Angels are spirit entities that generally are messenger spirits for the Most High God. By messages, they can communicate in various ways that aren’t always clear. Generally speaking, some seers can see angels.
Humans were created to be the image of God on earth in this physical dimension. God created angelic beings to dwell in another dimension, which the Biblical authors called ‘heaven.’ That is their natural place of habitation – ‘the other side.’ When they enter our dimension, they generally have a mission to fulfill or a message from the God to deliver.
Some of them have wings. Many do not. Angels don’t have to “earn their wings.” They aren’t pilots in training. They exist within a hierarchy of some sort. They are intelligent beings with free will, who can interact with our reality on the quantum level.
And that is all I know for certain about angels. What follows are some of my additional thoughts.
The Bible records numerous encounters people had with angels, and indicates some people could see them even if other people who were also present could not. They could take human form, eat and drink and engage in other bodily functions with people; they could take a non-corporeal form (passing through space, matter, and time); they had supernatural abilities; they were investigators; they were messengers. In fact, the word “angel” means “messenger.” It’s almost like a job description, rather than a kind of being. Some very powerful beings were called angels; others didn’t seem to be as powerful. The Bible does not record that angels can have female gender, but it does record some have (presumably male) sex organs.
Some people think angels can’t act unless they are empowered by prayers. I don’t think I agree with that view, but prayer can play a role in how angels interact with our reality.
Some people think all children have guardian angels assigned to them. I definitely do not agree with that view, mostly because so many awful things happen to so many children globally. To me, that is a nice bedtime fairy tale to make people feel better about the evil in the world… evil that people are expected to fix, because they are supposed to be God’s image here.
There is the idea of “fallen angels” – evil angels or rogue angels who don’t align themselves with the God. I dislike the word choice “fallen angel.” First of all, “fallen angels” isn’t in the Bible. There are spirit beings whom God created who rebelled from His agenda and have their own agenda. There are also spirit beings who God assigned in some kind of administrative capacity over nations and the cosmos (the biblical “heavenly host” or “divine council”), but now follow their own agendas. On this site, we refer to these beings by various terms, usually evil spirits. We won’t refer to them as fallen angels.
Why? Well, “fallen” indicates that these beings “fell from Grace.” But the Grace of God is by definition infinite, so it’s impossible to fall from it. It also indicates there is some ability for these beings to be redeemed. I don’t know if that is true either. Plus, in the Hebrew bible, the word “angel” just means a spirit being who was a “messenger.” In the New Testament, the word “angel” seems to indicate something more than just a messenger. In the modern New Age movement, angels are usually considered good beings. But the Biblical authors made it clear that evil beings can camouflage themselves as “an angel of light.” So it’s important to not trust messages from angels at face value, because it’s not clear where they come from and what they are. The New Testament advises that people “test” the messages from angels.
More information on “fallen angels” can be found in my book, Peace in Your House: Spiritual Cleansing of Life and Land.
Generally speaking, seeing an acting on behalf of God can be comforting. But just what angels actually are is just unclear.
What is clear is that Seers see angels. Whatever they may be.