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What does the Bible say about gender of angels?


According to Genesis, the Angels are certainly male 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

19:1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;

19:5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

Zechariah 5:9-11 Then I raised my eyes and looked, and there were two women, coming with the wind in their wings; {3} for they had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between earth and heaven. So I said to the angel who talked with me, “Where are they carrying the basket?” And he (the male angel) said to me, “To build a house for it in the land of Shinar; when it is ready, the basket will be set there on its base.”
Daniel 8:15-18 Then it happened, when I, Daniel, had seen the vision [H2377] and was seeking the meaning, that suddenly there stood before me one having the appearance of a man. 16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of the Ulai, who called, and said, “Gabriel, make this man understand the vision [#4758]. ” 17 So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face; but he said to me, “Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end.” {4}18 Now, as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me, and stood me upright

Daniel 8:15-17 Then it happened, when I, Daniel, had seen the vision and was seeking the meaning, that suddenly there stood before me one having the appearance [H4758] of a MAN [#1397]. 16 And I heard a MAN’s [H120] voice between the banks of the Ulai, who called, and said, “Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.17 So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face; but he said to me, “Understand, son of man [H120], that the vision refers to the time of the end.”


Daniel 9:21 Yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the MAN (H376) Gabriel [H1403], whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly (H3286) swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering

Luke 20:35-36 “Jesus” answered and said to them, The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of “God,” being sons of the resurrection.{

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  • Time Remains 2009/12/11 20:26:34
    Time Remains
    In all but 1 instance of the word angels in the Bible, the neuter noun is used in the Greek, now it was translated to the word he, but even in English, he can still be a neuter noun, though it is not commonly used as such, we use it the most to refer to male.
  • Peru 2009/12/07 19:08:31
    Peru
    Angels can be of either gender. Gender is an arbitrary construction of language to assign items (like tables) to either male or female regardless of their sexual traits (as tables don't have any). Spanish, for example, normally treats angels as masculin (Los Angeles) but you can have female constructions, too (Angela).

    As for sex, I don't know that anyone has undressed an angel to observe if it has a penis. We can safely believe, however, that Michael the Archangel has a male name.
  • Alexander Peru 2009/12/08 00:22:01
    Alexander
    It is interesting in Genesis 6 that the fallen angels had to have male genitalia in order to have intercourse with human females. Why does Zechariah see two female angels coming down out of the sky? I find it incredibly puzzling why so called Christians sight Matthew 22:30 as proof that angels have no gender. If you read the verse it only states that humans will not have to marry in heaven (Duh like it is obvious we will have spiritual bodies not physical) then it says like the angels. Now why would he say the last statement if the angels were not male and female and of course being spiritual they would have no need to marry. The problem lies with the writers of the books of the Bible since females did not hold a high status in everyday Judea of course they would make God and some angels male. In 'The Gospel of the Holy Twelve' God is referred to the All-Parent or Father-Mother and Jesus is referred to as the Brother-Daughter.
  • Peru Alexander 2009/12/09 18:39:23
    Peru
    I notice that you continue misusing the word "gender" when you are clearly referring to the sex of the being in question.

    You also assume that "the sons of God" must surely mean angels despite John 1:12 which reads: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God.

    You also claim that in heaven we will have spiritual bodies, yet Jesus is reported to have said: Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
  • JaVonSu... Alexander 2010/06/26 05:48:49
    JaVonSutton
    +2
    In Genesis son of god refer to the decendents of seth who followed god and practiced those beliefs. when they referred of Man they were speaking of the decendents of cain that had worshiped idols and was of worldly, lived their life their own way. so when the sons of god, referring to the men who followed god came across the daughters of the worldly men they mixed and started to worship the idols that their wordly wives worshiped. At first I beleived the same thing but if you read more of the bible and not just that verse you would understand. and there were Giants before and after this occured if you also read more of that verse,
  • JaVonSu... Alexander 2010/06/26 06:04:11
    JaVonSutton
    +1
    and also to think about why would they refer fallen angels as sons of god, they refer them as demons or evil spirits, and Angels were not made to create for god made all of them and only gave humans and animals the ability to create
  • Alexander Peru 2009/12/10 01:35:34
    Alexander
    At the conclusion of my research using only the Bible Angels definately have male and female gender Zechariah 5. Male angels had sex with human females in Genesis 6 and the Book of Enoch which is in the Ethiopian Orthodox Churches Bible so they definately have genitalia. Jesus tells us that Angels are male and female just like humans Matthew 22. As far as I am concerned the case has been solved.
  • FREED Jesus is LORD♥ 2009/12/05 23:19:10
    FREED Jesus is LORD♥
    +1
    I just discovered your question. Some things to ponder with Scriptures in response to your question.

    Question "Are angels male or female?"

    Answer: The Bible does not necessarily support the idea of angels being male or female. Whenever gender is specifically “assigned” to an angel in Scripture, it is male (Genesis 19:10-12; Revelation 7:2; 8:3; 10:7). However, this does not necessarily indicate that angels are male. Matthew 22:30 seems to indicate that angels are “sexless,” without gender: “At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.” If angels do not procreate, there is no need for gender, at least not in the sense of human gender distinctions.

    In a similar manner, God always refers to Himself in masculine language, although God is neither male nor female. God uses masculine language when He speaks of Himself because it more adequately describes who He is and what He does, especially in the patriarchal cultures in which the Bible was written. If angels do have a gender in some form, Scripture would indicate that they are predominately or universally male. It is more likely that angels are genderless, just as God is, and that masculine language is used to describe them and their role in serving God.

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    I just discovered your question. Some things to ponder with Scriptures in response to your question.

    Question "Are angels male or female?"

    Answer: The Bible does not necessarily support the idea of angels being male or female. Whenever gender is specifically “assigned” to an angel in Scripture, it is male (Genesis 19:10-12; Revelation 7:2; 8:3; 10:7). However, this does not necessarily indicate that angels are male. Matthew 22:30 seems to indicate that angels are “sexless,” without gender: “At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.” If angels do not procreate, there is no need for gender, at least not in the sense of human gender distinctions.

    In a similar manner, God always refers to Himself in masculine language, although God is neither male nor female. God uses masculine language when He speaks of Himself because it more adequately describes who He is and what He does, especially in the patriarchal cultures in which the Bible was written. If angels do have a gender in some form, Scripture would indicate that they are predominately or universally male. It is more likely that angels are genderless, just as God is, and that masculine language is used to describe them and their role in serving God.

    Question: "Who were the sons of God and daughters of men in Genesis 6:1-4?"

    Answer: Genesis 6:1-4 refers to the sons of God and the daughters of men. There have been several suggestions as to who the sons of God were and why the children they had with daughters of men grew into a race of giants (that is what the word Nephilim seems to indicate).

    The three primary views on the identity of the sons of God are 1) they were fallen angels, 2) they were powerful human rulers, or 3) they were godly descendants of Seth intermarrying with wicked descendants of Cain. Giving weight to the first theory is the fact that in the Old Testament the phrase “sons of God” always refers to angels (Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7). A potential problem with this is in Matthew 22:30, which indicates that angels do not marry. The Bible gives us no reason to believe that angels have a gender or are able to reproduce. The other two views do not present this problem.

    The weakness of views 2) and 3) is that ordinary human males marrying ordinary human females does not account for why the offspring were “giants” or “heroes of old, men of renown.” Further, why would God decide to bring the flood on the earth (Genesis 6:5-7) when God had never forbade powerful human males or descendants of Seth to marry ordinary human females or descendants of Cain? The oncoming judgment of Genesis 6:5-7 is linked to what took place in Genesis 6:1-4. Only the obscene, perverse marriage of fallen angels with human females would seem to justify such a harsh judgment.

    As previously noted, the weakness of the first view is that Matthew 22:30 declares, “At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.” However, the text does not say “angels are not able to marry.” Rather, it indicates only that angels do not marry. Second, Matthew 22:30 is referring to the “angels in heaven.” It is not referring to fallen angels, who do not care about God’s created order and actively seek ways to disrupt God’s plan. The fact that God’s holy angels do not marry or engage in sexual relations does not mean the same is true of Satan and his demons.

    View 1) is the most likely position. Yes, it is an interesting “contradiction” to say that angels are sexless and then to say that the “sons of God” were fallen angels who procreated with human females. However, while angels are spiritual beings (Hebrews 1:14), they can appear in human, physical form (Mark 16:5). The men of Sodom and Gomorrah wanted to have sex with the two angels who were with Lot (Genesis 19:1-5). It is plausible that angels are capable of taking on human form, even to the point of replicating human sexuality and possibly even reproduction. Why do the fallen angels not do this more often? It seems that God imprisoned the fallen angels who committed this evil sin, so that the other fallen angels would not do the same (as described in Jude 6). Earlier Hebrew interpreters and apocryphal and pseudopigraphal writings are unanimous in holding to the view that fallen angels are the “sons of God” mentioned in Genesis 6:1-4. This by no means closes the debate. However, the view that Genesis 6:1-4 involves fallen angels mating with human females has a strong contextual, grammatical, and historical basis.

    Question: "What are the different types of angels?"

    Answer: Angels fall into two categories: the “unfallen” angels and the fallen angels. Unfallen angels are those who have remained holy throughout their existence and accordingly are called “holy angels” (Matthew 25:31). In Scripture, generally when angels are mentioned, it is the class of holy angels in view. By contrast, the fallen angels are those who have not maintained their holiness. Holy angels fall into special classes, and certain individuals are named and mentioned. Michael the archangel is likely the head of all the holy angels, and his name means “who is like unto God?” (Daniel 10:21; 12:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Jude 9; Revelation 12:7-10). Gabriel is one of the principal messengers of God, his name meaning “hero of God,” and was entrusted with important messages such as those delivered to Daniel (Daniel 8:16; 9:21), to Zacharias (Luke 1:18-19), and to Mary (Luke 1:26-38).

    Most holy angels are not given names but are described only as “elect angels” (1 Timothy 5:21). The expressions “principalities” and “powers” seem to be used of all angels whether fallen or holy (Luke 21:26; Romans 8:38; Ephesians 1:21; 3:10; Colossians 1:16; 2:10, 15; 1 Peter 3:22). Some angels are designated as “cherubim,” which are living creatures who defend God’s holiness from any defilement of sin (Genesis 3:24; Exodus 25: 18, 20; Ezekiel 1:1-18). “Seraphim” are another class of angels mentioned only once in Scripture in Isaiah 6:2-7 and are described as having three pairs of wings. They apparently have the function of praising God, being God’s messengers to Earth, and are especially concerned with the holiness of God. Most of the references to holy angels in Scripture refer to their ministries which cover a wide field of achievement. They were present at creation, the giving of the Law, at the birth of Christ and at His resurrection, at the Ascension, and they will be present at the Rapture of the Church and the Second Coming of Christ.

    In stark contrast to the company of holy angels, the fallen angels are also innumerable and are described as fallen from their first estate. Led by Satan, who was originally a holy angel, the fallen angels defected, rebelled against God, and became sinful in their nature and work. Fallen angels have been divided into two classes: those who are free and those who are bound. Of the fallen angels, Satan alone is given particular mention in the Bible. When Satan fell (John 8:44; Luke 10:18), he drew after him one third of the angels. Of those, some are reserved in chains awaiting judgment (1 Corinthians 6:3; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6), and the remainder are free and are the demons, or devils, to whom reference is constantly made throughout the New Testament (Mark 5:9, 15; Luke 8:30, 1 Timothy 4:1). They are Satan’s servants in all his undertakings and share his doom (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).

    Question: "What does the Bible say about angels?"

    Answer: Angels are personal spiritual beings who have intelligence, emotions, and will. This is true of both the good and evil angels (demons). Angels possess intelligence (Matthew 8:29; 2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Peter 1:12), show emotion (Luke 2:13; James 2:19; Revelation 12:17), and exercise will (Luke 8:28-31; 2 Timothy 2:26; Jude 6). Angels are spirit beings (Hebrews 1:14) without true physical bodies. Although they do not have physical bodies, they are still personalities.

    Because they are created beings, their knowledge is limited. This means they do not know all things as God does (Matthew 24:36). They do seem to have greater knowledge than humans, however, which may be due to three things. First, angels were created as an order of creatures higher than humans. Therefore, they innately possess greater knowledge. Second, angels study the Bible and the world more thoroughly than humans do and gain knowledge from it (James 2:19; Revelation 12:12). Third, angels gain knowledge through long observation of human activities. Unlike humans, angels do not have to study the past; they have experienced it. Therefore, they know how others have acted and reacted in situations and can predict with a greater degree of accuracy how we may act in similar circumstances.

    Though they have wills, angels, like all creatures, are subject to the will of God. Good angels are sent by God to help believers (Hebrews 1:14). Here are some activities the Bible ascribes to angels:

    They praise God (Psalm 148:1-2; Isaiah 6:3). They worship God (Hebrews 1:6; Revelation 5:8-13). They rejoice in what God does (Job 38:6-7). They serve God (Psalm 103:20; Revelation 22:9). They appear before God (Job 1:6; 2:1). They are instruments of God's judgments (Revelation 7:1; 8:2). They bring answers to prayer (Acts 12:5-10). They aid in winning people to Christ (Acts 8:26; 10:3). They observe Christian order, work, and suffering (1 Corinthians 4:9; 11:10; Ephesians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:12). They encourage in times of danger (Acts 27:23-24). They care for the righteous at the time of death (Luke 16:22).

    Angels are an entirely different order of being than humans. Human beings do not become angels after they die. Angels will never become, and never were, human beings. God created the angels, just as He created humanity. The Bible nowhere states that angels are created in the image and likeness of God, as humans are (Genesis 1:26). Angels are spiritual beings that can, to a certain degree, take on physical form. Humans are primarily physical beings, but with a spiritual aspect. The greatest thing we can learn from the holy angels is their instant, unquestioning obedience to God’s commands.

    Question: "What do angels look like?"

    Answer: Angels are spirit beings (Hebrews 1:14), so they do not have any essential physical form. But angels do have the ability to take on human form. When angels appeared to humans in the Bible, they resembled normal males. In Genesis 18:1-19, God and two angels appeared as men and actually ate a meal with Abraham. Angels appear as men many times throughout the Bible (Joshua 5:13-14; Mark 16:5), although they never appear in the likeness of women.

    At other times, angels appeared not as humans, but as something other-worldly. At times, their appearance was terrifying to those who encountered them. Often the first words from these angels were “do not be afraid,” because extreme fear was such a common reaction. Zacharias in Luke 1:12 was speechless before the angel who visited him, as were the keepers of Jesus’ tomb, who became as dead men when they saw the angel of the Lord (Matthew 28:4). The shepherds in the fields in Luke 2 were “sore afraid” when the angel of the Lord appeared and the glory of the Lord shone around them. To others, however, angelic appearances did not produce terror. Mary’s encounter with the angel who announced the birth of Jesus produced confusion at the pronouncement, but did not seem to produce the same fear experienced by Zacharias.

    As for physical characteristics, angels are often described as winged. The cherubim on the ark of the covenant have wings that cover the mercy seat (Exodus 25:20). Isaiah also saw winged seraphim in his vision of the throne of heaven, each one having six wings (Isaiah 6:2). Ezekiel, too, saw visions of winged angels. Isaiah 6:1-2 depicts angels having human features—voices, faces and feet. Angel voices are heard singing and praising God in several other passages. One of the most complete descriptions of an angel is in Daniel 10:5-6: “I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of the finest gold around his waist. His body was like chrysolite, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude.” The angel guarding Jesus’ tomb was similarly described: “His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow” (Matthew 28:3).

    Whatever appearance angels take on, there is reason to believe they are incredibly beautiful. First, Ezekiel tells us that Lucifer’s beauty was such that it caused his heart to be “lifted up” in pride. In addition, it stands to reason that angels have extraordinary beauty because they are continually in the presence of Almighty God, whose glory is reflected upon all that is around Him.

    [In Zec. 5:9-11 the angel was refered to has of a male gender. The winged woman is symbolic and not speaking of an angel as I see it.]
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  • Alexander FREED J... 2009/12/06 02:04:47
    Alexander
    It is something to ponder, but I do not accept God referring to himself as masculine. I accept that the writers of the Torah made him masculine. Now it is interesting that in Genesis 6 and the Book of Enoch it talks of Sons of God (angels).
    Genesis 6:4 In those days as well as later, when the sons of the gods had intercourse with the daughters of mortals and children were born to them, the Nephilim were on the earth; they were the heroes of old, people of renown.
    So the angels talked of here were obviously male and had to have something to use for intercourse with human females. Then we have the question about female angels.
    Zechariah 5: 9. I looked up again and saw two women coming forth with the wind in their wings (for they had wings like those of a stork), and they lifted up the barrel midway between earth and sky.
    10. I asked the angel who talked with me where they were taking the barrel,
    11. and he answered, 'To build a house for it in the land of Shinar; once the house is ready,the barrel will be set there on the place prepared for it.'
    Are these two female angels? Who knows it is not specified.
    Matthew 22:30 In the resurrection men and women do not marry; they are like angels in heaven.
    This is the easiest yet Jesus is saying that men and women do not marry in ...
    It is something to ponder, but I do not accept God referring to himself as masculine. I accept that the writers of the Torah made him masculine. Now it is interesting that in Genesis 6 and the Book of Enoch it talks of Sons of God (angels).
    Genesis 6:4 In those days as well as later, when the sons of the gods had intercourse with the daughters of mortals and children were born to them, the Nephilim were on the earth; they were the heroes of old, people of renown.
    So the angels talked of here were obviously male and had to have something to use for intercourse with human females. Then we have the question about female angels.
    Zechariah 5: 9. I looked up again and saw two women coming forth with the wind in their wings (for they had wings like those of a stork), and they lifted up the barrel midway between earth and sky.
    10. I asked the angel who talked with me where they were taking the barrel,
    11. and he answered, 'To build a house for it in the land of Shinar; once the house is ready,the barrel will be set there on the place prepared for it.'
    Are these two female angels? Who knows it is not specified.
    Matthew 22:30 In the resurrection men and women do not marry; they are like angels in heaven.
    This is the easiest yet Jesus is saying that men and women do not marry in heaven after the resurrection. It does not say if the angels are male or female or both. Now the male angels of Genesis 6 and the Book of Enoch because of their lust for human females had to give up their status as angels to come down to earth to mate with humans God tells them this in Genesis 6 and the Book of Enoch.
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  • FREED J... Alexander 2009/12/06 21:04:12
    FREED Jesus is LORD♥
    God always refers to Himself in masculine language, although God is neither male nor female. God uses masculine language when He speaks of Himself because it more adequately describes who He is and what He does, especially in the patriarchal cultures in which the Bible was written. If angels do have a gender in some form, Scripture would indicate that they are predominately or universally male. It is more likely that angels are genderless, just as God is, and that masculine language is used to describe them and their role in serving God.
  • Captain Sticky 2009/12/05 22:35:17
    Captain Sticky
    +1
    Well my friend, six hours and no answers. I looked in my Bible but couldn't find anything.


    friend answers looked bible


    C'mon you Bible Thumpers! So quick to condemn but so slow to help with an answer to a VERY good question!
  • FREED J... Captain... 2009/12/05 23:20:03
    FREED Jesus is LORD♥
    +1
    I trust I have given some food for thought from the Bible of course.
  • Captain... FREED J... 2009/12/05 23:42:39
    Captain Sticky
    +1
    Well done. I'm impressed that you took the time. Please be assured that I meant no disrespect to you personally and the many other Christians here that I respect. I trust you are aware of those I directed my challenge to.
  • FREED J... Captain... 2009/12/06 00:19:00
    FREED Jesus is LORD♥
    +1
    I didn't take your comment as disrespect. And I do understand what you meant.
    I do thank you for clarifying. So many don't.
  • Alexander Captain... 2009/12/06 02:06:25
    Alexander
    I personally found the picture of the old Chilton manual very funny.
  • Missing... Captain... 2009/12/05 23:27:43
    Missing Links
    +1
    Angles are like the French (not the language) there is no gender.
  • Captain... Missing... 2009/12/05 23:43:07
    Captain Sticky
    Mais oui!
  • danaslc Missing... 2009/12/06 02:02:39
    danaslc
    +1
    I agree. No gender.
  • Alexander danaslc 2009/12/06 02:15:01
    Alexander
    Are you sure?

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