Can You Explain The Bottomless Pit?
Welcome to Bible Question and Answer, our bi-weekly series where we provide Bible verses, answers and advice to the questions and concerns you have. During the course of the last two weeks readers have submitted their questions and today we are going to answer one of them.
Question: Dear Brandon, Could you please explain the “bottomless pit” mentioned so many many times in The Bible? God Bless and Thank You.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Dorothy and I hope you are doing well.
The “bottomless pit” is no doubt the name of Satan and his angel’s prison. It is apparent from Revelation 9:1-3 they are bound there. I do not believe it is a literal pit, rather the name implying a state of degradation for them.
This “bottomless pit” is certainly in Heaven which may put some people off, but from Revelation 12:7-9 we know Heaven is the place Satan and his angels will be cast from.
If we read Revelation 12:10 which states in part,
“The accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.“
This would seem to indicate while Satan (and his angels) is bound in “prison“, he must have some access to God in order to ‘acuse our brethren‘ “before” (Strong’s: G1799) Him, which can also mean in the “sight of” God.
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 a prison we think of cells and walls. Those sort of measures are only required for men on earth. God’s prison is far different than ours. 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 presence 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. He actually saw Lazarus hugging Abraham. The Richman was within “sight” of them.