Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Tree of Life
Some of Satan’s fallen angels are held in the Abyss, the Maximum Security Prison the Lord made.
One of the greatest forms of victory over the OSN and Satan is that God’s power can break the enemy’s resistance without even fighting back at times. That is one of the reasons I have reminded you of MAT 16.
MAT 16:13-18, Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He began asking His disciples, saying, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Simon Peter answered and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter [Petros – tiny or s little piece of the rock], and upon this rock [Petra – a massive rock] I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it.”
Peter = Petros – a tiny or small piece of the rock. Petra – the belief you have received the Lord Jesus Christ as the massive rock.
1CO 10:1-4, For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.
Here the rock speaks of the Lord and the fact that He is the solid rock of salvation. With all this info in mind let’s look at the power and deception that Satan and the Kingdom of Darkness uses against the unbeliever and the believers in the church.
So, let’s look at what took place after our Lord won this victory on the Cross and paid the price for all who steal or are thieves in some way.
1PE 3:18-22, For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, or the righteous one as a substitute for the unrighteous ones, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit; in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water. And corresponding to that, baptism now saves you‑‑ not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience‑‑ through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.
This a fantastic passage with fantastic principles of warfare concerning these principles.
GEN 6:1-4, Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God [fallen angels — beni ha’ Elohim] saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
Because these fallen angels did not observe the Cross, TLJC decided to go down to Hades and gave these angels, as well as believers and unbelievers a message we could call the “Victorious Proclamation.” They were angels who had not observed the cross which was the defeat of their great leader Satan. They were around before the fall of man, during the fall of man, and after the old man was crucified with Christ on the cross, Gal 2:16-20.
Notice what the Apostle Paul tells us about which is what happened to our old sin nature on the Cross. Well, it was on the cross where our Lord was crucified for the sins of the world; JOH 1:29, therefore it refers to the sins of the human race being judged and human good or “dead works” being rejected. However, something else happened that the angels had never seen before.
Again back to 1PE 3:18.
1PE 3:18, For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, or the righteous one as a substitute for the unrighteous ones, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit;
Now, the rest of this passage explains what happened to our Lord’s soul between the phrases “having been put to death in the flesh” and “but made alive by means of the Spirit.” What happened then at the point of death for mankind?
Well, something very unique, something that had never happened before during human history: Our Lord went to Hades and spoke a message to all believers and unbelievers who were in Hades along with the rebellious fallen angels who were imprisoned for their rebellion and they all heard a message that could have been called “The Victorious Proclamation” from our Lord.
We know that as of right now, some of Satan’s fallen angels are held in the Abyss, the maximum security of the prisons the Lord made; Rev 9. We know that some of the fallen angels are already in Hades or Hell because of what he apostle Peter said 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;
Look at JUD 1:6-9, And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day. Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example, in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire. Yet in the same manner these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties. But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”
So, what really happened when our Lord came on this earth, fulfilled the Mosaic Law, died for the sins of the whole world not just some?
Well, what happened is that He did not come to show us how to use the 10 commandments, the law, instead He did one even better, He died for sin and He rejected anything the OSN produced.
And He did all this through the very same power you and I have from God the Holy Spirit available to witness for TLJC to those whom he loved just as much as He loves you.
HEB 9:13-14, For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
So we read that He relied on the ministry of God the Holy Spirit and this is why we have passages in the word of God designed to protect you from false teaching and false doctrine.
In reality what is deception?
Deception is demonization of the soul and personality of the believer or unbeliever living in the cosmic system. Now, whether or not you are a believer or an unbeliever in the cosmic system you are under some form of satanic deception. This is why the apostle Paul said in COL 2:4, I keep on communicating these things in order that no one may delude you with persuasive argument.
Many individuals think they are intelligent and wise, when in reality they are under extreme deception and delusion. And this type of deception is the worst kind, it is deceiving yourself. Deception is the invasion of the soul, especially the mind, emotion, and self‑consciousness of the soul. And the result is the “invasion” of the human personality of the believer or unbeliever who lives in the cosmic system.
Deception is also the infiltration of satanic thought controlling your life. It isn’t just expressed in terms of evil, but in terms of improving this world, doing nice things for your fellow man, and supporting crusades. This is just one more of the great blessings of God that Satan has done his best to steal them from us in some way. Therefore, deception is the invasion of the soul with thought that is false thinking, i.e., the policy and principles by which Satan operated prior to the creation of man and afterwards as the ruler of this world.