I was just asked a question that comes up this time of year, do angels have wings?
This church member said she saw a major news channel report, “Angels exist but do not have wings and are more like shards of light, at least according to a top Catholic Church angelologist.” My first thought, how do I apply for that job and how much does it pay…. But, the answer, no-one wants to hear. If you read the Bible and pay attention to every passage about angels, well, no, they do not have wings.
What are Angels? They are God’s messengers who communicated God’s purpose to Biblical personalities. Angels are not chubby nice winged personalities that you see in Hallmark stores or movies, who fly around playing harps; rather they are are spirit beings (Matthew 2:13-23; Hebrews 1:14).
The word “Angel” means “messengers.” They are heavenly beings that live and work in Heaven. They are messengers sent by God to “minister,” as in to serve God and humanity.
These celestial beings may seem ominous to us, hence why in every encounter in Scripture where they were revealed, people fell to their feet. But, they are created beings and have limited knowledge and attributes. They have the same emotions and will that we have-the reason one-third of them fell-and they are curious and interested in the things of God-the reason two-thirds remained loyal to God. God had not told them everything, but now His plan is made known (Eph. 3:10).
Their central role is to serve God in heaven and have many different roles and levels of casts.
They can intervene to protect us, and also discipline us. They escort His elect to their heavily reward and glory, and when Christ returns, they will accompany Him in full force and magnitude. The role of angels is very important and needed, but we must never elevate them above what God intended. They are to be honored and respected and obeyed, but they are never to be worshiped or prayed to (Gen. 18; Matt. 18:10; Luke 16:22; Acts. 5:17-21; 12:1-10; Heb. 1:4-15; 13:2; 1 Pet. 1:12; Rev. 22:9)
Also, in the Bible the heavenly creature that have wings are Cherubim (Exodus 25:20; Ezek. 10) and Seraphim (Isaiah 6). They are not Angels.
The “Four living creatures” from revelation comes from Ezekiel, they are not Angels, they are figurative and Babylon descriptions, this possibly refers to a type of angelic who ministers to God, like the Seraphim and Cherubim their job is to act as protectors, guardians, and servants, giving their adoration. Their purpose is to showcase and point to that “God is Great” (Gen. 3:24; Ex. 25:17-22; 1 Kings 7:29; 1 Chron. 12:8; 28:18; Psalm 18:10; Isa. 6; Ezek. 1:6-11; Rev. 4:6-11).
Can we see Angels? Usually no, and you would not want to, as God’s “messengers,” they are non-sexual and non-corporal beings whose very presence will cause one to have a heart attack or at the very lease defecate your digested lunch out into your pants. Every time they manifest themselves, they first put the person they are visiting at ease, unless they are in disguise like with the encounter with Abraham.
In addition, they do not have wings or halos. And no, you do not want to encounter one.
They can communicate through dreams and life’s events without our knowledge, so we can remain sane and keep our pants clean.
So, how did we get the theme of wings on angels? From paintings depicted in the Middle Ages, when people, especially artists were not allowed to read the Bible.
Sorry folks, that is what the Bible teaches about Angles…they are forbidding not friendly… And, if God wanted an Angel to show wings, he certainly can do that…. Let’s just not fixate on stuff the Bible does not state or make important.