Can guardian angels be female

Are Angels Male or Female?



There is no doubt that any reference to angels in scripture is masculine. The Greek word for "angel" in the New Testament angelos stands in masculine form. There is actually no such thing as a feminine form of angelos. There are three forms of gender in grammar - masculine (masculine = he), feminine (feminine = she), and neutral (es). Angels are never referred to in any gender other than masculine. In the many appearances of angels in the Bible, there is no reference to an angel as "she" or "it". Furthermore, when angels appeared, they were always dressed like human men (Genesis 18: 2; 16; Ezekiel 9: 2). No angel in Scripture ever appears dressed like a woman.

The angels mentioned by name in the Bible - Michael, Gabriel, Lucifer - had male names. "Michael and his angels" (Revelation 12: 7); “But she [Mary] was shocked at what [Gabriel] said” (Luke 1:29); “How did you fall from the sky, you beautiful morning star! How were you struck to the ground, you conqueror of the peoples ”(Isaiah 14:12). Further references to angels are also always in masculine form. In Judges 6:21: “The angel of the Lord stretched out the staff that he had in his hand.” Zechariah asks the angel and tells about the angel that “he” was talking to him (Zechariah 1:13). The angels in Revelation always speak of “he” and “his” things (Revelation 10.1, 5; 14.19; 16.2, 4, 17; 19.17; 20.1).

Some point to Zechariah 5.9 as an example of female angels. Here it says, “And I lifted up my eyes and looked, and, behold, two women came up with the wind under their wings, and they had wings like the wings of a stork. And they carried the barrel between earth and heaven. ”The only problem is that the“ women ”in this vision of a prophecy were not called angels. They are called “nahiym” (“women”), also the woman in the bin, who represents godlessness in verses 7 and 8. In return, the angel to whom Zechariah speaks is called “malak”, a completely different word which means "angel" or "messenger". The fact that the women in Zechariah's vision have wings suggests that they are angels, but we must be careful when going beyond what the text precisely says. A vision does not necessarily represent real persons or objects - note the flying scroll that Zechariah saw before in the capital (Zechariah 5: 1-2).

The confusion about asexual angels comes from the mistaken reading of Matthew 22:30, which says there will be no marriages in heaven because we are "like angels in heaven." The fact that there will be no marriage in heaven leads some to believe that angels have no sexuality, and hence no gender, because it is believed that the ultimate purpose of sex is procreation; if there is no marriage and no procreation, there is no need for gender. However, that would be a conclusion that cannot be proven from the text. Just because there is no more marriage does not necessarily mean that there are no different genders either. Also, the many references made about male angels disprove the idea of ​​genderless angels. Angels do not marry, but we cannot infer from "no marriage" to "no gender".

Gender in linguistic contact is not automatically to be equated with sexuality. Rather, the masculine pronouns of the angelic apparitions are a sign of authority rather than sexuality. God always speaks of himself in the masculine form. The Holy Spirit is never described as "it". God is personal and authoritarian - hence the masculine personal pronouns. It would not be appropriate to speak of heavenly beings other than the masculine form, because God has given them the authority to exercise his power (2 Kings 19:35), to convey his messages (Luke 2:10) and to deliver him on earth represent.

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