When were the Angels Created?
Angels are creatures of mystery. The Bible, God’s true and perfect Word does not say much on the subject. Only three angels were mentioned by name in the Bible: Michael, Gabriel, and Lucifer. Even smaller amounts of information had been said about the origin of angels; however, this does not stop people from creating theories of their own on the origin of angels. When did God create the angels? Let’s take a look at the Bible and try to find the answer.
By reading the first chapter of Genesis, we can read that God did make the angels somewhere in the creation week; although it is not certain where. We can reach this conclusion by overviewing a few verses in Genesis 1. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” The very first verse of Genesis makes it clear that God did not create angels before the Creation Week because the angels needed a place to be created at. Angels also needed a ‘time” to be created also. It is illogical to assume that there was time before God created time in Genesis 1. This eliminates any theories that state angels were created before the Creation Week.
Since angels were not created before the creation week, many Bible scholars have tried to fit the creation of angels in the creation week. They are not wrong in doing so (since angels needed to be created also), but many of the scholars have forfeited the Biblical truth of a six- thousand-year Earth to confiscate when the angels were created. This confiscation results in the creation of many different gap theories.
The most prominent gap theory, ruin-reconstruction theory, states that there was an innumerable amount of millions of years between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. Many people conclude that since the earth was without “Form and void”, that the people and animals existing before Genesis 1:2. Also, they conclude that he creation of angels, Lucifer, and the Fall of Satan all happened between the two verses. By reading the Bible plainly, one can see that earth’s seemingless form and void was due to the fact that God did not create any life or water on earth yet. Also, the ruin-reconstruction theory undermines God by stating that the Fall of Satan and the rise of evil was “very good” (Genesis 1:31). This would make no sense if God was a holy and just God.
By studying God’s Word, we can see that all the gap theories have gaps in themselves and cannot be trusted. Man’s ideas cannot overrule God’s Word. What does His Word say about the creation of angels? In Job 38:4-7, we read “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou has understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning star sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” In this text, God is asking Job if Job was there when God laid the foundations of the earth. Obviously, Job was not; but God told Job that the sons of God were there to sing and shout for joy (the most accepted interpretation for the sons of God are angels). If the angels were there to see the creation of the earth, they were obviously created before the Earth was. In Geneiss 1:1, we read “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Obviously, angels were created not before Genesis 1:1, but during the verse. How would we conclude to this fact? Genesis 1:1 gives reference to the creation of the heaven and the earth, but only the earth in Genesis 1:2 was said to be without form and void. We can almost certainly conclude that the heaven was not created without form and void but was created with the multitude of angels inside.