Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, September 1, 2013

Satan is released from the prison that God ordained for him and is getting ready to revolt against the perfect environment of the 1,000 year Millennial reign.

MAT 25:41 “Then he will also say to those on his left, ‘depart from me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;

1. Paradise is where all the Old Testament believers were located before our Lord ascended into heaven and was seated at the right hand of God the Father.

2. There is what is called a great gulf fixed and a second compart­ment which is called Torments and that is where all unbelievers go when they die.
they will be involved in what is known as a Second Resurrection and be judge­d.

3. The third compartment is called Tartarus, and Tartarus is the location of some of the toughest of the fallen angels.

4.  The last area is called the Abyss which is the location of one of the greatest demon armies of all time.

Paradise
Torments
Tartarus
The Abyss

These are the winner believers who were willing to give their life or be martyred for the cause of Christ during the Tribulation period.

This is a reference to the Second Resurrection of unbelievers which is being referred to here and then John describes those who were resurrected for good in verse 5, when John says This is the first resurrection.

JOH 5:29 and some shall come forth; those who did the good {deeds} to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil {deeds} to a resurrection of judgment.

There are two resurrections here those who did the good deeds to a resurrec­tion of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judg­ment.

The second death is when unbelievers are raised from the dead and they stand before God and then are thrown into the eternal lake of fire.

2TI 2:12 If we endure, we shall also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us;
Satan has been in prison for a thousand years and during that thousand years on earth, perfect environment has existed.
The only thing that is not quite perfect are the people because people still have old sin natures……everything else is perfect.
Gog is actually the code name for Satan and Magog is a reference to his followers.

The First Advent of Satan is found in GEN 3:15, where Satan came to perfect environment and destroyed it; And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

The Second Coming, REV 20:7-8, the same thing is true. In both advents of Satan, he found perfect environment on the earth when he came and conspired to destroy it.

JOH 8:44 “You are of {your} father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own {na­ture;} for he is a liar, and the father of lies.

In his First Advent, he was successful, he deceived the woman in the garden, GEN 3:1-6.

In his Second Advent, the conspiracy and the revolution will fail.

In both advents, Satan alleges to improve perfect environment and to do that, he has to lie and deceive a lot.

He lied to the woman and said that she could be as smart as God if she ate of the fruit. He will lie to millions and millions of people and tell them that they could have it a lot better if they would follow him.

So he lies, he distorts, and he uses the system of flattery in order to appeal to the arrogance of individuals.
people who have been living in perfect environment for hundreds of years, and yet a little flattery stirs them up.

The implacability and dissatisfaction of the human race is phenomenal at this time and so Satan alleges to improve perfect environment.
the principle is going to be very obvious, the end of history like the beginning of history will demonstrate man’s need for rela­tionship with God through faith in Christ.

The point is true that no matter where you put certain people and what you give them, they are never going to change.

They never seem to improve no matter where they are, whether it’s out on the farm or up in the palace, it doesn’t matter.
Consequently, perfect happiness is attained in the three stages of spiritual adulthood, and is a part of glorifying God in the Church Age.

Since the acquisition of perfect happiness is related to spiritual adult­hood and the glorification of God in the predesig­ned plan of God for the Church Age, such happiness is a command.

PSA 97:12  “Be happy in the Lord, O righteous ones, and give thanks for the memory of His holiness.”

We have the imputed righteousness of God ever since salvation, which quali­fies us to be the recipient of God’s personal love and we should be thankful for that.

If someone says how do I know if I have the happiness of God developing within me or am I implacable or impossible to satisfy?

As you begin to have perfect happiness, thanksgiving becomes a moment-by-moment attitude of your soul.

Until you can give thanks for everything, both the blessings and adversities of your life, you have not yet come close to having the perfect happiness of God.

PHI 3:1  “Finally, my brethren, keep on having happiness in the Lord.  To be writing this same mandate to you, on the one hand, is not tedious, while on the other hand, it is a safeguard to you.”

Inculcation and repetition is the only way to learn doc­trine or the mind of Christ.

How do I know if I have the happiness of God developing within me or am I implacable or impossible to satisfy?

The point is that the greatest experience of security in this life is to attain perfect happiness.

Once you have God’s happiness in your soul, it is the ultimate of security, the basis for spiritual self-esteem, spiritual autonomy, and spiritual matu­rity.

This is security for you because, when you get under pressure, you will think the right thing, do the right thing, and apply the right doctrine because you have repeatedly learned to do the right thing under normal circumstances.

PHI 4:4  “Keep on having happiness in the Lord at all times; once more I repeat the command, keep on having happiness.”
The reason why this in the present tense and it is a command is because perfect happiness is the only happiness in the world you can have at all times, wherever you are, no matter what your circumstances.
Perfect happiness is not something we attain in the eternal state, although there is happiness and blessing for all believers there.
How do you obey the command “Be happy!”?  You can’t be hypocritical and fake it.

To obey the command to “keep on having happiness in the Lord at all times” is something we cannot do any more than we can do anything for our salvation.

This divine command can only be executed through residence, function, momen­tum inside the PPOG in the attainment of the three stages of spiritual adult­hood.

NEH 8:10 anticipated this.  “Do not be grieved, for the happiness of the Lord is your strength.”

As with anything, there are a number of things you first must learn to exe­cute God’s plan and not buy the lies and the deception that comes from the most implacable angel ever, Satan.

Christians want instant solutions and miracles, implying that God is disorganized.

Yet she wanted more than a perfect husband, more than perfect sex, more than a genius, more than perfect environment.

You can never get enough of the things you don’t need, because the things you don’t need can never satisfy.

Yet her conversations indicated that she was not satisfied with what she had.

This immediately indicates that she didn’t have perfect happiness, because contentment is a synonym for perfect happiness.

Since God possesses perfect happiness, He desires to share His perfect happi­ness with us, and so He mandates that we have His perfect happiness.

As you begin to have perfect happiness, thanks­giving becomes a moment-by-moment attitude of your soul.

1TH 5:16-18 “Be happy always; pray continually; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Until you can give thanks for everything, both the blessings and adversi­ties of your life, you have not yet come close to having the perfect happiness of God.

Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.

Unhappiness is in not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.

Yet she wanted more than a perfect husband, more than perfect sex, more than being a genius, more than perfect environment, more than being taught person­ally by TLJC in the garden of Eden.

It wasn’t like the joke about the man who said to God, “God why did you make women so beautiful. And God said, So that they would be attractive to you”!

And then the man said, “Well, why did you make them so dumb?” And God said “So that you would be attractive to them!”

This immediately indicates that she didn’t have perfect happiness, because contentment is a synonym for perfect happiness.

Whoever does not regard what he has as most sufficient wealth, is unhappy, though he be master of the world.

MAR 8:36 “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?”

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.

Then she added something God had not said, “You cannot eat from it or touch it lest you die.”

The woman lacked something in her capacity to hear clearly and objectively what the divine prohibition in­volved.

She was afraid that even if she touched the tree she would die.

You cannot have fear without having arrogance.

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