Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove

Faith Bible Church

Wednesday, August, 12, 2009   


Mt 7:22-23



 (Messiah & A.C. #243)

A.    The Angelic Conflict.


            1.   Overview of the angelic conflict.


            2.   Lucifer was given the title Satan which means a slanderer as well as an adversary. 


            3.    Between the passing of the sentence in eternity past and the execution of that sentence at the end of the Millennium, an appeal trial is occurring in human history with volition as the issue. 


            4.  One of the main reasons for the creation of mankind was to duplicate the conditions of the prehistoric angelic conflict. 


            5.   To demonstrate the perfection of divine justice and the fairness of God's sentence to all fallen angels, God created man and designed human history as the arena to showcase God’s perfect righteousness, justice, love, and grace. 


            6.    Man possesses one thing in common with the angelic realm – freewill/volition


            7.   The pattern of negative volition started with Satan's original sin, described in Isa 14:12‑14.


            8.  Human volition and angelic volition are tested in the exact manner.


            9.  The human race and angelic realm are divided into two categories.


            10.  The issue in human history is twofold:  salvation and the plan of God.  There is no plan of God issue in your life until you have settled the salvation issue.


            11.  Spiritual maturity has phenomenal impact in the angelic conflict, demonstrated by the honor of being entered as evidence, through evidence testing, of God's perfect fairness and matchless grace.  Hence, the conclusion that the spiritually mature believer who passes evidence testing glorifies God to the maximum. 


            12.   Christ’s Victory in the Angelic Conflict. 


B.   Panorama of the AC throughout human history – the historical Chess Match between God and Satan – from eternity past to eternity future.


            1)   Eternity past:   Eternality of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. 

            2)   Creation of the heavens, Gen 1:1.

            3)   Creation of Lucifer and all angelic beings, Ez 28.

            4)   Creation of original perfect earth, Job 38:4-7.

            5)    Lucifer's ministry on the original earth, Ez 28:12-16.

            6)   Rebellion and Fall of Satan while on perfect earth, Isa 14:12-15. 

            7)    Judgment, devastation, and darkness on the earth, Gen 1:2.

            8)    Sentencing of Satan & perhaps opportunity of grace, Col 1:20.

            9)     Preparation of Lake of Fire for Lucifer, Mat 25:41.

            10)   Satan's countercharges and appeals to God.

            11)   God's postponement of execution of judgment on Satan. 

            12)    God's move: six day restoration of the earth, Gen 1:2ff.

            13)    God's move:  creation of Adam and Evil, Gen 2:8-15:  

            14)    Focal point of angelic conflict:  man's volition. 

            15)    Satan's move:  tactical victory through the Fall of Adam & Eve.

            16)    Satan's tactical victory would prove to be his own downfall in that he provided God a platform to demonstrate the compatibility of divine love, justice, and righteousness. 

            17)   Satanic tactical victories gain in Gen 3.

                        a)    Gains rulership over the earth, cf. Mat 4.

                        b)    Brings about the spiritual death of man. 

                        c)    Brings about the physical death of man.

                        d)    Transfers man from kingdom of God into kingdom of Satan.

                        e)    Destroys man's freedom and right of rulership over the earth. 

                        f)    Destruction of perfect environment.

                        g)   Gains opportunity to make his case as god of this world.

            18)    God's move:   Manifestation of justice and love through the promise of a Redeemer who would regain all that man lost, Gen 3:15.

                        a)   Redeemer would conquer Satan.

                        b)   Redeemer would suffer.

                        c)   Redeemer would provide regeneration for man.

                        d)   Redeemer would provide immortality through resurrected body.

                        e)   Redeemer would provide entrance into the kingdom of God

                        f)    Redeemer would regain rulership of the earth (millennium)       

                        g)   Redeemer would provide perfect environment (millennium)

            19)    Satan's move:  murder of Cain to prevent the coming of the Redeemer, the Seed of the Woman.

            20)    God's move:  another son:   Seth.

            21)    Satan's move:  corruption of the human race, Gen 4-5.

            22)    God's move:  Enoch, Gen 5:22.

            23)     Satan's move:  demonic infiltration into the human race, Gen 6.

            24)     God's move:  Flood and Noah.

            25)     Satan's move:  Tower of Babel.

            26)     God's move:   Diversity of languages.

            27)      Satan's move:  Religion and polytheism.

            28)     God's move:  calling of Abraham.

            29)     Satan's move:  temptation of Abraham.

            30)    God's move:  Israelites into Egypt.

            31)    Satan's move:  attempted annihilation of all Jews, Ex 1:8-22.

            32)    God's move:  Moses and 10 plagues.

            33)    Satan's move:  motivated Pharaoh to go after Israelites.

            34)    God's move:   exodus.

            35)    Satan's move:  paranoia and panic - "bitter" water. 

            36)    God's move:  provision.

            37)     God's move:  The Mosaic Covenant.

            38)     Satan's move:   Golden Calf.

            39)     God's move: Kadesh Barnea.

            40)     Satan's move: terror in hearts of Israel, unbelief. 

            41)     God's move: new generation under Joshua.

            42)    Satan's move:  compromise and decadence, Judges 21:25.

            43)     God's move:  positive volition of Samuel

            44)     Satan's move:  Samuel's evil sons and the clamor for a king.

            45)     God's move:  Saul.

            46)     Satan's move:  Saul's apostasy and demonism.

            47)     God's move:  David and the Davidic covenant.

            48)     Satan's move:  Attack David through temptations.

            49)     God's move:  Solomon

            50)     Satan's move: apostasy of Solomon.

            51)     Satan's move: apostasy of Israel and Judah.

            52)     God's move: 5th cycle of discipline on Israel and Judah.

            53)     Satan's move:  attempt to destroy all the Jews

            54)     God's move: return and restoration under Persia

            55)     Satan's move: attempts to stop the rebuilding of the Temple.

            56)    God's move:  prophets with clearer prophecies of the Messiah.

            57)    Satan's move: persecution of the prophets

            58)    God's move:  Alexander the Great and Koine Greek,

            59)    Satan's move:  Antiochus' persecution of the Jews.

            60)    God's move:  Romans with law, order, and roads.

            61)    God's move:   Incarnation of God-man, Jesus Christ.

            62)    Satan's move:   attempt to kill Baby, tempted Jesus to bypass the Cross,   distortion of message of grace,  crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

            63)   God's move: Cross,  provision of salvation for the world, imputation of the sins of the world, resurrection of JC.

            64)    Satan's move:  anti-Semitism, corruption of the church, Acts 5; persecution of the church, Roman persecution, Nero

            65)  God's move:  tremendous power, growth, and witness of positive believers to spread the gospel, apologetics  by apostles, Ignatius, Martyr, Aristides, Tatian, Athenagoras, Theophilus and Irenaeus

            66)   Satan's move:  merge the state and church, 324 A.D., Christianity becomes superstitious and paganized. 

            67)    God's move:  biblical apologetics by the likes of Tertullian, Athanasius, Ambrose, and Basil the Great, St. Augustine, Boethuis.

            68)   Satan's move:  St. Augustine's rejection of kingdom and doctrine of double predestination.

            69)     Satan's move:  creation of Islam.

            70)    God's move: small remnant of positive believers and biblical apologetics by Anselm, Peter Abelard, Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, and Bonaventure.

            71)     Satan's move:  inquisitions and persecution of Bible believers.

            72)     Satan's move:   Renaissance (1350-1650) to get man absorbed with the temporal life.

            73)    God's move:   Used Renaissance as tool for preparation of the Reformation.

            74)    God's move:  Reformation, remnant of doctrinal believers, apologetics by Tyndale, Knox, Zwingli, Martin Luther, John Calvin,  Blaise Paschal. Leibniz, Paley, 

            75)    Satan's move:  Counter Reformation (1545-1563) to stop reformation of the catholic church. 

            76)    Satan's move:   internal attacks against Protestantism as per the rationalism, empiricism, and deism of Descarte, Spinoza, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche,

            77)    God's move:   counteraction movement in Germany.  Moravian believers and the spread of the gospel to millions. 

            78)    Satan's move:  Kant's (1724-1804) undermining of special revelation, Hegel's (1831) undermining of an inerrant Bible, and Schleiermach's (1768-1834) existentialism,

            79)  Satan's move:  Higher Criticism in Germany.

            80)    Satan's move:  fascism and atheistic communism

            81)   Satan's move:  Darwinian evolution.

            82)    God's move:  19th century missionaries and remnant of Bible teachers, and development of systematic theology.  

            83)   Satan's move:  liberal Protestantism as per Barth, Bultmann, .

            84)   God's move:  evangelicalism and fundamentalism, apologetics by C.S. Lewis, Gordon Clark, Cornelius Van Til, Copleston, 

            85)    Satan's move:  corruption of evangelicals and fundamentalists, anti-intellectualism.

            86)   Satan's move:  ecumenical movement and neo-orthodoxy, and deification of man, positive  thinking.

            87)    God's move:  Biblical apologetics as per Walter Martin, Montgomery, Francis Shafer, William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, J.P. Moreland.

            88)    Satan's move: corruption of mainline Christianity with programs, psychology, and spiritual apathy, new age Christianity, fideism, 1 Tim 4:1ff;  2 Tim 3:1ff.

             89)   God's move:  rapture of the church.

             90)    Satan's move:  anti-Christ becomes world ruler, United Nations; sits on the throne in the temple as God, 2 Thess 2:4.

            91)    God's move:  Satan cast out of heaven, halfway through the tribulation.

            92)  Satan's move:  attempted annihilation of believers and all Jews.

            93)    God's move: sealing of 144,000 and judgment on negative volition.

            94)    Satan's move:  last move to destroy Israel, Armageddon.

            95)    God's move:  2nd Advent of JC, salvation of Israel, beast and false prophet cast into the lake of fire, Satan imprisoned for 1,000 years.

            96)    God's move:  set up 1,000 year millennium and special rewards for "winner" believers (overcomers).

            97)    Satan's move:  after 1,000 years he is released and gains allegiance for a world wide rebellion against Jesus Christ. 

            98)   God's move:  Judgment of Satan and all unbelievers, Great White Throne.

            99)  God's move:  Destruction of heavens and earth

            100)    God's final move:  Checkmate:  Eternal state and blissfulness for believers, Satan and unbelievers in the lake of fire forever. 



C.     Overview of the first five direct prophecies of the Messiah.


            1.   #1,  Gen 3:15; 4:1, the Messiah, The Divine Deliverer born of a virgin. 


            2.   #2, Gen 22:18; Gal 3:16:  the Messiah will be of the Seed of Abraham.  


            3.   #3,  Gen 49:10:   The Messiah will be of the Seed of Judah, Genesis 49:10.


            4.   #4,  Numbers 23-24,  Messiah is to be King, Numbers 24:16-17.


            5.   #5,  Dt 18:15-19, the Messiah will be a prophet like Moses.  


D.   Islam claims that Dt 18:15, 18 is a prophecy about Muhammad.


            1.  The Bible teaches that Dt 18:15 refers to Jesus Christ whereas Muslims contend that the prophecy is fulfilled in Mohammad. 


            2.  Muslim’s claim that the prophet like Moses refers to Muhammad rests on two points:


                        a)   #1: the phrase “from among their brothers” of the Israelites must not mean from among the Israelites themselves. 


                        b)  #2:   similarities between Moses and Muhammad are greater than similarities between Moses and Jesus.   


            3.   Correct interpretation requires the understanding of the importance of isagogics and the principal of authorial intent.    


                        a)   To whom is God speaking?

                        b)  Who are the brothers?  (Dt 18:1-2)

                        c)  There is not one reference in Deut, Ex, Lev, or Numbers where the Ishmaelites were once spoken to by God.

                        d)    The Ishmaelites were not held captive in Egypt, they were not delivered from bondage by Yahweh through Moses

                        e)   Biblical “likeness:” the prophet would be a mediator.  

                        f)    Biblical “likeness:  the prophet would speak in the name of Yahweh of the OT.  

                        g)   Biblical “likeness:”   the prophet will not speak presumptuously.  Jesus never spoke a word presumptuously or in the name of other gods.

                        h)   Biblical “likeness:  the prophet would know God face to face, Ex 33:11; Jn 17:5, 24-25

                        i)   Biblical “likeness:”   signs, wonders, and mighty power.

                        j)  The New Testament confirms that Jesus is the promised prophet who God raise up like Moses, Jn 1:45; :Luke 24:27, 44; Acts 3:22.