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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
In Job 38:4, 7, God is speaking specifically of the creation of
this earth. He said all the angels (created "sons of God") shouted
for joy at the creation of the earth. This reveals that angels were
created
before the creation of the earth
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and probably before the
material
universe. The suns, planets, and astral bodies are mate–
rial substance. Angels are individually created Spirit beings, com–
posed solely of Spirit.
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will come as a surprise lo many lo leam that angels in–
habited this earth
BEFORE
the creation of man. This passage from
Job implies it.
Angels on Earth Sinned
Other passages place angels on earth prior to man.
Notice 11 Peter 2:4-6. First in time order were "angels that
sinned." Next in time sequence, the antediluvian world beginning
with Adam, carrying through to the Flood. After that. Sodom and
Gomorrah.
This Book of books, containing the revealed knowledge of
the Creator God, tells us that God created angels as composed of
Spirit. But can you imagine angels becoming
sinning
angels? An–
gels were created with power of thought, of decision and of choice,
else they have no individuality or character. Since
sin
is the trans–
gression ofGod's law, these angels rebelled against God's law, the
basis of God's government.
Notice carefully what is revealed in
11
Peter 2:4-5: "For if
God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell,
and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto
judgment; and spared not the old world, but saved Noah the
eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood
upon the world ofthe ungodly."
These verses show that universal sin brings universal destruc–
tion to the physical earth. The antediluvian sin, culminating with
the flood, was worldwide, universal sin. Notice: " ... the earth
was
jilled
with violence....for
al/ jlesh
had corrupted his way upon
the earth.... for the
earth is filled
with violence ..." (Gen. 6:11-
13). "But Noah found grace in the eyes of the [Etemal].... Noah was
a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with
God" (verses 8-9). All flesh had sinned - over the whole earth.