Four-fold Reference to Angels Opening the Bottomless Pit:

Allness or Foursquareness in God’s

Symmetry and Balance (4)

 Foursquareness (fourfold in symmetry) is a term not commonly used in the English language. Digging into the term’s meaning and implications, one will find unique attributes to God’s creation, order and purpose of all things. A perfect, geometrical square is equal in its length, height, and depth. It’s design is very specific and on purpose. It is not designed in a random, odd, haphazard or unequal way. Symmetry has balance, structure and is of intelligent design and purpose. The object or subject being referenced to is made with forethought and not afterthought. It exists not by accident, but by plan. A perfect square is symmetrical enough that it will stand on its own and not fall over, or fail.  It is so balanced in design that it is equal and perfect, no matter from which angle or perspective you look at it. This is a somewhat long definition or description of foursquarenss, but I believe it represents an honest attempt to describe the intelligence behind God’s purpose of having something represented by ‘four’. Foursquareness is also a doubling of something (2×2). Or, two squared (for those with a mathematical point of view). A double of a double. Uniformity and reinforcement of strength is implied, another equal measure of purpose and intent, and a double representation of something for added significance or importance. I believe, this long definition, can be truthfully and accurately applied to anything referenced in the Bible as having a fourfold attribute from God’s creation.

Four (4) or foursquarness of balance and symmetry can also represents a doubling of a double or (2×2=4). Two (2) signifies God’s solid confirmation of a matter, doubling this suggest an added or extra measure of equal weight. Is there anyplace in Revelation that suggests this definition of doubling of a double is true? Revelation 18:6 states, “Reward her (Babylon) even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled to her double.” Notice that this description represents three (3) doubles of two (2). (3×2=6). Six (6) is the number of evil. Since she is the great whore and extremely evil, she will be repaid six (6) times the wrath.

Four-fold Reference to Angels Opening the Bottomless Pit:

  1. … “And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star (angel) fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.” (Rev. 9:1). (Emphasis added).
  2. … “And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.” (Rev. 9:2). (Emphasis added).
  3. … “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit, and a great chain in his hand.” (Rev. 20:1). (Emphasis added).
  4. “And cast him (Devil/Satan) into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.” (Rev. 20:3). (Emphasis added).

Commentary: The two angelic openings of the bottomless pit with a key from heaven is a double confirmation that Christ does “hold the keys to heaven and hell.” The two angels referenced could not perform the task of opening the bottomless pit unless they were authorized to do so, AND given a key from Christ. From our cultural perspective, the bottomless pit is a maximum security prison for the most evil and destructive of angels and creatures. In order to be securely hidden in this prison, must be “bound in great chains” AND have a seal placed on him. He is the worst offender placed into this prison and has a double dose of restraint (great chains and seal). Logic from the four verses above that entities can’t go into, or out of the bottomless pit or maximum security prison unless Christ allows it by giving a key to a specific angel assigned to the task. The activity of opening and closing the bottomless pit with a heavenly key from Christ is just one of twenty-four (24) roles or responsibilities assigned to angels throughout the book of Revelation. A summary of all angelic roles identified throughout Revelation is contained in the last section, twenty-four (24) God’s abundant or doubled organization.

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