What does smoke symbolize? (Revelation 9:2)


And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

Revelation 9:2 - King James



⚪ Confusion of Methodism

Rev. 9:2 [...]

And there arose a smoke.Confusion — a blinding base. [Out of] OVER the pit. — In the "air," the ecclesiastical heavens.
As the smoke of a great furnace. — Methodism was no ordinary smudge.
And the sun,—The true Gospel.
And the air. — The Anglican Church. Were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit - Methodism damaged the Anglican communion as much as it did the Truth.

Source : 🇺🇸 1917 - Studies in the Scriptures, Vol 7, The finished mystery, page 156 + Cover


⚫ A symbol of coming destruction

Rev. 9
The record is that when this mighty Star came down from heaven he opened the bottomless pit or abyss and "there arose a smoke out of the pit". The smoke ascending as from a great furnace is a precursor of destruction coming from that source which is controlled only by Jehovah and his Christ. It therefore symbolically pictures destruction. Likewise the 'unruly tongue set on fire' is one of destruction, as the Scriptures describe. (Jas. 3:6) The "whirlwind", which Ezekiel saw, was a symbol of the same thing. (Ezek. 1:4) As further proof that the "smoke" is a symbol of coming destruction God's prophet wrote: "For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch." (Mal. 4:1) "And the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit." (Rev. 9:2) Symbolically this says 'the time has come to proclaim the vengeance of Jehovah God against the enemy's organization'.

Source : 🇺🇸 1930 - Light, vol 1, page 143 + Cover