Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Operation footstool is the ultimate victory behind the wearing of our combat shoes or our footwear.

Operation footstool refers to the termination of the strategic victory of the angelic conflict, by which the Lord Jesus Christ returns to the earth to establish His kingdom and to remove Satan and all fallen angels.

It constitutes a celebration whereby Satan loses the rulership of the world to the Lord, PSA 110:1; HEB 1:13; 10:13.

The general who commanded the forces in the campaign rode in a very beautiful chariot.

At the end of the procession it always ended up at the Mamertime prison and there the crowd and the soldiers could fall upon special prisoners whom they wished personally to kill.

The triumphal procession which would begin at point a, usually around the capital somewhere, and would go through the whole city winding up at the Mamertime dungeon, point b.

When TLJC was resurrected three days after the cross He was on the earth for 40 days and then He ascended to the right hand of God the Father.

Satan and all the fallen angels were in the triumphal procession as captives.

There was a moment on the earth when things were pretty quiet because all the demons were paraded by TLJC as He sat upon that throne.

They went back to their activities because they will be executed as it were at point b the second advent which is operation footstool.

Our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ has already had one Triumphal Procession.

Jesus Christ as a man and as our High Priest was superior, and He conquered at the cross.

While God the Father was canceling the debt of our sins for the entire human race something else was happening….the fallen angels were ultimately defeated.

God does not want the creation of robots.

Point 1. Background and Preparation for the Triumphal Procession.

a. Company grade officers were called centurions.  b.  Field grade officers were called (Tribunes) tribunes.  c.  General officers were called priator or imperium.

The victorious general was called an imperator, the highest honor that could be given to an imperator was called the Triumph (Triumphus in the Latin.)

No general could have a Triumph unless he also had led in a battle where at least 5,000 of the enemy had been slain in a single battle.

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 steps of buildings and the streets.

The victorious general, the imperator assembled his troops outside the gate of triumph and delivered a speech commending his army on their victory.

There were various categories of decorations which were given including the highest honor which would be the coronas.

The highest honor was the corona (Latin), equivalent to the Greek stephanos, translated “crown.”

REV 3:5 says The winner shall be clothed in white garments and I will never blot out his title [the winner is knighted at the judgment seat of Christ]
I will acknowledge his title in the presence of My Father and before His angels [a formal presentation].”

There were various categories of decorations which were given including the highest honor which would be the coronas.
a.  Corona gramania, a golden wreath woven of golden strands; also called golden grass.
b.  Corona civica, wreath of golden oak leaves, given for the highest type of valor in battle or for unusual acts performed by a civilian.
c.  Corona navalis, the medal of honor for the navy.  It was given to the first sailor to board an enemy ship during battle.
d.  Corona muralis, awarded to the first soldier to scale the wall of a besieged city similar to our distinguished service cross.
e.  Corona castrensis, awarded to the first soldier to reach the enemy lines in a battle, or to any enlisted man who did unusual things in battle.
f.  Corona triumphalis, awarded to a victorious army general who commanded a winning army, or men who did secondary things of valor.

Then the general mounted his chariot with four horses and commanded them to fall in.    They presented arms, and he moved in his chariot to the gate.

At the gate, the imperator was met by the Roman senators and magistrates of the city.
(1) The crown of righteousness. (2)  The crown of life. (3)  The incorruptible crown. (4)  The crown of rejoicing. (5)  The crown of glory.
We will have the crown of righteousness for loving his appearing or being totally occupied with TLJC and producing divine good, 2TI 4:8.
We will have the crown of life for enduring trials, heartaches, disasters and coming out glorifying the Lord, JAM 1:12, REV 2:10.
The incorruptible crown for mastering their O.S.N.
The crown of rejoicing for being soul winners, 1TH 2:19.
The crown of glory for being willing to feed the flock of God, 1PE 5:4.
REV 3:11, “hang on to what you have, so that no one takes away your crown.”
2JO 1:8  Watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward.

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