Revelation 9:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 9:11, NIV: "They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer)."

Revelation 9:11, ESV: "They have as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit. His name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek he is called Apollyon."

Revelation 9:11, KJV: "And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon."

Revelation 9:11, NASB: "They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon."

Revelation 9:11, NLT: "Their king is the angel from the bottomless pit; his name in Hebrew is [Abaddon,] and in Greek, [Apollyon]--the Destroyer."

Revelation 9:11, CSB: "They had as their king the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek he has the name Apollyon."

What does Revelation 9:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Demons, as fallen angels, are presumed to have ranks in the same way as loyal angels. Satan, sometimes referred to as Lucifer, once held a position near God's throne. But he tried to usurp God's throne and consequently lost his privileged position. Since his rebellion, he has been called "the prince of the power of the air" (Ephesians 2:2). In Revelation 9:11 we learn about another high-ranking fallen angel. He is called Abaddon in Hebrew, literally meaning "destruction" and Apollyon in Greek, literally meaning "one who destroys." Both names can be summarized as meaning destroyer. He is "the angel of the bottomless pit" and is king of the demonic locusts. Perhaps his human counterpart is the king of the North who leads the invasion into Israel in the middle of the tribulation and leaves a trail of destruction in his path (Daniel 8:23–25).

Satan and Abaddon and all their demons are on a mission to destroy humanity. How different they are from our Lord who came into the world to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10)!