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When were the angels created?

The word “angel” (Hebrew: malak) means “messenger.” Angels are God’s heavenly messengers or servants or sons of God which were created for His pleasure, and the worship and service of God before the universe began.

The Book of Job gives us a glimpse of the angels (i.e. morning stars and sons of God) singing praises and shouting for joy as they watched while God created the earth:

“Where were you [Job] when I laid the foundations of the earth?…When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” – Job 38:4-7

Bible scholars have little doubt that angelic beings are referred to here. The term “morning stars” are angels of higher rank in heaven, and “sons of God” are angels of lower rank. They apparently united in a chorus of praise as they beheld God’s beautiful creation work in progress.*

Although all angels were originally created good and holy, including Lucifer the archangel (who is now called Satan), the Bible tells us that a rebellion took place in heaven in the distant past.  As a result of their wickedness and insurrection, one-third of the angels were cast out by God (Ezekiel 28:12-19; Revelation 12:7-9).

”Then shall He say unto them on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” – Matthew 25:41

Jesus declared that when God’s final Day of Judgment takes place in the future, these fallen angels, along with Satan their leader, will be cast into the lake of fire forever.

– Pastor Luis Yosefus


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*”When the morning-stars” – The expression “the morning-stars” is used on account of the beauty of the principal star which, at certain seasons of the year, leads on the morning. It is applied naturally to those angelic beings that are of distinguished glory and rank in heaven. That it refers to the angels, seems to be evident from the connection; and this interpretation is demanded in order to correspond with the phrase “sons of God” in the other member of the verse. “And all the sons of God” – Angels – called the sons of God from their resemblance to him, or their being created by him. “Shouted for joy”- That is, they joined in praise for so glorious a work as the creation of a new world. They saw that it was an event which was fitted to honor God. It was a new manifestation of his goodness and power; it was an enlargement of his empire; it was an exhibition of benevolence that claimed their gratitude. The expression in this verse is one of uncommon, perhaps of unequalled beauty. The time referred to is at the close of the creation of the earth, for the whole account relates to the formation of this world, and not of the stars. At that period, it is clear that other worlds had been made, and that there were holy beings then in existence who were of such a rank as appropriately to be called “morning-stars” and “sons of God.”
–         Barnes’ Notes on the Bible.