Angels and Demons – Abaddon

Revelation 9-11This character has scared me since my adolescent Sunday school days. Here we have named in the Bible, the “Angel of the Abyss”, king of a plague of locusts, the destroyer, the get your butt out of town because the Apocalypse is here angel.

Abaddon creeps me out. In many ways, he is not all that interesting of a villain. There is nothing to understand. He’s just going to tear your face off and kill you. Like Sauron in Tolkien or Harry Potter’s arch-nemesis, Voldemort.

Abaddon is bad because his gig is destruction. He’s the freaking angel of death and Hell follows him about. There’s nothing redeeming about him.

Although…

AbaddonAbaddon is never named “demon”. He is referred to as the “angel” of the Abyss. He seems to kind of be doing as the pen-ultimate good guy, The Lord God Creator of Heaven and Earth, commands him to do. At least, God is not stopping him following the pale horse out of Hell and wreaking havoc on us.

Again, these were things the Bible could not reconcile for me. However, a good song-writer, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, explained God brilliantly and in a way I understood and accepted, even if I did not like it.

And He who made kittens put snakes in the grass
He’s a lover of life but a player of pawns
Yes, the King of His sunset lies waiting for dawn
To light up His jungle as play is resumed
The monkeys seem willing to strike up the tune

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