The Angelic Conflict. Part 15! Operation Footstool - The Baptism of Fire!
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The Angelic Conflict - Part 15!Operation Footstool - The Baptism of FireMay 7, 2006
BEFORE we begin, if you are a believer in
Jesus Christ, take a moment to name your sins to God the Father. This will
allow you to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit as you read this
booklet ( EPH 5:18 & I John 1:9).
IF YOU HAVE never believed in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have
that opportunity right now. Simply tell God the Father that you are
believing on His Son
Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you make that
decision, you are now a believer and will always be a child of God! When you
die, you will spend eternity with Him forever in heaven! (John 3:16 & Acts
“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the
Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He
purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28) shows that God the Holy Spirit
has assigned to every man, with the gift of Pastor-Teacher , his own
congregation. A Pastor-Teacher that does his job properly will study and
teach the Sacred Scriptures according to the I.C.E principle. What is the
I.C.E. principle? The I.C.E. principle states that a Pastor-Teacher will
interpret the Word of God according to isagogics which is the historical
setting of the passage. Secondly the Pastor-Teacher will interpret the Bible
categorically which is the systematic theology (the organized, sequential
study of God) developed from combining Scripture with Scripture. Lastly the
Pastor-Teacher will interpret the Bible exegetically which is going back and
studying the passage from the original languages. Likewise, every born-again
believer has been assigned to a Pastor-Teacher. The most important decision
a human being can make, in this life, is to believe on TLJC “so that whoever
believes will in Him have eternal life” (Jo 3:15). The most important
decision a believer makes is the choice of a Pastor-Teacher. Apart from
submitting to the authority of the Pastor-Teacher that God the Holy Spirit
has assigned him to, it is impossible to grow spiritually or to glorify God
during the angelic conflict. This is how God designed the process and in
order to grow in God’s grace and knowledge we MUST do it God’s way. Any
other way is merely human effort and will not succeed.
The ultimate triumph of
the angelic conflict is operation footstool. This prophecy is so important
that it is quoted 6 times in the New Testament. ‘But to which of the angels
has He ever said, ‘Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies a
footstool for Your feet’” (HEB 1:13) is a rhetorical question because this
was never said to an angel but only to the God-man, TLJC, as “The Lord says
to my Lord; Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for
Your feet” (PSA 110:1). TLJC quoted this passage to the Pharisees who could
not understand that TLJC, their Messiah, could be a member of the human race
at the same time. Specifically, in the passage, God the Father is talking to
God the Son, telling Him to sit at His right hand, which is the highest
place of honor in the entire Universe, until God the Father makes God the
Son’s enemies a footstool for His feet, or eliminates all of His enemies.
“Then 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 Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.’
Therefore David calls Him ‘Lord,’ and how is He his son?” (Luk 20 41-44) was
directed to the Sadducees who do not even believe there is a resurrection.
Every time TLJC asked this question, those to whom it was directed didn’t
have a response as they denied His Messiahship. The answer is simple. King
David recognized Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, but at the same time,
TLJC would have to be born true humanity, and would come from his seed or
his line. It is such a source of great comfort and confidence to know that
seated at the right hand of God is a member of the human race who truly
loves us, intercedes for us, knows everything that we are going through and
sympathizes with us. He is truly our best friend.
Operation footstool has 2
phases, one at each end of the Millennium. The 1st phase takes place at the
2nd Advent and includes 2 categories of judgment. The 1st category is that
of Satan and the fallen angels. “Then I saw an angel coming down from
heaven, holding 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 he threw him into the abyss, and shut it
and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer,
until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be
released for a short time” (REV 20:1-3). The 2nd category of judgment
involves all unbelievers who are alive at the time of the 2nd Advent of TLJC.
This is known as the Baptism of Fire. At this time, TLJC will take all of
the unbelievers and throw them off the Earth into Hades. “Then there will be
two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left” (MAT 24:40)
describes the parable in which TLJC takes the unbeliever, and the believer
will be left on the Earth to start the Millennial reign. “As for me, I
baptize you with water for repentance but He who is coming after me is
mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you
with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand and He will
thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the
barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” (MAT 3:11-12)
said John the Baptist describing the Baptism of Fire. The wheat are the
believers and the chaff are the unbelievers. The 2 categories of unbelievers
that will be judged at the 2nd Advent are the Jews and the Gentiles. The
reason there is a differentiation of unbelievers is because the Tribulation
is part of the Old Testament where this distinction existed. In fact, the
Tribulation is the last 7 years of the Old Testament, which were promised to
God’s people according to God’s timetable. Remember: Operation Footstool
begins when TLJC touches foot on Earth at His 2nd Advent. The 2nd phase of
operation footstool takes place after the Gog revolution at the end of the
Millennium where Satan is released from prison and initiates the last revolt
in human history. “When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be
released from his prison, 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” (REV 20:7-8).
Subsequent to this, fire will come down from heaven and destroy all those
who revolted, Satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire forever and ever,
and the Great White Throne Judgment will take place where all unbelievers
during the history of the human race will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.
Remember: Operation Footstool ends at the end of the Millennium.
Believers often wonder
why we need to learn about times that we are not going to be here for.
Primarily, we are to learn the whole Word of God so we can be ready to give
an answer or defense for what we believe. For the believer, God has a
tremendous future which can’t even be imagined. BUT there is no more
exciting time to be alive in than the time in which we are living in right
now which makes redeeming the time most important.
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