Are There Female Angels?

In Genesis 1:26 we are told that God made man in His image: AND that He made them both male and female.  In other words, God -- in a very real sense -- divided His attributes into two distinct types: Male and Female.  We also know that angels were at times called "sons of God," (Job 1:6) and on occasion appeared as men, and once as 'women with wings' (Zech. 5:9).  So the question is, do angels appear in both male and female forms, and what did Jesus mean when He said that we will be "like angels," and that there is no "marriage" in heaven: Luke 20:27-36?Female Angel with wings

A deer in a forest may never see even one human its entire life?  And if it did, it would more likely be a man than a woman. This is simply because more hunters, fishermen, and backpackers are male than female. So if deer could talk and think, they could easily conclude that humans are all males.  This may explain why the Scriptures often depict angels as men.

In Jude 6 we are told that some angels left their "proper abode." This is likely related to what Genesis 6 says about "sons of God" taking "daughters of men" as wives.  If so, then a reasonable question is, 'What was their proper abode, and does it suggest that angels were (and are) sexual beings: i.e. male and female?

Many would agree that their "proper abode" was in heaven with God, and since we are told that they went in to the "daughters of men" we can be certain that this took place on earth: and that they left heaven to do so, but it's also possible that there is more to this great 
mystery than "male only" angels in heaven with God (as some suggest), vs men and women on earth: Eph. 5:28-32.

In Genesis 6:4 we are told that “the Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and ... bore children to them.  Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.”

Many Bible scholars agree that the term “sons of God” in this passage refers to angels.  Some reasons for this are given below.

  • In Job 1:6 it says that, the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.”  Most bible scholars agree that this verse is talking about angels.  And according to Job 38:4-7, "the sons of God shouted for joy" when God laid the foundation of the earth: or before any humans even existedIn this regard, William MacDonald says that the term ‘sons of God is a standard Semitic expression' for angels.1

    Their offspring may have been the Nephilim, who  were giants that were 9-16 feet tall: perhaps the same type of 'men' that the Israelites said made them look like "like grasshoppers" in comparison: Numbers 13:31-33.  

    We know that giants existed, both from the Old Testament and archeology.  For example, a  book
    by David Hatcher Childress documents at least 10 different burial graves where skeletons of giant people were from 10 -12 feet tall. And excavations in the Turkish, Euphrates Valley revealed the remains of a 47 inch human femur bone: which indicates that the person it came from was from 14-16 feet tall. 3

  • If Genesis 6:4 was referring to men, then why doesn’t it say that “the sons of men went in to the daughters of men” ?   And if these were the Godly offspring of Adam, then why does the very next verse (v. 5) talk about how wicked men were in those days?  In this regard, at this time in man's history there were apparently only eight righteous people on the planet: or those that heeded God's warning and went onto the ark.  Genesis 6-9 and I Pet. 3:17-20.

  • The fact that God did NOT give them permission to do so, nor approve of what they did.  For in Jude 6 and 7 their "gross immorality" and going after "strange flesh," was compared to the sin of sodomy and homosexuality: or "Sodom and Gomorrah."  And since Jude mentions the book of Enoch in verse 11: this means that this part of Enoch is accurate.  And when we look at Enoch Enoch Chapter 7 we find the following details: 

  • 1)It happened after the sons of men had multiplied in those days, that daughters were born to them, elegant and beautiful. 2) And when the angels,4 the sons of heaven, beheld them, they became enamoured of them, saying to each other, Come, let us select for ourselves wives from the progeny of men, and let us beget children." 5  

  • Enoch 19:2-3 also gives reference to female angels who went astray.  
    "' ... Here shall stand the angels who have connected themselves with women, and their spirits assuming many different forms are defiling mankind and shall lead them astray into sacrificing to demons ...  (here shall they stand,) till the day of the great judgment in which they shall be judged till they are made an end of.  And the women also of the angels who went astray shall become sirens.'

According to an 1859 issue of a newspaper called the National Tribune, George Washington had an angelic vision at Valley Forge during the worst days of the Revolutionary war.  According to the article, the vision was given to him by a beautiful female, who was likely an angel. 6   Those who scoff at such a possibility should know that this account was first published in 1859, or two years before the civil war.  This is significant since the second part of the vision deals with the war between the states: that began in 1861.

A Christian brother and friend told me of an out-of-body experience he had while in Vietnam when he was about 20: just after he was blown off of his feet and his body slammed into a building, and at which time he broke his neck.  During this experience, his spirit left his body, and he saw himself going up, above the earth -- toward a point of light that was getting larger and larger.  And on the way he noticed that there were two glowing-white angels who were traveling with him (and guiding him).  And as they were traveling, he noticed that they were giggling because he was staring at them and trying to figure out if they were male or female.  And in this regard he noticed that  they were either switching places very fast, or their faces were changing from "male to female."  But he said that one of them was a female.

During this event, he was taken up to heaven and had a conversation with Jesus: in which the Lord asked him if he was willing to go back and tell people what he saw.  And because he said "YES," you and I get to hear some more details of what is on the other side.  In this regard there is  something significant that God told to Jeremiah: the ONLY prophet he also told to not marry , and who was also called "a prophet to the nations," according to Jeremiah 1:5. 

On 8-12-13, on a radio program called "Pastor's Perspective," a Lady named Karen called up to tell the audience that she was at home with her husband one evening and, for some reason she couldn't sleep, and then she found out why.  It was because there was a female angel in their bedroom who walked up to her husband -- who was asleep -- and said "You better get right with God," and then vanished.  She also said that it was Not a dream or vision, but that she was wide awake when it occurred.

In Jeremiah 31:22 we are told that in the future, God will create a new thing in the earth: a woman will encompass a man.   Just from what it says, it appears that this "new thing" involves some sort of Intimacy between the sexes -- perhaps when the Lord re-creates All Things: including sex, which simply means "to divide": Rev. 21:4-5, I Tim. 4:4-5?  In this regard, God invented pleasure, intimacy, and sex, so perhaps He is going to re-new it and make it holy?  

In this regard, the New Testament says that we are not only
members of Christ's body,  but also "individually members one of another”  (Eph. 2:19-22; 4:25; 5:29-33, Rom. 12:5, I Cor. 12:12, 20, 26-27).  And according to Rom. 9:33 and 10:11, none who believe in Jesus will be disappointed (NASB) in Christ's coming kingdom, nor in how good the Lord is to those who Love, serve, and obey Him (John 12:26 and Mal. 3:16-18).  See also Psalm 16:11; 20:4-5; 31:19; 32:7-10-b; 130:5-8; 145:15-16; Dan. 12:3.

So although there is no “marriage” in heaven as we have known it on earth (Matt. 22:23-30), in a very real sense all believers in Christ will be married to Jesus: and to some degree to each other.  In this regard, our dwelling place is called the Bride, the wife of the Lamb (Rev. 21:9).  We are also told that a Marriage Supper is coming, in which the servants of Christ will be rewarded (Isa. 25:6-9; Zech. 6:13; Mal. 3:18; John 12:26; Eph. 5:23-32, Rev. 3:21; 19:7 and 22:12-14).   

  1. Believer’s Bible Commentary, William MacDonald, 1995, p. 39.
  2. Lost Cities of North and Central America, David Hatcher Childress, 1992, p. 197,  230, 255, 315, 323-4, 351-2, 390, 454, 468-9, 493-97, 509, 526, 534, 553-4.
  4. An Aramaic text reads "Watchers" here (J.T. Milik, Aramaic Fragments of Qumran Cave 4 [Oxford: Press, 1976], p. 167).
  5. Chapter 7, The Book of Enoch: Ethiopian version; other Enoch books label this chapter 6.
  6. See: Washington’s Vision at

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