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The Angelic Conflict. Part 4. The human race provides evidence, arguments, and precedents in Satan's appeal trial.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Point 1. Definition.
The angelic conflict is the result of the fall of all angelic creatures with one third ending up in opposition to God which began with the fall of Satan and continued until all angelic creatures had made a decision for or against God.

They apparently, COL 1:16-20, were elected to some form of salvation.

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, he is the god of this world.

Eze 28 - at one time Satan led all the angels on planet earth in worship toward God.

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 which characterized Satan’s original revolution, ISA 14:12-14.

In angelic history, God had provided a decision making process by which angels could express non-meritorious positive volition.

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

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.

First, the formal presentation of the case: the prosecution presents its case, followed by the defense presenting its case - O.T. history, Israel the new racial species - accompanied later by the Church, the new spiritual species.

1. The chief antagonist in the angelic conflict is called Satan or the devil.
His title in the Hebrew is ha Satan = an attorney who slanders and gets away with it because of some legal loophole, an adversary.
Greek - diabolos [devil] = an adversary, an attorney in opposition in law, or a slanderer.

2. 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.

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

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

The trial phase begins with the fall of man in the garden of Eden and continues until the beginning of the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union, when God became a man.

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.

When Adam and the woman willfully sinned, 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.

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.

Point 2. The Existence of Rational Creatures.

a. The prehistorical category called angels, PSA 8:4-6; HEB 2:6,7; 2PE 2:11.

HEB 2:7 “Thou hast made him for a little while lower than the angels.”

The first category of rational creatures is the superior category; angels are superior to mankind.

b. The historical category called human beings, mankind, or man.

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