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Bible Q & A

Q. In one of your publications, I read that the earth was originally inhabited by angels. Please explain.
A. 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, completing it.

Instead of improving, beautifying and completing the earth, however, the angels rebelled and brought it to desolation and ruin (Gen. 1:2).
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