Question: When were angels created? |

TBC Staff

Question: When were the angels created? Genesis:2:1 seems to indicate they were created during the week of creation. Some, however, think that they were already created. Does the Scripture have a more definite answer?

Response: It is true that the Lord created “all things.” Angels have not always been in existence. There is a definite point in time when they were created (Colossians:1:16). But we aren’t given the information concerning that time. Genesis:2:1 does say that “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them” and some interpret “host” to mean angels. Yet Deuteronomy:4:19 tells us, “...and lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars...shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the Lord thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.” In this case, the word “host” is referring to “the sun, and the moon, and the stars…” The Hebrew word means “a company of persons or things…” and can refer to “the starry host” (Deuteronomy:4:19), to the angelic host (1 Kings:22:19), to the host of Israel (Exodus:12:41), and to the ministering Levites (Numbers:4:23; Barnes Notes, Genesis:2:1).

Verses such as Job:38:4,7 tell us that angels were already in existence prior to the creation of earth and man. “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?...When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”

When we consider the function of angels, some have concluded that God created the angels some time prior to the creation of mankind because they are said to be “ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews:1:14). The reasoning is that they were created just prior to the creation of man. But there are other things to also consider. Scripture indicates that angels were in existence before the Garden of Eden. As further proof, Satan, formerly the angel Lucifer, appeared in the garden already in his fallen state. In addition, there is another point that some consider to be an indication of how long angels have been in existence. Scripture tells us that angels are to exalt God around His throne (Revelation:5:11-14). Consequently, they may have been in existence millions of years before God created the world—worshiping and serving Him. In short, without further scriptural proof, we are open to some speculation.