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Are all Angels feminine?

Updated on November 5, 2008

The term "angel" actually means "messenger". Contextually we assume this means a "messenger of God" of non-human origin.

The angelic image of a "woman with wings" comes from Revelation 12:14: But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place,

Other places in scripture indicate that angels are not all that human looking at all. In Revelation 4, there are references to "creatures" and in Ezekiel they are also refered to as "creatures" .

In Genesis 18 and 19 the angels appear to be human and masculine. They also appeared to be masculine and human in all of the resurection accounts.

However, all appearances of humanity, masculinity and feminity are apparently symbolic. Because Jesus says in Matthew 22:30 that angels don't marry, thus implying a "sexless" species. (Which makes a lot of sense for an imortal race.)

In Hebrews 1:14, it says that angels are ministering spirits, sent to minister to those who will inherit salvation. This is the role the angels played in Matthew 4:11 and also in 1 Kings 19.

So, humanity, masculinity and femininty are simply matters of perception, that seem to be specific to the specific manifestation of the angelic presences.

Typical feminine angel
Typical feminine angel

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    • BDazzler profile image
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      BDazzler 8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      C.S. Lews said something to the effect that the Great Deciever first decieved himself. That always made sense to me.

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      daveearley 8 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I also wondered from time to time; how is it possible that Lucifer actually wanted AND believed that he could sit in the place of God? Perhaps it's in a way differently from what I see it as, but it would otherwise seem to be common sense that this could not be even possible. Too little info. I guess?

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      BDazzler 8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Thanks Dave, the term "Fallen Angles" comes from the most common interpretation of Revelation 12:7+ ... We also see the term "unclean spirit" in the Gospels, "The sons of God" in Genesis 6, and "evil messenger" (messenger = angel) in Psalms and Proverbs.

      Additionally, it is clear, based ont their conversations, that Jesus and the Pharasees had a working knowlege of the material covered in the Testemant of Solomon.

      When it comes to the supernatural realms, we really do "see through a glass darkly".

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      daveearley 8 years ago from Chicago, IL

      According to the Bible, we know that there are; living creatures, cherubim, seraphim, and angels that also have names, like Gabriel. I never really even thought about angels being female(at least not Gabriel), until I saw that movie Constantine, where a female played the angel Gabriel.

      "It was more like a halo of fire..." That sounds pretty cool actually.

      "I may be wrong about this, but it seems to me that the fallen angels are held in chains until the day of judgment."

      I always thought that the fallen angels consisted of Satan, and the other third of angels that followed him. I also assumed that they were responsible for the demon activity that goes on here. After all, Satan may be a roaring lion, but he's not omni-anything, and can't do everything himself.

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      You got my attention with the angel picture over the bridge. That picture was always one close to my heart and I collect it. Angels as you said are God's messengers. I've met some in human form and you can never guess what His creativity will bring :)

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      BDazzler 8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Thanks Sir Dent, I think you and Carrie are right "We Know in Part" Also good point. God doesnt "Need" us ... (And THAT's a good thing!) but Satan does.

      One of my favorite verses is John 15:15 ... Jesus tells us what He tells us because He wants to, not because He's obligated to. Good stuff!

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      SirDent 8 years ago

      You may be right, Bdazzler, about beings manipulatiing DNA and such. I can't help thinking that God doesn't need man. We need Him. Also, Satan alone can do nothing. He must have something or someone to manifest himself through. It certainly is a deep subject, which we may never know for sure on this side of life.

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      BDazzler 8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      My pastor likes to say God doesn't hide things FROM us, he hides things FOR us! (Proverbs 25:2)

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      Carrie Bradshaw 8 years ago from Manhattan

      So I guess, we know in part, as is God's will. If we knew everything, we wouldn't need to be dependant on God. It's great to challenge ourselves to keep seeking because there's sooooo much to learn and know.

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      BDazzler 8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      I think they were physical - non-human beings. I've also heard some people speculate that the spirits possessed humans males who mated with women.

      I think there are multiple non-human species, some of whom are referred to in this Genesis 6 passage. I don't know where they are from, but it's not earth.

      My personal theroy that the same powers and principalities that attemped the Eugenics in Nazi germany and that engineer the various holocausts, and other genetic manipulations are the "Sons of God" refered to in Genesis 6. I think these powers and prinicipalities want to modifiy the human genome for their own purpsoes ... and the result in Gen 6 was the mutants (ie Giants)

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      Carrie Bradshaw 8 years ago from Manhattan

      I'm wondering if maybe the "sons of God" or the "fallen angels" impregnated women as God's Spirit did to Mary, the mother of Jesus? Hmmm.

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      SirDent 8 years ago

      Yes, but who are the sons of God? In Job it is mentioned that the sons of God came before Him and Satan came also.

      Is Satan fallen angel? Yes he is, but he was mentioned specifically and apart though he came at the same time as the sons of God.

      I may be wrong about this, but it seems to me that the fallen angels are held in chains until the day of judgment. I will have to research that out, cause that's kind of off the top of my head.

      Anyway, I will have to comment again tomorrow because i am going to bed as soon as I reply to a comment on one of my hubs.

      Good night and God Bless You. :)

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      BDazzler 8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Well, just because they weren't commanded, didn't mean they didn't try ... they were, after all, in disobedience ... :)

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      SirDent 8 years ago

      Angels can appear as God commands them to appear. Many times in the Old Testament they appeared as men. Jesus made a statement about angels.

      Mar 12:25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

      Angels are neither married nor given in marriage. Concerning the fallen angels, you can find out about them by reading the book of Enoch which was written around 200 BC. This was about 3000 years after Enoch was taken.

      Many read in the book of Genesis and think the sons of God are fallen angels, but this is not so. Angels were not commanded to be fruitful and multiply. Man was. ;)

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      BDazzler 8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Good thought

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      Carrie Bradshaw 8 years ago from Manhattan

      I often wonder, though, about the fallen angels that found the daughters of men fair and from consumation with them, giants were born. If angels are sexless, how did this happen? Just a thought...

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      angles and earth is feminine as they both take care of people in need

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      BDazzler 8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      I found it because I remeber it from my own Grandma's house. I miss her! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      The picture you choose is my own personal favorite. My grandmother always claimed that the little girl reminded her of me and so she called it my picture. I collect anything with that picture on it because I've discovered that it dipicts my life so well. Grandma was wiser than I knew.

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      The halo of fire on the back is a good image. I too think it is more accurate than wings.

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      BDazzler 8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Yeah ... God's good!

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      When God sends his Angels it is a blessing only some will experience them and others will only pray that they visit them. A halo fire that would definitely scare me too and I am glad that God comforted you by the preacher on the radio.:)

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      BDazzler 8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      I had seen a whole bunch of them and two of them came to speak to me. When I shared my experience with a friend of mine, he believed me but told me I had to be careful because not all angles were from God. So, I told him I'd pray about it the next day at lunch. He told me that was good.

      I forgot about it the next day, and sat down to lunch and turned the radio on. As soon as the radio was on, the radio preacher said, "Let's talk about angels" And the proceded to describe exactly what happened to me using the Hebrews passage I mentioned above.

      They had "wings" if you could call them that. It was more like a halo of fire on their backs. Actually it was kind of scary.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I understand some of them do look strange and the ones I have seen myself do not have wings. :) I bet I saw the same ones :)

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      BDazzler 8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      The angles that I saw were more creatures than people. I don't know if I could describe them ... words seem to diminish the memory.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Although they are percieved as female they are actually Asexual they are neither male or female. :)

      FYI: I have that pic above , well 2 of them as they were my great grandmother;s wonderful choice.:)

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      mikeq107 8 years ago

      Come to think of it the angel that appeared to me quiet a few years back..was flat chested never thought about that until now and at the time it was the last thing on my mind LOL

      Mike;0)