Saturday, March 23, 2019

Weekly Bible Study – March 25, 2019; Study: The Angelic Conflict. Part 15. Operation footstool-the ultimate triumph of the angelic conflict.


The Angelic Conflict. Part 15. Operation footstool-the ultimate triumph of the angelic conflict. Psa 110:1-7; Matt 22:41-46; Mar 12:35-37


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Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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The Angelic Conflict. Part 15. Operation footstool-the ultimate triumph of the angelic conflict. Psa 110:1-7; Matt 22:41-46; Mark 12:35-37


Our final point in the doctrine of the angelic conflict is Point 15, Operation footstool-the ultimate triumph of the angelic conflict.

In Psa 110:1 we find the first mention of operation footstool, (A Psalm of David.) The Lord [God the Father] says to my Lord [TLJC=The Lord Jesus Christ]: “Sit at My right hand, Until I make Thine enemies [Satan and the fallen angels] a footstool for Thy feet.”

Psa 110 is about the Messiah’s reign and rulership when He returns to the earth to set up His kingdom. This prophecy is so important that it is quoted six times in the N.T., four times under a rebuttal concept to settle a Jewish controversy regarding Christ as the Messiah to Israel, and the dispute about the Hypostatic-union. In Matt 22:41-46, when questioned by the Pharisees who were denying the fact that TLJC was the Messiah and a member of the human race at the same time, Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, saying, “What do you think about the Christ [not Himself but the Messiah that they expected], whose son is He?” They said to Him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “Then how does David in the Spirit call Him Lord, saying, The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Until I put Thine enemies beneath Thy feet? If David then calls Him Lord, how is He his son?” And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him another question.

In Mark 12:35-37, Psa 110:1 is quoted by Jesus in the temple answering a dispute with the scribes, And Jesus answering {began} to say, as He taught in the temple, “How {is it that} the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? David himself said in the Holy Spirit, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Until I put Thine enemies beneath Thy feet.” ‘David himself calls Him ‘Lord’; and {so} in what sense is He his son?” And the great crowd enjoyed listening to Him.

In Luk 20:41-44, Psa 110:1 is quoted by Jesus when questioned by the Sadducees in Luk 20:27, Now there came to Him some of the Sadducees (who say that there is no resurrection). So in Luk 20:41-44, And He said to them, “How {is it that} they say the Christ is David’s son? For David himself says in the book of Psalms, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Until I make Thine enemies a footstool for Thy feet.” ‘David therefore calls Him ‘Lord,’ and how is He his son?”

In Acts 2:24-36, Peter’s message on resurrection on the day of Pentecost, he quoted Psa 110:1. It is quoted in Heb 1:13, But to which of the angels has He ever said, “Sit at My right hand, Until I make Thine enemies A footstool for Thy feet?”

In Heb 10:12-13, but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet.


The occasion for this prophecy is the death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and session of the humanity of Christ in the Hypostatic-union, so it was fulfilled at the end of the dispensation of the Hypostatic-union.

The deity of Christ is omnipresent (everywhere present); this is why He could say in Matt 28:20 to His disciples “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” On the other hand, the humanity of Christ is limited to one spot. Only the humanity of Christ could sit down; deity is omnipresent and does not sit. That’s an important principle in operation footstool and the angelic conflict because seated at the right hand of God the Father, the highest place of authority in the universe, is not an angel, but a member of the human race. The session of Christ was the occasion for receiving His third royal title based on the dispensation of the Hypostatic-union and the resultant strategic victory in the historical angelic conflict. Operation footstool is the ultimate triumph of TLJC when He comes back a second time and sets up His kingdom on earth. It is a triumph over Satan and the fallen angels and is a very important part of the historical extension of the angelic conflict.

Operation footstool has two phases, one at each end of the Millennium. At the Second Advent of Christ, following the Tribulation, the time of great demon activity, TLJC comes back, and His enemies are put under His feet as He will throw Satan and all fallen angels off the earth and incarcerate them for 1000 years. Rev 20:1-3, And I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he should not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time.

Zec 13:2, And it will come about in that day, declares the Lord of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols [demons] from the land, and they will no longer be remembered; and I will also remove the prophets and the unclean spirit from the land.

All fallen angels will be placed in Hades until they are thrown into the lake of fire (Rev 20:14).

At the Second Advent, all unbelievers are taken off the earth as a part of operation footstool. The unbelievers who survived the Tribulation are collected into two groups for their judgment, called the baptism of fire (Matt 3:11-12). The two groups are the Jews and Gentiles. The distinction is made because the Tribulation is a part of the dispensation of Israel. Jewish unbelievers of the Tribulation are removed from the earth and cast into torments, the compartment of Hades for all unbelievers since the beginning of time. All unbelievers remain in torments until Hades delivers up its dead, Rev 20:13, And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.

Then they are cast into the lake of fire, Rev 20:14, And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. Eze 20:33- 38; Mal 4:1 teach about this phase of judgment for the Jewish unbelievers of the Tribulation. Gentile unbelievers of the Tribulation are also cast into the fire of torments, Matt 25:31-46, But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. And all the nations [the Gentiles] will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me {something} to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? ‘And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, {even} the least {of them,} you did it to Me.’

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; for I was hungry, and you gave Me {nothing} to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they themselves also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ “Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life
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The pattern for the removal of unbelievers of the Tribulation is found in Matt 24:36-44, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so shall the coming of the Son of Man be. Then there shall be two men in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women {will be} grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. Therefore, be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. For this reason you be ready too; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think {He will.}

In this verse, the one who is left is the believer going into the Millennium which starts with believers only. The one taken is the Jewish unbeliever put into torments. At the end of the Millennium, they will be resurrected, judged, and cast into Gehenna or the lake of fire.

So, the first phase of operation footstool is the Second Advent and includes two categories of judgment: 1) The judgment of pre-historic, rational, super-creatures (angels). Satan and fallen angels are judged, removed from the earth, and incarcerated for 1000 years (Rev 20:1-3). 2) The judgment of historical, rational creatures (unbelieving mankind). Therefore, sitting at the right hand of the Father, our Lord is waiting for His Royal Family to be completely formed at which time He comes to meet us in the air. Then He owes Israel seven more years, the

Tribulation period, at the end of which He touches the earth at the Second Advent where operation footstool begins. The second phase of operation footstool takes place after the Gog revolution at the end of the Millennium when Satan is released from prison and enacts his last revolt. The Gog revolution is described for us in Rev 20:7-8, And when the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison [Satan immediately starts an international conspiracy called the Gog and Magog revolution where the conspirators are the unbelievers of the Millennium], and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore. In the siege of Jerusalem, the Gog and Magog revolutionists are destroyed by God, Rev 20:9-15, And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. [Then follows the last judgment of all unbelievers of the human race]. And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

This fulfills the principle of judgment found in John 3:18, He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

And in John 3:36, “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

So, operation footstool begins at the Second Advent and terminates at the end of the Millennium. The relationship between the two phases of operation footstool is presented in 1Co 15:22-25, For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, then comes the end [the end of the Tribulation, when the Second Advent takes place], when He delivers up the kingdom to the God and Father, [At this time Jesus Christ supersedes Satan as ruler of the world, and delivers the kingdom to the Father, who in turn gives the rulership of the world to Jesus Christ for the last dispensation as His prize for the strategic victory of the angelic conflict] when He [Jesus Christ in Hypostatic-union] has abolished all rule [Satan as the ruler of this world] and all authority [dictatorships of Tribulation] and all power [removal of all demons, corrupting human power, and the influence of Satan’s cosmic system]. For He must reign [1,000 years] until He has put all His enemies under His feet [termination of operation footstool].

There are three important principles when it comes to interpreting the word of God: 1) The pastor must understand isagogics, the historical setting of a passage. 2) Categories: the systematic theology developed from combining Scripture with Scripture. 3) Exegesis: the grammatical and syntactical analysis of the passage from the original languages. These three principles are extremely important for the interpretation of a passage, especially in light of our subject, the angelic conflict and our passage in Col 2:13-15, And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed the rulers [demon archons or rulers] and the authorities [demon commissioned officers] He [Jesus Christ at the Second Advent] made a public display of them, having celebrated a triumphal procession over them [Satan and all fallen angels] by means of it [strategic victory of the cross] (corrected translation).

According to the isagogics, an analogy is made here between operation footstool and a Roman Triumphal Procession. The fallen angels are a part of this procession. They are incarcerated in the abyss until the last judgment when they will come out, be judged, and cast into the lake of fire.

The phrase He made a public display is the Greek word deigmatizo meaning to display or exhibit the captives or the demons He disarmed. The phrase having triumphed is the Greek verb thriambeuo, which actually means to lead a Triumphal Procession, make some kind of a special exhibition, or to celebrate a triumph. A custom in the ancient world after winning a war was to bring the captives back and to have a Triumphal Procession or a march through the city of Rome. In the Roman army, Field grade officers were called tribunes; General officers were called praetor or imperium. When an imperium was victorious, the highest honor that could be given was a Triumph (Triumphus), which included a procession or a parade. The victorious imperator or general assembled his troops outside the gate and delivered a speech commending his army on their victory. When TLJC was resurrected three days after the cross, after He was on the earth for 40 days, He ascended to the right hand of the Father. That’s when He heard from God the Father the phrase, “Sit at My right hand, Until I make Thine enemies A footstool for Thy feet!” When TLJC arrived in the presence of the Father, He arrived as the conquering general, and in front of Him during the ascension were Satan and all demons in the Triumphal Procession as captives. So, 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.

The analogies between the Roman Triumphal Procession and the Spiritual Triumphal Procession which will take place at the Second Advent are fantastic to note! As the army of the imperium lined up to salute him with the shout, “Ave imperator” , so TLJC will be honored as the King of kings and the Lord of lords at the Second Advent. As the triumphus was the highest honor that could be given to an imperator, the highest honor which can be given to TLJC is to sit down at the right hand of God as the “King of kings, Lord of lords, the bright morning star.” The ultimate decoration is the order of the morning star. For our Lord, the first part of the triumphal procession took place in the spiritual realm, while the second part will take place in the temporal realm and will be seen by all. Rev 11:15-17 And the seventh angel sounded; and there arose loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” And the twenty four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, “We give Thee thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who art and who wast, because Thou hast taken Thy great power and hast begun to reign”

In the Roman Triumphal Procession, the senate had to approve the triumph. By analogy, God the Father will support His Son Jesus Christ and at the Second Advent there will be a victorious procession to celebrate our Lord’s victory. 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 streets. In Rev 1:7, Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. Even so. Amen.

In the Roman Triumphal Procession, the victorious imperator assembled his troops outside the gate of triumph and delivered a speech commending his army on their victory, and decorated the heroes. By analogy, before our Lord comes back in the Second Coming, He will deliver a speech to the church at the bema seat judgment commending and decorating those who were victorious by becoming invisible heroes. Rev 3:5 Thus 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] out of the book of life. In fact, I will acknowledge his title in the presence of My Father and before His angels [a formal presentation].

In the Roman Triumphal Procession, the highest honor was the corona [Latin for crown]. By analogy, we have the crown of righteousness, awarded to invisible heroes for executing the PPOG and for bearing fruit in it, 2Ti 4:7-8, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. The crown of life is awarded to invisible heroes for maximum production of divine good, REV 2:10, for handling suffering for blessing, James 1:12 Happy is that person who perseveres under testing, for once he has passed the test, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.

The crown of glory is awarded to pastors who faithfully study and communicate Bible doctrine; their motivation is occupation with the Lord and not with people. 1Pe 5:4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears [Rapture], you [faithful pastors] will receive the unfading crown of glory. The ultimate decoration is the order of the morning star, awarded for the ultimate in Christian service, invisible impact. Rev 2:26, 28 Furthermore, the winner, even he who keeps my assignments [the fulfillment of the PPOG] until the end [of his life], to him I will give authority over the nations. Furthermore, I will give to him the order of the morning star.

Not all winners will receive the order of the morning star, but many will be rewarded the different crowns and awards given for faithfulness and dedication to the Lord in time. The general also mounted his chariot with four horses and commanded his army to fall in, present arms, and move to the gate. By analogy, TLJC will give orders to the Church to mount their horses as she returns with Christ (Rev 19:11-14). Then, at the gate, the imperator was met by the Roman senators and magistrates of the city. They welcomed him in the name of the senate and people of Rome. By analogy, every eye will see him and every tongue will confess that He is Lord (Rev 1:7-8, Phil 2:10-11).

In the Roman Triumphal Procession there was a very definite order. The senators, magistrates, and counsels walked ahead first, followed by several bands of trumpeters playing the martial music of the day. Then came a long train of carriages displaying pictures of the country that had been conquered, and all the plunder of the campaign. Next came the white bulls destined to become sacrifices and the priests carrying sacrificial knives. By analogy, when TLJC comes back, all of the O.T. saints will be raised from the dead and everyone will be in their own order. The first resurrection is pictured as a battalion pass-in-review, divided into four ranks: 1Co 15:23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, Next came the enemy’s arms, their captured standards and weapons, followed by the leaders of the enemy country and army and members of their family. They were followed by all the prisoners of war in chains. By analogy, first comes the Triumphal Procession when demons are disarmed by Jesus Christ and publicly displayed (Col 2:15). Secondly, Satan is imprisoned for 1,000 years (Rev 20:1-3). Then Church-age believers cast demons into prison (Zec 13:2; 1Co 15:24-25; Col 2:15).

In the Roman Triumphal Procession, behind the captured enemies marched the lictors of the imperator. Then came the victorious general or imperator himself in his chariot. At the Second Advent, TLJC will present those winners to the entire world as He sets up His Millennial kingdom. The imperator had a wreath of laurel on his head, and he was holding in his left hand a very beautiful scepter made of gold, topped with an eagle. In his right hand he carried a laurel branch. By analogy, in Rev 14:14 And I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head, and a sharp sickle in His hand. Just like the imperator wore a purple toga, little did Pilate and his soldiers understand the significance of decorating TLJC with a purple robe (John 19:2). The procession then ascended the Capitoline hill and the leaders of the conquered army were taken to the Mamertime dungeon. At the Second Advent, demons are disarmed and displayed by Jesus Christ, Satan is imprisoned for 1,000 years, and Church-age believers cast demons into prison. Finally, in the Roman Procession, a public banquet was held in honor of the imperator, just as TLJC is honored at the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev 19:7, 17). During this banquet, the imperator was given a Triumphalis Domas, a beautiful mansion, the “House of Triumph;” and a lifetime pension, just as the Second Advent introduces the Millennium and perfect environment on the earth.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Internet Church Service – March 24, 2019; Ninth commandment really covers basically the sins of the tongue with the emphasis on not bearing false witness against your neighbor.”

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Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9, says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins];” NKJV (New King James Version); we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:



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Sermon: Ninth commandment really covers basically the sins of the tongue with the emphasis on not bearing false witness against your neighbor.”


The ninth commandment: Exo 20:16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

Ninth commandment really covers basically the sins of the tongue with the emphasis on not bearing false witness against your neighbor.” = the concept of “your neighbor.”

1. “Your neighbor” does not refer to the person next door but to persons of the same national entity, and therefore, we translate the word “neighbor” to mean “fellow citizen.”

2. Secondly, “Your neighbor recognizes that the Mosaic law promotes nationalism and not internationalism which is really an attack upon freedom.

3. Love other nations with the same impersonal love you have for your neighbor.

Mark 12:31 “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Any time you have a United Nations organization trying to pass or enforce laws, you are witnessing a concept forbidden by the Word of God and actively promoted by Satan.

Satan is always trying to take the blessings that God has blessed us with so that he can control us and take the credit for each blessing that God has designed for our blessing and happiness.

Jer 29:11 ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for prosperity and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

Psa 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

Mal 3:10 “Put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”

Phil 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

Rom 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Psa 35:27 Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, “Great is the Lord, who delights in the PROSPERITY of His servant!”

Jer 31:3 The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.

Jos 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Deut 8:18 You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Satan does that so that he can ultimately try and control us by the blessings the Lord has designed perfectly tailored from the Lord to members of the human race, both believer and unbeliever.

We are told that things are for our blessing when in reality they are designed to enslave us.

A perfect illustration of this is found in the work place with unions are used to hinder or stop believers from doing their job as unto the Lord.

Col 3:23-24, Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men; knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.

Ecc 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, verily, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.

You cannot slow down your productivity on your job and at the same time fulfill passages that tell you “whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might.”
You are not to do your job unto people but unto the Lord.

After making many statements the apostle Paul begins to give a breakdown of the establishment principles with honor and integrity in all the areas of life that the Lord originally designed for blessing.

1. D.I. [divine institution] #2 marriage – one of the main problems within the marriage which is lack of submission and respect — Col 3:18 Wives, be subject to or submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

2. The husband must not become bitter in the marriage but instead Col 3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be embittered against them.

3. Third, even the children are told in Col 3:20 Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.

4. Four, the parents are addressed in Col 3:21 Fathers, do not exasperate your children, that they may not lose heart.

5. Christian employees motivation = Col 3:22 Slaves [employees], in all things obey those who are your masters [employers] on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, respecting the Lord.

If there is any commandment that really does harm or puts the believers “in harm’s way” it is commandment #9, Exo 20:16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

After dealing with all these establishment principles, the apostle Paul then talks about our spiritual warfare beginning with Eph 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.

The sins of the tongue can destroy any of those establishment principles through becoming a false witness and lying about those involved with fulfilling the Divine establishment principles.

This is why our Lord said that there are six things that He hates and there is a seventh principle that is called an abomination; Prov 6:12-19.

“bearing false witness, lying, gossip, maligning, sowing discord, etc. have destroyed many of those areas I mentioned so far.”

Satan also uses the lies and deceptions to promote internationalism whereas God has ordained the principle of national entities for the protection of human freedom (Acts 17:26).

Every nation must have its own laws with its jurisdiction limited to that national entity only.

Every nation should be indigenous just like every church or local assembly is to indigenous.

“Thou shalt not bear false witness” means “to answer as a false witness in a judicial function or “to give testimony under law.”

No nation can function without objectivity in law.

No nation can function without respect for the volition or the free will of its citizens.

No nation can function without respect for marriage.

No nation can function without respect for the family, the children and the parents.

No nation can function without respect for its citizens and nationalism.

The principle of objectivity in law demands that a person is innocent until proven guilty.

Many individuals have been labeled as guilty and not innocent!

Our subject now is that under Jewish Law, a person must be demonstrated guilty through proper laws of evidence furnished through accurate testimony in court not by hearsay.

Evidence is gathered through testimony, and that testimony must be proved.

Correct administration of law demands truthful evidence, and evidence demands truth upon which to make a judgment.

Literally, then, this commandment would read: “Thou shalt not answer (in a court of law) against your fellow citizens as a false witness.”

When Law is based on Biblical principles it does not encroach upon freedom; it preserves freedom.

Many of our laws today are an encroachment upon freedom and privacy rather than the protection of them, which again points out the intensity of the angelic conflict in our nation.

Although the ninth commandment, “You shall not bear false witness,” deals with Jewish Jurisprudence in the Mosaic law, this does not mean that this is the worse type of the sins of the tongue.

Interpretation = “Thou shalt not answer (in a court of law) against your fellow citizens as a false witness.”

Application = any of the sins of the tongue that inevitably result in destroying the individual even as far as going to court destroying his reputation and putting him in some kind of prison, whether natural or spiritual.

We are going to list some of the deceptions and lies that come from the kingdom of darkness to hinder believers from fulfilling the PPOG and his PSD by using the sins of the tongue to destroy.

Psa 34:22 The Lord redeems the soul of His servants; And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.

Because they believe lies that come from Rev 12:10, from the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night.

Even though Satan attacks, Rom 14:22 says The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.

An individual who does so can actually be responsible for placing someone in prison because of bearing false witness.

Because under Jewish law, or according to the Bible, in a church court and in the Supreme court of heaven, there is what is known as the laws of evidence.

The laws of evidence demand investigation of each accusation based on two or three witnesses being interrogated independently and agreeing to their testimony.

The punishment for the rebellion of any Jew against the Mosaic Law is so severe for the crime committed that Jewish law demanded that there be at least two preferably three “eye witnesses” of the very same act the individual committed.

Deut 19:15 “A single witness shall not rise up against a man on account of any iniquity or any sin which he has committed; on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed.”

Even if one person rose up against another in Israel and accused someone of murder, it was not to be received as evidence.

Num 35:30 ‘If anyone kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death at the evidence of witnesses, but no person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness.

Deut 17:6 “On the evidence of two witnesses or three witnesses, he who is to die shall be put to death; he shall not be put to death on the evidence of one witness.

1. Emotional sins = fear, worry and anxiety. Sins related to hatred, which includes anger, violence, and murder. Sins related to self pity, and sins related to guilt.

2. MAS [mental attitude sins] include arrogance, pride, jealousy, implacability, bitterness, vindictiveness, inordinate ambition and inordinate competition, all motivational sins, and sinful thoughts.

3. Verbal sins. Verbal sins include gossip, maligning, slander, judging, lying, and verbal deception.

4. Overt sins. They include chemical sins, sexual sins, criminal sins.

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The Angelic Conflict. Part 14. Angelic Observation and Opposition in Human History. Gal 4:1-7; Eph 6:10-11; Mat 11; Luk 15:10; 1Co 4:9; Gen 2:16-17; Tit 3:5


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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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The Angelic Conflict. Part 14. Angelic Observation and Opposition in Human History. Gal 4:1-7; Eph 6:10-11; Mat 11; Luk 15:10; 1Co 4:9; Gen 2:16-17; Tit 3:5


Point 12 in the Doctrine of the Angelic Conflict. The Existence of Free Will in the Human Race and how it Perpetuates the Angelic Conflict.

Gal 4:1, Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, As long as the heir is a minor, he has no advantage over the slave, though legally he owns the entire inheritance, because he has not recognized all the assets that belong to him. Even though the heir has a fantastic portfolio of assets of great wealth, he doesn’t act any different than a slave because he doesn’t know, recognize, appreciate, or utilize those assets. The analogy: there is really no significant difference between the lifestyle of the born again believer who is carnal, and the unregenerate individual who is an unbeliever.

This is what Paul said to the Corinthians in 1Co 3:1-3, And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to babies in Christ [acting like infants in relation to Christ]. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? All believers become adopted as sons at salvation. Being in union with Christ, we are joint heirs with Christ, and are therefore adopted at the moment of salvation, Gal 3:26, For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Back to Gal 4:1-7, Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore, you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.

When a believer begins to develop a personal sense of destiny and begins to use the Problem Solving Devices (P.S.D.), he attains the first stage of spiritual adulthood, or the adult spiritual life, and only then does the lifestyle and the character of the heir begin to radically differ from the character and lifestyle of the slave. That’s why it is so important to, as 2Pe 3:18 says, grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Likewise, the believer in Jesus Christ is experientially like an unbeliever when he is in carnality. When you begin to learn about the divine solutions for your life, which take training in the mind of Christ, and then utilize the divine solutions, you then as an heir begin to radically differ from those who are not heirs. Those who do not regard doctrine as their #1 priority eventually forget the divine solutions that they have learned. The reason for the ministry of the pastor-teacher is to get the believer out of the experiential stage of slavery and into the experiential stage of heirship and sonship.
Here there is liberty and spiritual freedom, both to succeed and to fail, and when there is failure, then rebound. Paul said in Gal 5:1, It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Until the believer learns and metabolizes the P.S.D., he is like a slave and he’s under the authority of the circumstances and people around him, which is slavery. The believer without divine solutions only has a happiness that allows him to be a slave to his circumstances and allows others to dictate to him. A believer is like a slave to the very degree that he continues to look to the solutions that unbelievers exploit and use.

How does all of this apply to the angelic conflict? Positionally there’s a great difference between a Christian and an unbeliever, in fact even more of a difference than between the angels and human beings. The believer’s recognition of his sonship and union with TLJC [The Lord Jesus Christ] and his exploitation of the divine solutions from living the unique spiritual life are what experientially sets him apart from both the unregenerate man, and the carnal Christian. Contained in the mystery doctrine of the Church-age is every solution for every problem you could ever face, whether it has to do with humans, circumstances of history, or with angels in spiritual combat against principalities and powers. The greatest pressure a believer can experience is what he faces when up against the kingdom of darkness, and God has made a solution for that; Eph 6:10-11, Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Take up and put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

We take up by recognizing, and put on by utilizing, the full armor from God which is the armor of divine solutions. As a believer, there’s nothing that separates you from an unbeliever experientially until you take up the divine solutions by learning them, and put them on by utilizing them. Satan has many devices, 2Co 2:11, which we cannot afford to be ignorant of. Satan has many means of bribing believers away from the spiritual life by setting other priorities that seem worthy in themselves, but become unworthy when matched up against the word of God. Satan has means of intimidating, threatening, or coaxing believers away from the unique spiritual life, away from the provision of the local assembly, away from the gift of pastor-teacher, away from the Mentorship of God the Holy Spirit, and all the volitional assets and power that God has given the Church-age believer. The mystery doctrine of the Church-age is the means by which ordinary people can become invisible heroes and glorify God as a witness for the prosecution against Satan and all the fallen angels and have a tremendous impact which will be recognized in the future ages forever and ever and ever. They are not recognized now, they are as 2Co 6:9 says, unknown yet well known; this is what brings glory to God in the angelic conflict.

In our last two points, we saw the principle of the importance of every believer making his own positive decisions toward doctrine and toward the plan of God so that his life would glorify God in time during this historical phase of the angelic conflict. Therefore, blinding believers from the real reason they are here, and taking them away from their pastor-teacher assigned by God to teach mystery doctrine, is the intent and objective of the deceptions from the kingdom of darkness. In every generation, there are individuals who are used by the kingdom of darkness to try to silence the messengers of God. Therefore, you should be looking at the dangers of preconceptions concerning the messengers of God. In Matt 11, John the Baptist who was taken into custody (Matt 4) is on death row and he sends his disciples to ask TLJC a question. Matt 11:2-7, Now when John in prison heard of the works of Christ, he sent {word} by his disciples, and said to Him, “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: {the} blind receive sight and {the} lame walk, {the} lepers are cleansed and {the} deaf hear, and {the} dead are raised up, and {the} poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who keeps from stumbling over Me.” And as these were going away, Jesus began to speak to the multitudes about John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed or a stalk of a plant shaken by the wind?”

John had spent a long time speaking to these same crowds about TLJC and now TLJC is going to speak to these crowds about John. As a true friend, He speaks very highly about John in this passage. He also points out in this passage what an evil generation is. This evil generation was constantly trying to silence the messengers of God, and John was one of those messengers. If those who went out to see John in the wilderness expected to see someone who buckled under pressure, that expectation was to be frustrated. People were used to hearing the Pharisees and scribes teach, but they did not teach with authority. When TLJC came on the scene, in Mark 1:22 we read, They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Mark 1:27, And they were all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! To teach with authority was totally against the grain of a wicked and evil generation.

Matt 11:7-8, “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ palaces.” John was not a delicate man; he would have been too harsh for delicate minds. Mark 1:6, John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist. The clergy of those days wore long robes, phylacteries, and tassels on their garments (Mark 12:38, Luk 20:46, Matt 23:5); he did not fit the preconceived notions of the so-called clergy of his day. So in Matt 11:8, the Lord said “But what did you go out to see?” [Many people flocked to John because of curiosity] A man dressed in soft or delicate clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ palaces.”

There has been a concept that has wormed its way into the church for centuries that the clergy are supposed to be certain types of individuals. They are to be what people say is humble. But humility cannot be discerned by a person’s demeanor. Some of the most arrogant people on the earth have quiet demeanors. Some of the most humble people on earth were like Moses and John the Baptist, who were very commanding, very authoritative, and very outspoken at times. People have preconceptions with regard to the spokesmen of the word of God, and some preconceptions were formed by being around other clergy members of certain stereotypes. Many of the ones that they have been around don’t even belong in the ministry. You don’t go into the ministry because you think it’s a good profession to choose instead of something else; you go into the ministry because you are called by God and you have the gift of pastor-teacher. If the kingdom of darkness can get preconceptions into the minds of God’s people, especially concerning the one who is to teach them about God, then personality and lifestyle become the issue rather than the message. Many people have been around those in the ministry who may be truly gifted as pastors and called, but they have conformed to the spirit of the age over time, and then they are squeezed into the mold of people’s concepts and the cosmic consensus and they become conventional. They end up catering to conventional Christians by always being there to visit, counsel, and complement them, to be there for every personal crisis of every personal family member. Then they may come to a church where the pastor just studies and teaches and doesn’t give that kind of time, because that would be a distraction from what Jesus Christ called the pastor to do, and so they stumble all over that.

There are preconceived notions about the personality and demeanor of those in the ministry, but there is no prescribed personality for the pastor or the prophet of the O. T. God uses men of all kinds of personalities, like Amos who was a farmer, Daniel who was a scholar, Jeremiah who was very young when called into the ministry and tended to be emotional at times, Isaiah who was an ambassador for a king, Ezekiel who was gruff and harsh. In fact, TLJC was actually considered to be a reincarnation of Jeremiah by some people because of how he wept over Jerusalem and the client nation status being lost. Others thought He was like Elijah because He was on fire on certain days and blasted the daylights out of the Pharisees, Matt 23. John the Baptist did not fit into their preconceived ideas concerning the ministry; they said, he must be demon possessed, Matt 11:18, “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a demon!'” They said, he doesn’t eat normal food, he doesn’t drink normal beverages. He’s always fasting, he lives alone in the desert, so he’s demon possessed. Then there is Jesus; they didn’t understand Him. He eats good food and He drinks wine! He hangs out with prostitutes and publicans and sinners. Therefore, they said, he must be a glutton.

Matt 11:19, The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax gatherers and prostitutes!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds. The Lord said in Matt 11:16, “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places, who call out to the other {children},” and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ Paul said in 1Co 2:15, But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no man. The only one that really knows you is God. In fact, you don’t even know yourself as well as you think that you do. This is why David said in Psa 19:12, Who can understand his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Paul said in 1Co 4:4, For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord. You may surrender a little of your thoughts, your thinking, your deepest secrets in a friendship, or in romance, or a marital relationship, that’s your prerogative. However, nobody knows your heart. This is why Col 2:16 warns us, Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day. Don’t let anybody tell you what you should eat or drink or what holy days you should be celebrating. Our lives should not be caught up in religion or in the ministry but should be caught up in occupation with Christ. The early church had problems with preconceptions and arrogance, in which Paul and Peter and Apollos were claimed by certain parties (1Co 1:12; 1Co 3:4-6). That is what the kingdom of darkness wants to blind you from, the content of the message, because it is the word of God which is alive and powerful not the pastor’s personality, vocabulary, charisma, or lifestyle.

Point 13. The Angelic Observation and Opposition in Human History.

Angelic observation is a very interesting subject in the Word of God. Elect angels observe human history while fallen angels are designed to oppose human history. For example, elect angels rejoice over the salvation of one person, Luk 15:10, “In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

In the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union, angels observed every part of the First Advent and incarnation of our Lord; 1Ti 3:16 says that He was, Beheld by angels. In the dispensation of the Church-age, angels observe members of the Royal Family of God in their failure or success to execute and fulfill the PPOG (1Co 4:9; Eph 3:10; 1Ti 5:21; 1Pe 1:12). In 1Co 4:9, Paul said, “For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.” The Greek word for spectacleis theatron meaning a theater, a place for public shows. In Eph 3:10 we read, in order that the multi-faceted or many-sides of the wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. Angels even observe the believers in the Church-age receiving commands from headquarters according to 1Ti 5:21, I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality. Angels also desire and long to look into the things that so many of God’s people take for granted, 1Pe 1:12, It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.

In Matt 18:10 angels also observe and protect children, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you, that their angels in heaven continually behold the face of My Father who is in heaven.

In 1Co 11:10, angels observe the attitude that the woman has toward her husband and the symbol of authority that it represents, Therefore the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.

So angels learn from us but even more than that our life judges angels, 1Co 6:3, Do you not know that we shall judge angels?

While the elect angels observe us, Satan has organized a tremendous demon army to hinder Church-age believers from fulfilling the PPOG [predesigned plan of God]. Satanic observation is also a part of the organization of fallen angels to resist evangelism and the fulfillment of the PPOG. Fallen angels are organized to resist and oppose positive believers (Eph 6:12-17; Job 1:6; 2:1-3) 1Pe 5:8, Be of sober spirit [Attain S.S.E.], be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Satan has organized an almost foolproof system to get us out of the PPOG into cosmic systems one and two. Demons don’t just sit in the stands and watch us as do the elect angels; the demons are on the playing field. Satan has various functions as the ruler of fallen angels. For example, Satan and his angels are the enemy of unbelievers (Luk 8:12; 2Co 4:3-4; 2Th 2:7-10; Col 2:8), Luk 8:12, “And those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they may not believe and be saved.”

Satan and his angels are the enemy of the Church-age believer (1Pe 5:6-9; 2Co 11:3; Eph 6:10-17). James 4:7, submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Resist the devil means to not get involved in controversies that will sidetrack you from teaching the whole counsel of God. 2Co 11:3 says, But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.

Satan and his angels are the enemy of the Church (Rev 2:8-10, 12-13). We should never get our eyes upon people, but upon our true enemy, Eph 6:12, For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Satan and his angels are the enemy of Bible doctrine, Matt 13:19, “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.”

Satan and his angels are the enemy of Israel, Rev 12:13-15, And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth [Satan is kicked out of heaven at the rapture], he persecuted the woman [Israel] who gave birth to the male child [TLJC – the one male who defeated Satan and the fallen angels]. And the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, in order that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. And the serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood.

Satan and his angels are is the enemy of the dispensation of the hypostatic union, Rev 12:4, And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven, and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman [Israel] who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.

Satan and his angels are the enemy of nations, Rev 12:9, And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world;

Satan and his angels are the chief antagonists of the extension of the angelic conflict into human history, Heb 1-2.

Point 14. The Angelic Conflict In Human History Answers Basic Questions About Life.

The first basic question that the angelic conflict answers is “Why the creation of man?” Mankind was created to resolve the prehistoric angelic conflict.

Consequently, mankind was created to glorify God as an inferior creature to angels. The second question the angelic conflict answers is “Why sin?” Why did God create the human race knowing that they were going to fall and that the entire human race would be born in sin? To resolve the angelic conflict all members of the human race must have the same free will as angels have, and this free will can choose for or against God, as did the angels in eternity past. This free will is also the source of all human sin. The primary source of temptation is the old sin nature, but the source of sin is volition. In the original sin of man in the garden of Eden, there was the function of negative volition against the only prohibition in the garden. Gen 2:16-17, And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die.” Satan is a master at twisting things around so that the truth will be confused, Gen 3:1, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” God said you could eat from any tree except one! Satan said, “Has God said you shall not eat from any tree?”

So, God allowed sin into the human race, because to resolve the angelic conflict all members of the human race must have the same free will as angels. God must allow them to make negative decisions. However, God’s plan still went on and God turned the curse into a blessing because at the cross, all human sin was judged while human good was rejected, Tit 3:5, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,

This is why the efficacious saving work of Christ on the cross is the basis for the strategic victory of the angelic conflict (Col 2:14-15; Heb 1:4-14, Heb 2). The cross was the place where God expressed His love, justice, and righteousness.

The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.