In the Spring edition of The 11th Hour, Vol. 3, Number 1, 2002, Wilson stretches the ideas set forth in Hebrews 9:14, 2 Corinthians 3:5, 6, 9-11, 17, 18 and Hebrews 8:6 way beyond the lawful boundaries of “Rightly Slicing” The Holy Word of God.
Without even a casual regard for the emphatic trust of scores of corroborated scripture that deal repeatedly with the idea that The Covenant is of Christ, Wilson plunges headlong into his theologizing that the Covenant is also a covenant of The Spirit.
I am not surprised that in the above-mentioned edition he takes on the challenge of writing about covenant. Wilson demonstrated his knee jerk attitude in the in the debate when he responded to my proposition that we are only perfect because of Christ’s imputed righteousness. Months later, Wilson wrote as best he is capable of on the subject of imputed righteousness.
Then, I raised the idea that perfection comes in the covenant relationship we have in Christ. Just as I expected, he writes to the best of his ability an editorial on “The Lofty” Covenant Maker. This is his first time, attempt at least as far as I can understand from his tapes and editorials we analyzed in debate preparation.
But Wilson is incapable of understanding imputed righteousness and covenant and I think I know why. The problem lies in his educational background. When I hear some are talking about Christ’s “Begottoness”, “Spiritual Blood”, “Covenant of spirit”, “Propitiatory”, or any theology that shrinks Christ’s status to anything less than the eternally Begotten Son of the Living God, my mind goes back to the scriptural studies at Kentucky Christian College. I remember the austere professor of Church History, Thomas Geminehart. I can see him in front of the chalkboard, an thereon the main heading, “Logos Controversy”. I think of Arius, Origen, Sabellius and Nestorius. I remember the Biblical rebuttals to those who had such low views of Christ and His cross. Wilson never had such a privilege.
I remember the venerable (I use the word only as one of honor), Donald A. Nash. I especially enjoyed his third year Greek Word Studies. To understand the meaning of words in their original connection helps immensely in determining the true meaning The Holy Spirit gave to the text. Wilson never had such a privilege. In his own words, related to others and including myself, he indicated that he did not need Restoration Scholarship, as some would say, “I am a self made man”. Not withstanding you see a lot of John Birch Society, and even Herbert W. Armstrong in his thinking.
We see these anti-Christian conclusions he is reaching in his first attempt to uncover the meaning of Covenant.
Let me add that there is not much help for those who read Wilson, because he is so single issue oriented. The only thing I ever got out of reading him was an editorial comment that he did not write. It was by Les Davis from Fort Smith, Arkansas. It was entitled “Is Jesus Jehovah?” I tore it out of The 11th Hour and reprinted it for my students. It was an analytical, concise, yet complete review of the doctrine of Sabellius, which teaches that Jesus and God are the same person. The 11th Hour went into my file (only because I have to read Wilson’s Wesleyan doctrines to rebut them) but the letter by Davis was good and refreshing for my Hermeneutic students.
Wilson, like my Calvinist opponent, Dr. James Jordan takes the “Much More” expression in Hebrews 9:14 to refer to a glory giving priestly function rather than Christ’s intercession. Yet he calls Restorationist “Calvinists!”
“Much more” passages to his way of thinking refer to super saint making glory, rather than the mediatorial reign of Christ in intercessor.
Four times Wilson refers to the New Covenant being not only a covenant of blood, but a covenant of the Spirit. (pages 6 & 10).
Wilson confuses the work of the Spirit, as an agent in cooperation with Christ in establishing His Covenant of Blood. It is not a Covenant of the Spirit, for the Spirit is the seal of the Covenant (2 Cor. 1:22, Eph. 1:13, 4:30).
Christ is the Covenant Maker – (Dan. 9:27, Heb. 8:6, 12:24), and it is His blood that made it possible – blood that was viewed by God throughout all eternity (13:20). The Eternal God and the Eternal Holy Spirit worked in infinite consent with Christ in this Covenant, but it is Christ who “cut” The Covenant.
The word “diatheke” means to “cut, or put apart” (Strongs 1303), and it called a contractual cutting agreement. It’s first mentioned principle is in the amazing example of Abraham’s cutting into halves the heifer, goat, and ram and putting them opposite each other (Gen. 15:5-18). To refer to Covenant without the cutting of the body of Jesus Christ is to ignore kindergarten rules of interpretation. Once His body was “cut”, or broken, in God’s mind it need never be “cut” again.
When Wilson refers to a covenant of the Spirit, he must assume the Spirit was “cut” for us. He must assume the Spirit died for us. He must assume the Spirit shed His blood for us. He calls the blood of Jesus “Spiritual Blood,” Then we must assume he had, as the Gnostic’s say, a spiritual body also.
So the Hebrews 10:5, body that God prepared in the womb of Mary was a spiritual body, because if Christ shed spiritual blood, He would of necessity have spiritual blood, as Wilson would conclude.
How could spiritual blood exist in an anthropoid body, made in the likeness of human flesh? If Wilson assumes he had physical blood at one time, when did that blood become spiritual? Wilson butchers the text of Hebrews 9:11, 12, sifting through it like a garbage dump, and leaving out what does not suit his taste. On page 5 he writes –
“This is how Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come,’ entering into heaven itself, the true holy place,’ and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood … having obtained eternal redemption.”
Who does Wilson think he is? Why did he leave out the most important part of the Hebrews 9:11,12 text??
Verse 11 teaches that Christ “being come” a high priest, (showing point action in the past and continuing). BUT WILSON LEAVES OUT THE HISTORICAL CROSS REFERENCE WHERE SCRIPTURE SAYS THIS HAPPENED! His quote leaves out “but by his own blood, (Christ) He entered in once into The Holy Place.” (vs. 12). Christ’s “Veil” the flesh was ripped on the cross, while God ripped the temple veil.
What a deliberate error for one to commit. It could only have been done in an attempt to justify the fact that Christ’s blood atonement, once for all, was not a necessary blood propitiation. If Wilson is correct the words of Jesus on the cross, “It is finished” (teltelestai), “paid in full”, are not true. In Wilson’s mind the veil in the temple was not rent from top to bottom for Christ had not entered into what Wilson calls the heavenly “propitiatory.”
Wilson distains the Apostolic New Covenant mirror of glory, and perfect law of liberty, and deludes his disciples into thinking that they see and experience a visible physical image of Jesus Christ (not through the Spirit of the New Covenant), but to fix our eyes on the Heavenly Jesus. He uses Hebrews 12:2 for proof text, but Hebrews is dealing with our eye of faith, not physical (see page 6).
Furthermore, Wilson bypasses the appointed executors of the covenant maker’s estate – the Apostles. On page 7 he writes, “….The blood of the sacrifice was only offered when Jesus ascended, and purified heaven itself with His spiritual blood – the execution of the covenant of blood.”
Not only does he have two covenants, a blood covenant of Christ and a covenant of the Spirit, he also bypasses the apostolic executors. Nothing can be clearer than the fact that The New Covenant is executed by the “competent” Apostles who were “qualified” (Strong 2425-2427), (see 2 Cor. 3:6) and authors works on covenant). Remington Cussens was right, “Wilson does not know, or appreciate Apostles Doctrine.”
I conclude, Christ had a Body “Skema” like that of a man, and that body had human blood in it. When He was punctured, physical blood poured out (John 19:34). It was in physical water that Jesus was immersed, and physical blood He shed (I John 5:6). It is this blood that God sees and remembers at the communion (I Cor. 10:16, 11:25). It is not a tank of spiritual blood that God has in Heaven, in some propitiatory (as Wilson calls it), but the physical, literal blood once and for all poured out, and eternally remembered. It does not need to be sacrificed again as the Roman priest believes, nor does it have to change from physical to spiritual in some kind of Wilson transubstantiation. Shed once, it is remembered by God and His children forever. Wilson is more like the Calvinist I debated, Dr. James Jordan, and exactly like the Gnostic’s who held that it was a spiritual Jesus, a spiritual body, spiritual water and spiritual blood. The wonder of it all is that he accuses all Restoration preachers of being Neo-Calvinist and Gnostic’s. It takes a thief to know a thief.
Wilson holds to the idea that like the High Priest of the Old Covenant Christ had to carry blood into The Holiest Place, which is now Heaven. But Christ died outside the city (Heb. 13:11). His death was deliberately divorced from the Old Testament Sanctuary worship. Christ’s death was not a continuation of Old Testament sacrifice – it was the termination of it (Gal. 3:11, Col. 2:14-17, Heb. 7:12, 8:13).
Some people say that when Jesus told Mary, “Touch me not (Do not hold on or cling to me) for I have not yet ascended to the Father”, He was referring to the High Priest’s making haste to offer the blood of atonement in the Holiest. This is an understandable conjecture, but as we have already mentioned God already accepted the blood, when – “The veil was rent from top to bottom.” The expression, “from top to bottom means that God did it. Thus, the way into the Holiest was already opened before Mary clung to Jesus.
Furthermore, God received Christ’s Spirit which necessarily entails the reception of His Son’s, person and bodily sacrifice also.
Why then did Jesus tell Mary He had not yet ascended? I suggest it was because of the urgency of Christ in pressing forward to His Kingly exultation by God’s own power and virtue (Phil. 2:8-10) and to receive His Kingdom.
The Example of Saul’s Coronation
The first mention principle of an earthly king over God’s people was that of Saul (I Sam. 9-10). He too had to leave off hunting for his donkeys and make haste. Samuel would anoint Him. Samuel had to assure Saul that God would take care of his personal interests in this world. When Samuel appeared for the High Feast, the occasion for informing Saul that he was God’s choice for the kingship, it happened that Saul was looking for Samuel in order to hear prophetic advise. When he enquired of young maidens as to Samuel’s whereabouts. “They answered them, and said, He is; behold he is before you! Make haste now” (9:12).
Saul was to put everything on hold until he became King. Of course, he did not know this. He would later become a wicked King. But he is a first mentioned principle. Jesus, on the other hand knew full well that He would be anointed King at His resurrection. Likewise, He knew He must make haste, and Mary, unlike the maidens in Saul’s day was slowing Him down.
DANIEL 7:13-18 PROPHESIED THIS GREAT CORONATION.
“I saw in night visions, and behold, one like the Son of man
came with the clouds of heaven, and came to The Ancient of Days,
and they brought him near before Him. And there was given Him dominion,
and glory, and a kingdom…”
In Hermeneutics we learn that “beasts” are kings, and kingdoms. The first three were identified earlier by Daniel as Babylon, Persia and Greece. It was during the fourth Kingdom that Christ’s Kingdom was established on earth (7:17). Daniel goes on,
“”But the saints of the most high shall take the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, even for ever and ever” (7:18)
There is great distress to the Kingdom later. It came through political and papal Rome. The Kingdom is, in fact, set up under great persecution, and through the so-called Holy Roman Empire, the Kingdom continued to suffer persecution (7:19-27); but in the end, the King, and the Kingdom of the saints of the most high prevail throughout eternity.
Jesus was on His way to receive a Kingdom when Mary met Him.
Earlier, Jesus spoke of this in a parable-
“A certain nobleman went into afar country to receive for Himself a Kingdom, and return.” (Luke 19:12). It is pretty obvious that the nobleman (of royal pedigree) is Jesus Christ. The far country is Heaven, where God highly exalted Him in kingly glory. And the giving of minas (stewardship of money and life) parallels the giving of the trust of His kingdom to the saints. The return, is of course, His second coming for the purpose of rewarding the saints who expanded the kingdom, and may have suffered according to the Daniel prophecy.
That God is intimately connected with Christ’s kingdom is also obvious from the following statement from divine lips- “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32) In this same vein, Jesus repeated the above thought, “And I appoint to you a kingdom, as my Father has appointed me.” (22:29).
This thought of Christ entering His kingdom after death was firmly embedded in the mind of the dying thief. This leads us to believe that he had heard of Jesus’ teaching prior to his death, or perhaps heard Him speak personally, “Lord Jesus, remember me when you come into thy kingdom.” (23:43).
The cross of Jesus Christ was His high priestly propitiation. He had yet to ascend to His Father according to both Daniel’s and His own prophecies.
When Christ tells Mary, “Do not handle me so roughly, for I am not yet ascended to my Father, but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend to my Father and your Father, and to my God, and your God”, He is announcing beforehand what is going to happen when God crowns Him Lord of All. Figuratively speaking He will sign the adoption papers and God adopts us as Christ’s brethren. Christ receives the Kingdom and gives it to the saints. He, the only begotten son of God gives sonship to all His children, and they therefore become children of God, and God becomes their Father because He is Christ’s Father eternally.
WHEN WAS ALL AUTHORITY IN HEAVEN AND EARTH GIVEN TO CHRIST? (Mt.28:18)
It had to be given to Him by the highest power and authority in heaven and earth ,God the Father Himself. It had to be given some time between His conversation with Mary and His final ascension. He could not have received the authority of the kingdom after His final ascension, since He already said, “All authority is given me”, before His final ascension. We do not know exactly how Christ corresponded with Heaven and earth during the 40 days he appeared to His disciples; but we know for certain that Heaven was celebrating His eternal reign during the 40 earthly days and before Pentecost when Peter bound and loosed in Christ’s kingdom on earth what was bound and loosed in this Heavenly Kingdom.
Just when did Jesus receive that authority? Hebrews I:3 says it was after He had by Himself purged our sins.
Hebrews 7:26 says “For such a high priest became like us, but who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens, who needs not daily, as those (old) high priests , to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the peoples, for this He did once, when He offered up Himself.’ (Heb. 7:26,27). “Therefore, Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate.” (13:12).
What we learn from this is that Christ was made higher than the heavens, but not until after He made the one sacrifice. He went up, not just into the stratospheric heaven as we know it, but God’s highest heaven. His high priestly work was done when He offered Himself. Note, it does not say here He offered only His blood, but Himself. That is, His person, His body as a priestly sacrifice (Heb.10:5) and His Spirit(Luke 23:46) and soul (Mark 14:34) The old high priest had to make two offerings, one for the people’s sins, and then for himself. Christ offered his blood for sinners, but offered His spotless, blameless, undefiled, separate from sinners life to God in our behalf that through Him God could impute righteousness to us in His behalf.
When Christ emerged from the tomb His high priestly work was already completed. This is one of the reasons he cried, “It is finished” when He gave up His spirit. God had already accepted His Spirit. Now, He would appear before God in His glorified body.
Remember that Christ could not have saved us without a body. God did not have a body. The Holy Spirit did not have a body. This is why it is so foolish to believe Wilson’s blasphemy of the covenant being a covenant of The Spirit. The Spirit did not have a body with which He could “cut” a covenant. But when that body emerged from the tomb, it still had the “cut” marks of the slain Lamb. It was a bloodless body-
“Behold my hands and my feet, that it is myself, handle me and see, for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see me have.” (Luke 24:39). Paul says, “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom.”(I Cor. 15:50).
It seems clear that Christ was highly exalted to the throne of David before He gave the great commission. Peter knew He was the Christ (anointed King) on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:34-36). In my “Bypassing Pentecost” editorial I make mention that while earth was celebrating the reign of King Jesus, Heaven had been celebrating it also.
I find at least seven scenes in heaven that celebrate the coronation of Christ in The Apocalyptic vision of John. The scene that parallels best with the Daniel 7 and Luke 19 prophecy is Revelation five. The scene pictures “The Ancient of Days”, God on the throne with the book of redemption and world destiny in His hand (5:1)
The scene pictures the sadness that holy people of God, and angels would experience if Christ had not made propitiation (5:2-5)
The scene pictures Christ receiving the book after His death on the cross (5:7). This parallels Daniel’s vision of The Messiah ascending to the throne and receiving a Kingdom. Nothing is said of God receiving spiritual blood, but volumes of ideas are forthcoming in regard to His intercessory reign.
The scene pictures Heaven beginning to celebrate His coronation (5:8-9_), for even angels did not understand this eternal kingdom program and they desired to look into things that we look into. Rejoice ye heavens, your King reigns (Rev. 12).
The scene pictures Christ giving the kingdom to the saints of the most high, and making them kings and priests to God, and we shall reign on earth (5:10). And heaven had been celebrating like this from the time of Jesus’ ascension to the day of Pentecost when the first saints on earth were made kings and priests of God (Acts 2:38), and evangelists began to spread this message to the present day. And you thought revelation was a hard book to understand. It is, only if you divorce it from the rest of Scripture.
The scene closes with continued celebration in heaven, as The Lamb is the champion and continued attraction of heaven, as He should be on earth (5:11-14).
No wonder Jesus told Mary not to hold Him back. But later, He was very tender and patient as He told Thomas, “Thrust your fist into the creased wound in my side.” Later, they laid their head on His chest, as John related in awe stricken memory.
What I am saying is that Mary was not interfering with Christ carrying some kind of container of His blood into heaven, but that He was on His way to be crowned King, eternal. It was at one of the first great prayer meetings of the first Church of Christ that the Spirit inspired this truth to be known. Peter and John, and the early disciples were being persecuted by Judaism, and they lifted up their voices in one, uniform verbal accord and among many utterances, this one issued forth’ – “For of a truth, (kings have raged) against thy holy child Jesus, whom you have anointed (Acts 4:27). Note, even though Jesus is now resurrected, and is anointed King, He still stands in relationship to Father God, as “holy child”. He is the eternally BEGOTTEN Son.
This anointing “Messiahship” (which the word, for our information, means), was done after He purged sins (Hebrews 1:3), and God said to Him, “Thy throne, O God is forever and ever, a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated iniquity, therefore God, even your God has anointed (made kingly messiah)) you with the oil of gladness above your fellows” (1:8-9 ). Samuel anointed the first King of Israel with olive oil, God anointed the King of Kings with the oil of gladness.
God gladly accepted King Jesus as His equal, both before His incarnation and after, and He calls Him God (v.9). God accepted the blood offering of animals as a temporary sacrifice for sins at the hand of the old high priest, but He did not accept their person. God acknowledged both the presentation of Christ’s blood (High Priest) and His person (King). God did not need the blood. He is not a sinner. We needed the blood. But God needed Jesus. God cannot exist without Jesus. The blood was shed on this sinful earth where it is needed. The perfect righteousness of Christ is in Heaven, from whence it is imputed to all in Covenant.
So I conclude, that after his priestly propitiation for our sins, God accepted Christ’s righteous life in order to impute that righteousness in a kingly covenant with the human race. As Son of Man his work of redeeming the world with His own blood was finished. As the externally Begotten Son of God He reconciles us by His endless indestructible life as King of Kings on the Throne of Glory.
WHAT DOES ‘PURIFYING THE HEAVENS’ MEAN? (Heb. 9:23).
We must understand that The Godhead, while being omnipresent, yet has some kind of orderly, arranged dwelling place in Heaven with which they identify with the human race in this world of time zones. It is called the heavens, because of the many things that are there, or the heavenly. We can only carry the typology of the tabernacle so far and then stop in Holy wonderment! Moses made the earthly tabernacle according to the pattern of the heavenly things (8:5) because Christ’s body is the true tabernacle. In a glorified body He passed into the heavenly Holiest place where in the immaterial, immediate presence of God He makes intercession for us (8:2). Revelation states the Godhead is both the tabernacles and temple (Rev. 21:2-3, 22). God was invisible in the earthly holy of holies, but the tabernacle-temple of the heavenly Jerusalem is where the Godhead manifest themselves visibly to perfected saints and angels (21:3). The Apostles were astonished at Christ’s “Tabernacling – Dwelling” among men as God Man. He left the earth, but His body is still here in the church fellowship, and in Heaven as well. How we can participate in His spiritual body in both places gives rise to as much astonishment as it was in the eyes of the apostles.
Christ alone can atone. No sacrifice could be made, nor could the priest even enter the tabernacle on the day of atonement (Lev. 16:17,29). Only the high priest worked. Before the atonement, the high priests wore ordinary garments, but afterward he wore garments of “glory and beauty” (Ex.28). Christ entered the holiest heaven in a beautified, glorified body. As the high priest passed through the anterior tabernacle to get into the holiest place, so Christ passed through the heavens into the presence of the unapproachable God (4:14). Heaven is the tabernacle, but so is the body of Christ (8:2). His glorified body is the meeting place of God with all of Christ’s covenant redeemed and angelic hosts.
When did heaven need to be purified? Certainly God the Father needed no purification? The holy angels that did not sin would not need the blood of Christ. The only person that I can think of is Satan. Satan is doomed. His cause is hopeless. His destiny is already sealed. But we remember in Job chapter one that he appeared in heaven. He was the accuser of our brethren. He realized that there was no difference in his many sins and Job’s few sins. He sent a clear reminder that if unworthy Job ever went to heaven, unworthy Satan has as much right to that glorious place as Job did. Only the redemption of Christ’s blood atonement on earth could save Job. Only the perfect life of Christ in heaven could reconcile him. For this reason Job exclaimed, “I know my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth” (Job 29:25).This is a prophecy of Christ’s incarnation and propitiation.
Satan was ignorant of Christ’s propitiation. He never imagined God would find a way to by just, and yet the justifier of the person who has obedient faith in covenant with Christ. Christ covenant includes Job, but it excludes Satan. God not only found a way to satisfy justice, through the just offering of His Son, He found a way to silence Satan. Satan cannot squawk about Job’s sins, because they are paid for by the blood and perfection of The Lamb. Satan cannot squawk about Christ’s sins, because He has none.
So the question is no longer Job’s or any other person’s sin, it is the blood covenant and perfect life of Christ. That is the question. Either Satan can find fault with The Messiah, and by virtue of his continuous slander exist with God for eternity as an unholy prosecutor, or if he cannot find charges to indict the holy child of God, then he is dismissed. If he is dismissed, he is then cast out.
The Lord Jesus foresaw this triumph over Satan in Luke 10:18. After He sent the preachers out, and He realized full well that through the preaching enterprise Satan would be baffled and overthrown, He said- “I beheld Satan like lightening, fall from heaven.” (Luke 10:18). In connection with His blood covenant work He said, “Now is the judgment of this world. Now shall the prince of this world be cast out.” (John 12:31)
Through death, Jesus destroyed him who had the power of death (Heb. 2:14).
What the Word of God seems to say on this subject is that if the heavens were in need of purification it is because the presence of the prosecutor of our brethren was there. It seems that if there was any corruption, it would have been from his presence. .
Also, with the presence of the one champion of the whole human race, He who was tempted, yet knew no sin, we can sense the heavenly awareness of reconciliation of Heaven and earth. Christ’s intercessory presence on the right hand of God brings peace between God and covenant mankind. An entire contingency of disciples were given a revelation at Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem for the purpose of making an eternal covenant through His blood, and this is what they cried in unison-
“Blessed be the king that comes in the name of the Lord, peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.” (Luke 19:38).
Just as we compared the Revelation five scene with plain scripture, so we compare Revelation twelve in the same way.
The scene pictures a woman, having given birth to a man child (12:1-2). The prophetic woman by anachronism is the first woman, Eve, the woman, Israel, that God loved in the wilderness, the woman, Mary, who gave birth, and the church of God’s eternal council.
The man child has to be Jesus (12:5), and “He was caught up to the throne” being a reference to the ascension. Verse five is the Gospel in a nutshell.
The scene pictures the woman fleeing into the wilderness. Since the woman “church” is the last idea in the anachronistic spectrum, this would naturally refer to the persecution “wilderness” experience the church went through under both political Rome and Dark Age persecution under Papal Rome and later Protestants.
The scene pictures a heavenly war. Satan is the champion of the slanderers of God’s children and Michael “like God” is chosen by Christ. You may recall in Jude that Michael wanted to indict Satan in the Old Testament, but God forbid it (Jude 9). Why could he do it now? The reason is that it was after the man-child, Jesus ascended to the throne. Until the blood covenant was enacted, and until the perfect righteousness of Christ was accepted (that He could reign in righteousness (Heb. 1:8) ), Satan could accuse mankind forever. The only way God could have silenced and destroyed Satan would be through destroying all mankind, which He almost did in Genesis six. Satan would have gone down, but the whole world would have gone down with him. God would only have His Godhead, and the good angels left. No, God had a better plan. To His amazing, infinite credit, He found in His Son (God man) the answer.
Jesus did not have to cast Satan out. He had already destroyed Him by His perfect life. He had already released the captives from Satan’s power of death in the Hadean world. He had already conquered death Himself. The King would have his servants put the imposters and rebels to death.
“But those, mine enemies, that would not that I should reign over them, bring hither and slay them before me” (Luke 19:27). It was the custom of the oriental monarch to do this to make certain the rebels were killed. Otherwise, if they took them out of sight, he would have no certain record of their deaths.
Although Michael disposed of Satan from his infringement upon Heavens court of justice, we remember that Christ will dispose of him for good, at last (Rev. 20:10).
We see Revelation chapters’ nine, twelve and twenty as very clear portions of the seven parallel sections of this great apocalyptic book. The Devil is like a star falling from Heaven in Revelation nine. He is given delegated authority to operate out of that pit, or Hades. We see him being chained in the pit of Revelation, twenty. The angel there is probably Michael also.
The scene pictures Satan being cast by Michael down to the earth. There is great woe and wrath on earth (12:7-9)
The scene pictures the celebration of the coronation of Christ in heaven as they rejoice at the righteousness of The Lamb, and the overthrow of the accuser, along with the acceptance of the covenant people on earth (12:10-12).
The scene closes with the same thought we saw in Daniel’s apocalypse. That is the continued persecution of the covenant church of Christ (12:13-17). This is the one institution on earth the Devil does not have, and the gates of Hades cannot devour (Mt. 16:16-18).
A composite of these scriptures teaches us that Satan, while not always in heaven was permitted (like a political prisoner) to speak and act against God’s covenant people. God could not expel him without expelling and waiving any hope for those who love Him also. Upon the appearance of Christ, whose blameless, undefiled and absolutely holy life was accepted, the grounds of Satan’s accusations against the human race were swept from beneath his draconic feet.. He was cast to earth. This is the only sphere of his present activity. He was also cast into the pit, where he “Abaddon” is king of destruction. Out of this pit he operates to pollute the moral world and through demons “locusts” prevents people from hearing and coming to the terms of the Christian covenant. The only thing that destroys Satan is The Word of The Covenant, the testimony and blood of the covenant. Thus, by this, and in this sense, he is bound for a thousand apocalyptic years until the end.
Can you imagine what was going through Christ’s divine mind when Mary grabbed hold of His glorified body?