The Angelic Conflict
The angelic conflict is the result of heavenly creatures being in opposition to God. This originated with the pride and fall of Lucifer (Satan), and resulted in all angelic creatures having to make a decision for or against God. Angels are now grouped into two Groups, elect angels, and fallen angels (demons). Their sentence has been passed but not executed. God has seen fit to vindicate His perfect character through a new class of beings, mankind. This undertaking will provide ample evidence of God's gracious provision to those who will respond and comply to His Wisdom and Integrity. Man's participation thereby shadows the angelic involvement and is evidence in support of God's just prosecution of the fallen angels. The conflict will only end when the full spectrum of time has elapsed and final judgment is administered toward all creatures.
Honest examination of who and what you are, compels the soul to relate to the scripture.
(Psalms 8:4a) What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
When the perfect standard of God’s Word measures our human endeavors, we shrink into insignificance.
(Isaiah 64:6) But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Yet the same Word of God identifies mankind as a unique and integral part of God’s Plan, so much so that the Angelic creation focuses with intent anticipation on the display man portrays in his short life on earth.
(Job 1:8a) And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, . . . .
This life we live on earth is not for the entertainment of God nor is it an obstacle course by which mankind may achieve self improvement or refinement. There was already a heavenly conflict in progress when man was placed on the earth.
(Ephesians 6:12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
The Garden of Eden was the perfect commencement of man's encounter with freedom to choose or act in opposition to God’s stipulation. God was not astounded when man acted independent in regard to Divine provision, it was anticipated and necessary. Mankind would provide the final illustration of God’s perfect character and provision. God’s purpose in this earthly campaign is to bring an end to the rebellious disorder through righteous and just disposition of the dissidents that reject God’s perfect perspective.
(Daniel 9:24) . . . .to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, . . . .