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Don Stewart :: Who Are the Evil Angels?

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The beings whom we now call "evil angels" were part of God's original creation of spirit-beings. Though they were originally created as sinless, holy beings, these angels decided to rebel against God.

Power Of Choice

The evil angels, like the good ones, were all given the power of choice or moral judgment. They were placed under a period of probation where they could decide whom they would follow.

Left Their Rightful Place

Under the leadership of Satan, certain angels sinned and left their rightful place. The sin of these evil angels was their revolt against the Lord and His commandments. The Bible says.

And the angels who did not keep their own position, but left their proper dwelling, He has kept in eternal chains in deepest darkness for the judgment of the great Day (Jude 6).

They left their proper habitation - the reason for which they were created. When they chose to do this and sin against God, it was at that point they became evil angels. They were not created as evil beings.

Sin In Heaven

The Bible says that the heavens are now unclean because of the sin of these angels.

God puts no trust even in His holy ones, and the heavens are not clean in His sight (Job 15:15).

Not To Be Trusted

Scripture tells us not to put our trust in these angels.

Even in His servants He puts no trust, and His angels He charges with error (Job 4:18).

Flagrant Sin

Their wickedness is confirmed in their flagrant sin and rebellion against the Lord. After the final judgment of God, the following words will be spoken.

Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy (Revelation 22:11).

These angels will remain forever evil.

No Salvation For Them

Scripture teaches that God has provided salvation for fallen humanity.

Who would have all people to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4).

However there is no salvation for these fallen angels. Paul wrote.

and through Him [Jesus] God was pleased to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of His cross (Colossians 1:20).

Only those beings on the earth and in heaven will be saved. The fallen angels are spoken of being "under the earth." Therefore, they are not objects of the saving work of Christ.

They Will Bow

Though they will never be saved, there will come a day when the evil angels will bow before the Lord.

Therefore God also highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11).

Paul makes it clear that even the knees of those "under the earth" will bow to Christ.


When God created the angels they were sinless, holy, beings. The angels that sinned were originally given the power of choice. Though they were created good, they used their choice to rebel against God. In doing so, these perfect beings abandoned the purpose for which they were created. They became the evil angels that the Bible speaks about. Their fall brought them spiritual and moral ruin and they will pay the price for their sin for all eternity.
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