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The Angelic Conflict. Part 60. The ultimate triumph of the angelic conflict.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Point 15. Operation Footstool - The Ultimate Triumph Of The Angelic Conflict.

COL 2:15 “Having disarmed the rulers [the demon archons or demon rulers] and the authorities [the demon commissioned officers], He [Jesus Christ at the Second Advent] made a public display of them, having celebrated a triumphal procession over them [Satan and all fallen angels] - by means of it [the strategic victory of the cross - no word for ‘Him’ here; it is ‘through it’].

An analogy is made between operation footstool and a Roman Triumphal Procession.

“Having triumphed” - aor-act-part - thriambeuo = to lead a triumphal procession or make some kind of a special exhibition; 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, called a Triumphal Procession or a march through the city of Rome.

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a. Company grade officers - centurions.
b. Field grade officers - tribunes.
c. General officers - praetor or imperium.

When an imperium was victorious, his army lined up and saluted him with a tremendous shout: “Ave imperator!”

The spiritual analogy = TLJC will be honored as the King of kings and the Lord of lords at the Second Coming.

In the Roman triumphal procession, the highest honor that could be given to an imperator was a Triumph (Triumphus).

In the spiritual analogy, the highest honor which can be given to TLJC is to sit down at the right hand of God as the “King of kings, Lord of lords, the bright morning star.”

In the Roman Triumphal Procession, a triumph always included a procession or a parade.

The first part of the Triumphal Procession was when TLJC arrived in the presence of the Father as the conquering general and in front of Him came Satan and all the fallen angels as captives!

The Second Advent, part two of the Triumphal Procession, will take place on earth -
ZEC 14:4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east;

In the Roman Triumphal Procession, the senate had to approve the triumph and vote a sum of money to defray some of the expenses.

God the Father will support His Son Jesus Christ, and at the Second Coming there will be a victorious procession to celebrate our Lord’s victory.

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.

REV 1:7 He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him.

In the Roman Triumphal Procession, the victorious imperator or general assembled his troops outside the gate of triumph and delivered a speech commending his army on their victory.

The spiritual analogy: Before our Lord comes back in the Second Coming, He will deliver a speech to the church at the bema seat judgment commending those who were victorious by becoming invisible heroes.

At the end of our Lord’s speech He will decorate those winners at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

In the Roman Triumphal Procession, the highest honor was the corona [Latin - corona; Greek - stephanos] = “crown.”

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We have the crown of righteousness, awarded to invisible heroes. It is awarded not only for the execution of the PPOG, but for the fruit bearing that comes from it - invisible historic and angelic impact, 2TI 4:7-8.

There is the crown of life. This decoration is awarded to invisible heroes for maximum production of divine good through the execution of the PPOG.

JAM 1:12 “Happy is that person who perseveres under testing, for once he has passed the test, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him [spiritual self-esteem].”

The crown of glory = awarded to pastors who faithfully study and communicate Bible doctrine to their congregation.

1PE 5:4 “And when the Chief Shepherd appears [Rapture], you [faithful pastors] will receive the unfading crown of glory.”

The highest honor that can be given by TLJC will be the order of the morning star which He also possesses!

In the Roman Triumphal Procession, at the end of his speech and having given out all of the decorations, the general then gave a command and the finance corps distributed to every Roman soldier a large sum of money for his part in the campaign.

Spiritual analogy: Although not all winners will receive the order of the morning star, there will be many believers who are rewarded different crowns and awards for faithfulness and dedication to the Lord in time.

In the Roman Triumphal Procession, the general mounted his chariot with four horses and commanded them to fall in.

Spiritual Analogy: TLJC will give orders to the Church to mount their horses, REV 19:14, as the Church returns with Christ, 1TH 3:13.

In the Roman Triumphal Procession, at the gate, the imperator was met by the Roman senators and magistrates of the city.

Spiritual analogy: every eye will see Him and every tongue will confess that He is Lord, REV 1:7-8, PHI 2:10-11.

The senators, magistrates, and counsels walked ahead first, followed by several bands of trumpeters playing the marshal music of the day.

Then came that long train of carriages, extending for miles, on which were displayed various pictures of the country that had been conquered.

Then followed all the plunder of the campaign.
Next came that flute-playing band, followed by the white bulls destined to be offered as sacrifices.
They were followed by the priests carrying their sacrificial knives.

Spiritual analogy:
When TLJC comes back, all of the O.T. saints will be raised from the dead and everyone will be in their own order.

The first resurrection is pictured as a battalion pass-in-review, divided into four ranks, 1CO 15:20-24.

1CO 15:23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming,

In the Roman Triumphal Procession, next came the enemy’s arms, their captured standards and weapons, followed by the leaders of the enemy country and army and members of their family.

Spiritual analogy: first comes the triumphal procession in which all demons are disarmed by Jesus Christ and publicly displayed, COL 2:15.

Secondly, Satan is imprisoned for one thousand years, REV 20:1-3.

Then Church-age believers cast demons into prison, ZEC 13:2; 1CO 15:24-25; COL 2:15.

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