Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Friday, August 9, 2013
An angel called Abaddon breaks out of jail with the help of Satan who at this time has been cast out of heaven and can never return there again.
Just before God the Father throws Satan down to the earth in the middle of the Tribulation period, he gives Satan the key and the power and authority to release “the first demon assault army”.
1. There is the Blood which dealt with sin forever.
2. There is the Word of God which was being magnified.
3. There was a group who did not even love their life even until the end.
For the first time in human history since Gen 6, fallen angels will actually be available…Greek Mythology will have their so-called “gods” or the Nephilim on earth again.
Satan is permitted to release his first demon assault army and they will torture their targets for five months.
Intense and excruciating is the pain they inflict on believers in the cosmic system and unbelievers, that both believers and unbelievers are going to try to commit suicide but will not be permitted to do so.
In the ancient world, the function of the locust on the one hand and the function of the scorpion on the other hand are the best ways to describe the function of the first demon assault army.
The word for locusts is akrides used for an army of destruction.
Locust invade the land and destroy crops therefore they are analogous here to the demon army which invades planet earth from the Abyss.
These demons are incarcerated and they are in solitary confinement, but as soon as Satan opens that shaft they form up in ranks and get ready to attack.
They travel in large number and they usually occupy a space of about 12 miles long by five miles wide, about 60 square miles of space is the normal space used for an invading locust army.
Whenever the locust form up and go into the air, their wings make an awesome sound and they literally darken the sky around them.
For the first time in history, beginning in the middle of the Tribulation, demons are permitted to attack men.
Scorpions is the noun skorpioi which belongs to the spider family and is usually 5 or 6 inches long and has a poisonous sting in its tail.
Some people die from the venom that is released from the scorpion and very often they are in extreme pain from the sting.
The victim becomes restless and breathing becomes difficult and that’s just the beginning.
This is warning before judgment.
Grace precedes judgment.
This is God’s last appeal to the believer to get out of the cosmic system and to the unbeliever to become born again and saved.
Noah preached for 120 years before the flood came.
Over a period of 120 years Noah taught gospel information… it was grace before judgment.
2PE 2:4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;
2PE 2:5 and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;
PSA 76:10 “For the wrath of man shall praise Thee”
This first demon army is going to have restraint and it’s going to torture people so badly that they will try to commit suicide.
There’s an alternative to trying to commit suicide and that is to accept Christ as your personal Savior…..or in the case of believers to rebound and get out of the cosmic system.
Pain can serve as a motivation but also in some cases pain make a person a lot worse.
Pain and suffering and adversity either makes us worse or better but it never leaves us the same.
When the Bible says in HEB 9:27 “It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.”
1. The more some people suffer, the more bitter and arrogant and hateful and resentful they become.
2. Satan and the fallen angels still rebel against God even after they were given a second trial.
3. The first thing Satan does upon release of his thousand year prison sentence is to start a human revolt against God.
4. The Bible teaches that the sin nature gets more and more corrupt as it gets older in EPH 4:22, and all of those in the lake of fire have their old sin nature.
The word loves is in the present tense meaning that they still do love and practice lying.
This disease called “pride” can cause any member of the human race to come under what the Jews called “shiggaon” and we refer to as “mental illness”.
JOB 33:16-17 says that Bible doctrine is the only way to deal with the source of the disease called pride.
PRO 8:13 teaches that an arrogant person can easily say untrue things about someone else because he is divorced from reality, and someone equally stupid will always believe him.
PRO 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes dishonor.”
1CO 16:22 If any believer does not personally love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema maranatha, under a curse until the Lord comes back.
PRO 13:13 The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, but the one who respects the commands will be rewarded.
PRO 16:20 He who gives attention to the word shall find prosperity, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.
DEU 6:13 “You shall respect the Lord your God; and you shall worship Him,”
1. There are fantastic blessings given to those who respect the Lord, PSA 31:19.
2. There is no lack of needs for those who Respect the Lord.
3. Respect for the Lord is something which must be taught.
4. The Lord will give more grace to those who respect Him.
5. Life is prolonged for those who respect the Lord, PRO 10:27.
7. Riches and honor come from respect for the Lord.
8. A local assembly that respects the Lord cannot be destroyed no matter what comes against it.
9. Fellowship with other believers should be based upon respect for the Lord.
Principles that accompany Respect for the Lord = fantastic blessings, no lack of needs, is taught, more grace, prolonged life, confidence & spiritual self-esteem, riches and honor, indestructible local assembly & fellowship with other believers.
Satan’s servants hate anything that reminds them of Him, TLJC.
So there are two mandates on this demon army, first, they can’t destroy vegetation & in addition to that they are not permitted to kill their targets, torture only.
ACT 12:23 And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died.
The only damage they can do is to possess someone else and use them as the medium for the function of violence.
While demons can perform extra-natural and super-natural acts in the environment of planet earth, they cannot control anything in planet apart from divine permission.
The word “bond-servants” is “doulos” (Greek) which means those believers who are slaves or servants to God.
Inside the PPOG there is a wall of fire…inside the cosmic system there is no wall of fire for the believer.
The Greek 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.
Before TLJC comes back, (the Second Coming or the Second Advent) Satan turns on his own kingdom.