An excerpt from the iTi Level One, Session One course "Angelology." All Scriptures are taken from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. All other material is ©Copyright 1994, Dove Ministries International.
Angels, both good and bad, are created beings. Since God created them, they have not existed from all eternity and cannot be called eternal. They are not infinite like God is infinite. They are finite, just as Man is finite, and they were designed to worship God, just as Man was designed to worship God.
Nehemiah 9:6 (KJV) Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.
Psalms 148:2 (KJV) Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.
Psalms 148:5 (KJV) Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.
Colossians 1:16 (KJV) For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.
Angels are among the "invisible" things which God has created. As to when they were created the Scripture is not explicit. It is often believed that it is most probable that they were created on the first day of Creation immediately after the creation of heaven, since heaven was originally intended to be their habitation.
Genesis 1:1 (KJV) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Job 38:4-7 says that "the sons of God shouted for joy" when God laid the foundation of the earth. The phrase "sons of God" is often used in the Old Testament to refer to the angels. Thus the assumption is that the angels were created after the heavens and before the earth.
An innumerable amount of angels were created by God. The Scriptures do not tell us exactly how many but it is implied that there is a vast number of them.
Hebrews 12:22 (KJV) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
Daniel 7:10 (KJV) A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
Matthew 26:53 (KJV) Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
Revelation 5:11 (KJV) And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,
Angels must never be worshipped. Only on very special occasions, when God chooses to allow men to see angels, are they visible to the human eye. Men are usually unconscious of their very presence by God's design. No doubt the reason they are most often not seen by men is that men would have the tendency to worship them. the judgment of Babylon in Revelation 18-19 contains one encounter between John and an angel that substantiates this. In Revelation 18:1 we read "And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory." The account continues through Revelation 19, and we read in Revelation 19:10 "And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God."
The Scripture plainly warns against such a practice. We must not worship the creature rather than the Creator.
Romans 1:25 (KJV) Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Colossians 2:18 (KJV) Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshy mind,
Here is another example of mistaken worship and the correction that resulted.
Revelation 22:8-9 (KJV) And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed me these things. 9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of the brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.