What Is The Bottomless Pit?

Name: Dorothy
Question: Dear Brandon, could you please explain the "bottomless pit" mentioned so many times in the Bible? God Bless and Thank You.

Answer: Thank you for the question Dorothy.

The bottomless pit is the prison for Satan and his angels, who are also known as the Locust Army in this context, (2 Peter 2:4).

It is apparent from Revelation 9:1-3, they are bound there. However, I do not believe this is a literal pit. Rather, the bottomless pit is more symbolic in nature, and it indicates a state of degradation for Satan and his angels.

So where is the bottomless pit?

It is certainly in Heaven which may put off some Christians. Yet, Revelation 12:7-9 clearly explains, Satan and his angels will be cast from Heaven which means, that is their habitation.

Moreover, if we read Revelation 12:10 look what we find.

The accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

The “accuser” is Satan.

Therefore, this indicates that while Satan (and his angels) are bound in “prison”, Satan must have access to God in order for him to ‘accuse our brethren’ “before” Him.

This word “before” can even mean “in the presence or sight” of God.

This might be hard for some Christians to grasp, Satan within an earshot of God?

Yet, that is what the Scriptures declare.

A Symbolic Bottomless Pit

When we study Scripture, it is important to remember God communicates to us in a way that we can comprehend and relate to our world.

When we think about prison, we think of cells, walls, and fences.

Those sorts of measures are only required for men on earth.

God's prison is far different than our own. If God says, “do not move”, the entity must obey His Command. So Satan can still be bound to this “bottomless pit”, while being in the “sight” of God.

To better understand that concept, I would encourage you to recall the account of Lazarus and the Rich Man, (Luke 16:19-31).

While the Rich Man was on the wrong side of the Gulf in Heaven, he could still see the right or good side of Heaven. The Rich Man actually saw Lazarus hugging Abraham.

Therefore, the Rich Man was within “sight” of them.

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