Angels

Q. God created angels first before humans (we know because Satan was already fallen as the serpent). But do we know why He created them? And when?

A. The word “angel” translates the Hebrew word “mal’ak” and the Greek word “aggelos“. The former means “messenger, representative, or ambassador”; the latter also means “messenger, envoy, one who is sent”. As such, we know one primary purpose God created them was to be His messenger, to communicate His will e.g.
Dan 8:16 And I heard the voice of a man between the banks of Ulai, and He called out and said, “Gabriel, give this man an understanding of the vision.”
• Mt 2:13 Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.”
• Lk 1:28 And coming in, he (an angel) said to her (Mary), “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
• Acts 5:20 “Go, stand and speak to the people in the temple the whole message of this Life.”
An angel spoke to Peter and the apostles.

Another reason God created angels was to execute His purposes, including His judgments e.g.
Ps 103:21 Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, you who serve Him, doing His will.
• 2 Sam 24:16 When the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD relented from the calamity and said to the angel who destroyed the people, “It is enough! Now relax your hand!” And the angel of the LORD was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
• Mt 13:41 The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness,
• Jn 5:4 for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.
• Acts 12:23 And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died.

What’s more, they were charged to watch over and serve God’s children e.g.
Ps 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.
• Ps 91:11 For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.
• Mt 18:10 See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.
• Heb 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?

As to when, the Bible did not state explicitly, but there are hints:
Gen 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. The hosts refer to heavenly hosts, or angels.
• Ex 20:11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. “All that is in them” would include angels.
• Job 38:6-7 On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
When God laid the cornerstone of the earth, the morning stars and the sons of God, both referring to angels, were there already to sing and praise.
So the clues point to early in the creation week, but we just can’t be sure.

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What does the Bible say about Aliens?

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Q. What does the Bible say about aliens?

A. The Bible says a lot about aliens, but not the extraterrestrials most people are referring to when they talk about aliens. In my NASB, the word “alien” occurs 48 times and “aliens” another 23 times, but all referring to “stranger, sojourner, or foreigner”.

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The Bible said when God created the heavens and the earth i.e. the universe (Gen 1:1), He created:
• vegetation on Day 3 (Gen 1:11-13),
• water creatures (fish and other) and birds on Day 5 (Gen 1:20-23),
• earth creatures (animals, insects) and man on Day 6 (Gen 1:24-31).

God also created angels, presumably before the earth:
Job 38:4, 7 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding, … When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Both morning stars and sons of God refer poetically to angels. They were watching as God laid the earth’s foundation.

Besides these life forms, the Bible is silent when it comes to extraterrestrials. While there are many theories based on UFO sightings, alien abductions etc., the Bible simply does not mention whether God created other beings to populate other planets or galaxies.

Some object that the Bible is an ancient book which did not know better, and that we should trust science which gave us numerous video recordings as evidence. It is true that the Bible is an old book, but it is the word of God and proven trustworthy over the last two thousand years. Furthermore, there are alternative explanations to the available data, including false flag operations designed to deceive the public, conspiracies fabricating evidence to get government funding, or demonic deception.

For example, some UFO footage show impossible maneuvers such as turning 90 degree angles at high speed or even reversing direction instantaneously, as if there is no inertia, or disappearing suddenly into thin air, like jumping into hyper-space in sci-fi movies. Some believe alien technology to be light-years ahead of earth, but before you make too many assumptions, a simpler explanation is demonic impersonation, and Occam’s razor is still the best policy.

So there is no direct scriptural evidence supporting the existence of extraterrestrials. What about indirect? They are not supportive either:

Rom 8:19-22 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
• 2 Pet 3:10, 12-13 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. … looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

Now, if God had created highly intelligent aliens in other parts of the universe, far more advanced than humans in orders of magnitude, who had not sinned according to any biblical record, and therefore do not need redemption similar to human beings, why would God, who is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness and truth (Ex 34:6), subject them to futility? Why would He destroy their abode (the heavens) by burning? This is totally out of character with the God of the Bible, unless He hadn’t created any at all.

So, for the lack of explicit biblical evidence, and implicit theological considerations, I prefer the demonic deception explanation more.

God Unjust?

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Q. Isn’t God unjust to send the non-elect, those who never heard the gospel, to hell? They did not have a chance to believe, so it’s not fair to punish them for all eternity.

A. No, God is not unjust:

Rom 1:18-20 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

The non-elect are sent to eternal punishment NOT because God is not fair and never gave them a chance to hear the gospel. They are sent to hell because of their sin – ungodliness and unrighteousness. God gave ALL men, including the non-elect, general revelation to know Him through nature, His creation. The elect, those predestined to adoption as sons, received the general revelation and responded to God’s calling. The non-elect received the same revelation but suppressed the truth.

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Let me use an example to illustrate. A group of people have swallowed poison (sin) and are dying. A doctor has the antidote and tries to reach everyone to save them. He reached some who took the antidote and were saved (the elect). However, some never heard of him and perished (the non-elect). Now, what is the cause of the non-elect’s death? Is it because they never heard of the good doctor? No, it is the poison that killed them. Was the doctor unjust in saving some but not others? No, all who had swallowed poison would have died. He was gracious in saving as many as he could. That’s a crude analogy but we need to see clearly what’s the cause (sin) and what’s the effect (eternal punishment). God gave grace to the elect, but the non-elect died from their own sin.