UNDERSTANDING THE BOTTOMLESS PIT BY: CHRIS ARDERN – from “Sound Doctrine YouTube”

 

The subject of the bottomless pit is not shared about much, but once you understand the bottomless pit, so much clarity comes to prophesy. You will understand what God is really doing, His purposes, and the purposes for things we see.

We will be working through prophecy and scripture in a concise, dogmatic process because today we really need some clarity amidst all of the crazy teachings concerning the Bible in this day.

Most people reading this or listening to the related videos should be at some level of truth and awakening from the illusion that we have all been under. There are so many false teachings coming at us from every side so we need to be more careful now than ever.

It will take work and effort on our part in order to understand this information. The serious ones will read or listen to the video teachings more than once and/or make detailed notes. This way we can understand the scripture that we’ve been reading our whole lives and yet had no idea what they meant. There is still plenty of scripture that will be hard to understand and that we will not fully know the meaning to yet.

 

Let’s start with the words of Jesus in Luke 10:17-19

Luke 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

 

This verse is not talking about walking on “snakes” or “scorpions” literally, but instead, this is metaphoric language.

To explain these verses from Luke, let us look at Revelation 9:1-3

Rev. 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.

Rev, 9:2 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. 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

 

Here in Revelation 9, we can see the identity of the scorpions. Remember Jesus told his disciples in Luke 10 that nothing would hurt them and yet they were all martyred violently. So Jesus was not saying that nothing would hurt their physical lives but instead, Jesus was talking about deception. Jesus was saying that the true disciples would not be deceived by serpents and scorpions (false teachers).

Also in Revelation 9:1 where it says “And the fifth angel sounded”, this is speaking about the fifth trumpet. So this is part of the final “trumpet judgments”. The understanding of the bottomless pit helps us to understand where we are on God’s timeline.

 

Let’s continue to look at scripture and then we’ll come back and tie it all together. Let’s now look at Jeremiah 23:10-11

Jeremiah 23:10 For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, and their course is evil, and their force is not right.

Jeremiah 23:11 For both prophet and priest are profane, yea, in my house (representing churches), have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD.

 

And then in Jeremiah 51:51 we see it is talking about Babylon.  There is original Babylon, and then there is mystery Babylon of Revelation 17. This shows the two Babylons and the dual timeline – both of which are found in these prophetic verses through the physical manifestation and the spiritual prophetic manifestation. Jeremiah 51:51 states:

Jeremiah 51:51 We are confounded because we have heard reproach: shame hath covered our faces: for strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the LORD’s house.

 

What this is talking about is that it is talking about the bottomless pit because these strangers that have come into the Lord’s house speak from their imagination. Man’s imagination is the bottomless pit. This bottomless pit is the source of false doctrine and this is a part of the trumpet judgments that we are in right now. We are probably at the tail end of the 5th and 6th trumpet judgments. This is how we can know where we are on God’s timeline.

 

Now let’s look at Jeremiah 23:15. Jeremiah chapter 23 is a very profound passage of scripture which tells the whole story. In fact, Jeremiah 23 and the Olivet discourse run parallel to one another.

Jeremiah 23:15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall, for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land.

Now here in Jeremiah 23, we see that God is doing this – He is doing this on purpose. God is feeding these prophets wormwood and gall. Gall is H7219 in the Stroms and it is identified as a poisonous poppy plant.

We can see how this works now – it is all metaphor. It is all beautiful, prophetic spiritual language which is all pictures. This picture language overcomes all the barriers of time and language so that we can understand what God is revealing.  Therefore in Jeremiah 23, we can see that God is basically feeding the false prophets gall or heroin since it is referenced to the poppy plant. This gall is like drunkenness, venom, or poison. This is the same picture that is going on in Revelation chapter 9.

 

Now let’s proceed to Jeremiah 23:16-21 which is also so profound and will help in laying this foundation of understanding.

Jer. 23:16 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the world of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.

Jer. 23:17 They say still unto me, the LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.

Jer. 23:18 For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath perceived and heard his word? Who hath marked his word and heard it?

Jer. 23:19 Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked.

Jer. 23:20 The anger of the Lord shall not return until he has executed, and till he has performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.

Jer. 23:21 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.

 

Do you see what is happening here? This is telling us that the Lord God is sending forth wormwood and gall (poison), and allowing the minds of these false prophets to be poisoned on purpose as judgment during the trumpet judgments. We also see these words like “whirlwind”. The “whirlwind” is another word for the tribulation. We’re currently in the tribulation and this tribulation is the massive mind-control deception that has completely engulfed this last generation. This deception has come upon us through many forms such as false churches, pornography, wicked music, the new age movement, homosexuality, and so much more.

The reason all these forms of wickedness has happened is because the church has allowed it to happen. They have fallen for this deception and these false doctrines that come from the bottomless pit of man’s imagination. This is all part of the fallen Christian church and the judgment. As Jeremiah 20 states “in the latter day, we shall consider it perfectly.” Well, that is exactly what we are doing – we are considering this for all these deceptions are happening right now. God has not sent these false prophets and yet they continue to prophesy as we read in Jeremiah 23:21. This is the indignation of the Lord, and his anger, and the tribulation that the Lord has sent upon the land. God is giving those with itching ears exactly what they want. Men are being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine which comes from the bottomless pit of man’s mind. The same was happening in the days of Noah as they married and lived their lives without truly consulting the Lord, and now the same thing is happening in our time.

 

Now once we understand the timing of when the bottomless pit is opened things will become so clear. This is why all of this is so important, because when you understand that the bottomless pit is open right now, then the 5th and 6th trumpet judgments are over and done. This is because the false teachings brought from the Lord have basically done their job and accomplished what the Lord has set out for them to do. As it says in II Thessalonians 2:10, “…they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved and for this cause GOD sent them strong delusion that they should believe a lie…” This hit me like a ton of bricks because I never realized before that this verse said that GOD did this. God does this, and He does it for a reason. He sends deception to SEPARATE His flock because the sheep are NOT deceived. The sheep hear His voice and they’re not deceived by these false prophets and their doctrines that descend from the bottomless pit. So the bottomless pit is all a big picture and the smoke that comes from the bottomless pit is a picture of the Lord’s anger that descends from the pit.

 

Now let’s look at the final phase of the trumpet judgments. Revelation chapter 8 opens this up from Revelation 8:13 – Revelation 9:2

Rev. 8:13 – “And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

Rev. 9:1 – And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key to the bottomless pit.

Rev. 9:2 – 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.”

Just as when the locusts in Egypt were so thick that they blocked out the sun, well this is the same picture that we see here.  We see that the locust/scorpions (false teachers) are blocking out the sun which is a picture of them blocking out the true gospel message. The moon/the church does not reflect the gospel anymore. This is what has happened and it is why the world is in complete chaos anymore. This is why the sin/lawlessness is running rampant today because the church has lost its savor. The salt has lost its savor and we are now in the ‘great falling away’. But this is all part of God’s plan and is all very important.

 

Let’s keep going with scripture because this is all part of scripture. It is all the story that the Lord has given us clearly and it is all in metaphors, all pictures. It is clear as a bell and is the same story told over and over again. Let’s continue with Isaiah 26:20-21.

Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers (this is the Bridal chamber of the Bride of Christ – the Lord’s true followers), and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment until the indignation be overpast.

Isaiah 26:21 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

Here in these verses we see the call to the Bride to prepare herself since she is being prepared right now. We also see that “the indignation” shared about represents the anger of the Lord at this massive mind-control deception upon the land. This is the call to the Bride to protect and hide herself for a little moment. This is where we are right now in history and this is all part of the understanding of God’s timeline. This scripture has been written to the inhabitants of the earth in the same way as we read about in Revelation chapter 8. This is another profound truth written in metaphor and these ‘inhabitants’ are people with the ‘mark of the beast’ which means people who are not regenerated by the Holy Spirit. These are the people who have been hurt by these false doctrines everywhere. The true servants of the Lord however do not get “hurt” (do not get deceived) by these false doctrines. This is the picture being written about here.

 

Let’s continue with more scripture so this will all come together for us. We just finished looking at the 5th trumpet and now we are going to be looking at the 6th trumpet in Revelation 9:19 which addresses the ‘serpent’ and the 2nd ‘woe’.

Rev. 9:19 – For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

This verse show us that their power is in their mouth which means the power of the false teacher to deceive people with their words and with those words they ‘hurt’ (bring deception).

Also in Isaiah 9:14-16 we can read a similar message to what was shared in Revelation 9.

Isaiah 9:14 Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.

Isaiah 9:15 The ancient and honorable (the serpent Satan), he is the head, and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

Isaiah 9:16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.

Here again we read that just as it teaches in Revelation 9, that the ‘head’ and ‘tail’ refer to Satan (head) and his false teachers (tails) who are teaching lies.

 

In Isaiah 9:12-13 we read:

Isaiah 9:12 The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

Isaiah 9:13 For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.

What happened to the Syrians and Philistines were done as examples for us and are written for our admonition upon whom the end of the age has come. These Syrians and Philistines are actually metaphors for false teachers since they ‘devour’ Israel with ‘open mouth’. The outstretched hand of the LORD symbolizes His longsuffering as He wishes that none should perish but instead for people to wake up.

 

So we can clearly see that the power of false teachers is in their mouths as explained in Revelation 9:19 and so many other verses that we have looked at. We are in the trumpet judgments now and the 5th and 6th trumpet judgments have long sounded. The bottomless pit was most likely opened back in the 1800s because we see the times of John Nelson Darby, Scofield, Russell, the Seventh Day Adventists, the Mormons and all these other false gospels manifested at the end of the 1800s. The Bible says that these false gospels and teachers will ‘torment men for 5 months’ which in prophetic language could be symbolic for 150 years.

 

If you would like to follow along with Chris Ardern's teaching on this subject of the bottomless pit, here is the video:

PART 2 OF THE BOTTOMLESS PIT TEACHINGS

 

It is weighing heavy on my heart to look at the metaphoric language in the Bible in order to understand the true meaning of scripture. It’s our only hope and this needs to be done so badly right now because there is so much craziness being taught everywhere now. We need to look at the Bible carefully instead of using our own carnal reasoning to figure things out. The Lord gave us clear instructions about what to do concerning living in the perilous times that we are in. Not to mention that the church has allowed these things to happen because it has gotten off the path. A metaphoric example of ‘getting off the path’ is when we consider the children of Israel as they were on their wilderness journey. They were to stay right behind Moses on the narrow path but if they got off the narrow path they were bitten by serpents and scorpions. This story in the Bible about the wilderness journey is an example written for our admonition. It’s a warning for what will happen to us if we get off the narrow path for we will get ‘bitten by serpents and scorpions too’ or in other words, we will get hurt by false teachers.

 

But let’s jump right in here to scripture and let the scripture do the talking. Let’s look at Revelation 9:9 and Revelation 9:16 - 

Revelation 9:9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.

Revelation 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

These are verses that connect to the Gog/Magog war because in these verses it is referring to horses and horsemen. A horse is a fleshly teacher who teaches from his fleshly reasoning. Isaiah addresses this in Isaiah 31:3 – ‘They are very strong and look not unto the holy one’.

The beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit is the Gog/Magog army of deception – it’s the Gog/Magog war. The Gog/Magog war is a war of words – it’s a war of truth and lies and it’s all up in our minds raging. This bottomless pit is a place of no knowledge and is Babylon which is the source of false doctrine. As it says in Revelation 9:20-21

Revelation 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

Revelation 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

So we need to realize that this bottomless pit is open now and shows us where we are on God’s timeline. Now let’s look at the book of Joel and this is where it really gets solid along with confirmation. Let’s look at Joel 2:4-5

Joel 2:4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses, and as horsemen, so shall they run.

Joel 2:5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.

Joel describes in detail the appearance of locusts and false teachers. This ‘locust’ is also referred to as a ‘cankerworm’ (false teachers) when we look at Joel 1:4 –

Joel 1:4 That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten, and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten, and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten.

Joel 1:6 For a nation is come up upon the land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.

Joel 1:7 He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.

Joel 1:8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

Now here we are reading more details about the locust’s identity and it is a very important passage. Here we read that a nation has come upon the land, strong and without number, and then the next verse calls this nation ‘he’. This is one of the huge keys to understanding Bible prophecy because God often refers to groups of people as a singular being. This is where all this confusion about this antichrist and blame everything on the antichrist comes from because they don’t realize that the antichrist is a collective body. Jesus Christ is also returning in a collective body because He will be inhabiting His saints who are His fellow heirs.

So we see in these verses that a ‘nation’ has come upon the land, laying the vine waste and is referred to as a ‘he’. This ‘nation of locusts’ has taken the ‘vine’ and ‘fig tree’ (covenant) and made it waste and bare. The book of Daniel talks about ‘those who do wickedly against the covenant and are corrupted by flatteries.’ The connection here is that the scorpion teaches flatteries such as the prosperity gospel in which men have created these greed-driven and other false gospels out of their own reasoning. In doing so, the covenant covering has been removed and been made waste.

The ‘antichrist’ is actually the serpents and scorpions which is a collective body in which the church is already controlled by the antichrist. This antichrist has already come into the ‘temple’. The church is looking off into the distance for something that has already happened and already got them. They don’t realize that they are already in captivity which is the problem. Isaiah 11:16 tells us –

Isaiah 11:16 And there shall be a highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

Here Israel is referred to as ‘he’. This ‘he’ is referring to millions of people that came out of Egypt. Egypt was the first exodus and Assyria was the second exodus. Assyria is to the north and they are now coming up out of Assyria and not Egypt. Assyria is the ones who took the ten lost tribes out of captivity. The ten lost tribes are the equivalent of apostate Christianity which is the ‘scattered tribes of Israel’. God will gather His remnant first and then He gathers the rest of Israel.

In Daniel 7:27 we read –

Dan 7:27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

So here is a reference to the people of the saints of the Most High. The saints of the Most High are referred to as ‘him’. God is doing this and God is looking for a few good men as He gathers the elects from the four winds to carry out His plan. This is where we are right now. Then in Matthew 24:32 we read –

Matt 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh.

The fig tree is Israel. And then moving onto Jeremiah 23:5-6

Jer 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

Jer 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Jeremiah 23 is a gigantic result of avoiding being hurt by the deception that comes from the bottomless pit and understanding where it is, what it is, and when it is. I believe that we are at the tail end of the Gog/Magog war and at the final phase of separation. In these verses, we see that the united house of Judah and Israel is being called ‘the Lord our righteousness’. This is mystery being taught in scripture and it is up to us to get an understanding of this and to seek the Lord diligently about how this all works. What this is talking about is what we’re been hearing about all through scripture as we see in Revelation 1:6 –

Rev. 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

This is about the royal priesthood folks, this is what this verse is about. Because the bottomless pit is open which is about mass mind-control deception which has come upon the land and upon the whole world. The ‘earth dwellers’ is always a reference to the people who are under deception. The deceived are called earth dwellers. (see Luke 21 and Rev. 1) Earth dwellers are those who walk in their own minds/their own flesh minds. 

On the other hand, the ‘elect’ are those who are being redeemed from the earth. The elect are those who are being drawn out and being redeemed. The elect’s redemption ‘draweth nigh’ because our redemption is tied directly to the second coming and the second coming is when we are redeemed. It tells us in John that when we received Christ we were given the right to become the sons of God. And then in Revelation 21, it tells us that ‘for those who overcome to him will receive the inheritance’. So this is about those who overcome the beast/the deception from the bottomless pit and are able to receive their inheritance. You will continue to hear this message over and over again as long as you tune in to ‘Sound Doctrine’. 

 

We can understand that when it comes to this royal priesthood that the Lord has made us kings and priests. In Revelation 17:14 we read about these lords/priests/kings (lower case) while Jesus is upper case.

Rev 17:14 – These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called and chosen, and faithful.

That verse shows us that the ‘body’ are the kings (lower case) while the Lord Jesus is the King (upper case). The kings are the manifest sons of God. This is all about us ruling and reigning with Christ and He is calling us out as His elect and building the Kingdom right now. The multitudes, on the other hand, are being trodden down by the gentiles. The word ‘gentiles’ is basically the same meaning as ‘heathen’ which is in the same category as ‘serpents’ and ‘scorpions. Right now these gentiles/false christs are teaching the church. They are those who claim to be Christ’s and claim to be anointed but yet are speaking with their own minds. They say they are Jews yet they are not but instead are of the synagogue of Satan. This is the most misinterpreted thing today with all the hoopla about Israel. A true Jew is a Jew that is one inwardly and has had circumcision of their hearts. So the false gentiles claim to be Jews and claim to have circumcised hearts but they don’t since they are speaking from their own minds which is the same as speaking out of the bottomless pit.

Those who overcome the synagogue of Satan are those who overcome the seven things in the seven churches. The overcomers are basically those who overcome the “church” – that’s what the true story is and that is what this is all about. There is provision for the ‘others’ or those who don’t overcome. God loves them, but right now He’s concerned with His elect, His purified Bride – He’s worried about His Bride and the Lord is preparing His Bride. That’s what this is about.

Let’s take a look at Revelation 11:2 which says –

Revelation 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

We know that Jesus gave us the power to tread on serpents and scorpions, but now, serpents and scorpions are treading on the multitudes in the ‘outer court’. The ‘outer court’ is the church that has a form of godliness, but denies the power thereof in which true Christians are to turn away from (II Tim 3:5). The modern ‘sign and wonders’, ‘purpose-driven’ church has no power – it’s all done in men’s own strength in which so much craziness comes out of this thinking. These false churches are so far off from the truth that true Christians who sincerely follow Jesus can barely handle it. But it literally is happening and those of us who are called must overcome it.

So let’s take another look at Joel as we keep looking at these serpent/scorpion and ‘army of horsemen’ identities. Joel 2:11 says –

Joel 2:11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

Now, this is where this thing goes sideways by one of the camps of apostate Christianity because there’s a group that literally claims to be Joel’s army when Joel’s army is the army of locusts. This is where they go wrong because this verse says “his army” and yes it is, it’s God’s army of horsemen. It’s God’s army that sends strong delusion in which God chooses people’s delusions for them. So God’s army (Joel’s army) is the army of false teachers. This is God’s means for separation and God is the one who does it. This army is the army of deceivers from the north. This is the northern army which is the Gog/Magog army of the Gog/Magog war since Gog/Magog are false teachers. Let’s look at Joel 2:20 –

Joel 2:20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.

Joel 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

So here is God showing us that this army of locusts (cankerworms, caterpillars, variations of locusts, etc.) is His great army and He promises to pull them off for there’s a time when this deception will end but for now it is serving a purpose. This purpose is for separation because God’s sheep hear His voice and the sheep are not deceived by these false teachers. God knows who makes it through this test of deception caused by Joel’s army.

Now let’s continue on with Revelation 20:2

Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Rev 20:3 And cast him 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.

In this scripture we see the devil being cast into the bottomless pit for 1000 years. This ‘1000 years’ is talking about the gospel age or the church age. The devil was cast into the bottomless pit at the time when we saw Jesus give His disciples power to tread on serpents and scorpions (read Luke 10:1-20 – especially verses 17-20). It happened at this time because when this power was given it means that the devils couldn’t deceive and that Satan had been bound so that people could receive the gospel! This is what happened. The Lord laid hold of the dragon and bound him for 1000 years. The Lord cast the devil into the bottomless pit. At this time the gospel message finally got out, it spread, and people were receiving Christ for about the past 2000 years. Throughout all of these years, the true enemy of the church was persecution. These saints did not even have the Bible and yet they were walking in victory and overcoming the deceptions as the gospel was spreading. But now what has happened? At the end of the age, things changed especially around the dawn of the Industrial Revolution and now here we are in 2019 Satan has had use of mind-control electronic deception for about 50-70 years. This is all part of the bottomless pit because the bottomless pit is opened now and we see that Satan has been loosed for a little season. Satan has now been able to deceive at the same level as when the people actually executed the Messiah that they were waiting for.

Also when we understand that the bottomless pit is opened, it gives us clarity beyond where we are. This is because when you read in Revelation chapter 20 we read of a 1000 year period, (which is an age because ‘1000’ is a metaphor for an age). Then there is a group of people in verse 3 of Revelation 20 who rule and reign for 1000 years and then the bottomless pit is opened. Then another group of people rule and reign for 1000 years after the bottomless pit is opened. What this is telling us is that it is talking about TWO AGES – it’s talking about the age of Pentecost (the gospel age) and then it goes to the Kingdom age. Now, in between these two ages is this little season or short space that we are in now – this time of mass deception and separation in which God is preparing His staff for His Kingdom, because it’s those who overcome this deception.

Let’s look at Revelation 20:7-9 concerning this –

Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years (age) are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Revelation 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Revelation 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.

When the kingdoms of this world become the Kingdoms of our Lord we will reign with him forever! We won’t merely reign with Christ for 1000 years but we will reign with Him forever and ever and ever. ‘1000 years’ is merely referring to a period of time. ‘1000 years’ is just a metaphor. 1000 is a prophetic number meaning completion, perfect government, and covenant since we are the covenant people.

So now we are living in between the two ages when the bottomless pit is open – we are right on the verge of the seventh trumpet. How long will this go … 6 months? 6 years? 20 years? We don’t know, but we know it is here! What we can know is that if the Lord does not step in soon there won’t be anything left since people’s minds will be ‘mush’ – that’s what I say.

 

So all the pieces have been connecting together throughout this study. The "Gog/Magog war to gather them together to battle" means that the battle is raging up here in the mind to fight against the deceptions of false teachers (Isaiah 28). In Revelation 20:9 we see that the camp of the saints is surrounded by Gog/Magog. Let's look at this again in Revelation 20:7-9.

Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years (age) are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Rev. 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, God and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Rev. 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 

During this time God wants His saints to do as it teaches in Isaiah 26:20 - 

Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter thou into they chambers, and shut thy door about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment until the indignation be overpast.

We are currently living during this 'little moment". During this time we are the Bride being prepared, as we are shut up in our chambers being protected while this indignation or anger of the Lord runs its course. The anger of the Lord is seen in all this deception which is the smoke from the bottomless pit. This "little moment" is also referred to as the short space in scripture (see Revelation 17:10), and also as the little season in scripture (see Revelation 6:11, and Revelation 20:3). 

 

So this has been an overview of the bottomless pit so that we can know and understand that we are at the end of the age - the Pentecost gospel age which is also known as the Church age. We are now transitioning into the next age which is the age of Tabernacles where everything changes. When the age of Tabernacles comes, this is when the new covenant is truly written upon our hearts. We had a conviction of this during the Pentecost age when the Comforter/Holy Spirit has allowed Christians to prevail over this kingdom of darkness through this period. But this is all going to change and there will be victory since God is going to win! The Bible tells us that "70 weeks have been determined upon my people and upon thy holy city to put an end to sin". I believe that the next phase we enter into is the age of eternity when sin is ended and God has total victory!

This has been Chris Ardern sharing this message with you today and I want to thank you so much for listening!

If you would like to follow along with Chris Ardern's teaching on this subject of the bottomless pit, here is the video:

Continue to overcome the bottomless pit of deception!

SeriousForTruth Ministry