Results of the Angelic Conflict

[Disclaimer: The quote below is taken from the Dictionary of Doctrine website. When I originally posted the excerpt below I purposely did not include a link to the source. The reason for this is that I recognized the materials to be taken from the work of R.B. Thieme, Jr. The Dictionary of Doctrine site provides no attribution that I know of and, knowing that R.B. Thieme, Jr., Bible Ministries is very vigilant in protecting their copyrights, I didn’t want the site to “go away.” I ended out discovering that the owner of the Dictionary of Doctrine site had modified some of Colonel Thieme’s teaching in a way that would have made him apoplectic. I notified some people who are associated with R. B. Thieme, Jr., Bible Ministries of the existence of the Dictionary of Doctrine site. The site is still there and I have no idea if any action will ever be taken by R. B. Thieme, Jr., Bible Ministries against it.]

In this week’s excerpt the section that really resonates with me is the “Freedom From Satanic Control” section. I try to stay informed on current events and am aware of a lot that goes on in this world and it quite often leaves me with a deep sorrow. Bad decisions by people, bad decisions by families, bad decisions by city, state, and national governments. Bad decisions piling up on top of each other to generate much unnecessary suffering.

Many Christians will tell you that this is due to individual selfishness and a lack of humility that these things happen and I agree up to a point. It seems to me that there is something deeper that is going on (and going wrong). Satan, his angelic followers (the demons), and fallen mankind are of one mind whether we realize it or not. Their “worldview” is antagonistic to truth and causes untold misery. That is why studying scripture is a release for me. I find comfort in the idea that as I learn more of the mind of Christ (scripture) the less I am influenced by the mind of Satan.

Here is this week’s lesson:

Results of the angelic conflict[1]

Phase One. There are three phases to the plan of God for believers: Phase One, Salvation; Phase Two, the believer in time; Phase Three, the believer in eternity. The result in Phase One is Salvation. At the moment he is saved, the believer enters Phase Two and is positionally higher than angels. (Heb 2:7) This is the first victory of the angelic conflict. When we accept Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit enters us into union with Christ. (Baptism of the Spirit) So, since the humanity of Christ is now seated at the right hand of the Father and has been made higher than angels, and since we are in union with Him, we too are made positionally higher than angels. (Eph 1:17-23; Col 2:9-10) This was retroactively the case for the Old Testament believers.

Phase Two. There is also victory in Phase Two for the believer who operates under Operation Z[2] and builds THE SPIRITUAL TEMPLE of the soul. (1Co 3:11-16) Such victory comes from suffering; for it is through suffering, (Sin nature, thought, people, system, and disaster testing) that the believer utilizes God’s grace and develops the faith-rest technique to the point of occupation with Christ. (Rom 5:2-5; (1Pe 1:7-8)

Phase Three. In Phase Three, which begins with death or the harvest, (Rev 14:14-20) every believer will receive a resurrection body exactly like that of Jesus Christ. (Php 3:21) Through the possession of this resurrection body, believers will be experientially: physically superior to angelic creatures; in time believers are now, positionally:  mentally superior to the fallen angels, (Only by Thinking with the Mind of Christ). cf. (John 8:31-32)

Freedom From Satanic Control

Through the fall of man, Satan gained control of the earth. Satan is spoken of in Scripture as the ruler and the god of this world. (John 12:31; John 14:30; John 16:11; (2Co 4:4; Eph 2:2) He did gain control of man on the earth, but man’s volition makes him a free agent in the devil’s world, and he can choose between the plan of God and the plan of Satan. (Acts 26:17-18) Salvation, through faith in Christ; positionally frees man from Satanic control and domination; (Rom 6:3-6) and experientially through daily intake and obedience to the Thinking of that Truth. (Rom 6:17-18)

After Salvation, the great NEED is Spiritual Knowledge of Truth; acquired by means of Operation Z. The more Divine Thinking the believer has in his human spirit — the more Truth he has in the right lobe[3] of his mentality, the more freedom he possesses in being able to Think independently from Satan. (John 8:38; John 12:47-50; John 13:17; John 17:13) One of the great issues in the Christian life is Divine guidance, and the whole basis for knowing the will of God on any particular point, or in general, is the Bible: God’s Thinking in the right lobe. (1Co 2:16)

Remember, Truth in the left lobe, the perceptive lobe, does not go straight across to the right lobe as with human knowledge; it must go through the process of cycling to the human spirit by faith and then to the right lobe.

Illustration

It can be hindered because of negative volition toward Truth, and it can be short-circuited by mental attitude sins. (Matt 13:22; Luk 8:13-14) As a category, mental attitude sins represent the greatest enemy of the Christian life!

Now, to sum up the reasons for the angelic conflict, let us see the answers to several basic questions of life.

[To be continued…]

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[1]Just so no one gets the wrong idea I would like to mention once again that this is not my original work. I believe that it is based at least in part on the work of R.B. Thieme, Jr who did some brilliant studies on angels and the angelic conflict (I link to his site in the sidebar). I am providing the information here because I firmly believe it is important for it to reach a wider audience.

[2] Operation Z is made up of the following steps:

1.       Bible doctrine communicated by prepared pastor-teachers to people in a group.

2.       Bible doctrine is then transferred to the “NOUS”, the mentality, of the soul and becomes “GNOSIS” which is doctrine that is academically understood.

3.       Bible doctrine that is accepted (believed) by the believer is then transferred to the “KARDIA” and becomes “EPIGNOSIS” doctrine. Only EPIGNOSIS doctrine can be applied by the believer in his/her life.

[3] Colonel Thieme often used the right lobe (analytical thought)/left lobe (emotions) metaphor in his teaching. I did track down some information on the internet about the left and right (see this article) brain but it seems to be exactly opposite of what Colonel Thieme taught.

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