In the beginning” – TIME
“God created the heavens” – SPACE
“and the earth” – MATTER
Before the Creation, before time, space, and matter, God was, He is, and He always will be. He said to Moses in Exodus 3:14 (KJV) “. . . I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” God lives in eternity and has placed the concept of eternity into our hearts.
“For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”’ Isaiah 57:15 (NKJV)
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NKJV)
When Jesus came into the world, He also confirmed His eternal existence when He said to the Jews, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM” John 8:58 (NKJV).
God created angels for a specific purpose,
“Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” Hebrews 1:14.
Angels are not part of the material, physical “heaven and earth” of Genesis 1. We are not told when God created them but obviously, it was in eternity, before time. They were present at the creation of Genesis and were so delighted that they sang for joy, Job 38:4-7.
God then created Man as free moral agents, and for a purpose, “heirs of salvation,” Hebrews 1:14 above. First, God gave Adam and Eve dominion to rule over the earth, Genesis 1:28 [they failed]. Next, during the Millennium, the Son of Man [Jesus Christ] receives His Kingdom. He will have dominion over the earth, Psalm 2:8. Also, faithful Men, followers of Jesus Christ, adopted children of God, will be fellow heirs with Him, Romans 8:15, 16, 17. Finally, during the Kingdom age [Millennium] the children of God and heirs with Christ will be assigned governance responsibilities according to their abilities and faithfulness, Luke 15:15-19. Isaiah 43:7 tells us that God created us for His Glory, and Revelation 4:11 makes it clear that “all things,” including man, were created for His pleasure.
After the creation of the heavens, God moved His throne from its location in eternity to its place in the newly created heavens. From here God sits in dominion over all creation, “The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all” Psalm 103:19. Paul was caught up into, what he called, the “third heaven” or paradise, apparently the abode of God and of the holy angels:
“The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all. Bless the LORD, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word! Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You who serve Him, doing His will.” Psalm 103:19-21 (NASB)
Classes of Angels
- Cherubim guarded the entrance to Eden, attend to the throne of God and cover the Mercy Seat (Genesis 3:23; Exodus 25:20; Isaiah 37:16; Ezekiel 10:1-20). Lucifer is referred to in Ezekiel 38:14 as “the cherub that covereth.”
- Seraphim are above the throne. They attend God’s Throne and sing His praises, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD God Almighty.” (Isaiah 6:1-7). (See “An Amazing Image”)
- Living Creatures stand by the four corners of God’s throne. They lead the heavenly worship. They “rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” (Revelation 6:1-7).
- Typical Angels are ministering angels. Hebrews 13:2 says to be kind to strangers for we may be entertaining angels. They show up all through Scripture, ministering, guarding, assisting, releasing from prison, etc.
- Thrones, Dominions, Principalities, Powers, (Colossians 1:16).
- Fallen Angels include demonic princes of nations as in Daniel 10:20, the princes of Persia and Greece. Paul warns of something all Christians should always keep in mind, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” Ephesians 6:12 (KJV).
- Archangels – the word means Chief. It is commonly accepted that there were three archangels, Michael, Gabriel, and Lucifer. However, the title only appears twice in Scripture and only in the singular. In Jude 9 it is assigned to Michael. The other occurrence is 1Thessalonians 4:16, at the “Harpazo” of the Church, the Rapture, “. . . the voice of the archangel.”
- Michel is the Chief of all the angels. Barn’s Notes on Daniel 10:13 explains: But, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes – Margin, “the first.” That is, the first in rank of the “princes,” of the angels. In other words, Michael, [is] the archangel.” The proper meaning of this name (מיכאל myka’el ) is, “Who as God,” and is a name given, undoubtedly, from some resemblance to God. The exact reason why it is given is not anywhere stated; but may it not be this – that one looking on the majesty and glory of the chief of the angels would instinctively ask, “Who, after all, is like God? Even this lofty angel, with all his glory, cannot be compared to the high and lofty One.” Whatever may have been the reason for the appellation, however, the name in the Scriptures has a definite application and is given to the chief one of the angels.
- Gabriel stands in the presence of God, Luke 1:19. He is employed as a messenger from God’s Throne delivering comfort and prophecy…to Daniel in Daniel 8:16; 9:21…to Zacharias in Luke 1:19…to Mary in Luke 1:26-38.
- Lucifer the notorious member of the trio. Chief of the fallen angels. Called a cherub in verse 14 below. Created perfect in all respects.
“13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee” Ezekiel 28:13-15 (KJV).
He is the prideful one who utters the five “I’s,”
“12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, whicdidst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart,
And then he blasphemously speaks the five “I Will’s.”
I will ascend into heaven
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God
I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds
I will be like the most High” Isaiah 14:12-14 (KJV).
Angelic Conflict – Satan’s Fall – Continued in Part – 2
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