The Bible reveals that Jesus and wisdom were in the beginning. The Bible further reveals that angels were created after the beginning but before Adam.
The Bible further reveals that angels were created not only to serve God but to minister to man who would subsequently be created in God’s image. Angels would also execute judgment on the disobedient.
The greatest of the created angels was Lucifer, son of the morning.
“You were the anointed cherub…I established you…You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.”
The iniquity found in Lucifer was pride and subsequent rebellion against his Creator.
“For you have said in your heart… ‘I will exalt my throne above the stars of God…I will be like the most high.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.” Isaiah 14:13-15
The Bible describes the other angels that were created before man as ‘morning stars’ and ‘sons of God’.
Recall when God interrogated Job:
“Where were you…when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” Job 38:7
The Bible indicates that many other angels followed Lucifer in his rebellion. In fact the Bible states that when Lucifer lost his place of authority in heaven he drew a third of the angels with him.
“And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day.” Jude 6
The Apostle Peter recorded the same as he was describing future judgment.
“For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment…” 2 Peter 2:4
A sober truth is that fallen angels are condemned forever, i.e. there is no provision for redemption for them. The lake of fire was created specifically for fallen angels and their leader.
When Jesus returns to earth after the tribulation and judges the nations, the redeemed will “…inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…” but the condemned will join Satan and his followers.
“…Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” Matthew 25:41
While Satan lost his position in heaven he has been given the title and position of prince of this world. He still has access to the throne, however, to accuse redeemed man. But even that access will be lost during the tribulation period.
We recently spoke of the war in heaven where Michael and his angels fought with Satan and his angels. Satan lost that war and was expelled from any access to heaven.
“So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Revelation 12:9
The spirits of the angels who followed Satan are demons. Many demons are chained in the abyss while many others are allowed to roam on the earth serving their leader until their final judgment.
“Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates…and I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon…for they are spirits of demons…” Revelation 16:12-14
During the time prior to their judgment demons are subject not only to Christ, but to powerful good angels such as the sixth angel described in the above passage.
Therefore, the great but fallen angel Lucifer was created before God prepared the earth for Adam and his descendants. All other angels were also created before Genesis 1:2.
Angels were created to both minister to and chastise man who would later be created in the very image of God.
Angels are very powerful beings but are lower than redeemed man.
“Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? …Do you not know that we shall judge angels?” 1 Corinthians 6:2-3
It is very interesting to learn how much God did in preparation for man.