“And he opened the pit of the abyss” The Apocalypse Seems to Reveal That Not All The Evil Spirits are Chained Down in The Lower Hell

“The bottomless abyss may be the boundless void outside the universe, “the darkness outside”, and it may release its prisoners and permit them to enter God’s creation again when He so decrees”

The Apocalypse seems to reveal that not all the evil spirits are chained down in the lower hell, or “pool of fire”. Satan himself will not be cast into it until after the condemnation of Gog and Magog (XX 9) Before that time he is bound with great chains and consigned to the bottomless abyss (XX)

So this “bottomless abyss” is some other place of imprisonment for the evil spirits, whilst the pool of fire is the final destiny of all wickedness.

The “fallen star” … seen by St. John falling to the earth in the Apocalyse opened the shaft leading down into the bottomless pit. The fallen star , an apostate priest or Bishop , received a key according to the vision of St. John. It was the direct opposite of St. Peter’s keys. The recipient, priest or Bishop, of the key to the abyss spread his errors throughout the Church and the world. The priesthood is vested with the power to suppress the satanic. When abused it serves to propagate evil. Art by Pat M fair use disclaimer

The Fifth Trumpet: Chapter IX Verse 2l”And he opened the pit of the abyss” The abyss is not the “pool of fire” of the nineteenth and twentieth chapters. The bottomless abyss may be the boundless void outside the universe, “the darkness outside”, and it may release its prisoners and permit them to enter God’s creation again when He so decrees.

The fallen star, the figure for an apostate priest or Bishop, opened the pit leading down to the bottomless pit. This is an allegorical figure for some action of the apostate by which he propatates his errors and turns loose the forces of evil onto the earth.

These evil spirits had probably been bound by the Church during the preceding ages. Legions of evil spirits had been driven out of possessed persons and out of the world by the power of the priesthood, the spread of truth and the administration of the sacraments.

They are now released and permitted to work towards the re-establishment of paganism.

St. John sees smoke coming out of the pit and rising into the sky. It blotted out the sun.

The obscuration of the sun and sky betokens the darkening of the authority of the Church, and, lowering mens’ respect for her. It signifies the success of the errors or heresies to such a degree as to bring darkness to men’s minds.

From The Book of Destiny : Father Herman Bernard Kramer