Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove

Faith Bible Church

Sunday, August, 16, 2009   


Mat 7:22-23


 (Messiah & A.C. #244)


A.    The Angelic Conflict.

            1.   The angelic conflict refers to the warfare between God and Satan as it is played out in the arena of the freewill choices of the human race.

            2.   The angelic conflict and philosophy of history. 

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

            4.   The angelic conflict includes 3 trial phases.

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

            6.  The pattern of negative volition started with Satan's original sin, Isa 14:12‑15.

            7.  Human volition and angelic volition are tested in the same manner.

                        a)   Satan and Adam were both created in a perfect state of “innocence.”

                        b)   Angels and man have freewill. 

                        c)   Adam freely and deliberately chose to follow the pattern of arrogance.                                     d)   The Fall of Adam duplicates the fall of Satan.

                        e)    The rebellion of Satan in the Garden of God resulted in the fall of angelic beings (Rev 124b), just as the disobedience of Adam in the Garden of Eden.                                  

                         f)   Through the exercise of freewill angels are divided into categories, elect and fallen (Heb 2:); Rev 12:7; humans are also divine into two categories, Jn 3:36.

                         g)   All humans are on a stage and our decisions in life constitute a theater-type produced for all angels to witness the perfect justice and love of God.

                         h)    Therefore the issue is what man’s volition chooses just as the issue in the angelic realm was volition.

                         i)  It is not what God allows, or what Satan endeavors to do, but what man’s freewill allows, chooses, and pursues.

                         j)  It really is all about volition – for POG of KD. 

                        k)  The issue in human history is twofold:  salvation and the plan of God.  8.   Christ’s Victory in the Angelic Conflict and the challenges and privileges He provides for every church age believer. 


B.   Bird’s Eye view of the AC throughout human history from eternity past to David.

            1.  The eternal existence of the triune God.  

            2.   God creates the universe – ex nihilo, Gen 1:1.  

            3.     God creates Lucifer along with over one hundred million angelic beings differing in intelligence, authority, and power, Eph 1:21; Col 1:16; Dan 10:13; Heb 1:13-14; Mt 22:30; 2 Sam 14:20; 2 Pt 2:11; Mt 24:36; Gen 19:1; Ez 28; Mt 24:36; Gen 19:1; Isa 14:12-15.    

            4.   Lucifer rebels and thus gains the title of Satan.

            5.   Satan becomes the great revolutionary, the enemy of God and every member of God’s family, and anything that is associated with the true God, Rev 12:9-10.  

            6.  Satan was able to persuade a sizeable number of angels to join him

            7.   Judgment and devastation throughout the universe, Gen 1:2.

            8.   God:  opportunity of grace for Satan and his angels.

            9.   Rejection of grace and sentencing of Satan to the Lake of Fire, Mt 25:41.

            10.   Satan’s countercharges and appeals to God. 

            11.   God’s decision to give Satan’s rebellion a thorough trial.

            12.   God’s move: restoration of the earth and creation of Adam and Eve. 

            13.   … Satan's move:  temptation and fall of Adam and Eve. 

            14.   God's move:  Promise of a Redeemer, Gen 3:15

            15.   …Satan’s move: murder of Cain to prevent the coming of the Savior.

            16.   God's move:   Seth – the line for the Messiah. .

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

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

            19.     … Satan's move:  demonic infiltration into the human race, Gen 6.

            20.     God's move:  Flood and Noah.

            21.     …Satan's move:  Tower of Babel.

            22.     God's move:   Diversity of languages.

            23.      … Satan's move:  Religion and polytheism – diversity!

            24.     God's move:  calling of Abraham.

            25.     … Satan's move:  temptation of Abraham.

            26.    God's move:  Israelites into Egypt.

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

            28.    God's move:  Moses and 10 plagues.

            29.      Satan's move:  motivated Pharaoh to destroy the Israelites.

            30.    God's move:   exodus.

            31.     Satan's move:  use testing to incite God’s people against Him.

            32.    God's move:  provision – logistical grace and the WOG (MC).

            33.     … Satan's move:   Golden Calf.

            34.    God's move: getting the people to Kadesh Barnea.

            35.     … Satan's move: terror in hearts of Israel, unbelief and revolution

            36.     God's move: new generation under Joshua.

            37.   … Satan's move: compromise and decadence, Judges 21:25.

            38.    God's move:  raise up Samuel (1 Sam 1-3). 

            39.     … Satan's move:  Samuel's evil sons and the clamor for a king.

            40.     God's move:  Saul.

            41.     … Satan's move:  Saul's apostasy and demonism.

            42.  God's move:  David and the Davidic covenant.


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

            1.   #1,  Gen 3:15; 4:1, the Messiah, Seed of Woman.          

            2.   #2, Gen 22:18; Gal 3:16; Messiah, through lineage of Abraham.

            3.   #3,  Gen 49:10:   Messiah through lineage of Judah.

            4.   #4,  Numbers 24:16-17,  King Messiah

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


D.   Jesus, not Mohammed, is the fulfillment of the prophecy about the Prophet/Messiah who would be “like” Moses.


            1.    All “likenesses” that Islam uses to compare Moses and Muhammad are arbitrary and as a result of eisegesis.  


            2.   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)   What is the likeness?


            3.  Biblical likeness = the prophet would be a mediator.


            4.   Biblical likeness = the prophet would speak in the name of Yahweh.


            5.   Biblical likeness = the prophet would not speak presumptuously.


            6.    Biblical likeness = the prophet would know God face to face, Dt 34:10;  Ex 33:11; Jn 17:5, 24-25


            7.   Biblical likeness = signs, wonders, and might power, Dt 34:10-12.


            8.   The New Testament confirms that Jesus is the promised prophet like Moses, Jn 1:45; Luke 24:27, 44; Acts 3:22;