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The Angelic Conflict. Part 11. The origin, the estate, the character, and the sin of the greatest of angels, Satan.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Point 3. When and How the Angelic Conflict Began.

1TI 3:6 “And not a new convert, lest he become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.”

Trade - rekullah - “slander” = to go about in order to traffic something against someone, or to slander, or to try to destroy someone’s reputation by trafficking gossip and slander.

It indicates that going about among the angels which was necessary for Satan to do to secure their allegiance to his program of rebellion and conspiracy against God.

In this one context God records the origin, the estate, the character, and the sin of the greatest of angels.

He wants us to see the devastating effects of arrogance and pride.

1. Through the degenerating power of sin, Satan, as did Adam, became an entirely different being from that which God created.

2. When God creates a being to fulfill a certain purpose, that being must be a perfect fulfillment of that divine pattern.

3. We need to identify the purpose for which Satan was created and evaluate the qualities which were his in view of that purpose.

4. By his sin, he lost his original holiness and heavenly position, but he retains his wisdom and his beauty, and he has turned his surpassing abilities into ways of evil.

5. Satan’s office was originally to protect the throne of God and to forbid the approach of evil or any unrighteousness.

6. The unrighteousness found in Satan was the sin of independence and self-exaltation.

7. Satan is said to have been upon the Holy Mountain of God as the Anointed Cherub that covereth, and therefore appears to have been the great High Priest of his realm.

8. Satan appears to have been the highest angel and therefore the King over his creation.

9. He was perfect in all his ways, and apparently continued so for a length of time.
10. After the fall of Adam, when no other created being could be found to fulfill this function, the Lord Jesus Christ came forth from the Godhead to become a member of the human race and to fulfill all three functions, prophet, priest, and king.

It was necessary first to put away the iniquity of those who should be saved.

The government which Christ will take upon His shoulders appears to be exactly identical with that which was once committed to Satan, and the original order of things will begin to be restored in Christ’s Millennial kingdom.

Arrogance has to do with thought while pride has to do with action.
Adam was to rule over the creation under the authority of God; in
GEN 1:26, he was told to rule over all the earth.

10. After the fall of Adam, when no other created being could be found to fulfill this function, the Lord Jesus Christ came forth from the Godhead to become a member of the human race and to fulfill all three functions, prophet, priest, and king.

GAL 4:4 But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman,

ISA 14:12 “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!”

EZE 28:15 “You were blameless in your ways From the day you were created, Until unrighteousness was found in you.”

LUK 10:18 “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.”

Satan - Satanas = to gossip, to malign, to slander, and to accuse.
Star - heylel - “Lucifer” = the shining one or the star.

ISA 14:12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!” - NKJ
ISA 14:12 How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! - TLB
ISA 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! - KJV

Lucifer - Latin - “light bearer” = the shining one, the translucent one, the simulating one.
Two creatures are said to throw out light which made them ultra attractive -
Heylel = Satan
Nachash [Gen 3] = serpent.

2CO 11:14-15 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness;

From the middle of the Tribulation period and for the rest of his existence, Satan has to stay on the earth.

He has the greatest mind that any creature has ever had; only one mind is more intelligent than his which is made available to creatures - “the mind of Christ,Co 2:16, PHI 2:5.

Nations = divine institution number 4, nationalism.
Nationalism = the belief that nations will benefit from acting independently rather than collectively, emphasizing national rather than international goals.

The first great attack on nationalism came with the tower of Babel, the first United Nations organization.
1. He divided them by race.
2. He divided them geographically.
3. He divided them linguistically.

“I will ascend into heaven” = the third heaven where God is, 2CO 12:2.
“I will raise my throne or exalt my throne above the stars of God” = the angels; in JOB 38:7, Jud 13, REV 12:3-4, stars are angels.
I will sit on the mount of the assembly in the recesses of the north” = rulership over the government of the earth, ISA 2:1-4.

Clouds are used to represent the divine presence of God or His glory.
Jehovah appeared in cloud, EXO 16:10.
Jehovah rides upon cloud, PSA 104:3.

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