The Angelic Conflict

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The angelic conflict doctrine is the idea that our creation as human beings was essentially God’s reaction to the fall of Satan and the angels that followed him. According to this doctrine, the earth was originally made for the angels; however, the highest angel, Satan, chose to rebel. Because of this rebellion and God’s subsequent judgment, the earth was left “without form and void” (Genesis 1:2). This was the beginning of the “angelic conflict.”

It all started when an angel (satan) committed the sin of pride. When he began saying: “I will ascend,” I will exalt,” I will be like the most High.” (Isaiah 14:12-23). All angelic creatures then made a decision for or against God before the restoration of planet earth. This resulted in a trial and conviction of all the angels who rebelled.

God created us for fellowship. He created us in His image. He did not create angels as such. As creatures with free will, we will demonstrate God’s goodness and justice to the angelic host and condemn the angels who revolted against God. The book of Job is a microcosm of this purpose. God, utilizing a lower creation called man, chose us to resolve that conflict. Angels observe the human race. They are watching us, especially believers. (1 Cor 4:9; 6:1-3; Eph 3:10; 1 Peter 1:12)

“Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.” (1 Peter 1:12)

If even one member of the human race in all of human history believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, would this resolve the Angelic Conflict?

3 thoughts on “The Angelic Conflict

  1. I believe scripture bears out points of this – that in Gen. 1:1 God created the heaven and the earth, it was called Eden (Eze. 38:13) and God’s throne was there ( this was probably the exact spot Jerusalem is now), the Angels inhabited earth at that time serving God and that is when Satan rebelled and those who took his side, then God judged the earth and destroyed it with water utterly leaving it “without form and void” (Gen. 1:2 the use of ‘and’ through out verses 2- 31 at the beginning of each new activity clearly shows that the narrative is moving forward so 1:2 is not part of 1:1 but a later activity). Job 38:6-7 shows clearly that the Angels were already created and with God when he laid the foundation of the earth, so they has to have been created before the start of the third day and they are not mentioned anywhere in the creation week. It also bears noting that all the days of creation are called good except day 2 which is the creation of the second heaven or space afterwards God separates it from the third heaven where His throne was removed to at the first judgement with a firmament probably of ice described as a sea of glass in some passages, we find record of this in the following verses: Job 15:15, Eph. 2:2, Rev. 4:6, etc. Day two is not pronounced good because it’s the day the air where Satan resides was created – air here is not our earthly atmosphere but the second heaven. He is allowed to come before God still so he is not cast completely down yet as Job 1 bears out. However the conflict or battle you refer to occurs beginning in Rev 12:7 when Michael casts Satan down to earth at the mid point of Daniels 70th week in the future. Right now Satan rules the earth and the heavens as well since Angels were created to have specific purposes in God’s creation and some rebelled so God judged and destroyed the first earth and moved to the third heaven which Satan can not actually enter leaving Satan and the bad guys space and the new earth. I know some say that if this gap exists then there was sin and death before the fall but that’s a given. Eve sinned by eating the fruit and questioning God first as did Satan by tempting her. This is something I have posted on in detail and have studied extensively and am fully persuaded through God’s word that there is a Gap between Gen 1:1 & 2 and that man was created to restore the earth through Israel and the air or second heaven through the Body of Christ under God’s dominion. That is why Paul says we will rule the heavens and judge angels (Phil. 3:20, Eph. 1:10 & 2:6, 1 Cor. 6:3) and all of prophecy shows God’s plan to establish and restore His kingdom on Earth as originally intended through the nation of Israel.

    This is what the scriptures show and it makes perfect sense, I do not however think this gap means that the earth as we know it is millions or billions of years old, I believe God recreated it from the ruins of the first earth, in six literal 24 hour days and he created it with age on it already just as Adam and Eve had age to them (probably 33, adults at least not newborns). I do believe it is His divine plan to restore all things back under His power which He planned out and purposed before He began (the hovering over the waters of the deep – deep as used in this Gen. 1 passage is a result of judgement) hence the Body was the mystery hid in God since before the world began, this world our world which Satan has usurped and controls, and the heavens where the rebellious angels that will be cast into the lake of fire created for them when the earth was formed (it and hell were created as a result of the rebellion and hell is in the center of the earth proper which means it was made when earth was on day three and thus again the Angels had already rebelled). Now I don’t believe for a second that God created the Angels on day 1 as he says that day let there be light which obviously isn’t the sun and all which aren’t made till day 4, it is the unveiling do to speak of Christ’s light into the darkness of rebellion driving back the darkness and putting His grand glorious plan to take it back into action. Man is His masterpiece that does show the Angels His glorious grace, a free gift, and we are His restoration of all things in His Son – and He has laid the whole plan of redemption not just for our souls but His creation in the Bible!

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    1. I agree pretty much with what you have written. Satan was in the garden before Adam and Eve.

      I have read where some claim Eden is where Jerusalem is. Others say it’s Iraq, Turkey, etc. However, it appears that God does not want us to know and where the Bible is silent, I prefer not to speculate. Eden was destroyed in the flood and most likely no longer exists. God placed a cherubim with sword at the entrance because He did not want man to re-enter and the flood made the need for this cherubim no longer necessary. The original rivers, Tigris and Euphrates, that were in Eden were destroyed. It may be that Noah gave the new rivers these same names and perhaps this is why men cannot find the location of Eden. It seems that God does not want it to be found.

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      1. He gives us clues to it’s location on scripture, the biggest being that Jesus rules from there and that there will be a New Jerusalem come down from Heaven. I think the flood and the after effects really jacked up the world, for one the dry land was one big continent (land divided in days of Peleg, scattered at tower of Babel and then there is the thing about a monuments on the border of Egypt but the middle of it that could be the Great Pyramid at Giza, I read a book and watched a few documentaries making that point.). God doesn’t tell us but He does give clues about some things. I am completely convinced of the Gap (as I call it ) though – I see strong evidence there not just clues.

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