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Metaphysical meaning of Abaddon (mbd)

Metaphysical meaning of Abaddon (mbd)
Abaddon, a-bad'-don (Heb.) --destroyer; destruction.

Called Apollyon, in the Greek tongue. Said to be king over the great army of locusts that came out from the abyss to destroy (Rev. 9:2-11).

Meta. That this name has reference to a very destructive belief of man's is evident from the meaning of the name and from the 9th chapter of Revelation. From Exodus 10:14, 15 and Joel 2:3-10 (compare these texts with their references and you will see that they all are speaking of the same thing) one can get an idea of the destructiveness of the locusts of Palestine and the surrounding countries. They quite commonly came up like great armies and ate every living plant in their path; also, the leaves and the branches of the trees. So Abaddon must stand for the error belief in utter destruction of life and form.

The true life principle can never be destroyed; only the outer form of man's belief in materiality is destructible. So long as man believes in materiality or destruction, the outer destruction of forms will take place. It is very necessary, therefore, that the thought of the possibility of life's being destructible, or in any way limited, be erased entirely from the consciousness. "There is only one Presence and one Power in the universe --the Good omnipotent." Life is omnipresent, eternal, sure; life cannot be destroyed, because it is God Himself.

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