Not Satan Is The Most Terrifying Figure In The Bible, It’s God’s Right-Hand Man
The most terrifying figure in the Bible.
The Book of Revelations contains some of the most sinister images and stories in the Bible including a plethora of terrifying theological entities including Abaddon, the leader of the fallen angels given the power to torture human beings as punishment for their sins.
In Some Loose Translations, His Name Means “The Angel Of Death”
The Book of Revelations was written by the apostle John, an early Christian follower who claimed to have a horrifying vision of the apocalypse while living in exile on the Isle of Patmos. John writes that upon the fifth trumpet blow on the day of judgment would herald the arrival of Abaddon and his swarm of fallen angels who would be tasked with wreaking the wrath of God on humanity. According to John, these fallen angels would “not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree, but only those men who have not the seal of God in their foreheads.” God would not give the avenging angels the power to kill human beings but only to torture them for a period of five months. This according to the scripture, would be a fate worse than death. “In those days men will seek death, but will not find it, they shall long to die, but death will flee from them.”
The figure of Abaddon reoccurs in other documents from the early Christian period including in the apocryphal gospels. In the Acts of Thomas, Abaddon is given a central role in the creation story. He is said to have gathered the dirt used to create Adam. Owing to this special task, Abaddon would also be tasked with carrying the souls of the dead into the afterlife after the day of judgment.
Given that this seems to associate Abaddon with the concepts of life and death, it is perhaps not surprising that the Gospel of Bartholomew depicts the fearsome archangel at the resurrection of Christ. In this gospel, Jesus descends into hell where he comes face to face with Abaddon and proceeds to laugh in the ferocious demon’s face and remove all the souls from hell save three, Herod, Cain, and Judas.
After Jesus removed all the souls from his custody, all Abaddon was left to do was wait for the day that he could once again unleash his fury against the souls of humanity.