Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, August 11, 2013
They are going to be restricted as to what they can do to their target which is going to be made up of people who live in the cosmic system, believers and unbelievers of the Tribulation.
This first demon army is prohibited from destroying
Apparently the demon army can be destructive not only with people but with things.
COL 1:16 “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created by Him and for Him.”
There are two mandates on this demon army, first, they can’t destroy vegetation and in addition to that they are not permitted to kill their targets, torture only.
Those who have the seal of God are those who became saved after the Rapture and during this Tribulation period.
The word “bond-servants” is “doulos” which means those believers who are slaves or servants to God.
There are certain Tribulation believers who will survive the Tribulation with all of its horrors and historical adversity.
The target is believers and unbelievers in the cosmic system but there is no permission to attack believers.
To avoid being mugged by a demon, you have to stay out of the cosmic system in the Tribulation.
ZEC 2:5 ‘For I,’ declares the Lord, ‘will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.'”
These are individuals who said “No” to the divine plan of God and they are turned over to Satan for punishment.
Prin-Since these individuals have said “no” to the divine plan and therefore yes to the satanic plan, they are now turned over to Satan.
You cannot say no to the plan of God without saying yes to the plan of Satan.
The word for “torture” is “basanizo” which means to question by applying torture, to vex with grievous pains (used of body or mind), to torment, to be harassed, to be distressed.
Satan is frustrated and under pressure.
He is confined to planet earth in the middle of the Tribulation.
He is motivated by arrogance and frustration and he releases this wicked angel called Abaddon or Apollyon known as an arche, the most powerful group of demons designed to stop you from going forward in the PPOG.
Before TLJC comes back known as the Second Coming or the Second Advent, Satan turns on his own kingdom.
The world is Satan’s kingdom and has been, he is the ruler of this world and has been since Adam fell.
LUK 9:25 “For what is a man
profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?”
Man is fighting man…..
Demons are fighting man….
Man is trying to defend himself against demons.
Satan’s whole system is going to collapse under his very nose, by his own arrogant decisions.
When our Lord returns to the earth, He doesn’t find a
thriving world under the rulership of Satan but a kingdom divided….the kingdom of darkness is divided against itself.
MAR 3:24 “And if a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.”
Demons are capable of even more intense torture than the scorpion with whom they are compared.
The intensity of this torture is not to be relieved by death however.
Only when a believer’s in fellowship and learning Bible doctrine and applying that doctrine and executing the plan of God and fulfilling the mandates of the word of God……..does he have any way of coping with adversity.
Good decisions result in great blessing and prosperity.
Bad decisions result in great adversity.
As a result of living in the cosmic system, they will seek as the only solution to their problems the one solution which is not a solution but a total admission of defeat…..they will seek suicide.
The Bible condemns suicide in PSA 31:15.
The issue is the fact that the Millennial reign is about to start and that means that every single unbeliever is going to be removed from the earth by the baptism of fire.
They have hit the bottom as believers and the only decisions that they can make that will start their recovery is their decision to rebound or, if they’re unbelievers, their decision to become a believer.