Hollywood would have us believe that all angels wear glowing white garments and have enormous feathered wings. Some paintings depict angel children and men and women with flowing hair, halos, and cheerful faces. Many dance and movement ministries have adopted this same ideology and some have included the word "angel" in the ministry name. We must always be careful to properly apply the Word of God, especially in the visual sense.
Many of the Lord's creations have wings, including birds and cherubim. Even the Lord Himself is described at times as having wings. When we continually present the image of angels in white with fluttering wings, we have not confirmed the Bible on the matter. Actually, angels in the scriptures are not described as winged. Some angels wore white, some were accompanied by bright light, some appeared in dreams, and some appeared as mortal men. The biblical description of angels is specific and many times invoked fear in the hearts of those they encountered. What a sight it must have been to behold such a creation! There were also times that people were not aware until later that an angel had been among them.
Angels serve as messengers of God. Movement ministers also serve as messengers of the gospel through the use of scripture, visual imagery, and relative motion. We cannot be ignorant or inaccurate when portraying the living Word. Angels are not to be revered as more holy and sacred than our Lord. When we pray and seek the Lord in order to bring glory to His name, He will open our eyes and reveal His truth to us.
Judges 6:22 (NKJV)
Now Gideon perceived that He was the Angel of the LORD. So Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord GOD! For I have seen the Angel of the LORD face to face.”
1 Chronicles 21:30 (NKJV)
But David could not go before it to inquire of God, for he was afraid of the sword of the angel of the LORD.
John 20:12 (NKJV)
And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
2 Corinthians 11:14 (NKJV)
And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
Hebrews 13:2 (NKJV)
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.