Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Angelic Conflict. Part 55. Angelic Observation and Opposition in Human History.
Friday, April 7, 2006
Point 13. The Angelic Observation and Opposition in Human History.
a. Elect angels rejoice over the salvation of one person, LUK 15:7,10.
In the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union, angels observed every part of the First Advent and incarnation of our Lord -
1TI 3:16 - He was, “Beheld by angels.”
Spectacle - nominative neuter singular - theatron = a theater, a place for public shows, a play, a place for the performance of dramatic representations.
EPH 3:10 in order that the multi-faceted or many-sides of the wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.
Angels even observe the believers in the Church-age receiving commands from headquarters, 1TI 5:21.
Long - epithumeo = to have a desire for something, to long for, to set the heart upon.
MAT 18:10 - angels also observe and protect children.
LUK 16:22 - angels also were present when Lazarus, a believer, died. He was escorted to paradise by the angels.
LUK 16:22 “Now it came about that the poor man died and he was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom;”
1CO 11:10 - angels observe the attitude that the woman has toward her husband and the symbol of authority that it represents.
Satan has organized a tremendous demon army to hinder Church-age believers from fulfilling the PPOG.
1. To blind the minds of unbelievers so they will not accept Christ.
2. If they do believe in Christ, hinder their function and execution of the PPOG, distract them in every way possible, and keep them from making Bible doctrine their number one priority.
a. Satan and his angels are the enemy of unbelievers, LUK 8:12; 2CO 4:3-4; 2TH 2:7-10; COL 2:8.
LUK 8:12 “And those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they may not believe and be saved.”
c. Satan and his angels are the enemy of the Church, REV 2:8-10,12-13.
EPH 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
f. Satan and his angels are the enemy of the dispensation of the hypostatic union, REV 12:4.
g. Satan and his angels are the enemy of nations, REV 12:9; REV 20:3,8.
h. Satan and his angels are the chief antagonists of the extension of the angelic conflict into human history, Heb 1-2.
Point 14. The Angelic Conflict In Human History Answers Basic Questions About Life.
A. Why the creation of man?
Mankind was created to resolve the prehistoric angelic conflict.
b. Why sin?
To resolve the angelic conflict all members of the human race must have the same free will as angels have.
In the original sin of man in the garden of Eden, there was the function of negative volition against a specific prohibition.
God said you could eat from any tree except one!
Satan said, “Has God said you shall not eat from any tree?”
God’s plan still went on and God turned the curse into a blessing, because at the cross all human sin was judged while human good was rejected, TIT 3:5.
TIT 3:5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
If any accusation was made, like how can a loving God cast His creatures in the lake of fire, picture this: that same loving God forsook His Son on the cross while He was bearing the sins of the whole world.
The cross broke the back of Satan.
At the cross that same character of God condemned His own perfect impeccable Son while bearing our sins.
Just as we use our volition to sin, so also we use our volition to choose for or against the plan of God.
Sin exists simply because of the fact that God gave His creatures free will, and they have chosen from that free will to violate certain divine standards.
c. Why chaos on planet earth?
1CO 14:33 for God is not a God of confusion but of peace,
The chaos is only terminated by the Second Advent of Christ and His Millennial reign.
Satan does not have the power or the ability to control all the inhabitants of the world nor the ability to produce perfect environment on the earth.
Christian activism is a movement that is blindly and ignorantly trying to help Satan clean up his world and make it a better place to live.
Social engineering means trying to force biblical principles on society.
Political engineering means trying to control the government with principles from the Bible.
Christians stick their nose into other people’s business.
Christians intrude into the privacy of other people.
Christians violate the constitutional rights of other people.
Christians destroy property, e.g., abortion clinics.
To outlaw a certain segment of society because they do not adhere to Christian principles is a disaster.
The devil sponsors Christian activism because that is his way of getting believers involved in the improvement of the devil’s world.
“Render unto Caesar” = establishment activity and being a good citizen of your nation.
“Render unto God” includes the execution of the plan of God.
Christian activism becomes tantamount to the Church-age believer being involved in the temporal solutions to the problems of life when spiritual solutions are available.