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Abaddon

"And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: 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, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon." (Revelation 9:9-11 KJV)

Aircraft Where Is Abaddon?

Abaddon is from the Hebrew word pronounced aw-bawd-don. It means destruction, or to perish. The Greek version of the Hebrew word is Apollyon.

Abaddon is only found once in the New Testament, as shown in the verses from Revelation above. It is used to refer to destruction and death as a result of war, or more specifically, destruction caused by machines of war that were unknown at the time that the Scriptures were written. It's very plain what "winged chariots" are being described in those verses, as the illustration helps to make clear. No literal animal or insect is like what is described.

The Hebrew word Abaddon is also found in the Old Testament (the Old Testament was originally written mostly in Hebrew, the New Testament was written mostly in Greek). Most English translations translate "Abaddon" as destruction, as does the King James Version for all of the six times that the word is found in the Hebrew Scriptures.

"Destruction and death" (Job 28:22 KJV)

"For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction" (Job 31:12 KJV) (see also "They Shall Be Ashes")

"Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof. Hell [see Where Is Hell?] is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering" (Job 26:5-6 KJV)

"Hell and destruction" (Proverbs 15:11 KJV)

"Hell and destruction are never full" (Proverb's 27:20 KJV)

"Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? Or thy faithfulness in destruction? Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? And thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?" (Psalm 88:11-12 KJV) [see What Happens When You Die?]

Fact Finder: (a) Is The Lord going to destroy those who destroy (i.e. those who cause great destruction of) His earth? (b) Is there a new Earth to come?
(a) Revelation 11:18 (b) Revelation 21:1, see also The End Of The World?


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