Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. (Rev 9:1-3 NKJ)
Today’s word is consequences—the dictionary defines this word as a result or effect of an action or condition. Today’s devotion is a great example of consequences, the resultant action of two people pictured in the garden of God that make wrong choices.
John doesn’t actually see the star fall, but this description identifies him for the reader. (Ezek 28; Isa 14) If the reader is in any doubt verse 11 describes his name as, “in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek, he has the name Apollyon.” Okay, so who gave him the key and the authority to open the bottomless pit? We did, or more specifically, Adam did. By receiving the lie, eating the fruit, and choosing to walk in godlessness, we gave Satan power and authority. Fear not because the slain Lamb has begun the redemptive process and God will one day restore all creation with a new heaven and earth. But in the meantime, we’re bearing the consequences.
Don’t open those doors if you don’t know what’s behind or you do know and want a peek—you might not be able to close it.
Just a Thought!
Perhaps the domain of Satan, the 2nd heaven, is not around the earth but in space, a black hole. NASA describes a Black Hole as, “a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light can not get out. The gravity is so strong because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space. This can happen when a star is dying.
Because no light can get out, people can’t see black holes. They are invisible. Space telescopes with special tools can help find black holes. The special tools can see how stars that are very close to black holes act differently than other stars.”
A place where even light cannot escape—sound like an ideal place for evil.