Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The function of two new species in the Angelic Conflict.
Wednesday, April 3, 2002
1. The formal presentation of the case: the prosecution presents its case, followed by the defense presenting its case.
The trial phase begins with the fall of man in the garden and continues until the beginning of the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union.
Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, Nathan, Gad, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Habakkuk, Zechariah, Malachi, Amos, Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, and Haggai.
JER 5:14 Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of hosts, “Because you have spoken this word, Behold, I am making My words in your mouth fire And this people wood, and it will consume them.”
JER 20:9 But if I say, “I will not remember Him Or speak anymore in His name,” Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire shut up in my bones; And I am weary of holding it in, And I cannot endure it.
2CO 12:9-10 for my power is perfected in your weakness. for when I am weak, then I am strong.
Others = the anonymous ordinary believers who became doctrinal heroes.
None of these who obtained divine commendation because of the doctrine in their souls has yet obtained the ultimate promise, the blessings that follow resurrection life.
God foresaw and provided a better thing for us in order that without us they would not be perfected or completed!
Church-age believers, by means of the rapture, the resurrection or translation of all believers of the Mystery-age, will precede these heroes of past dispensations in resurrection, 1CO 15:23, 1TH 4:16-17.
witnesses - martus = a witness in a legal sense to testify as an eyewitness or a character reference for one being questioned.
It refers to those, who after our Lords example, have proved the strength and genuineness of their faith in Christ by undergoing suffering or even death.
The writer of the book of Hebrews, written to the Jews of the Church-age, identifies a transition of witnesses from the O.T. racial species to the N.T. spiritual species.
The formal presentation of Satans appeal trial corresponds to O.T. history with the Jews as a race and Israel as a nation as the center of the conflict.
The rebuttal phase: the rebuttal arguments of the prosecution [God] followed by the rebuttal arguments of the defense [Satan].
The rebuttal phase of the prosecution is coterminous with the Christocentric dispensations: the hypostatic union and the Church-age.
Dispensations are divine categories of human history - the divine outline and the divine interpretation of human history.
Dispensations are the vehicle by which believers living at a specific time in history can orient to Gods will, plan, and purpose for their lives.
There are only two dispensations or periods of time in human history where Christ lives inside of man, the dispensation of the hypostatic union and the Church-age.
These two dispensations are when God presents His case and reveals His justice and righteousness and love.
Our Lord and the invisible heroes of the Church-age are the two main witnesses for the prosecution.
Legitimate evidence is based on two or three witnesses being interrogated independently and agreeing to their testimony.
Is God just or unjust?
Has God been fair with His creatures?
How can a loving God cast His creatures into the lake of fire?
3. The closing argument and summary: first by the prosecution [God] and then by the defense [Satan].
The witnesses will be the Tribulational winners and Millennial winners, from the new racial species.
Robert R. McLaughlin All Rights Reserved 2002