In 1 Peter 3, the writer makes mention of certain “spirits” that were disobedient in the days of Noah, which of course takes us to Genesis 6, and the “sons of God” (a common Hebrew designation for angelic or spirit messengers/beings e.g. Job 1:6 2:1, 38:7, Dan. 3:25) who were disobedient then (according to pseudepigraphic literature; Jubilees, Enoch) subsequently shut up and confined for a future judgment.
Peter also seems of this mind,
“For if God spared not the angels who had sinned, but having cast them down to the deepest pit of gloom has delivered them to chains of darkness to be kept for judgment;” 2 Pe 2:4.
The writer of the book of Jude (who quotes from Enoch) says,
“And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day” Jud 1:6.
Is this the judgment to which Paul referred when he told the Corinthians that they would “judge angels”. Peter also says after the Messiah was resurrected (“made alive in the spirit”), he declared (proclaimed) it to them (these spirits). We are not told what he proclaimed, but since Jesus was the messianic king and rightful heir of the Davidic throne, the fulfillment of the “promises to the fathers”, the inheritor of the “first-born” son of God status and now the possessor of the kingdom (Daniel 7), we can assume he said something along the lines of “ha-ha”. Paul also stated that he was
“vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels” 1Ti 3:16.
In Revelation there is a character named Abaddon (“Apollyon in Greek”) Rev 9. His name means destroyer, destruction, place of destruction. He has shown up before (Job 26:6, 28:22, 31:12 Ps 88:11, Prov 15:11, Prov 27:20) and is sometimes used synonymously with “the grave”, Sheol. It is possible that the “destroyer” of Exodus in the killing of the first-born, is one in the same.
Also the “lawless son of destruction” spoken of by Paul could possibly be related. Abaddon is called (in Revelation) the “angel, King of the Abyss”. In chapter 17 of Revelation the beast that
“was and is not [at the time of the writer it can be assumed] and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction…the beast which was and is not…he goes to destruction.”
Is this the same one? Possibly.
I had a dream where I was spectator viewing the industrial revolution, specifically the newly formed quest for oil. Some feel that there is justification to do whatever to the earth, with no repercussions to be reaped. In the dream however, the greed of man was such that it was decided to probe deeper into the earth’s crust for the “liquid gold”. This is a real practice by the way, called “fracking”.
Technically it is called “Hydraulic fracturing”; it is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release the energies confined. These wells are quite a bit deeper than standard wells. Anyway, this was being done in my dream. All of a sudden, I found myself in Tolkien’s “mines of Moria” when the drums were beating, “doom, doom”.
deep delving for the much desired mithril that had roused the Balrog. This was the demonic creature of Tolkien’s world very akin to Apollyon described in Revelation. In The Fellowship of the Ring this demon afflicted the fellowship.
In my dream, I saw the “fracking” and the continued upsetting of the earth as a comparison (it’s one of those realizations that can happen in dreams).
In the deep delving by the greed of man, they awoke the creature of the abyss. There was much destruction and chaos that ensued. Earthquakes and multitudes of other “naturally appearing” phenomenon issued forth. That was pretty much the extent of it.
Now back to reality. I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about “fracking” or its implications, but I do know that there are plenty of concerned people wondering about the possible repercussions. One in particular that caught my attention is the fact that “fracking” is done below our water supply, and it appears that there is a possibility of contamination should fractures come up to it, and that which is being mined getting mixed into the water.
Either way, it was an interesting dream, and it sure seemed to take a lot longer to dream it than it did to tell it. Is there coming a day when there will be a beast coming up from his dark chasm? Some think so, but just like Gandalf pursued the Balrog and destroyed him, may it also be with the “sons of Light/God” who will accompany the king and take the kingdom and rid the world of the power of evil.