Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Angelic Conflict. Part 33. Angels and humans, are no better off in perfect environment than in any other environment.
Friday, February 3, 2006
In the angelic conflict, there is, first of all, the formal presentation of the case: the prosecution [God] presents His case, followed by the defense [Satan and the fallen angels] presenting their side.
Next is the rebuttal phase: the rebuttal arguments of the prosecution [God, bringing to the witness stand TLJC and winner believers of the Church-age] followed by the rebuttal arguments of the defense [Satan - cross examining those witnesses].
The third and final phase of the trial, the closing arguments and summary of the prosecution, includes the Second Advent and the Millennial rule of Christ.
The Second Advent is the second time TLJC comes down on earth as a member of the human race and He returns with the Church-age believers, the Royal Family of God with special emphasis on invisible heroes, 1TH 3:13; REV 19:7-14.
The closing arguments and summary also include the Millennial rule of Jesus Christ on earth.
This is a time of 1000 years of perfect environment on the earth.
1. Prehistoric perfect environment which occurred and existed prior to Satan’s fall and the angelic revolution, Eze 28.
2. When man was created to duplicate the same conditions, perfect environment was provided on the earth, Gen 2-3.
3. In the last 1000 years of human history, there will be perfect environment, and yet even though perfect conditions exist, at the end of the Millennium, there is a final revolution, Rev 20.
From these three areas of perfect environment, we learn that rational creatures including angelic and humans, are no better off in perfect environment than in any other environment.
Bible doctrine in the soul is what gives a person happiness.
Satan cannot interfere or interrupt this argument of the prosecution called perfect environment because he is incarcerated during the Millennium.
The closing argument and summary of Satan in the appeal trial of the angelic conflict occurs at the end of the Millennium when Satan is released from his prison.
Satan’s closing argument is the Gog revolution at the end of the Millennium.
In the garden of Eden, Satan came in the form of a serpent; it was demon possession of an animal.
Satan did not attack the man, the one who was in charge. If he had, it would have been no contest.
1CO 11:3 But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.
Starting with her and then using her as the agent to attack the one in authority was the easiest way to go.
No one knows better than Satan the dynamic power of arrogance.
ISA 14:14 “I will make myself like the Most High.”
Immediately she became spiritually dead, and as a spiritually dead person she discovered that she was not as smart as God but rather she discovered how smart God was.
Adam must make a choice, fellowship with Jesus Christ in the garden or fellowship with the woman in spiritual death.
More than one third of the angels made a decision to follow Satan - not as much a decision for Satan as it was for what Satan thought - “Let me choose my will over God’s will!”
One of the main differences is the fact we are confined to one place, planet earth, in order that all angelic creatures can sit in the stands and watch how members of the human race respond or react to the plan of God.
Satan made an appeal and God in His grace granted that appeal and a trial - that is why we are here and we are a part of that trial.
ROM 9:20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it?
When Satan revolted against God in prehistoric times all of the angels were created beings from the hand of God and therefore they were all perfect.
When Satan first entered the picture with mankind, he found two perfect people; Adam and the woman were created perfect.
Satan is released from his prison and he goes through the land and he is visible.
Criminals who retain their arrogance do not change by serving a prison sentence.
The real purpose of prison is to isolate a criminal from the general public and that is where Satan has been.
The first advent of Satan is found in GEN 3:1-15, where Satan came to perfect environment and destroyed it.
In Satan’s second advent, REV 20:7-8, the same thing is true.
In both advents, Satan alleges to improve perfect environment; and to do that, he has to lie a lot.
So he lies, he distorts, and he uses the system of flattery in order to appeal to the arrogance of individuals!
The implacability and dissatisfaction of the human race is phenomenal at this time and so Satan alleges to improve perfect environment.
Part of Satan’s cosmic philosophy includes the idea of improving man’s environment by eliminating the weak and unfit from society.
The end of history, like the beginning of history, will demonstrate man’s need for relationship with God through faith in Christ.
No matter where you put certain people and what you give them, they are never going to change!
Evil always closes down one’s options in life.
Whenever you find revolution or conspiracy, you will always find that a few shrewd or evil people have deceived a whole lot of gullible or naive people.
Because of the perfect environment of the Millennial reign of Christ, Satan must use his greatest genius, his deception, his lies, to awaken dissatisfaction.