Angels have most often been depicted as female. Many of these inaccurate depictions of angels seem to make angels out to be, in part, sexual beings, or cute little children, or Motherly protectors. With the Exception of Protector, none of these ideas are Biblical. The Bible doesn’t specifically say but indicates that angels are neither male nor female.
What do we know from the Bible about Angel beings?
There are Good Angels and Bad Angels. God created all the angels, but when Lucifer sinned he also became the father of lies John 8:44 because he learned that he could sway the opinion of other angels by changing the truth into a lie. By doing this he convinced one-third (1/3) of the angels Revelation 12:4 to follow him in his rebellion against God. Eventually, god’s forbearance was full and he cast Lucifer out of heaven with his followers. There was war in heaven Revelation 12:7-9, Michael (Jesus) and his angels fought against the Dragon (Satan) and his angels, but Satan lost and was cast out to the Earth. Jude 6
Angels can appear as men on earth. In the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah Abraham is visited by three angels (one is Jesus Christ) walking by, whom are described as men in Genesis 18:2, and again in Genesis 19:1-2 the two angels visit Lot in Sodom and they are described as men in Genesis 19:5by the inhabitants of Sodom. This same story is referenced in the Book of Hebrews 13:2 where it says that “some have entertained angels unawares.” So we see from these verses that angels can have the appearance of men and men cannot tell that they are angels until it is revealed to them.
Types of Angels:
The Bible describes two types of angels, Seraphim and Cherubim. The book of Ezekiel describes these angels especially in Ezekiel 1, and Ezekiel 10 and Isaiah 6:2-8 and in Revelation 4 where Ezekiel and Isaiah and John see the Throne Room of God in vision, and describe the angels that are there.
Guardian Angels – Provide help for us in a time of need, they are commissioned by God to help us, but they are not our servants at our beck and call, but they are servants of God, and He commissions them to protect God’s People – Psalm 34:7; 91:11 and Hebrews 1:14
Attributes of Angels:
Bright – Matt 28:2-4
Wise – Angels have wisdom and intelligence. Ezekiel 28:4-5 They are smarter than we are.
Interaction with Angels
Satan is a deceiver, and the father of lies. One of his most deadly tricks is to impersonate an angel from heaven or even Jesus Christ Himself. 2 Corinthians 11:14 says that this is what Satan will do. He “transformed into an angel of light”, and Revelation 13:12-14 says that the Image to the Beast will cause fire to come down from heaven like Elijah did, to deceive the whole world, but this time through the power of Satan impersonating God.
We need to be very careful when dealing with any supernatural being, they are smarter than us and stronger than us. Their object is to take our eternal life away from us so that we will suffer the same fate that they are destined to face Jude 6-7 .
How do they Appear when they appear to us? And how can we know if an angel/spirit is good or evil?
Test the angels/spirits 1 John 4:1-3 says: 1 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 1 John 4:1-3.
Angels are Beautiful and majestic beings; unlike anything we know. They were created that way to serve God. But we must be careful not to accept anything that they say. We must test them before we can trust them. It is not an insult to holy angels to test them, they know as well as we do that Satan is a deceiver and he seeks to have us. Holy angels are willing and eager to confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.