CERN is a giant particle accelerator (hadron collider) located in Geneva, Switzerland. Some believe the end result of the experiments performed there will be the opening of a portal to another dimension, namely Hell, equating this action with the opening of the Abyss during the 5th trumpet, the 1st woe, in Revelation 9. Here’s the biblical text:
Then the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him. He opened the bottomless pit, and smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit. Then out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth, and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power. They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for five months; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a man. And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them. // Revelation 9:1-6 NASB
The appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads appeared to be crowns like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. They had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were like the teeth of lions. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle. They have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men for five months. They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon.
The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things. // Revelation 9:7-12 NASB]
Some quick thoughts…
As it says above, the Abyss doesn’t open until the 5th trumpet is sounded which happens after the tribulation starts and a bunch of very frighteningly bad things take place from Revelation chapter 6 on. We haven’t seen those thing yet. Consider, when they do occur, I don’t believe we’ll have the time to analyze and discuss these things with each other via the internet. Those of us who will be here when they happen will barely have time to read our Bibles, if we even have one (which is why I suggest Scripture memorization).
Also, consider, the Abyss is under the sea, which is in the Middle East where Job lived…
“The departed spirits tremble Under the waters and their inhabitants. “Naked is Sheol before Him, And Abaddon has no covering. [Job 26:5-6 NASB]
…not Geneva, Switzerland, where CERN is.
This is the same Abaddon or Apollyon:
They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon. // Revelation 9:11 NASB
Prophecy is full of geographic markers for our benefit. We need to take advantage of them. I submit to you that the phrase Beast from the Sea is describing this final kingdom’s geographic location as being near an actual sea, perhaps being the Persian Gulf. It could also be the Mediterranean (for which there is strong biblical evidence). Either sea makes little difference as the point is it’s in the Middle East.
And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. And the beast which I saw was like a leopard (Yavan, which is Macedonia/Western Turkey), and his feet were like those of a bear (Persia, Iran) , and his mouth like the mouth of a lion (Babylon, Iraq). And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. // Revelation 13:1-2 NASB (parentheses added)
This could be one reason why God gets rid of the sea after this. I don’t think it means all oceans, just this particular sea:
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. [Revelation 21:1 NASB]
Also, consider, this demonic army comes from near the Euphrates, which flows across Turkey, Syria and Iraq…
Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind. The number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. And this is how I saw in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths proceed fire and smoke and brimstone. // Revelation 9:13-17 NASB
…not the heart of Europe.
So, in order for me to believe that CERN has anything to do with Bible prophecy, I have to disregard prophetic geography and the sequence of events in Revelation. I have to believe that, even though the Bible is a Middle Eastern book about Middle Eastern people, even though all of the action in the Bible takes place in the Middle East, even though Bible prophecy teaches the Antichrist will rise out of Islam and eventually rule from a revived Babylon [Zechariah 5:5-11; Revelation 18], suddenly, a small group of scientists in Geneva, Switzerland, wittingly or unwittingly, open the Abyss and unleash the most extreme, hellish judgment on the world… that, suddenly, the Islamic Antichrist’s supernatural army climbs out of a hole in Geneva, Switzerland. Doesn’t add up to me.
Now, could the whole thing blow up? Sure. Would it be incredibly disastrous? Yes. Would it puncture a hole through space-time and open a portal to Hell. No. When the Abyss opens, it will be purely a supernatural event that happens at God’s appointed time [Ecclesiastes 3:1], which is not contingent upon Man’s assistance.
An appeal to Christians
Consider studying the actual geography present in Bible prophecy like John’s geographic description of the final beast empire in Revelation 13:2, which is more than just a word picture, or the geography in Daniel 11 that tells us where the Antichrist will rise to power, or the biblical origin of Middle East conflict in Genesis 16 that is spreading around the world instead of quantum theory, wormholes, antimatter, particle beam weapons, the space-time continuum, human-hybrid genomes, and quark-gluon strangelets.
Let’s all stay grounded in prophetic geography so we can lay aside peripheral distractions and look at the area of the world we should be looking at.