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From: Forthright Magazine <ba@...>
Date: Thu, 07 Oct 2004 12:26:48 -0500
Forthright Magazine
Straight to the Cross

COLUMN: Fidelity

by Mike Benson

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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