Bible Q & A
In one of your publications, I read that the earth was originally inhabited by angels. Please explain.
Consider John 1:1: “In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
That is the very earliest prehistoric record.
It could have been millions or thousands of
millions of years ago. The two eternally living
Spirit Personages, who together constituted the
ONE God, were ALONE in empty space. There was
no physical universe—YET!
But, even as man thinks, and designs and plans
before making—so did God conceive the plan and
design to create angels—immortal spirit beings,
composed wholly of spirit.
God created angels before creating the earth.
We know they had been created prior to the earth
because they sang together and shouted for joy
at earth’s creation (Job 38:4-7).
Angels were the first thinking, reasoning,
separate entities created by God. They were
created with minds—ability to know, reason, make
choices. But their creation could not be a
finished creation until CHARACTER—either good or
evil—was developed in them.
God initially INSTRUCTED them in HIS WAY—that of
righteous character. It was THE WAY of God’s
spiritual law—the basis of God’s GOVERNMENT.
Apparently God placed a third of the angels He
had created on earth. They were given
opportunity to share in God’s creating
activities by FINISHING the earth—working in and
with its many elements, improving, beautifying,
Instead of improving, beautifying and completing
the earth, however, the angels rebelled and
brought it to desolation and ruin (Gen. 1:2).