so I have a Christian friend who is very set on the idea that angels don't have wings. (mild disclaimer: we both know this isn't theologically important.) But she says wings were just added in medieval art so you'd be able to tell them apart from the humans. When I pointed out that God described the angels on the ark to be made with wings, she asked me how I knew they are actually angels?? idk I'm just surprised she'd be thrown by that. Anyhow, is there Biblical proof one way or the other?
At least some angels do have wings. Cherubim and seraphim are some of the ones that we know definitely have wings.
“And the cherubim shall stretch out their wings above, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and they shall face one another; the faces of the cherubim shall be toward the mercy seat.”
“And the cherubim lifted their wings and mounted up from the earth in my sight.”
“Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.”
There isn’t really any debate as to weather or not cherubim and seraphim are angels, the Bible is pretty straightforward on that based on context of the text. They’re often described in conjunction with heaven, other heavenly hosts, and worshiping around the throne of God, so there’s no great controversy as to whether or not they’re angels.