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The Bottomless Pit
The Greek word pronounced ab-oos-oh-sos means depthless - a paradoxical definition whereby something is so deep that it has no depth. It's less of a seeming contradiction if one states it as something is so deep that it has no measureable depth. The English word "abyss" originated from that Greek word.
Most later English-language translations of the Holy Scriptures use "abyss" to convey how the original word that was written in the Scriptures sounded, while the King James Version uses "bottomless pit" to express, not merely the sound, but the meaning of the original word. People may wonder what "abyss" means, while "bottomless pit" is quite plain.
"He opened the bottomless pit"
The fifth trumpet of the seventh seal (see The Seven Seals) will involve an angel of the LORD who will be given "the key of the bottomless pit" - with which the bottomless pit will be opened to release, upon humanity, all of the evil that humanity has created for itself.
"9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
When their ministry has been completed (see the Fact Finder question below to understand the timing), the LORD's "two witnesses" will be martyred by that "beast" i.e. "the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them."
"11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
The Church of Rome is the evil "woman" who rides that beast (i.e. exerts political control). The Church of Rome will be responsible for the murder of the two witnesses, and by means of the Satanic miracles that will dazzle the world at that time, the papacy will cause the nations of the world to attempt to "make war" with (just as it "made war" with the two witnesses - see Revelation 11:7 above) Christ as He returns i.e. "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them."
"17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.
During the 1,000 year period after Christ's return to earth, Satan will be held in "the bottomless pit."
"20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season." (Revelation 20:1-3 KJV)
Fact Finder: How long will the end-time rampage of the "beast" out of the "bottomless pit" last?