Question: Were angels created on the first day when God made the heavens and earth? Or do we know when they were created?
Also, if Lucifer could be kicked out of heaven, is the reason we can’t be kicked out of Heaven because we are sealed with the Holy Spirit? Or when God makes a “new heaven and a new earth” will it be different than the old heaven and no one will be able to be kicked out because there won’t be sin? Or can we be kicked out just like Lucifer was?
Answer: We might infer from Genesis 3 that angels were created before humans since we see the devil already fallen and speaking through the serpent in the garden to tempt Adam and Eve to disobedience. Of course, this gets us into questions about whether Genesis 1 depicts 24 hour days or day-ages, etc. If you subscribe to the Day-Age theory of creation I suppose you could have Satan and the other angels created on the first day of earth creation or before and that would be way earlier than humans.
Job 38:7 makes it sound like the angels were already in existence and rejoicing over God’s creative work on earth, so my thinking is that they predated the creation of earth.
Apparently angels (who it seems are created in God’s image and are each individual creations of God [see below]) included those who were chosen for salvation and those who were not (1 Timothy 5:21). Satan was not, and he chose to rebel against God (though Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 are said by some to refer to Satan’s fall, I think there is good reason not to see it as a direct reference to him). The elect angels could not rebel, and we, as you noted, being sealed with the Spirit, cannot turn away from God either. Heaven will only consist of those whose “spirits” have been “made perfect” (Hebrews 12:23). Many other Scriptures make it clear that we cannot lose our salvation.
The new heaven and earth is the place where heaven ultimately will reside. Revelation 21,22 describe the heavenly Jerusalem coming to earth as its resting place, and God dwelling in its midst. So we’re safe in either place.
BIBLICAL DATA ON ANGELS
Ps. 148:2,5; Col. 1:16; Job 38:7; Heb. 1:14; (Lk. 24:39; 8:30)
A. Angels are created
B. Angels were created before man, perhaps before earth
C. Angels are spirits and do not have bodies of any kind
- spirits do not have flesh and bones
- spirits do not take up space
- spirits can not be in more that one place at a time
2 Sam. 14:20; Mt. 24:36; Eph. 3:10; 1 Pet. 1:12; 2 Pet. 2:11
D. Angels are intelligent but not all knowing
Mt. 25:31; Mk. 8:38; Lk. 9:26; Ac. 10:22; Rev. 14:10
E. Angels are holy
F. Angels are immortal and non-reproductive (each is an individual creation of God)
Ps. 103:20; Dan. 10; Col. 1:16; Eph. 1:21; 3:10; Heb. 1:14
G. Angels are God’s servants and stand in various ranks before God
Dt. 33:2; Ps. 68:17; Mk. 5:9,15; Mt. 26:53; Rev. 5:11
H. Angels are multitudinous