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Does Genesis 2:1 Refer To The Creation Of The Angels?

Posted by Job on September 29, 2010

That was my question to the most excellent Got Questions apologetics ministry. Their answer:

Trying to determine when God created the angels is somewhat tricky because anything God did “before the foundation of the world” puts the event outside of time itself. Time and space are characteristics of our world, not God’s. He is not limited by hours, days and years as we are. In fact, the Bible tells us that “with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day” (2 Peter 3:8).
We do know that God created the angels before he created the physical universe. The book of Job describes the angels worshipping God as He was creating the world: “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone – while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?” (Job 38:4-7).

If we consider the function of angels, we might conclude that God created the angels just prior to the creation of mankind because one of their duties is to be “ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14). We also know they existed prior to the Garden of Eden, because Satan, who was formerly the angel Lucifer, was already present in the Garden in his fallen state. However, because another function of angels is to worship God around His throne (Revelation 5:11-14), they may have been in existence millions of years—as we reckon time—befo re God created the world, worshipping Him and serving Him.

So, although the Bible does not specifically say when God created the angels, it was sometime before the world was created. Whether this was a day before, or billions of years before—again, as we reckon time—we cannot be sure.

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One Response to “Does Genesis 2:1 Refer To The Creation Of The Angels?”

  1. lost said

    so I could not find where to post because this website is not organized well but just wanted to say I was trying to find some information about Christianity view point on marijuana use from BILL KELLER to know if I have to give it up to become a christian and I was replied to with “because its illegal” and that “its a gateway drug” and then was told I would be prayed for… and just wanted to say this kind of attitude is what turns so many younger people away from religion and the want to know god. If becoming a christian is going to make me like that I think my current life style is a lot more peaceful. This was wrote to open your eyes but I don’t think its going to work.

    “There would be less hypocrisy among Christians if more Christians would get saved.”

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