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The word for "bottomless pit" in the original Greek is "abussos," or abyss. That same word is used in the Greek version of the Old Testament in Genesis 1:2 in connection with the creation of the earth, but there it is translated "deep." "The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep." The words "deep," "bottomless pit," and "abyss" refer to the same thing; the earth in its totally dark, disorganized form before God made order of it. Jeremiah, in describing this earth during the Millennium (1,000 years), used virtually the same terms as these in Genesis 1:2: "without form and void," "no light," "no man," 'black." (Jeremiah 4:23, 25, 28). When Jesus returns (Revelation 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17), first the dead in Christ are awaken and taken to heavens with the saved who are alive. The living wicked will be destroyed by the glory of Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:8) and this will be the beginning of the Millennium (Revelation 20:5-6) During this time Satan will be bound on earth, for 1000 years in the bottomless pit (Revelation 20:1–3). So the battered, dark earth with no people alive will be called the bottomless pit, or abyss, during the 1,000 years just as it was in the beginning before Creation was completed. Isaiah 24:22 also speaks of Satan and his angels during the 1,000 years as "gathered in the pit" and "shut up in the prison."
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