Were Angels created when God created the heavens, or have they been with God all of eternity? – S.W., USA

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Were Angels created when God created the heavens,

or have they been with God all of eternity?

– S.W., USA

The Bible does not specifically state when the angels were created, but we can look at some verses that give us clues as to a possible time frame.

First of all, let’s look at some background information. We know that God created all things, including the angels. In COLOSSIANS 1:16, Paul writes the following:

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him” (COLOSSIANS 1:16).

In this verse, the words “principalities or powers” refer to angelic beings. We also know by reading GENESIS 1:1–5 that God created the heavens and the earth on the first day of the creation week.

Now let’s build on this background information by looking at some additional verses. We can learn from reading JOB 38:4–7 that the angels, called “sons of God” and possibly “morning stars” in verse 7, witnessed some of God’s work during the Creation Week. In these verses, God is speaking to Job. God says the following:

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (JOB 38:4–7).

The angels “shouted for joy” in response to God’s wonderful creative work! These verses tell us that the angels rejoiced when God laid the foundations of the earth. This could be a reference to day 1, when God made the earth; or it could be a reference to day 3, when God made the dry land. Either way, the angels were in existence before day 4 of the Creation Week.

We can find more information about the creation of angels by reading verses about the creation of Satan. Keep in mind that when angels were created, Satan and the fallen angels had not yet sinned. We know this because God declares His creation to be “very good” in GENESIS 1:31. This next set of verses is long. See if you can find the hint about when Satan was created. EZEKIEL 28:13–15 states the following:

“You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you” (EZEKIEL 28:13–15).

Did you notice? Verse 15 mentions that Satan was created on a specific “day.” Since time did not exist before day 1, this means that Satan was created during the Creation Week.

After doing a little research, I think we can conclude that the angels were created at some point during the Creation Week, no later than day 3.

Source:

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ANSWERS TO GENESIS

Το παλάτι του Χριστού, που είναι η καρδιά – Άγιος Μακάριος ο Αιγύπτιος (+391)

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HEAVEN ON EARTH – ORTHODOXY

Το παλάτι του Χριστού, που είναι η καρδιά

Ἅγιος Μακάριος ὁ Αἰγύπτιος (+391):

“Ἐπειδή ἡ καρδιά ἔχει ἀπέραντο βάθος, ἐκεῖ ὑπάρχουν τραπεζαρίες καί κοιτῶνες, πόρτες καί διάδρομοι καί πολλές ὑπηρεσίες καί διέξοδοι· ἐκεῖ βρίσκεται τό ἐργαστήριο τῆς δικαιοσύνης καί τῆς ἀδικίας, ἐκεῖ ὑπάρχει ἡ καλή ἐμπορία ἐκεῖ καί ἡ κακή.

Ὅπως, ἄν ὑπάρχη ἕνα μεγάλο παλάτι καί ἐρημωθῆ καί γεμίση ἀπό κάθε δυσοσμία καί πολλούς νεκρούς, ἔτσι καί τό παλάτι τοῦ Χριστοῦ, πού εἶναι ἡ καρδιά, γεμίζει ἀπό κάθε ἀκαθαρσία καί πολλές ἐνοχλήσεις πονηρῶν πνευμάτων. Πρέπει, λοιπόν, αὐτή νά ξανακτισθῆ καί νά ἀνοικοδομηθῆ καί νά στολισθοῦν τά θησαυροφυλάκια καί κουβούκλια· διότι ἐκεῖ ὁ βασιλεύς Χριστός μαζί μέ τούς Ἀγγέλους καί τά πνεύματα τῶν Ἁγίων ἔρχεται νά ἀναπαυθῆ καί νά κατοικήση καί νά περπατήση καί ἐγκαταστήση τή Βασιλεία Του”.

Μακάριος ὁ Αἰγύπτιος,

Φιλοκαλία τῶν Νηπτικῶν καί Ἀσκητικῶν,

Ὁμιλία ΙΕ´

Christ has made my soul beautiful with the jewels of grace and virtue – Saint Agnes the Virgin-Martyr of Rome (+304)

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Saint Agnes the Virgin-Martyr of Rome (+304):

“Christ has made my soul beautiful with the jewels of grace and virtue. I belong to Him Whom the Angels serve”.

Wat zijn Serafim? Zijn Serafs Engelen? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Dutch

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Wat zijn serafim? Zijn serafs engelen?

De serafim (vurigen, brandenden) zijn engelen die geassociëerd worden met het visioen van God dat de profeet Jesaja in de Tempel had, toen God hem riep om zijn profetische bediening te beginnen (Jesaja 6:1-7). Jesaja 6:2-4 verhaalt: “Boven hem stonden serafs. Elk van hen had zes vleugels, twee om het gezicht en twee om het onderlichaam te bedekken, en twee om mee te vliegen. Zij riepen elkaar toe: ‘Heilig, heilig, heilig is de HEER van de hemelse machten. Heel de aarde is vervuld van zijn majesteit.’ Door het luide roepen schudden de deurpinnen in de dorpels, en de tempel vulde zich met rook”. Serafs zijn engelen die God onophoudelijk aanbidden.

Jesaja hoofdstuk 6 is de enige plaats in de Bijbel waar de serafim specifiek genoemd worden. Elke seraf had zes vleugels. Ze gebruikten er twee om te vliegen, twee om hun voeten te bedekken, en twee om hun gezichten mee te bedekken (Jesaja 6:2). De serafim vlogen rond de troon waar God op zat, terwijl ze lofliederen aan hem zongen waarmee ze de aandacht richtten op Gods glorie en majesteit. misschien beter: Deze wezens waren blijkbaar ook degenen die Jesaja reinigden toen hij zijn profetische bediening begon. Één van hen plaatste een gloeiende kool tegen Jesaja’s mond met de woorden: “Nu zijn je lippen gereinigd. Je schuld is geweken, je zonden zijn tenietgedaan” (Jesaja 6:7). Serafim, net als de andere soorten engelen, zijn volledig gehoorzaam aan God. Net als de cherubim, zijn de serafim er voornamelijk op gericht God te aanbidden.

Bron:

C. Fred Dickason, Angels: Elect & Evil, Revised, MOODY PUBLISHERS / 1995 / PAPERBACK

About our Guardian Angel – Fr. John Krestiankin (+2006) & Nicholai Sergeyevitch Leonov, Professor of History, Russia

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About our Guardian Angel

Fr. John Krestiankin (+2006) & Nicholai Sergeyevitch Leonov,

Professor of History, Russia

Source:

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Guardian Angels not only suggest to us good thoughts for eternal salvation—they truly guard us in our life’s situations. The word, “guardian” is not at all an allegory, but the living and precious experience of many generations of Christians. There is a good reason why, for example, in the prayers for travelers we ask the Lord for the special protection of our guardian angel. It’s true—when else but while traveling do we especially need God’s protection?

About thirteen years ago, I was in the Pskov Caves Monastery with one of our parishioners, Nicholai Sergeyevich Leonov, a professor of history and lieutenant general in military intelligence, with whom we had been working for many years on the television program, “Russky Dom” (Russian House). There in the Pskov Caves Monastery, Nicholai Sergeyevich had met Fr. John (Krestiankin) for the first time. As Nicholai Sergeyevich later related, the elder had not only made a very deep impression on him, but had greatly helped him by his prayers.

During those years, Nicholai Sergeyevich was just beginning to enter into the life of the Church, and he still had many questions. One of those questions he asked me was regarding the Orthodox teaching on the angelic world; about guardian angels. I tried very hard, but to my dismay, I still felt that he was disappointed by my artless explanations.

That early summer morning, Fr. John saw us off as we left the monastery for Moscow. The road ahead of us was a long one, and so I asked the mechanics in Continue reading “About our Guardian Angel – Fr. John Krestiankin (+2006) & Nicholai Sergeyevitch Leonov, Professor of History, Russia”