We’ve all seen the pictures and statues of angels with a lovely set of bird like wings, but when you go to the Bible they are described as having 4 or six wings. In 1 Kings 8:7. For the Cherubims spread forth their two wings over the place of the ark, and the Cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above.
They are described as having two when crafted upon the arc of the covenant.
In 2 chronicles 3:11. And the wings of the cherubims were twenty cubits long: one wing of the one cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house: and the other wing was likewise five cubits, reaching to the wing of the other cherub.
20 cubits would be 30 ft, however it then says that each wing was only 8 ft. so the cherubin they were fastened to must have been 14 ft. wide where the wings were attached.
In Ezekiel1:6. And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.
They gain an extra two wings.
But then we get to the book of isaiah and we find 2. Above it stood the seraphims each one had six wings with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
These angels which he saw before the throne of God, have six wings, with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he did fly. Now lets look at this from a practical view point. How would you like to go flying, with two wings covering your face, be kind of rough trying to see where you’re going, wouldn’t it? now think about those two wings covering his feet, they might make landing a touch dangerous don’t you think? there has to be another meaning, a parable that isn’t explained here. First off, what was the purpose of the wings? The rationale was that God was above us in the third heaven, in order to report to God, they had to be able to fly up to the throne of God. God does not need the angels to fly where He is to report to Him, the Holy spirit takes care of that. The Holy Spirit is God’s internet and telephone system. If humans can figure out how to do something, God knew how to do it thousands of years ago. The angels communicate with each other through the Holy Spirit, this is also how God communicated with His prophets. O.K. the angels don’t need the wings to fly with, because there are billions of angels covering the earth, they have the Holy spirit to communicate with so they don’t need to fly anywhere. the two that cover the face are a parable for the fact that we can be standing right next to an angel, and not recognize them for who they are. Remember Jesus’ words, Matthew 25: 40. And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
There are two major theological points in that verse, but the one I’m dealing with here is the fact that Jesus can say that because one of His angels received that treatment, which was sent straight to God, and by the way, if you say Jesus, you are saying God, if you say God, you are saying Jesus, because they are one and the same. The wings covering the face are a parable for your not being able to recognize them as an angel of God, unless they reveal themselves. The wings that cover the feet are a parable for the fact that no one can track them, if an angel does something you will never be able to track them down and tell them, you’re responsible for this, they can’t be traced, because they do their work through the Holy spirit which is the only part of God that is invisible. We see Him every day in the presence of His angels that walk among us, which is what Jesus meant by what He said in verse 40.
So how many wings do angels have? 0, nada, none, no wings on angels. they don’t need them to do their work for God. the wings aren’t a myth, there are no myths in the Bible, only parables, a parable is a false story that tells a truth. For instance Jesus’ story of the good Samaritan, was a parable, everybody knows that and no one has a problem with the fact that there really was no good samaritan who took care of the stranger. It was a false story used to tell a truth, we are to help those who are in need, whether we know them or not. the wings of angels were a parable designed to tell a truth about God and his angels, while they can’t fly, they are everywhere God sends them and they know everything God tells them!