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The Abyss and the Locusts

Title: The Abyss and the Locusts

Introduction: In Revelation 9:1-12, the apostle John has a vision of a star that falls from heaven and is given the key to the bottomless pit. When the pit is opened, smoke rises and locusts emerge, given the power to torment those who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.


1. Context of the passage: Begin by providing seniors with some context about the book of Revelation. It was written by the apostle John while he was exiled on the island of Patmos, and it contains a series of prophetic visions that reveal the ultimate triumph of God and His kingdom. Emphasize that Revelation is a book of hope and encouragement for believers, even though it contains some difficult and apocalyptic imagery.

2. The symbolism of the abyss and the locusts: Discuss the symbolic meaning of the abyss and the locusts in the passage. The abyss represents a place of spiritual darkness and demonic activity, while the locusts symbolize the destructive forces that can afflict humanity. Encourage seniors to reflect on the ways that spiritual darkness and destructive forces can manifest in their own lives and in the world around them.

3. The protection of God’s seal: Highlight the fact that the locusts are explicitly prevented from harming those who have the seal of God on their foreheads. This imagery points to the idea that God offers protection and assurance to His people, even in the midst of spiritual warfare and turmoil. Encourage seniors to consider the ways in which they have experienced God’s protection and strength in their own lives.

4. The call to trust in God: Conclude the lesson by emphasizing the importance of placing our trust in God, especially in times of spiritual darkness and tribulation. Remind seniors that God is ultimately in control and that His purposes will triumph in the end. Encourage them to take comfort in the fact that they belong to God and are sealed by His Spirit, and to seek His guidance and protection in all areas of their lives.

Application: Encourage seniors to reflect on the imagery of the abyss and the locusts in Revelation 9:1-12 and to consider how they can deepen their trust in God in the face of spiritual challenges. Encourage them to seek God’s protection and guidance in their daily lives, and to find hope and assurance in His promises.

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Possible Viewpont: Anglican Christian


– Revelation 9:1-12
– Luke 8:31
– Job 26:5-6
– Revelation 11:7-8
– Revelation 17:8

Questions for Lesson

1. How does the concept of the Abyss in Revelation 9:1-12 relate to your understanding of God’s presence and power in your life?
2. In what ways do you see the locusts in Revelation 9:1-12 symbolizing spiritual warfare or challenges in your own life?
3. Can you share a personal experience of feeling like you were in the “Abyss” and how you were able to find hope and deliverance through your faith?
4. What biblical passages or teachings help you to find comfort and strength during difficult times, as described in Revelation 9:1-12?
5. What similarities do you see between the imagery in Revelation 9:1-12 and other apocalyptic literature in the Bible, such as the book of Daniel or Ezekiel?
6. Quiz question: According to Revelation 9:1-12, what is the purpose of the locusts being released from the Abyss?

Worship Music for Lesson

1. “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”
2. “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty”
3. “Abide with Me”
4. “How Great Thou Art”

Object Lesson

Title: The Abyss and the Locusts

Props Needed:
1. A small toy or model representation of an abyss or deep hole (a small bucket or container can work)
2. A container of plastic locust or grasshopper figurines
3. A copy of the Bible with Revelation 9:1-12 marked

Begin by showing the small toy or model representation of an abyss or deep hole and explain to the seniors that in the Bible, the abyss is often used to describe a place of darkness and chaos. It is a symbol of the unknown and represents a place of great terror and mystery.

Next, show the container of plastic locust or grasshopper figurines and explain that in Revelation 9:1-12, there is a description of terrifying locusts that come out of the abyss, causing destruction and torment.

Read aloud the passage from Revelation 9:1-12 from the marked Bible and explain that these locusts are not ordinary insects, but are symbolic of a destructive force that brings suffering and anguish to those on earth.

As you present the illustration, emphasize that even in our later years, we may face difficult and frightening situations that seem as dark and chaotic as the abyss. However, just as the passage in Revelation ultimately speaks of hope and redemption, we can also find comfort in knowing that God is with us in the midst of our trials and can bring us through them to a place of peace and restoration.


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