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The Angelic Conflict. Part 31. The mystery behind the passing of the sentence in eternity past and the execution of that sentence.

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Point 7. The Courtroom Trial of the Angelic Conflict.
It was inevitable that Satan would do whatever he could to appeal the sentence and at the same time attack and malign the character of God.

The first mention principle is that principle by which God indicates in the first mention of a subject, the truth with which that subject stands connected in the mind of God.

The subtlety of Satan, GEN 3:1.

Expect subtlety almost every time you meet him, 2CO 11:3.
In the beginning he attacked Eve.
In Mat 4 we see him testing the Lord.

This is in direct opposition of the word of God, and all through the Bible Satan’s business is opposing the word of God.

He probably argued, “How can a loving God put His own creatures into the lake of fire forever?”

The fact that an appeal was filed with God is presumed from the lapse of time between the sentence of fallen angels, MAT 25:41, in eternity past, and the execution of that sentence at the termination of human history,REV 20:10.

MAT 25:41 Then He will also say to those on His left, “Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;”

REV 20:10 And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

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DEU 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever”

Between the passing of the sentence in eternity past and the execution of that sentence at the end of the Millennium and the Gog revolution, an appeal trial is occurring in human history.

Human history is not only coterminous with the appeal trial of Satan and his fallen angels, but human history is the actual courtroom for that trial, and mankind was created to be a part of that trial.

There is the formal presentation of the case: the prosecution presents its case, followed by the defense presenting its case.

Next is the rebuttal phase: the rebuttal arguments of the prosecution [God] followed by the rebuttal arguments of the defense [Satan].

Finally comes the closing argument and summary: first by the prosecution [God] and then by the defense [Satan].

The trial phase begins with the fall of man in the garden and continues until the beginning of the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union.

The fall of man in the garden of Eden actually duplicates the fall of Satan in the garden of God.
Both falls occurred during perfect environment.

God created man as a rational creature lower than angels, duplicating at a reduced scale, the conditions of the prehistoric angelic conflict.

He tried to make the woman conscious of the forbidden as though God had held back so much.

With the fall of Adam, Satan became the ruler of planet earth from which position Satan provides the defense in the historical appeal trial of all fallen angels, 2CO 4:4.

**23** Eze 28 - Satan led all the angels in worship toward God on planet earth.

The human race provides evidence, arguments, and precedents in the appeal trial - whether winners or losers.

God entered His evidence by creating man just as the angels were created: innocent (or perfect) with the potential to love and worship God through right decisions and the potential to become imperfect by wrong decisions.

Satan had been created in perfect innocence; Adam was created in perfect innocence.
The angels have free will; man has free will.
Adam freely and deliberately chose to follow the pattern of arrogance with characterized Satan’s original revolution, ISA 14:12-14.

The rebellion of Satan in the garden of God resulted in the fall of all angelic creatures.
The rebellion of Adam in the garden of Eden resulted in the fall of mankind, ROM 5:12.

In angelic history, God had provided a decision making process by which angels could express non-meritorious positive volition. This is why we have elect and fallen angels.

The Bible seems to reveal some sort of reconciliation for angels, COL 1:20, PHI 2:10, HEB 2:2.

Likewise, God provided salvation for all mankind so that man can express non-meritorious positive volition through faith in Christ, JOH 3:16.

Through the exercise of their free will, angelic creatures are divided into two categories: elect and fallen angels;REV 12:7, 1TI 5:21, MAT 25:41, MAR 8:38.

Through the exercise of their free will mankind is divided into two categories, believers and unbelievers, JOH 3:36.

Next is the rebuttal phase: the rebuttal arguments of the prosecution [God] followed by the rebuttal arguments of the defense [Satan].

The rebuttal phase of the prosecution is coterminous with the two Christocentric dispensations: the hypostatic union and the Church-age.

There are only two dispensations or periods of time in human history where deity indwelt humanity or Christ lives inside of man, the dispensation of the hypostatic union and the Church-age.

These two dispensations or periods of time are when God presents His case and reveals His justice and righteousness and love.

Our Lord and the invisible heroes of the Church-age are the main witnesses for the prosecution.

Legitimate evidence is based on two or three witnesses being interrogated independently and agreeing to their testimony.

Is God just or unjust?
Has God been fair with His creatures?
How can a loving God cast His creatures in the lake if fire?

In Jewish law, in a church court and in the Supreme court of heaven, the laws of evidence demand investigation of each accusation based on two or three witnesses being interrogated independently and agreeing to their testimony.

NUM 35:30 If anyone kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death at the evidence of witnesses, but no person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness.

DEU 17:6 On the evidence of two witnesses or three witnesses, he who is to die shall be put to death; he shall not be put to death on the evidence of one witness.

The two witnesses in the appeal trial of the angelic conflict are the humanity of Christ, where God lives inside of a man and the Church-age believer, the only dispensation where God again lives inside of man.

The third group of witnesses could be Christian marriage, any Old Testament saint who became a winner, Tribulational winners and Millennial winners.

REV 20:11-15 - all unbelievers have two witnesses against them.

The first set of books are records of every good deed every member of the human race has ever done, all adding up to -R.

The second set of books = the book of life, a book that at one time contained the names of every member of the human race under the principle of the unlimited atonement, but names are blotted out when someone rejects Christ as Savior.

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