Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Angelic Conflict. Part 58. Jesus Christ made a public display of them, having celebrated a triumphal procession.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Point 15. Operation Footstool - the Ultimate Triumph of the Angelic Conflict.
It is quoted four times in the New Testament under a rebuttal concept - to settle a Jewish controversy regarding Christ as the Messiah to Israel and the dispute about the hypostatic union.
In MAT 22:41-46, when questioned by the Pharisees about the Sonship of Jesus Christ, our Lord quotes this passage, saying how could David call his son “my Lord.”
MAR 12:35-37 is quoted by Jesus when He was in the temple answering a dispute with the scribes.
It is quoted in HEB 1:13 dealing with the doctrine of the angelic conflict -
HEB 1:13 But to which of the angels has He ever said, “Sit at My right hand, Until I make Thine enemies A footstool for Thy feet”?
HEB 10:12-13 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet.
The occasion for this prophecy is the death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and session of the humanity of Christ in the hypostatic union.
It is a triumph over fallen angels, including Satan, and is a very important part of the historical extension of the angelic conflict.
A. The first phase is at the Second Advent of Christ, following the Tribulation period, the time of great demon activity.
1. His Royal Family to be formed.
2. Then He owes Israel seven more years, the Tribulation period.
3. Then He hits the earth with the Second Advent, where operation footstool begins.
Fallen angels are imprisoned in the abyss for 1000 years, and unbelievers of the Tribulation are imprisoned in torments for 1000 years.
Operation footstool has two phases, one at each end of the Millennium.
B. The second phase takes place after the Gog revolution at the end of the Millennium, Satan’s last revolt at the end of human history.
JOH 3:18 “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
JOH 3:36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
1. The pastor must understand isagogics - the historical setting of a passage.
2. Categories - the systematic theology developed from combining Scripture with Scripture.
3. Exegesis - the grammatical and syntactical analysis of the passage from the original languages.
In this verse, according to the isagogics, an analogy is made between operation footstool and a Roman Triumphal Procession.
He made a public display - aor-act-ind - deigmatizo = to display or exhibit the captives or the demons He disarmed.
Having triumphed - aor-act-part - thriambeuo = to lead a triumphal procession or make some kind of a special exhibition. It also means to celebrate a triumph.
This is a reference to operation footstool which began the Triumphal Procession in heaven and will conclude with a Triumphal Procession on earth at the Second Advent of Jesus Christ.
A custom in the ancient world after winning a war was to bring the captives back, and it was called a Triumphal Procession or a march through the city of Rome.
a. Company grade officers were called centurions.
b. Field grade officers were called tribunes.
c. General officers were called praetor or imperium.
When an imperium was victorious, his army lined up and saluted him with a tremendous shout: “Ave imperator!”
The highest honor that could be given to an imperator was a Triumph (Triumphus).
On the day appointed for the Triumphal Procession, the senate declared a holiday and the entire population of Rome came out of their homes and stationed themselves along the streets.
The victorious imperator or general assembled his troops outside the gate and delivered a speech commending his army on their victory.