Angels

QUESTION: “Where did the angels come from? Are they eternal like God, or were they made some time during the creation week?”
ANSWER: The Bible has a great deal to say about angels. Please study the following passages:
1. Angels existed before the earth was formed. God asked Job, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?…When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy” (Job 38:4,7). Note that the sons of God shouted for joy WHEN God laid the foundations of the earth. Note also that Adam was not made until the sixth day of creation (cf. Genesis 1:26-31). Who, then were these sons of God? Without a doubt, they were angels./1
2. Angels did not exist from eternity; they were created by God. “You alone are the Lord; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all things on it…the host of heaven worships you” (Nehemiah 9:6). Angels have not always been in existence; God made them along with all the host of heaven. “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; praise Him, all His hosts!…Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created” (Psalm 148:1,2,5). Study also Colossians 1:16,17; John 1:1-3.
3. We don’t know exactly when the angels were created. “The answer to that is a deduction from studying scripture. Since angels were created, and since they were there to shout for joy when God laid the foundations of the earth, it seems a reasonable conclusion to say that angels were created sometime by God before He began the creation of the world. To go further than that is to speak where we have no authority to speak.”/2
1/Rex A. Turner, Sr., “Angelology,” Systematic Theology, p. 67.
2/Edward P. Myers, “The Origin and Form of Angels,” A Study of Angels, p. 11.

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