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MYSTERY OF THE AGES
creation of the earth-and
probably before the
material
universe. The suns, planets and astral bodies are
material substance. Angels are individually created
spirit beings, composed solely of spirit.
It will come as a surprise to many to learn that
angels inhabited 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 II Peter 2:4-6. First in time order "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? Angels were created with
power of thought, of decision and of choice, else they
have no individuality of character. Since
sin
is the
transgression of God's law, these angels rebelled against
God's law, the basis of God's government.
But how and when did the angels sin?
Notice carefully what is revealed in II 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 of the
ungodly." The words "cast ... down to hell" in the above
verse is an English expression translated from the Greek
tartaroo,
from
tartaros,
found in no other Bible passage.
Tartaros
means a place or condition of restraint.
These verses show that universal sin brings universal
destruction to the physical earth. The antediluvian sin,
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