S (Scripture): Revelation 9:1 Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the abyss. 2 He opened the shaft of the abyss and smoke rose out of it like smoke from a giant furnace. The sun and the air were darkened with smoke from the shaft. 3 Then out of the smoke came locusts onto the earth, and they were given power like that of the scorpions of the earth…
10 They have tails and stingers like scorpions, and their ability to injure people for five months is in their tails. 11 They have as king over them the angel of the abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.
O (Observation): A clear picture is painted as the fifth seal is broken. Locusts like none have ever seen. These locusts belong to the Destroyer, known as Apollyon.
Does this description actually foretell an actual description of what will happen when the fifth seal is actually and literally broken?
I think not.
Does Apollyon need to be feared?
I think not.
A (Application): We can paint some pretty imaginative pictures. I’ve heard lots of conjecture about what the end times will be like, including this seal being broken.
My question is: does it really matter? This writing is in a category known as apocryphal. That’s my presupposition. In that case, the message that is told is not a literal one, but figurative in nature. Given this, I’m not bound to try to apply the words from this text into any real world experience.
What can I take from this? I know that there is one who is against us, but we also have one who is for us: Jesus Christ, the lamb who was slain. The lamb who reigns.
Will there be suffering? Perhaps, yes. Perhaps this text was to bring comfort to the persecuted church of the time. That suffering is happening, but the one who reigns – The Lamb – will win the victory.
P (Prayer): Lord, we love a good conspiracy…but remind us that the scriputres always point us to you, as Victor, as The Vulnerable One, as the One who reigns. Amen.