angels have wings, do people get wings

A friend once told me that people get wings when they die. But do people really get wings after death? Is this factual, or is it something people say for comfort in response to death for a lack of words? Since angels are mentioned in the Bible, let’s research the subject from a Biblical viewpoint. In the event you do not believe in God, the probability of getting your wings doesn’t matter anyway. No God, no heaven, no angels, no wings, right? But if you believe God truly exists and you are curious about life after death, what the Bible says concerning people and angels might startle you.

Heavenly Beings

Cupids are baby angels with wings

Angels are heavenly beings; they are separate creations from people. Angelic beings are unlike anything God created. We generally visualize angels as mystical beings that have wings; they wear long white robes, blow trumpets, play harps, and have halos of light suspended above their heads. In our vain imaginations, we even depict some angelic beings as cute little winged babies called cupids. The Bible’s description of angels is quite different from the way we perceive them. In the Bible, angels are described as elegant majestic heavenly beings, and there is no allusion to baby angels.

Another important fact to know about these sumptuous beings is that all angels do not have wings. For example, in the famous story of Sodom and Gomorrah, the two angels whom God sent to deliver Lot did not have wings (Genesis 19:1). In fact, the only angels in the Bible that have wings are cherubim and seraphim. The Bible describes Cherubs in Ezekiel 1:4-14 and Revelation 4:6-8, and the Bible only mentions Seraphim in Isaiah 6:2-3.

Truth Concerning Angeles

Angels are magnanimous heavenly beings. While the Bible does not tell us exactly when God created them, it appears He created them before the earth. The very first verse in the Bible gives us some indication as to when God made angels.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:1
all angels do not have wings

“The heavens” refers to the creation of the universe which would include the different galaxies and solar systems, as well as angelic beings. Since angels are celestial beings, this would imply that they came into existence when God created the heavens.

God has told us everything He wants us to know about angels in the Bible. Among the innumerable hosts of angels, the Bible only reveals three by name: Michael, Gabriel, and Lucifer. Lucifer was the most magnificent of all the angels. He was a brilliant personality; he stood next to God in direct universal authority. Lucifer is now the fallen and deposed outcast of heaven. Today we know him as Satan. 

Angels are spirits. Sometimes the Bible calls them flames of fire. God sends angels to minister to, and for us. Of the angels, He says: “Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire” (Hebrews 1:7). The Bible also refers to angels as sons of God.

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them.

Job 1:6

What the Bible Says About People

Like the angels, we are also unique creations. While angels were the first beings that God created, we are God’s ultimate creation. We are the only beings in the universe that God formed with His own hands.

And the Lord formed man of the dust of the ground...

Genesis 2:7
god created people to have life after death

We did not evolve from lesser ape-like creatures as science suggests. Like a sculptor forming a sculpture, God shaped the first man with His own hands. The sculpture was an exact replica of the sculptor. But there was something missing; it was inanimate. God’s beloved masterpiece whom He called man, stood lifeless, like a mannequin in God’s garden, The Garden of Eden. But God wanted more; He wanted the man to be alive.

…and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.

Genesis 2:7

Sons of God

Imagine God walking over to His sculptured creation and breathing His very life into it. The man was no longer just a lump of sculptured clay, he began to breathe. Now that the man was a living creature, God gave him a name. He named him Adam. However, Adam was not born so his life was not a natural life; his life was different from the life of any other living thing on earth. Adam’s life was the actual breath of God. Adam was not just a living creature; he was now a living, walking, speaking spirit. He was in essence, the son of God.

Now Jesus… as was supposed the son of Joseph… the son of Adam, the son of God.

Luke 3:23, 38

While Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, Adam was God’s son too. That is why Jesus sometimes referred to Himself as the Son of man (Matthew 9:6). Therefore we are also sons and daughters of God.

Do We Become Heavenly Beings Like Angels When We Die?

god promises people life after death

Angelic beings are completely distinctive creations. They are nothing like people so it is very unlikely that we will get wings in our new life after death. The Bible tells us that God made us a little lower than the angels. That tells us that we are not like angelic beings therefore, we have no need for wings. In the life to come, we are going to reign as kings and priests on the earth (Revelation 5:10).

After death, we will be transformed, for we will have new bodies. Although it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, we know that when God is revealed, we shall be like Him.

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore, the world does not know us because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him…

1 John 3:1-2

There is nothing in the Bible that indicates that we will get wings when we die. The Bible only tells us that we will be transformed. We will receive incorruptible bodies. Our new bodies will never experience pain, sickness, or death.

The Gift Greater Than Wings

salvation insures people life after death

God promises a greater gift than wings. That gift is salvation. But we only associate salvation with being saved from hell. However, salvation is about deliverance and it covers a wide spectrum. To receive the gift of salvation, all you have to do is accept God’s conditions of repentance by faith in His Son (Acts 4:12). It is important to know that salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ. No amount of work can earn salvation. You are only justified before God by faith in Jesus Christ. Nothing else can save you from the wrath of God which is to come on the world.

It is important to know what you believe. If you believe God, you must trust God. Therefore, you should know and believe what God says concerning angels. In the life to come, we will have no need of wings for we will be like Him and we will judge angels (1 Corinthians 6:3).

By Eric Dunbar

Once addicted to crack cocaine, my story is not unique but inspiring. I have been a professor of faith for most of my life. Before you inquire about my credentials, let me explain. I don’t mean professor as in “teacher” but professor as in “squatter.” For most of my life, I have been trying to occupy what I had never fully possessed, namely, faith. You see, my trust was in God long before I used drugs. To this day, I cannot tell you what happened to cause me to be addicted; it just happened. After a lifetime of serving God, somehow, I became a crack cocaine addict. I grew up in the church. I was born with talent. I started playing the organ for local churches at the age of eight years. I cultivated strong confidence in God early in life. From the time I was five until I was eighteen years old, I can’t remember ever missing a church service. I started playing keyboards in a popular R&B band at the age of nineteen years old. Midlife When you’re young, life is all about having fun, and I was indeed having a lot of fun. Playing in an R&B band exposed me to the rigors of nightlife, leading me to deviate from the church. I started experimenting with all kinds of drugs. At first, it was marijuana, then pills, and soon, I was using cocaine. All the while, I still attended church, although not as often. When I was married, my infrequent music revenue was inadequate to raise a family. So I left the band and found a job. I have always had confidence in God, but I didn’t know how to implement my faith. When my first child was born, I renewed my faith and got heavily involved in the church. A few years later, my pastor inspired me to begin a cell ministry in my home, where I faithfully worshipped God and held Bible studies every Tuesday. About seven years into my marriage, I slipped back into drug use. This time cocaine was my choice drug. Soon after, I learned to cook cocaine, converting it into a rocky substance called crack. That was the beginning of a life of trouble. I had become a slave to the drug; crack cocaine was now my master. Confident Expectation My wife threatened to leave if I didn’t control my addiction. Nevertheless, I remained confident that God would deliver me. But my wife insisted that I seek help. I wanted to save my marriage, so I enrolled in the Narcotics Anonymous Twelve Step Program. I completed the required thirty-day classes, and I went home drug-free. Fifteen days later, I was once again smoking crack. My crack smoking eventually led to my wife divorcing me. I lost my family, possessions, and everything dear to me. Life had become challenging, and I was near depression. My parents taught me that faith believes, so I understood the principle of faith. I had faith that God would liberate me, so I continued to pray that God would soon rescue me from this evil that had come upon me. One day I opened my Bible, and my eyes fell on this scripture: “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). “I don’t go to church anymore,” I said to myself, so how can I hear the word of God? Then I thought to read the word aloud to myself. The Bible was now my best friend. I read the word to myself. The word of God came out of my mouth and went back into my ears. Alas, I was hearing the word of God. I still craved crack cocaine and got high whenever the opportunity presented itself. But for the next two years, I mostly stayed to myself, reading the Bible aloud, quoting scriptures, and praying. Believing Faith Speaks After two years of practically being alone with God, my craving for crack cocaine was gone. My confidence in God rewarded me with freedom. I learned that believing faith speaks. No longer did I profess faith, but I now possessed it. Faith is having confidence in the things we hope for. Although they are not visible to our physical eyes, we believe that God is working our hope into physical existence. It is the bridge linking us to the spiritual realm and makes God a touchable reality. When we trust God, it guarantees that God’s promises and Biblical revelations are true. We cannot detect these revelations and promises of the word of God with our physical senses. However, by trusting God, we have the confidence that our expectation will come to pass. Faith is the quintessence that the things we hope for become so concrete that even belief itself becomes a definitive reality of those things that are not yet visible. Your faith becomes so tangible that you believe you possess those things in the spiritual realm.

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