a great smoking pit, will open, and a horde of demonic “locusts” will rise out of it (Revelation 9:1-3).
Abaddon/Apollyon is often used as another name for Satan. He is the Lord of the Abyss and King of Demons who commands an army of locusts. He will rise up after the fifth angel has blown his trumpet. He is the second of the leaders down from Lucifer, the prince of hell, and has 200 legions of demons at his service. Abaddon is a very powerful demon of destruction; responsible for earthquakes, storms, tornadoes, and tsunamis.
Moses invoked the name Abaddon to bring destructive rains; and immediately there fell so great rain upon the men, cattle, and flocks, that they all died. While most writings simply equate Abaddon to a place within the underworld, Louis Ginzberg goes to great extent to describe the seven divisions of hell – including Abaddon – in his book, The Legends of the Jews.
The text of the Hymns of Thanksgiving, which was found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, speaks of “the grave of Abaddon” and “floods of Belial that erupted in Abaddon.” The Biblical Antiquities attributed to Philo mentions Abaddon as a place (Sheol, hell), not as a spirit or demon or an angel. In the 3rd century Acts of Thomas, Abaddon is the name of a demon or the devil himself. Abaddon has also been identified as the angel of death and destruction, a demon of the abyss, and chief of the demons of the underworld hierarchy, where it is equated with Samael or Satan. In magic, Abaddon is often identified with the destroying angel of the Apocalypse.
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