Unraveling Revelation: Abzu, Abyss, and Tartarus


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We return to the Book of Revelation this week and the locust-like creatures that fly out of the bottomless pit in Revelation 9. What is this place? We discuss the abyss from its Sumerian concept as the dwelling place of the god Enki and his assistants, the apkallu, the name the Mesopotamians used for the Hebrew Watchers, to the Greek and Jewish understanding of the abyss, or Tartarus, as a place of punishment for supernatural rebels and threats to the divine order—the angels referred to in 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 6-7. In other words, the “sons of God” from Genesis 6:1-4 are the entities who emerge to torment those not sealed by God for five months during the Great Tribulation. Also: Farewell to Irvin Baxter of Endtime Ministries who was called home last week at the age of 75. See every new episode at our website, www.UnravelingRevelation.tv!

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