|The Abyss is a
concept of the New Testament. The word
literally means a shaft, rather than a canyon. There are some references elsewhere in the
|• Christ is referred
to as preaching to the lost who are dead -- 1 Peter 3:18-20, and some hold
that this is a trip to the Abyss.
|• The demons whom
Christ allows to go into the pigs (Luke 8:31) beg Him not to send them to the
Abyss, from which many conclude that it is the Hell of Revelation - the
holding tank of the rebellious angels and fallen men which will eventually be
cast into the Lake of Fire.
|• Most significantly,
it is symbolic as a source of evil -- for it is from there that the Beast
(Revelation 11:7) comes; it is there
in which Satan is bound for the Millennium.
|There is no question
about it: we are dealing here with
great moral evil.