Do angels have wings?

Painting by Bouguereau (1825–1905) called 'Song of the Angels' but how accurate is it?

Do angels have wings? If we can generalize then we might say that most modern Christians would say “yes” to this question. If we were to ask what evidence there was for such an answer then we might struggle to receive a response. Some might turn to the renaissance painters, some to church history or story books. However these are not sources of Divine revelation. The real question is “What does the Bible say about this subject. We hope to open up its pages and examine it’s teaching in the forgoing article.

Who are the angels?

So – lets have a brief introduction to who the angels are before we consider if they have wings. The Bible teaches that angels are “ministering spirits” (Hebrews 1:14) which are sent forth by God to help those called to a knowledge of Gods truth and to bring about Gods purpose with the earth. They currently work under the direction of the Lord Jesus Christ, who, since his resurrection and ascension to glory has been given by God, authority over them (1 Peter 3:22).

If the question were asked – where exactly did these “ministering spirits” come from, we would have to answer honestly; that the Bible is mainly silent on this account. It must therefore not be necessary for our salvation to know the answer to this question at this present time (2 Timothy 3:15).

In the Bible angels are often used by God as his representatives and as such are often given the name of God. For example we read in Exodus:

“Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.” Exodus 23:20-21

They are then important “messengers” from God which is what the hebrew for “angel” (which is “mal’ak”) literally translates as meaning.

The Bible teaches that these angels are always obedient to God and do His will.

“Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.” Psalm 103:20-21

Man created in the form of angels

An interesting thing to consider is that if angels have wings then so should you and I. Consider this verse in Genesis:

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him” Genesis 1:27

The word “God” in the hebrew is “Elohim” and means “mighty ones”. Elsewhere in the Bible the word has been translated “angels” (see for example Psalm 8:5 and then the apostles Paul’s endorsement of that translation in Hebrews 2:7). So this tells us that man was created in the same shape as the angels. Men do not have wings. Therefore angels do not have wings.

Angels mistaken for men

We can see that angels were in the form of men because often they are described and mistaken for “men”. Consider these verses:

“And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son… And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, Art thou the man that spakest unto the woman?” Judges 13:3+11

“And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house… But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them…” Genesis 19:1-5

If these angels then had huge wings how were they mistaken for mere men? They couldn’t of had wings!

Do angels need wings?

The Greek god Eros. See his wings? Were they fused into the 'Christian' idea of angels when paganism and Christianity were mixed?

The idea of wings probably entered “Christianity” through the ideas of Paganism. Many of the pagan “Gods” had wing. These inventions of man would have been given wings because in ancient times this was the only known way of flying and traveling swiftly. Of course immortal powerful beings do not need wings to get around! The power of God the Almighty creator is not contained by rules of nature which He has created! We see then in the Bible many instances of people that God teleports using his spirit or “power”. This should not surprise us – as we have said God created everything we see around us. Science is a study of this creation and for the most part it has set rules which men can define and examine. However these rules do not constrain God if He needs to break them.

Painting by Carl Heinrich Bloch (1865-1879) - but why does this angel need it's wings?!

Jesus, after his resurrection ascended up into heaven in front of his disciples. This is what we read:

“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.” Acts 1:9

Did Jesus have wings? Nobody would suggest that! So if he could fly by the power of God without wings why would angels need wings?

Consider the example of Philip, an early beleiver. We have a record in Acts 8 that he was preaching to an Ethiopian Eunuch. After he had given the gospel to this man and baptized him we read:

“And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.” Acts 8:39-40

Azotus was around 25 miles away so Philip was in effect ‘teleported’ there. No need for wings! How much more useless would wings be to an immortal being like an angel!

These experience of being teleported by Gods power was also shared by Elijah. We have this said to him by Obediah:

“And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the Spirit of the LORD shall carry thee whither I know not…” 1 Kings 18:12

The Cherubim / Seraphim

The Greek god 'Cupid' - pagan god of love

The only thing closely resembling the idea that angels have wings in the Bible are “Cherubim”. A fusion of Pagan ideas into Christianity saw the adaptation of the Greek God “Cupid” into the so called Christian “Cherub”. The cute “god of love”  is depicted a little child with wings, who flies around firing little arrows into peoples hearts so that they fall in love. Such a god is clearly the makings of mans imagination.

What does the Bible teach about Cherubim then? We read of Cherubim in a number of places and they are described as having wings. However they are also described as having four faces; a man, a lion, an ox and an eagle (Ezekiel 1). They are also described as having wheels as well as wings. They also have feet which are like the colour of “burnished brass” and their general appearance is like “burning coals of fire” (Ezekiel 1:7&13).

In most places these beings are often used in a symbolic way. For example in the visions of Ezekiel which we have refereed to, or in the Most Holy place in the Tabernacle – in which all the features were symbolic, pointing to the work of Christ in some way (Galatians 3:24). Their ‘features’ are all symbols whose meaning can be deciphered by looking up the characteristics in other parts of the Bible. They represent Gods character which is manifested.

We read of the Seraphim in Isaiah 6. This is clearly a vision and has a deeper, symbolic meaning than at first glance. In Isaiah 6 we read for example that the Seraphim take coals from the alter of the temple and place them in Isaiah’s mouth – this is obviously a vision and not literal because Isaiah speaks soon afterwards (v8). Just as the coals are not literal, the Seraphim are not either.

Can we take these symbolic creatures and apply their symbolic characteristics as literal elements of an angel? It seems like quite a jump to assume that because a symbolic Cherubim has symbolic wings that they should be made literal on a literal angel!

What is the future role of the angels?

The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is soon to return to the earth. There is to be a resurrection and judgment and those accepted will be granted eternal life (1 Corinthians 15:23+50-51). These new immortals will assist Christ in establishing Gods Kingdom on the earth (Luke 1:32-33, Matthew 6:10, Acts 1:6, Psalm 149:9)- with Jerusalem as it’s capital (Micah 4:8). The wicked will be destroyed and Christ will rule in peace and righteousness. The newly appointed immortals, previously lowly in the eyes of men (1 Corinthians 1:27 & 3:18-20), will be mercifully given an undeserved  place of high authority to rule with Christ in that day – as Kings and Priests (Revelation 5:20). They will rule over those who have accepted Christ as the King and will help teach them the ways of God. The Bible indicates that this state will continue for 1000 years (Revelation 20:6) and then there will be another resurrection and judgment – where finally the wicked will be eradicated and all the righteous given immortality. Death will be eradicated from the earth  and we are told “God will be all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:26-28).

But where are the angels in this future age to come you may ask? All we know is that they do not seem to have an active role. We read this for example in Hebrews:

“For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.” Hebrews 2:5

It seems therefore that the role of the angels will be superseded by the immortal faithful at the time of Christ return and at the birth of the age to come. We read that like the angels, those prepared to follow Christ now are a people being prepared “for Gods name” (Acts 15:14). A glorious destiny is set before them. Consider the words of the Lord Jesus Christ:

“The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.” Luke 20:36

Conclusion

So what a journey we have been on in this consideration. By asking a simple question about angels we have seen from the word of God that this subject opens up many important topics which deal with the message of the Bible itself. The great hope of a future Kingdom. The merciful offer of God of eternal life and a place in that future Kingdom on this earth. An offer to be made “equal unto the angels”.  The question is – what do we do about this offer?

Posted by Matt Davies on Saturday, July 24th, 2010

46 comments on “Do angels have wings?

  1. Liz Mackay on said:

    Hi Matt, I said I would take a look. I think that Isaiah reading is probably the only one where wings are mentioned. I’m sure Isaiah would have said,”Yes angels have wings, I saw them.” But as angels are spiritual beings they only appear to have bodies and also only appear to have wings when they do. I think we should agree not to fall out but get on with loving God and our neighbour and enjoying God’s grace given to us in the death of Jesus. Every blessing.

  2. Matt Davies on said:

    Hi Liz,
    We won’t fall out! I obviously do see it differently to you. For me I come back to the question: Why do angels NEED wings when they have so much power! To suggest they need them to fly seems to limit that power in some way. Anyway – we shall agree to disagree :-)

    Thanks for stopping by and all the best with with your studies…

  3. Captain Pugwash on said:

    Hello me ‘arties,
    Captain Pugwash ‘er.

    On board a scooner, many a ye’rs ago … a fellow inmate on board, discussing this very topic told me “angels have wings as buses have four wheels and that’s why the Bible never describes them with wings cause its obvious” !!!
    Well a bus must ‘ave run over ‘im and left ‘im a little bit short of a sandwich for ‘is picnic!! Read your Bibles and don’t limit the power of the angels to the artists imaginative paintings.

  4. Emily Matheson on said:

    HI – i found it very interesting and great – My fathers a Pastor and he pretty much said the same thing you did!!! I have been trying to write a book on angels – a fiction novel – but i wanted real facts and truths underlying my story. thanks for the Scritures and references – you helped alot. God Bless Em

  5. Matt Davies on said:

    Glad the study helped Emily. Be careful when writing fiction around such holy subjects though – I’m not sure God views these subjects as entertainment…

  6. Brian Hildebrand on said:

    The bible alludes to God as having wings and we were created in the image of God. Could it be that we have “wings” that we can’t see and have no idea how to use but if we did, they would carry us to greater heights than we have ever known, providing these ” wings” were yeilded to God who created them for a particular purpose.

  7. Your statement…If the question were asked – where exactly did these “ministering spirits” come from, we would have to answer honestly; that the Bible is mainly silent on this account.

    You lost me hear. The Bible is clear angels were created ..all things where created by Christ ..for he is God

  8. caroline on said:

    Your statement about angels with wings… Angels dont need or really have bodies. If they dont have bodies, then why would they have wings? Angels are usually depicted with wings, but they dont really need them. Angels are souls created by God. We were not created in the form of angels. God created us in the form of Himself. Not Angels. Angels are just pure spirits or souls. If we were created in the form of Angels then we would look like their divine forms. Angels are spirits so if God creaed men like Angels, then we would be able to change what we look like. From a floating bal of light to a human with wings.

  9. Matt Davies on said:

    @Brian – I don’t think we have physical wings as I see no evidence for this in the scripture or in reality.

    @Mark – Jesus and God are two different beings (for example see Mark 13:32 – if Jesus was the Father how is it he didn’t know what the other part of him knew?!) You might also want to read this article: http://www.the-gospel-truth.info/bible-teachings/god-unity-or-trinity/

    @Caroline – where is your scripture for anything you are saying? When you say “Angels are souls created by God.” for example where in the Bible are you basing this on?

  10. Linda Lou on said:

    Malachi 4:2 says “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth , and grow up as calves of the stall” This refers to the robe which had on each corner a tzit-tzit is tied. It is understood that when the woman who bled for 12 years reached out and touched the garment of the Master, that it was the tzit tzit that she grabbed. It is recorded several times that people simply wanted to touch the hem of the Master’s garment to find healing, for there is healing in His wings …. not literal wings and we do not grow up to be calves :)
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  11. Linda Lou on said:

    Reading in Revelation where there are many mentions of angels, and John is describing EVERYthing – not one mention of wings. I looked thru my online bible and typed in angel and wing and “0 results found” but pulled up multiple for cherubim and wings. Cherubim have 2 wings and seraphim have 6 wings: 1 Kings 8:7 KJV For the cherubims spread forth their two wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above.. Isaiah 6:2 KJV Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly .

  12. I have searched for an answer. God want us to learn more so our faith will grow stronger. Do angels have eternal life?Or do they die and be reborn?

  13. Tom in Miami, FL on said:

    Matt, a very good study overall. Just to add a few things…
    Ex. 23:21 may be a reference to the angel of the Lord. If in Scripture we have a reference to “the angel of the Lord” and that angel accepts worship, then that angel is clearly deity, i.e. Jesus Christ appearing in angelic form.
    Angels are individually created, while human beings are a race; we all are Adam’s offspring.
    Probably for good reason, the Bible gives the names of only a few angels.
    As Linda Lou mentioned above, the book of Revelation does not describe the angels it mentions as having wings.
    In Revelation 10:1-3 the “strong angel” is described much like the “one like a son of man” in Rev. 1:13 and following; both have glowing burning feet, one has eyes like a flame of fire and the other has a face like the sun, etc. “A loud voice as when a lion roars” (see Rev. 5:5) are all characteristics of Jesus Christ. Hence this may be Christ again appearing as the Angel of the Lord.
    The four living creatures we find in Revelation are distinct from the angels. The four living creatures bear many characteristics of deity, and therefore may be manifestations of deity.
    While cults like the Jehovah’s Witnesses reject the doctrine of the Trinity, the truth is that God is not limited even to the Trinity in expressing and manifesting His deity.
    Rev. 12:14 mentions “the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, (Israel)”. Here the two wings may be a reference to an air lift, a plane or planes will be used to take Israelis to a safe place as Satan is behind an effort to exterminate the Jewish race during the great tribulation.

  14. Maximus on said:

    I like the answer if ifnit doesent have a direct relationship with our salvation, then I suppose it really doesn’t matter. We known there is a lot of symbolism in the scriptures primarily the old testament, but Christ always spoke in parables. Perhaps because visual imagery has a tendency fit deeper learning. If Christ is a resurrected being, and also “the first fruits”, why couldn’t angels be resurrected beings also? Christ did break the bands of death thru the resurrection. I would suppose that Angels could be either spiritual or physical. That they can transform themselves into something that is not in the image of God doesn’t make much sense. The adversary can appear as an angel of light 2 Corinthian 11:14, But I don’t see in the scriptures where angels of God transform themselves into anything outside of our image. Acts 12:7 suggest that light is apparent in the presence of angel as described when Peter was released from prison, but to suggest Angels are only spirit and transform themselves into images other than God doesn’t seem correct. I might be wrong. Angels are to help not only carry on the work of the kingdom, but also us individually. I have had deep impression of family members that have passed on influence me in dire times. Is this ministering? Why couldn’t our love ones who care deeply for us, even those that we have not met take a role in our making good decisions, I appreciate the discussions and comments.

  15. I have had an angel experience.
    The angel did not have any wings, was male, gave me peace beyond understanding, joy and bliss. Without any verbal communication in a time of deep despair I knew telepathically that all I had to do was touch the angel for complete and utter peace.
    I am a very sane, 53 year old ordinary wife, mother and grandmother.
    This has given me a sense of the belief that we are spirit beings having a human experience.

  16. Mark: You say Jesus and God are two seperate beings. The Trinity, God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit are all one with each having a different agenda or purpose. It is kind of like an egg. There is the shell, the yoke, and the white. If you take one out, it is not an egg any more. It is a difficult thing to explain, isn’t it? We have a shell (our body) a soul and spirit. Our spirit is what hopefully, if you have been burried in baptism “in Christ”, will go to heaven.

    We are made in God’s image. God is Spirit.

  17. I have had an angel experience in reality.
    I know it sounds weird an hard to believe but its true. I see with my own eyes and while i’am in a conscious state of mind. It was not a vision,nor a dream. I’am a true believer.
    Its a very long story and i will write the main parts here.
    One day i was lying in bed playing on my cellphone and my elder sister is lying down on the floor, then suddenly an evil spirit in the form of a black smoke came out from different corners of the bed and entered all of it inside my chest and his head came out of my chest, it was quite long and he lengthened his teeth and say to me “don’t always challange me” and he hold me with his hand on my throat and i was unable to breathe,i started sweating and almost die at that moment and as i look up i saw a white man and his dress was like those jesus wear. It was like an overcoat but not and it had a cap. He was looking down at me and the moment i saw that,the evil spirit inside me left me again and disappear. I don’t know what this could be.
    Any feedback would be appreciated and i beg apologise for my poor english.

  18. Lori on said:

    Excellent biblical truths revealed in your answer to angels not having wings. To go one step further, all angels were created at the same time, there are no baby angels, and there are no female angels.

    Again, excellent and biblical backing to your answer. Keep up the good work.

  19. Susan on said:

    I’m an atheist and I’m always being vilified by Christians when I tell them angels don’t have wings, but were depicted that way by artists (Art History 101). Thanks for putting the “angel” info together in such away even the dimwitted can understand. I’ve referenced your site many times.

  20. Rozee on said:

    I’ve met an angel too. I was taken in the spirit to the top of a mountain..the angel was male and had no wings. although i was extremely afraid at first , that soon vanished as the angel radiated great peace love and joy and filled me with this energy. We ‘merged’ into one spirit. I saw and felt what the angel sees and feels and then i was returned to the physical state. Angels are real.

  21. kenner on said:

    Sigh, is it really so hard for christians to “read” the bible and figure this one out? 2,000 years ago, angles desended and assended to heaven doing God’s will, which was mostly delivering messages. therefore, for people of that time to understand this, they asscociated it to flying like the birds. so hence the wings were used to show them flying. remember most were illiterate then. remember? thats even why Jesus spoke in parables…so they would understand….so now do you understand? a very cool site btw :)

  22. With all due respect, I must say I believe you are wrong! We are not made in the image of ange ls, we are made in the image of God, and I don’t believe God is an angel. And I do not believe te verses you provided backup your beliefs. And the seraphim are literal beings that look exactly the way they are described in Isaiah chapter 6.

  23. Robert on said:

    I have often thought about angel’s wings. If you consider the human anatomy, if the body had wings, would they not take the place of the arms? Birds have wings, but not arms. If you think about a human body having wings, what would they be attached to? The skin on the back of the body? Not likely. If you condider the paintings showing angels with wings, when not in flight, they are not tight against the body as they are with the birds. If humans had wings, these large apentages attached to our back would be a cumbersome thing, wouldn’t they?

    Also, why are the wings always pictured as bird wings? Other creatures have wings, such as insects, but the pictures never show insect type wings.

    When the angel appeared to Mary to tell her that she was going to be the mother of Jesus, it doesn’t say the angel flew in the window, it only said that an angel appeared to Mary. What did the angel look like? The Bible doesn’t tell us, the bible only describes this angel as a messenger. No wings are mentioned.

    I think the renaissance painters did us a disservice with all their paintings. They always show Jesus as a white man with long hair and fair skin. They lived 1500 years after Jesus, so how do they know? I have never seen a picture of my great-grandfather, and have no idea what he looked like, and that was only about 100 years ago.

    It is interesting that the Jews do not have pictures or stained glass windows in their synagogues. They take to heart, “Thou shalt make no graven images. . .” Maybe we should too. The bible gives us beautiful “word pictures” of many people and events. Let us be content with that, and much of this confusion of what things looked like would be eliminated.

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  25. In response to S.R. What happened to you, can happen to anyone that doesn’t have a strong connection to God. Satan was God’s most cherished angel and he turned his back on God because he wanted to be like God. Satan controls this world until Jesus returns. Satan took over 2 million angels from heaven, when God threw him out. Everyone always blames God for what goes on in their life but Satan is the one that is messing with you. You must have a special place on this world because Jesus usually doesn’t appear to people. The spirit that saved you was Jesus. A demon will not run from an angel unless that angel is an archangel such as Michael. I have seen demons and angels several times in my life…. Demons will try to take your body when your faith is weak but angels are there to try to block them….. Your faith is what will protect you in the long run…. Don’t let anyone tell you that you didn’t experience what you have stated because you can’t have good without evil and vice versa…. Our souls are like chess pieces being constantly pushed around the board. That is why God gave us all free will. We decide how our eternal life will be. Except God and live or turn your back on him and die….. The choice seems fairly simple but it really is hard to obtain without faith…..

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  27. Revelation 14:6 =says,And i saw another angel “flying” through the sky,carrying the eternal Good News to proclaim to the people who belong to this world-to every nation,tribe,language,and people.

  28. Theodore Jens Skov on said:

    HI Guys and Girls,
    Please excuse mispellings and grammer i am recovering.still from multiple head injuries and
    strokes. To the point then, not being a great bible scholer I do seem to remember that there is scripture
    Which says that God “YHVH” is a spirit and we must worship Him IN SPIRIT and in truth. So if we are made in his image and likeness this must mean our spirit and our intellectual capacitiesalong with emotion self awareness
    ect. Minus of course the knowledge of good and evil.which was not intended for us to know at least
    While we are in these earthly bodies which seem to be fraught with troublesome tendencies at times.
    Remember our Lord was sent to suffer and die to redeem us from death and to do so took on the.
    the son of man which is described as a little lower than the a sng ssels. This it has been said was done so that
    He could become a Perfect High Priest and kinsman redeemer since we could no longer claim kinship with our God the
    Creator “Elohim”. Now this may come as news but we are not our Heavenly Father’s only or even maybe first
    Creations as it is written that he would do a short work upon the earth which seems to suggest that there is at hte very least an existing longer work inprogress pr finished already. Some Angelsor messengers have wings
    And some dont. Cherubim and seraphim and many others do. There is the story of the snake that was in the
    Garden of Eden which was that old liar.Condemmed to live from then on having to crawl on his belly
    Eating the dust of the ground. It doesn’t say having lost hi legs and wings but their is some fossiland
    Egyptian hieroglyphic evidence to suggest that such creatures did exist at one time. So listen the point i
    really wanted to make was that we have the God like ability to call into being or make real in a much reduced fashion of course just as our Father in Heaven Does And Jesus Did and does. That is why scripture says there is life and death
    In the power of the toungue. Trust in Him now and He will show you how. May God Bless You all

  29. Lets talk to the Father in the name of his son Jesus, and ask him if Angels have wings.

  30. I believe you are misinterpreting Genesis 1:27…our image is speaking of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.

  31. Robert on said:

    Wings? Angels are always pictured with bird wings. Why? Insects also have wings. If humans had wings, wouldn’t they be attached where the arms normally are? There is really no physical part of a human anatomy for wings to be attached to some part of a human’s back. When a bird is not flying, its wings are positioned next to the body, but angels, they never are pictured this way. If angels are spirits, why would they need wings in the first place?

    In scripture, when angels appear to a human, they are never described as having wings. For example, when the angel appeared to Mary, it doesn’t say an angel flew in through the window. Rediculus!

    What is even more rediculus is that many people think we will have wings when we get to heaven. Really? Chapter and verse on that, please.

    In summary, angels are not humans. They are spirits, humans are not. If we could see them, and we cannot, why do we think they would look like us? When the angels appeared to Lot, they appeared as humans (without wings), but they were NOT humans, we are told they were messengers (angels) sent by God.

    Satan is also a spirit. How is he most often pictured? Red? With bat wings? Horns? Pitchfork? The bible does not give a description as to his physical appearance accept to say he is or was an angel of light. Bob

  32. Bernadette Pryor on said:

    Interesting study and comments. My thoughts are that it doesn’t matter if Angels have wings. They are divine. They are under Gods control and there are good Angels and those that are not good. I always pray that God sends his Angels to protect me and my family / friends / those needing help. When I go to meet God…. I will find the answers to these questions, but I doubt I’ll care about wings at that point.

    God Bless You All.

  33. Your argument lacks a certain amount of, what’s the word…logic. How can you just state that the seraphs in Isaiah are “symbolic”? In fact, every time you try to explain away the wings, your argument is, “Well why do angels need wings if they can teleport and stuff like that?” That’s not any kind of valid logic or proof. Can you find a passage that says that angels do not have wings? Because, symbolic or not, the seraphs were described in a vision as having wings. If it’s symbolic, what is the symbolism??? Is the Lord in Isaiah 6 symbolic too? It’s funny and sad because you use assumptions as “proof” when they are not even necessarily true assumptions. For instance, when you suggest that God created man in the image of angels, you are blaspheming. Read the part at the beginning of that passage in Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in his own image.” So was it God that did the creating or was it the “mighty ones”? The word “Elohim” is the word for God virtually every time in the creation story. Stop jumping to conclusions to make your point. If, as you state, it’s not necessary for our salvation, then coming to a definite conclusion that is not actually stated in the Bible is just plain wrong. Saying things like, “They couldn’t of had wings,” is not only grammatically stupid, but it’s based entirely on an assumption that angels can’t appear in human form and disguise themselves by hiding their divine form, wings or not. It’s sad this website is called “the gospel truth” and writers like you are allowed to put this trash on here. I’m not saying angels have wings or not, but this article, from an apologist/logician/rational perspective, doesn’t hold water and should be removed immediately. It’s unfortunate things like this can parade under the guise of “truth.”

  34. Angels and wings! What an interesting topic! Angels are spirits, and spirits are not bound by the laws of physics as we are. They don’t need air to breathe, they seem to be able to appear and then disappear to human beings. But, angels (usually female) when shown in pictures have two wings attached to their back. What part of the human skeleton would support such a thing? Just being attached to the skin on the back would be useless if they were needed in any case. Angel wings when pictured are never against the body as a bird’s wings when not in flight. And, to sustain flight, a bird has tail feathers to act as a rudder so they can turn, but angels don’t seem to have any. So, in conclusion, I believe the thought of angels having wings cannot be supported, and why when pictured are they always bird wings? Insects have wings, and they are completely different than a bird’s. Why are angels never pictured with wings like the insects have? Could an angel have wings like a dragon fly? A bumble bee? A mosquito?

    So, in conclusion, I believe that the angle wings are simply an alagory to something we don’t understand. Bob

  35. Jeffrey on said:

    Johni I agree with you 100% there!!! God is a spirit, Jesus said that! We were created in the image of God. He said in genesis in “our” image, that being said he was refering to the Holy trinity that is, was and still is! People needs to realize our time, is not the same as God’s time. Just as God has a creative thinking, so do we. God loves varity in everything, But, so to answer the question on this angels and wings? Ask yourself, Does it matter? But better yet, will you do the will of God, and listen to Jesus’s teachings to find out yourself when you get to the Kingdom ;-) thats the BIGGER question you should answer first.

  36. Theresa on said:

    Very well said. The Lord has been enlighting me to more and more revelations. Like do Angels have wings and that Angels are not female. They are Males.
    God be with you. Theresa

  37. Thomas on said:

    Angles never had wings and will never have them, It was the cherubs that had wings, and they all died when the great flood came upon the Earth.
    Don’t take words out of context. Yo will never read in any text of the Bible that Angles have wings.

  38. iSeeTheSun on said:

    If angels existed before humans, and they possessed a form of men, as you claim–on top of that God created men in his own image–does that mean that Adam was not the first man since the angels came before?

  39. Dianna on said:

    I remember reading in the bible something about angels with wings. I’m just sure what passage it is. ( Maybe the book of Exodus) I think it was about The Lord God giving instructions to the Israelites how to build the Ark of the Covenant. This is what I remember: the people were to make the ark with specific instructions on size with two angels and their wings were to extent over the ark to protect it. If angels have no wings, why are they mentioned here? I would like an answer, please.
    Dianna

  40. Ernest on said:

    I never thought they did either. For one thing, they would be cumbersome while fighting and didn’t one kill 165,000 in one night? Secondly, it seems almost every time people see an angel they have to say “Be Not Afraid!”. I think they must be terrifying or they would say “Hi there Pal!”. If they had wings, not so much. Thanks for your more reasoned reply!

  41. chrissy on said:

    thank you for oping my eyes to do angels have wings ! this was vary helpful thank you chrissy

  42. Chris Kimmel on said:

    does the Bible tell us that angels have wings in Revelations?

  43. blake stevens on said:

    Hello matt, my names blake and i totally agree angels dont need wings because of the power of God in them also in zecharaih 5 an angel is talking to him about a flying roll and he sees women with stork wings and the angel tells him that it was wickedness.

  44. Sylver on said:

    Dianna, you are correct in your citation from the old testament. Here is an input made by Jared Clark on this page: http://facultyblog.eternitybiblecollege.com/2011/12/angels-dont-have-wings/

    “I would make a case that Cherubim and Seraphim are angels and that angels do fly and can have wings.

    Angels are able to fly as witnessed in Revelation 14:6

    It is interesting to note that it appears Cherubim are seen with two wings as well as four wings in Scripture.
    “In the Most Holy Place he made two cherubim of wood and overlaid them with gold. The wings of the cherubim together extended twenty cubits: one wing of the one, of five cubits, touched the wall of the house, and its other wing, of five cubits, touched the wing of the other cherub; and of this cherub, one wing, of five cubits, touched the wall of the house, and the other wing, also of five cubits, was joined to the wing of the first cherub. The wings of these cherubim extended twenty cubits. The cherubim stood on their feet, facing the nave. And he made the veil of blue and purple and crimson fabrics and fine linen, and he worked cherubim on it.” (2 Ch 3:10-14 Also 1 K. 6:23-29). These instructions were given by the Lord.

    Quite possibly, not all cherubim are the same just as there is a rank of angels (1 Thess 4:16; Jude 9). Possibly the Cherubim who are the Guardians of Eden are slightly different than the ones in Ezekiel (Gen 3:24).

    Ez 28:14 – If you take this as an allusion to Satan (which is obviously debated) ( I personally believe the wording does seem to go beyond a human king and alludes to Satan though not directly speaking only of Satan), than Satan is described as both a Cherubim . Both Satan and his workers are described as angels (Job 4:18; 15:15; Matt 25:41; 1 Cor 6:3; 2 Cor 11 2 Pt 2:4; Jude 6)

    Here is my big defense, There appears to be a group that is classed together as Heavenly Hosts, Holy Ones & Council & Assembly (Ps 89:5, 7).

    In Isaiah 6:3 the Seraphim calls God the Lord of Hosts. It would make sense that the Seraphim would be classifying himself in this category and God as its Lord.
    I believe Cherubim and Seraphim would fall under the class of Heavenly Hosts/beings. If this is the case, they should be classified as angels.

    Heb 2:9 and Psalm 8:5 implies heavenly beings as in the same class as an angel. (Psalm 8:5 has different translations, some say angels some say heavenly beings).

    One might go to Psalm 148:2. Does this verse separate them from Heavenly Hosts? I don’t believe so.

    A big verse for me that appears to show that all “Heavenly Hosts” can be classified as angels is Luke 2:13-15.

    It appears Luke 2:13-15 shows that the one angelic messenger is accompanied by “heavenly hosts” and later, these heavenly hosts are described as angels.
    “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’ When the angels went away from them into heaven,”

    Demons are also referred to as Heavenly Hosts and Angels (Isa 24:21).

    In conclusion, I believe Seraphim and Cherubim are heavenly hosts and are consequently classified as angels too.”

  45. C.H. TITO ABREGO on said:

    First time reader. Like comments. Looking forward to reading more articles.

  46. Robert on said:

    I have always wondered about angels and wings. They are always pictured being fastened to the back of the angel. Really? How do we know? Then, the wings are always pictured as bird wings with feathers. Oh? And if you observe a bird when he is not in flight, the wings are normally tight against the body of the bird, no so with angels. And why always two wings? Dragon Flies have four wings, no feathers.

    We are told in Exodus not to make a representation of anything in heaven, statues, crucifixes, etc. and that includes angels. Who dreams up all this stuff? Hmmmm. Bob