Friday, August 8, 2014

Who has the "key" to the abyss?

Do you have a key to your house?
Does your marriage mate and perhaps your children, also have a key?
It is true, that more than one person can hold the same key, and be able to open and lock the same home.
We are told by the book of Revelation, that there are identities which hold symbolic "keys".
The book of Revelation is symbolic. "Keys" represent authority and power, to open and to shut.
What about the abyss of deception and death?
How many persons, according to Revelation, gain power and authority (a "key") over deception and death?
We know that the first one to acquire this power, was Satan
(Gen.3:3,4,5,13,19; John 8:44; Heb.2:14; Eph.6:12) - (James 1:15; Rom.5:12;  1John 3:8; John 8:44)
Satan was first, to open the abyss of death. In Eden, through sin, he obtained the power to reign over the power of death and destruction, which he brought upon all of God's creation (Rom.8:20-21;  1Cor. 15:21-22,25-26,53-56).
By Jesus conquering death, he also received the power to "open" and "shut" knowledge, deception, life, and death
(Heb.2:14; 9:26; Rev.1:18; 20:1; 3:7; Matt.28:18; 13:11; John 12:31; Luke 10:17,18,19,20).
And there is a third identity mentioned who is "given" the "key" to the "abyss" (Rev.9:1).
That identity is described as a "fallen star" who was "burning as a lamp" (Rev.8:10).
Jesus holds "seven stars" in his right hand of power (Rev.1:20). Those stars are angelic messengers of light, to his "seven congregations" (Phil.2:15; Dan.12:3,10). This "fallen star", is introduced to us, in Rev.8:10,11, as "Wormwood" (and at Rev.13:11 and Rev.19:20, as the "false prophet" "who speaks like a dragon").
Yes, that one also, has gotten a "key" to the deep, dark deceptions of Satan and the death that results (symbolized by, the Abyss).
Since Wormwood's fall results in a polluting of the springs of waters of truth (John 7:38; 4:10; Rev.8:11), does she use the deceptive power of the abyss ("key") to open the abyss, or to close it? Rev.9:1,2 tells us.
Which holder of the abyss's key would give Wormwood the power to open up and release, Satan's deceptions? Satan? Or Christ?
Christ does not empower the unfaithful to release darkness, deception and death.
Satan does (Rev.9:2;  1John 1:5; John 1:4,5,9; 10:10;  2Cor. 11:13-15). This conclusion is in harmony with the original king of the abyss (and original holder of the key), who is described as over Wormwood and the agents of the abyss, and is named "Destroyer" (Rev.9:11; John 10:10; 8:44; Isa.33:1).
Although Christ has been given authority over the abyss (and therefore possesses a set of keys to it); he does not release everyone from it's authority. God allows some to be deceived by Satan and his agents (Wormwood and the "locust/scorpions") (2Thess. 2:9,10,11,12;  1Tim. 4:1; Rev.16:13,14,15).
Some remain under Satan's authority, and some are released from deception and death, by Christ's authority. Both hold keys to the abyss, for a time.

 --Satan empowers his agents (messengers/angels) with his power of deception
            and death (gives key to the abyss);
            (Then Wormwood gives that power and authority to
              the "locust-scorpions" under her -Rev.9:3,19; 13:14-15,12; 19:20)
--Christ empowers his agents (messengers/angels), with his power of Truth and Life (symbolized by the keys to the kingdom and release from the power of the abyss of deception and death -Rev.11:3; 12:6,14)
(Matt.16:19; John 20:23; Luke 10:19; 21:15;  2Cor. 10:4,5; Rev.12:7) (Acts 26:18;  1Tim. 4:16).
These two forces (truth/deception) collide, and result in Armageddon (Rev.16:13-16; 17:14).

The following addition about this subject of the symbolic "key" to the abyss,
has been added to this past post:

as follows:

"Jesus Christ restricted Satan's deceptive ability to mislead his faithful brothers (Luke 10:19; Matt.28:18; 26:64; John 3:35; Rom.14:9; Eph.1:20,21; Luke 10:17,18,19,20;  1Pet. 3:22;  1Cor. 15:24,25,26). This was fully accomplished when he himself conquered Satan's authority, by his faithful death. He then trumped Satan's authority over the abyss of death, enabling him to release his faithful chosen ones from it's power (1Pet. 2:9; Col.1:13;  1Thess 5:5,9 (John 10:10) ; Eph.2:1,2,3; Ps.94:17; Jer.31:11;  1Cor. 15:57;  2Cor. 2:11; Luke 8:10) (2Cor. 4:4;  2Thess. 2:11,12;  2Thess. 1:9; Col.1:13;  Luke 4:18; Rev.13:10, 7; Gal.5:13; Col.1:13; John 8:32).

Satan does not lose his key (authority) to the abyss of deception and death, until the harvest is finished, and all have been sealed as either slaves of God (Deut.11:18; Rev.7:3) or slaves of the abyss and it's agents (Rev.13:16-18; 16:13-16).
(Rev.20:10,14; 21:4) (Rev.11:7 A; Rev.13:1,4,16; 9:10)
Satan retains his authority (key) over death among the unfaithful
(2Thess. 2:9,10; John 8:44; Eph.2:3;  2Pet. 3:7;  2Thess. 1:9).
Christ has attained a "key", to release his faithful from the power of Satan's abyss of deception and it's resulting death, by means of the word of life (John 5:24; James 1:21;  1Cor. 15:26) and the gift of Holy Spirit so that it may be interpreted and understood correctly, through the Body of Christ
(1John 2:27; John 16:13; Luke 8:10; Rev.2:17; Rom.12:4,6,7,8;  1Cor. 12:18; Eph.4:12,11;  1Thess. 5:19,20;  1Cor. 14:32,33; 12:28; Eph.2:22,20).
But Satan still retains that "key"...not over the faithful, but over those unfaithful at present, and those who remain unfaithful and become sealed as such.
(Heb.2:14;  1Cor. 5:5; Dan.12:10;  2Tim. 3:13).
(Heb.2:14; Matt.8:29;  2Pet. 2:4;  1Pet. 3:18,19; Jude 1:6; Rev.1:18; 5:6,5,9; Matt.28:18; Luke 10:17,18,19).

All releasing from deception and death will be accomplished, when all "144,000" are faithfully sealed, and set free
(2Pet. 3:9; John 8:32; Acts 26:18; Eph.1:7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14; Rom.8:13; Eph.2:1,2,5,6,7; Rev.6:9,10,11; 7:3; 9:4; Zech.13:9; Rev.9:2; 8:12; Zech.13:9; Mal.3:3; Rev.14:1) along with those who receive an invitation to the marriage feast and appreciate it's provisions
(Matt.22:8,9,10; Rev.22:17; 21:6; Matt.10:41;  1Cor. 4:1).

all are under a death sentence (Rom.5:12;  1Cor. 15:22;  1John 2:2), and must be ransomed from Satan's dominion over humanity (1John 5:19; Rom.8:20-21; Rom.5:12; Heb.2:14).
Satan does not allow any to be freed from his power over death (Heb.2:14; Rev.9:11; Job 38:17) (Matt.16:18; John 1:5; Luke 10:19;  1Cor. 15:55-57; Rev.2:26-27; 3:9), without a ransom (Heb.9:22; Job 33:23-24; Rev.5:9-10; Luke 10:19;  2Cor. 10:4-5).
Just as Satan had the "key" to open death (Gen.3:1-2,3-4,19; John 8:44; 10:10; Heb.2:14; Rev.9:1-3,10;  1Cor. 15:56; Rev.9:11; John 10:10).
Christ and his Bride have the key to release those held captive there, having the "keys" to truth and life. 
("Key" = power and authority to open and close
(Rev.1:18; John 11:25; Matt.13:11-15;  1Sam. 2:6) 
(Matt.16:19; Rev.22:17; John 20:21-23) 


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