I would like to say first, that I resist the following interpretation, but I would like to hear your explanations of Apocalypse 9:11 and the other few verses.
My question basically is: Who is this Abaddon, Apollyon, Exterminans? My feeling, and I believe the most common interpretation, is that it is Satan. However, the Jehovah's Witnesses believe this angel to be Jesus Christ, although they taught that it was Satan before that. They argue the following:
*]Apocalypse 9:11 speaks of Apollyon, Abaddon.
*]The angel with the keys to the bottomless pit, though, is "God’s representative". (Apocalypse 20:1-3)
*]Jesus Christ has the keys to the pit. (Apocalypse 1:18)
*]Jesus Christ is presented as the "Executioner" and "Destroyer" as well. (Apocalypse 19:11-16)
Therefore, they argue, the Lord Jesus Christ is Abaddon, the "Destroyer".
Somehow, this just feels totally inappropriate and false, somehow. I see the following problem with their reasoning:
*]"Abaddon" is not said to have the keys to the pit in 9:11.
*]Jesus, of course, does have they keys though.
*]19:11-16 does not call Jesus either "Destroyer" or "Executioner". And though one could argue that he is presented that way, that in no way means he is the same one as in 9:11. by that logic, anyone who destroys something (even God Himself) must be "Abaddon".
In its material, the Watchtower says that the angel from 9:11 has commonly been identified as "satanic", but that, according to them, needn't be the case.
I ask for your responses, especially concerning whether you agree with my response's reasoning. Thank you!