7761 - He Created Angels

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Our Bible studies are now focused upon the book of Hebrews. The early verses in this book have many references to angels, but there is not much explanation of these heavenly beings; so we want to pause and catch a glimpse into these figures called angels.

Where did angels come from? How many are there? These are things we would like to know as we talk about angels.

Did they exist before the Biblical record began?

Let’s examine the Scripture and get some answers to our questions.

Colossians 1:16, speaking about Jesus Christ, clearly declares: “By him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.”

The Gospel of John (1:3) says: “Through Him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”

Revelation (4:11) adds: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.

These verses clearly teach us that everything which exists in the heavenly realms or the realm of earth had its beginning under the creative power and understanding of the Son, Jesus Christ. So, angels were created by the Son. There is nothing in existence, other than the Father & the Son, which can claim a beginning outside the creation of the Son.

The doctrine of angels has become more clearly detailed as the Bible was passed to us through the unfolding years of time. We find a much greater record of angelic activity after the Jewish nation is founded; but more is made known to us after Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Man, indwelt human flesh on earth for some thirty-plus years. Angels were greatly involved in the life & work of Jesus.

Jesus taught that angels were personal, immortal beings, existing in great numbers, and in close relationship with people as sent or assigned by the authority of God’s kingdom.

Of course, there are many questions asked which will only be answered in the eternal kingdom.

Scripture indicates that there is some kind of hierarchy among the angels.

Created as sinless creatures, God’s eternal kingdom was altered by one of the high angels, Satan, who in pride became the source of sin and fell under divine scorn; and is reserved for judgment on the great day. He is the leader of sinful, rebellious angels who are now called demons. Satan has been sinning since the beginning, but he is a defeated enemy.

The reason the Son of God appeared on earth in the flesh was to destroy the devil’s work (1 Jn. 3:8). When Jesus was on the cross, after paying the penalty for sin, He cried: “It is finished (Jn. 19:30)”; thus, indicating that the battle was won, sin was atoned for; and people could once again receive Trinity God as resident Lord within their human spirits. Holy God could fellowship with people who had been forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Jesus, as they placed their faith in the work & person of the Son, Jesus Christ.

Let’s touch upon one more question, which intrigues many people: “How many angels exist?”

The answer to this question usually comes in indefinite terms such as in Hebrews 12 (22) where we are told that thousands upon thousands of angels are in joyful assembly in heaven. These nebulous terms may be used because it’s impossible to count all the angels.

The most precise number is found in Revelation 5 (11) where we are told the voice of many angels, numbering ten thousand times ten thousand were heard by John. When we multiply those numbers together we get one hundred million as the product. That is a huge number, and even that may be a rounded off expression.

The impossibility of knowing for sure just what this product conveys leads most people to say, “Only God knows how many angels there are. But we can be sure they all answer to God.”