Do angels have wings?

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Some believe that all angels have wings, however, the Bible mentions only two types of angels that have wings: Cherubim (Exodus 25:20; Ezekiel 10) and Seraphim (Isaiah 6). The Cherubim seen by Ezekiel are represented as having four wings (Eze. 1:6) with two covering the body and two stretched upward (Eze. 1:11). And Isaiah saw the Seraphim with six wings: two covering the face, in an attitude of homage and reverence before God, two covering the feet, and two used for flight.

Angels are a different order of beings than humans. They are spirits and not physical beings (Hebrews 1:14) whereas humans are considered souls (Genesis 2:7). The Bible nowhere states that these heavenly beings are created in the image and likeness of God, as humans are (Genesis 1:26).

But angels can take on physical forms. In Genesis 18, Abraham was visited by three heavenly messengers who appeared like men. Also, the two angels that appeared to Lot looked like passing visitors to the city of Sodom (Genesis 19).

Angels are not naturally visible to humans. When Elisha prayed that his servant would see God’s messengers, the young man’s eyes were opened and he was able to see an army of invisible angels surrounding the city (2 Kings 6:17).

These heavenly spirits usually appear as males “And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed” (Mark 16:5). Unlike popular belief, these beings in the Bible never appear as infants.

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