In Chapter 13 (titled “Where is Human Soul From?”) of his book “Visitors From The Angelic World” (p. 39), Ahnsahnghong argues that the human soul once existed as an angel in heaven. Ahnsahnghong claims that “the Apostle Paul wrote that all the forefathers of faith thought of the previous world they had left” and cites Hebrews 11:13-16 in order to substantiate his argument as follows:
“Hebrews 11:13-16 And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.”
The first thing to notice is that Ahnsahnghong omitted quite a bit of information included in these verses. Here are the verses in their entirety.
Hebrews 11:13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
Ahnsahnghong claims that the forefathers thought of the previous world they left. But Paul writes, “If they had been thinking of the country they had left…”. Just a slight twist of words that distorts the meaning of the verses. Ahnsahnghong fails to mention that Abraham had in fact left a country. The Bible tells us that Abraham and Sarah left the country of Ur of the Chaldeans and set off for the land of Canaan (Genesis 11:31).
See also Genesis 15:7 and Nehemiah 9:7.
Click here for a map of Abraham’s Journey from Ur of the Chaldeans to Canaan. Chaldea and Babylon were synonymous in the Bible (see the footnotes for Ezekiel 23:14-15) and therefore both were countries that were known for idol worship and prostitution. Abraham left the country of Chaldea to flee to the land of Canaan, the land promised to him by the Lord (Genesis 15:7).
If you consider the Biblical history behind the statements that Paul makes in Hebrews 11:13-16, it is clear that Paul refers to Abraham having the opportunity to return to Chaldea if he would have wanted to, but instead Abraham chose to continue to the land of Canaan as the Lord commanded him (see also Acts 7:3-5).
On p. 39 Ahnsahnghong also writes, “all men in this earth are aliens and strangers from the previous world”. Do the above referenced verses in Hebrews support Ahnsahnghong’s theory?
Abraham viewed himself as a temporary resident on earth and chose to focus on his final destination, the heavenly city that God had prepared for him and his descendents. Abraham says that he is a foreigner and a stranger on the ground where he wished to purchase a burial place for the sons of Heth in Genesis 23:4. The Lord tells Abraham that he “now resides as a foreigner” in the land of Canaan in Genesis 17:8. Ahnsahnghong’s theory that Abraham was a stranger on earth because his country of origin was heaven, is not supported by the Bible.
The Scriptures that Ahnsahnghong uses in an attempt to prove his claim that we were angels in heaven before living here on earth are clearly misinterpreted and taken out of context.
1. Abraham had in fact left the actual country of Chaldea. Abraham could have returned if he had chosen to.
2. “Instead” (see above v.16), Abraham had faith in the promise of a better and heavenly land, the land of Canaan that the Lord promised him, and therefore considered himself a temporary resident here on earth.
3. While it is clear that Abraham viewed himself as a temporary resident on earth, this does not support Ahnsahnghong’s claim that we existed as angels in heaven prior to existing on earth.
Hebrews 11:13-16 is more likely to be an analogy to what takes place when a person chooses to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. When one becomes a Christian, he or she while having the opportunity to return to their pre-Christian way of living and to the temporary things of this world, instead chooses to live by faith in the promise of salvation that Jesus made to us.
Any World Mission Society Church Of God member that would like to present Biblical support for Ahnsahnghong’s theory that humans existed in heaven as angels prior to being sent to earth, is invited to do so below or start a thread in the new forum.