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Lost – The Beginning of the End = Matthew Abaddon

By roomforhuman,

  Filed under: Lost Theories
  Comments: 20

Abbadon.pngTalk about a carefully chosen name.  There is a huge connection here with the New Testament of the Bible, the name of the episode and the infamous, and perhaps nefarious, Matthew Abaddon.  In the New Testament, the beginning of the end times was just after Christ died.  The first book that records the death of Jesus in the New Testament is Matthew (hmmm).  The final book of the New Testament, which is a vision of the end of all things, is Revelation, and this is where we find the angel, Abaddon.  So, let’s talk about the angel Abaddon. 


Theory #1:

Bear in mind, this theory will only hold true if the writers decide to use the accurate scriptural portrayal of this angel.  First things first, Abaddon is an angel, not a demon.  And this angel is unleashed by God to wreak havoc on those who have rejected him.  And boy is this thing ugly.   Its Greek name, Apollyon, means destroyer.  It came to bring destruction, misery and torment.  And I feel that Mr. Abaddon is an agent of the same destruction in the lives of our island friends.  Now here comes the twist.  I believe that Mr. Abaddon is an agent of the island, punishing the Oceanic 6 for leaving.  If the island be a metaphoric depiction of God, then it makes sense that it would send Abaddon to torment those who’ve seen it and rejected it.  And, now, after meeting Matthew, Hurley gets the overbearing sense that the island will stop at nothing to bring them back.  Interestingly, Jack still rejects the thought, as many non-believers in Revelation do even after Abaddon brings his locust-like minions to go on a seriously terrifying killing spree.  Then it should be no surprise that Jack has to go through hell to figure out that Hurley‘s right.  The island really does want them back. 


Theory #2 and our most likely option:

But, alas, after more careful thought and after viewing “Confirmed Dead,” I now believe that the writers are going the route of simply using the meaning of the name Abaddon or the belief that many hold that said angel is actually the anti-Christ.  If this be the case, then I believe we have finally been introduced to the real villain of the story, Matthew Abaddon, the one who wants to destroy the island, the beginning of the end.        



  • VictorC

    Theory #1 is flawed because even though in the Bible (Revelation 9:11) it says an “angel,” the Bible calls demons “angels” too. Because a demon, by the Bible’s definition is a “fallen angel.”

    Theory #2 could be correct because the “angel” called Abaddon (or Apollyon in Greek) is none other than Lucifer, the fallen angel now known as satan the devil, who’s the power behind the antichrist.

    Hope that helps.

  • Desmundo

    Most interesting in this theory is that the island is God. I hadn’t thought of that. The idea that both good and evil, (light and dark), are embodied on the island has been thrown around, but not that the actual island is God. Hm. Something to think about.

  • preztige

    ok, now i believe the “man on the boat” that Ben was talking about is Abaddon. He sent him out to punish all that rejected him. I think Abaddon is en route to the island but will not make it and somehow get sidetracked back home. Maybe Hurley(the one that did not go with Jack) went in Abaddon ship back home and thus sidetracking him.

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  • roomforhuman

    I’ve always seen the island as God (at least for the purposes of the show). But you have to look at a few of the aspects of God in order to fully see where I’m coming from. God gives people a sense of Destiny and I believe this aspect to be representative in the entity we call Jacob; the one who tells people where to go and what to do. Smokey would be the justice and righteousness of God. And we have seen other aspects like healing and so on. I have other thoughts that back up the island/God theory, so keep watch for them.

  • VictorC

    I don’t know about that roomforhuman… Smokey as the justice and righteousness? I really doubt that. Considering that Eko was a man trying to do right because of his previous wrongs, he was a man of faith, focused on God actually, so much that he wrote scriptures on that wood thing. He was so happy to find a Bible, etc. etc.

    Doesn’t seem like an act of justice/righteousness from Smokey to me.

  • roomforhuman

    Good point, VictorC. But I wouldn’t be so quick to think Eko was completely righteous in what he was doing. He did have a tremendous faith in God, but he couldn’t get around his own pride. Perhaps Smokey would have spared Eko had he admitted to his faults. You can have all the faith in the world but it doesn’t mean much if you’re afraid to admit you’re flawed. And, if the just thing to do is ask for forgiveness in the eyes of Justice…you better well do it.

  • DaveH

    I seem to recall in some Christian end of the world scenarios, Abaddon is the angel that holds the keys to the gates of hell, and releases all the demons unto the earth for Armageddon.

    Kinda like Mr Abaddon is sending our crew to the island for ‘the beginning of the end.’

  • clay

    I’m not sure if Matthew Abbadon is literally the devil, but he seems creepy enough. Ever since Eko’s encounter with the smoke monster I’ve suspected that there was at least two “entities,” on the island. The black smoke seems to have two moods, violently pissed off or very inquisitive. So I’m guessing these are two separate “beings,” or just two sides of the same person… That person being Jacob.

    In “Man Behind the Curtain,” Jacob is in one moment throwing people against walls, lighting fires and in the next he’s pleading with Locke to “help,” him. Jacob could be the god and the devil all roled up into one.

    Or Jacob could actually be trapped by the forces of two “demons” on the island. I don’t know, there’s so many possibilities. My head hurts.

  • Jeanne

    so much to consider.
    You can also add to Abaddon’s possible demon nature because his name sounds similar to “a bad one.” Similar to how Ethan Rom was “other man” or even Goodwin as the “good one.”

  • DisplacedDanny

    Didn’t Ben say that God doesn’t see this island (wether we can trust him on that is something else)?

  • You all should pay more attention when you read the Bible instead of just remembering names and settings.
    The fact is, the Angel Abaddon is not Satan, nor Lucifer, nor the Antichrist. Abaddon is the name applied to Jesus when he goes forth to execute God’s adverse judgemnet on unrepentant wicked mankind in the battle of Armageddon that ushers in God’s new system and paradise.
    Abaddon means destruction and that is a fitting title for Jesus to have when he carries out God’s judgement on this wicked world. Just because Abaddon causes destruction does not make him a bad guy and therefore a demon.
    Even if you disagree that Abaddon is Jesus, at least notice that Abaddon is the King over the Locust swarm that is released as a result of the Fifth Trumpet Blast. The Seven Trumpet Blasts signify God’s Judgements on wicked humankind. The Angel in charge of carrying this out would hardly be Satan or a demon. It would be someone God trusts, someone of authority. Who else but the Messiah?
    Consider the context, and associations of the passages. Don’t just assign simple-minded stereotypes to the characters. Especialy does this apply to Revelation, arguably the most symbolic book in the Bible.

  • roomforhuman

    imfromthepast, thank you for pointing this out. That’s what I was getting at in my first theory. Theory #1 is based solely on the scriptural interpretation of Abaddon. However, Theory #2 is most likely what will come to pass because most people can’t believe that God’s judgment to those who reject Him could look so ugly. And that’s why most people think Abaddon to be Satan or the anti-Christ. That and most people have gotten their definition of Abaddon from wikipedia instead of the source (the Bible). But, I think that the writers will simply go with the meaning of the name. At least it appears to be going that direction. They will get mad respect from me if they use Abaddon for what he truly is though.

  • sithlord

    Abaddon is both an angel and a demon.
    He’s an angel in his own eyes, because he believes that if the world is going to end, its “Gods” will, and therefore nature should be allowed to take its course. This is directly against what the Darhma people were/are trying to do, which is to stop the end of the world through science. Abaddon sees this as evil, and will do whatever it takes to stop them. Depending on your point of view, Abaddons a soldier of “God”, protecting nature, or he’s the “Antichrist”, bent on destroying the means of saving the world; science. (“Man of scinece, man of faith.” (the theme of the show))

  • clay

    “As to the specific significance of the vision of the locusts as a whole it is not easy to reach a conclusion. Professor Swete suggests (Commentary on Apocalypse in the place cited.) that “the locusts of the abyss may be the memories of the past brought home at times of divine visitation; they hurt by recalling forgotten sins.” It seems to us more probable that it represents an actual historical movement, past or to come, demoniacal in origin and character, human in the mode of its operation and the sphere of its influence, used by God for a scourge upon mankind and kept in restraint by His grace and power.”

    I’m starting to agree with option #2. Abaddon being a chosen name chosen by someone with a sense of righteousness. If he was an actual demon controlled by God wouldn’t that make Jacob and the original island inhabitants the “wicked?” It might make sense if Jacob’s people are guilty of worshipping a false idol. If Jacob does turn out to be the captain of the Black Rock, then ultimately he’s been claiming to be someone he’s not. Instead of using the island as an instrument of God, he used for his own power. Instead of worshipping, he became the worshipped. Maybe that’s why Jacob can no longer be seen by anyone in corporeal form, it’s some kind of punishment. Thus the “help me,” to Locke.

  • VictorC

    Hmmm… roomforhuman can you tell me what exactly about Eko’s character makes you believe he had too much pride? because I never thought that about him from watching the show.

    As for imfromthepast, I study the Bible daily, I pay very much attention to it. you’re wrong in saying Abbadon is Jesus, extremely, it’s borderline blasphemy.
    Read Revelation carefully:
    “And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit” (Rev 9:1)
    The key to recognizing that this is Satan, is if you look at Revelation 12:9:
    “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

    (Understand that everything in the book of Revelation isn’t in sequential order, you must know how to organize it)
    Abaddon is cast down to the earth (Rev 9:11), this is Satan, not Jesus. Jesus would never be cast down like that, He comes in a glorious white horse, with a sword, as a Conqueror.

    Also look at Luke 10:18:
    “And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”

    imfromthepast, you know that Jesus returns after the LAST trumpet blast, but this event with Abaddon being released happens BEFORE that.

    Those so called “locusts” that are released are demons, simple as that. It’s even possible that these are the demons mentioned in Jude 1:6 “And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day.”
    But anyways, let me not bore anyone with a Bible lesson, lol.

    roomforhuman’s 2nd theory seems more likely, and I think it’s a great theory.

  • imfromthepast

    Victor C, I am glad that you study the Bible daily, that is a commendable habit. Since you read the Bible daily, you must have read Numbers 24:17 that speaks of “A star will certainly step forth out of Jacob” and Revelation 22:16, where Jesus says, “I, Jesus, sent my angel to bear witness to YOU people of these things for the congregations. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright morning star.” Here are two verses that describe Jesus as as a star, and as coming to earth. Further Rev 9:1 says that the star that falls from heaven is given the key to the abyss (bottomless pit). In Luke 8:31 the demons beg Jesus not to send them to the abyss, and in Revelation 20:1-3 it says, “And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven with the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he seized the dragon, the original serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. 3 And he hurled him into the abyss and shut [it] and sealed [it] over him…”
    So, are you still going to tell me that Abaddon, the “Angel of the Abyss” (Revelation 9:11), the one with the keys to the Abyss is Satan, and in Rev 20:1-3 hurls himself into the Abyss?

  • VictorC

    Definitely not imfromthepast, but that’s a great question, and something I hadn’t noticed.

    However, the Bible’s wide usage of the word “star” can easily be confusing. Depending on the context in which it is used, it can mean a literal star in the galaxy, or in other times an angel or fallen angel (demon).
    Obviously when Jesus calls Himself the “morning star,” He’s not calling Himself an angel, He created them before He came to this world as a man, when He was only known as the Word (John 1:1-3;14).
    Jesus calls Himself The Light, and His followers are supposed to be the light of the world (Matt 5, John 3, John 8:12, etc.) this is what He means.

    But to answer your question, notice Rev 9:1: “Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit.”
    I’ve already shown that that “star fallen from heaven to the earth” is Satan the Devil. He’s the only spirit being referenced in the Bible to have such a fall, as it was a quite a great one. He’s king over the rest of the demons because he drew a third of them from heaven in his rebellion (Rev 12:3-10) and he had the highest authority from God when he was Lucifer, before his fall.

    The key to understanding the answer to your question, is that there are 2 different stars mentioned, both given possession of the key to the bottomless pit at different times, for different reasons.
    Here’s the first time it’s mentioned (Rev 1:1): “And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit.”
    The second in Rev 20:1 “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.”

    You can tell they’re two different angels, because one had already “fallen” to the earth, the second “coming down from heaven.”
    By the context of the chapters they’re in you can see that the first is a demon and the second is an angel (they’re also referenced differently, the first a fallen star, the second an angel).

    If it surprises you that a demon can carry out God’s will, then read 1 Kings 22 and 2 Chronicles 18 to see how God used a demon to deceive people He wanted to be deceived.

  • imfromthepast

    I think we should move this discussion to a more appropriate location, and let the comments get back on track.