I suppose that, stepping right off into it, we should first address when the angels were created. It may surprise you to know that they are in fact created beings, just like us, that were made by God at some point for His purposes. After speaking with a number of people on this matter, I was astonished to find how many actually believed (perhaps having never really considered the matter much at all in the first place) that Angels, like God, were eternal and have always existed! While it is true that those angels which now exist will indeed exist forever, just as our own souls shall, the fact that they had an actual point of creation should not be overlooked.
When, according to the scriptures, did the angels get created? While an exact day is tough to pin down, there are a number of verses that give us some clues. Let’s look at a particularly insightful passage from the Book of Job:
“Where wast thou 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)
Who were the Sons of God? Well, this usage, indeed all of the Old Testament forms of it, seem specifically to indicate angels. What does this passage say about the angels? It says that they were witnesses to the foundation of the Earth. There is no question that this occurred very early in history (somewhere between the first and third day, depending on your interpretation for when the Earth was physically formed, Biblically-speaking), so we know for certain that they predate us, and apparently even the Earth itself, but so they actually predate the creation? Exodus 20:11 seems to indicate that they did not:
“For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
From this verse many scholars have concluded that prior to the advent of our reality, God existed alone in His Triune state in a plane of being distinct from all our conceptions, and it was only with the institution of our universe that He began to create things other than Himself. As such, the angels, typically serving roles out that not only glorify God but also convey messages and prophesies and even spiritual protection for mankind, there likely was no need for them until this universe had begun. However you cut it, the fact of the matter here is that from this verse there is an argument to be made that the angels, wise and powerful as they are, only predate us by a few days in the creation!
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