The Angelic Conflict - Part Two
The Appeal Trial of Satan
Since Satan is obviously not yet in the Lake of Fire, the logical
extrapolation is that he appealed his sentence. We can speculate
a number of grounds on which he is making this appeal, but one
that seems to carry the most weight is an accusation against God's
character which we hear often enough in the world today. Lucifer
protested and postulated his doctrine of love and fairness, "how
can a loving God cast his creatures, who he loves, into the lake
This is an attack on divine Righteousness and Justice, thinking
that Love supersedes them. Thus, for God to be perfectly fair,
he must demonstrate the perfect compatibility between all three
of those attributes, without compromising any of them. So the
plan of the ages was put into operation.
God accepted Satan's judicial challenge, and His answer was the
human race. His ruling went something like this; "I will
create a new race of beings, inferior in every way to the angels
but with the same volition. I will let THEM decide if your sentence
is just and fitting, or if I am, as you charge, not a Just and
In an act of judicial fairness and procedure, God created man
so that each and every decision that humans make will be submitted
as evidence into this appeal trial. Satan and his angels were
given a stay of execution until such time as God demonstrates
the validity of His judicial indictment upon them. Philip.
God created man and set him into the great stadium of earth,
an open theater for all the angels to observe. I
Corinthians 4:9 translates as "spectacle" from the
greek word "theatron", the place where public dramas
were shown. See also 1Ti
The book of Genesis takes us back to the beginning of human history.
In the first two chapters we see a perfect environment created
by a perfect God--over and over again God looked at what He had
made and said, "It is good."
In this perfect environment, God placed perfect man and perfect
woman and gave them the gift of freedom. To make the freedom real,
God gave the man and woman real choices. And so, in the Garden
of Eden, there was a test of the human will.
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. " (GEN 2:16-17)
God prohibits man from eating of the tree. The prohibition becomes
a test to see if man will be satisfied with his role and place,
or if he will try to ascend to the divine level.
God knew that the minute He gave man and woman freedom, danger
would enter this perfect environment. He knew that with freedom
man could make a personal decision to reject Him, and with Him,
everything good. He knew that with freedom man could turn paradise
into hell on earth. The fact that He was willing to give to the
human race this marvelous gift despite the dangers it created
should tell us something about the value God places on human
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field
which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed,
has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?"
In the Garden of Eden, Satan is working through this creature.
He approaches the woman by implying that God is keeping something
from her and is, therefore, not a good God.
By his question Satan has not only engaged Eve in dialogue, but
he has also taken her eyes off of the generous provisions of God
and caused her to think only of God's prohibition. Satan does
not wish us to ponder the grace of God, but to grudgingly meditate
upon His denials.
And the woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of
the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the
tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You
shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.'" (GEN 3:2-3)
And the serpent said to the woman, "You surely shall
not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes
will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
" (GEN 3:4-5)
Having planted in the woman's mind the seed of doubt about the
goodness of God and His plan, Satan now makes further use of her
lack of understanding of God's Word. He gives her a half-truth
and tells her that the penalty for eating the fruit is not really
what she thinks it is. He knows that Eve is thinking in terms
of physical death. He also knows that she will not fall down and
die physically the instant she eats from the tree, so his words
are half true. God's warning of GEN 2:17 uses the Hebrew word
for death, muth, twice: "In the day you eat of this tree,
dying you shall surely die." God was telling them that they
would die spiritually, as a result of which they would eventually
die physically. That is, of course, just what Adam and Eve were
about to learn firsthand.
Eating from the tree, Satan says, will not bring death; it will
bring enlightenment and will cause her to be like God. This, we
know from ISA
14:13-14, is exactly what Satan wanted for himself. Consider
Satan's logic: "You can be like God by rejecting God."
The woman is about to swallow the lie.
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that
it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable
to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave
also to her husband with her, and he ate. (GEN 3:6)
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew
that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made
themselves loin coverings. (GEN 3:7)
Did Satan tell Eve this would happen, that their eyes would be
opened? He did. Was it the way he led her to believe it would
be? No. Priciple: Sin is never what Satan promises it
After their sin, God confronts the fallen couple and they give
And the man said, "The woman whom Thou gavest to be
with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate. " Then the
Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?"
And the woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
Adam blames God because God had given the woman to him; the woman
blames the serpent. Both are unwilling to take responsibility
for their disobedience.
Adam seems to have knowingly and deliberately disobeyed God.
Eve was tricked into sin by the most clever creature ever to have
come from the hand of God. They both sinned, yet Adam seems to
be the guilty party and the fall guy as recorded throughout scripture.
Nonetheless, they both are now separated from God, under the control
of their newly acquired sin nature and spiritually dead.
Satan's Victory - Short Lived
It appeared that Satan had achieved victory, but God did not
intend to leave man lost and hopeless. From the very beginning
He had a plan. His first revelation of that plan is found in GEN
And the Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you have
done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than
every beast of the field; On your belly shall you 80, And dust
shall you eat All the days of your life; And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise Him on the
heel. " (GEN 3:14-15)
This is the first promise of the Savior, the Messiah. What the
Lord God describes here is the work of the cross, where Satan
would bruise the heel of Jesus Christ, but Jesus Christ would
smash the head of the serpent. Sin is the barrier between God
and man. At the cross, Jesus Christ would remove the barrier and
open the door to God so that anyone could have freedom to approach
God by faith in Him. The rest of the Bible is an account of God
keeping the promise He makes here. Everything in the Old Testament
points forward to the fulfillment of this promise of the seed
of the woman.
So although they were fallen and helpless, Adam and Eve were
still free, and they along with future generations would exercise
their freedom by choosing to look forward in faith to the coming
of the promised Redeemer.
What must have looked like a "too easy" victory for
Satan turns quickly against him with the announcement of God's
plan to rescue back all of fallen humanity. Although the victory
celebration was shorted lived, Satan did accomplish some temporary
and lesser objectives.
When Satan procured Adam's spiritual fall in the garden, he took
earthly authority from Adam and became the new ruler over the
Cor. 4:4; Jn.
From that point on, Satan organized this rulership into a "world
system" of darkness in order to advance his plan to discredit
and frustrate the progress of God's plan. 2 Cor. 4:4; 11:13-15;
From within this darkness system, Satan then formulated the rest
of his darkness manifesto which is still in effect today. Is.
Always remember this important principle, God knew exactly what
would happen in the garden, and the path of history in every minute
detail, before He sanctioned the plan. He knew man would fall
from grace, and Satan would gain control of the earth by reason
of Adam's failure. Furthermore, He knew that in a state of sin
that man would be vulnerable to the wiles of the cunning cherub
that defied Him, and yet He set His genius plan in motion and
remains in complete control. To this day, God's Love, Justice,
Righteousness and Sovereignty continue to function in perfect
harmony. Something that Satan claimed could not be done.
To be continued in The Angelic Conflict - Part Three
Compiled and Condensed from the writings of
several authors and pastors including J Hampton Keathley , Robert
Mclaughlin, Robert Dean, Gene Cunningham, Ric Web, R.B. Theime
and Lewis Sperrry Chafer.
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