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The Angelic Conflict. Part 15. Angels in the abyss: The first demon assault army of Rev 9.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Point 4. Two Categories of Fallen Angels.
1. The non-operational angels.

JUD 1:5-6 Now I desire to remind you, though you know all things once for all, that the Lord, after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe. And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day.

2PE 2:4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;

a. There are the angels of Gen 6 who were involved in the angelic attack to infiltrate the human race who are now incarcerated underneath the ground in Tartarus.
b. The non-operational angels found in Rev 9.

The first group tried to stop the virgin birth and the Hypostatic Union of the God-Man.

Since the incarnation, our Lord Jesus Christ is both true humanity and undiminished deity in one person forever.

As God He is equal with party of the first part, God the Father. As true humanity, He is equal and superior to all members of the human race.

While Jesus Christ was the Angel of Jehovah in the Old Testament, He never really became an angel; He simply appeared as an angel.

Once the Lord came in the flesh in the incarnation, there were no more manifestations of the Angel of Jehovah.

In bypassing the angelic creation, God did a remarkable thing, He prepared the way in eternity for every believer in Jesus Christ to be superior to angels in his resurrection body.

The second category of non-operational angels is the first demon assault army incarcerated in the abyss at this time.

The abyss contains demons who transgressed the boundaries of the human race.

Abaddon is mentioned once in the New Testament and six times in the Old Testament.

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The abyss is the fourth compartment of Hades and is the jail for certain demons who have been incarcerated there because they disobeyed the rules for the angelic conflict in human history.

The Church today is the focal point of invisible warfare and therefore we are required to become invisible heroes.

The abyss, at the present, is the barracks for the first demon assault army under the command of Abaddon (Hebrew) or Apollyon (Greek).

There will be visible heroes among believers; e.g., Moses and Elijah and the 144,000 Jewish evangelists.

When Satan is cast down to the earth, he is going to be permitted to release his three hard-core demon armies.
They will attack human beings physically.

1. Only those in the cosmic system or involved in the world system can be attacked.
2. They cannot kill their victims.

It will be a time of wrath, 1TH 5:9; REV 6:16-17; 11:18; 14:19.
A time of judgment, REV 14:7; 15:4;16:5-17.
A time of indignation, ISA 26:20-21; 34:1-3.
A time of punishment, ISA 24:20-21.

A time of trial, REV 3:10.
A time of trouble, JER 30:7.
A time of destruction, Joel 1:15.
A time of darkness, Joel 2:2; ZEP 1:14-18.

The fifth angel is one of the elect angels who have privileges and authority for glorifying TLJC in the first angelic rebellion.

The star is a reference to Satan who had fallen to the earth in the middle of the Tribulation period.
(a reference to ISA 14:12).

ISA 14:12 “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning,”
LUK 10:18 “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.”

“Bottomless” - abussos = the abyss.
“Pit” - noun phrear = a well; the pit of the abyss.

The lower world is thought to increase in size the further it extends from the surface of the earth.

Satan is permitted to release his first demon assault army, and they will torture their targets for five months.

So intense and excruciating is the pain they inflict on believers in the cosmic system and unbelievers, that both believers and unbelievers are going to try to commit suicide but will not be permitted to do so.

Satan does this to his own servants because Satan is an ungrateful master.

Once Satan can no longer use those involved in the cosmic system, he tries to destroy them in his satanic frustration.

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