Three years ago in Sicily, I had an incredible vision while sleeping. I saw a dozen angels, and it was a breathtaking experience that I will never forget. But let me take you back to 11 years ago, when I was in my native country of Nigeria, and had a dream that changed the course of my life.
In that dream, my pastor approached me inside Church and asked me three times, “What are you doing here, Dennis?” “I don’t see you here (in Nigeria), but I see you in a foreign land!” When I awoke, I dismissed the dream, thinking that I had given up on traveling abroad and didn’t want to dwell on that thought again.
It was clear that God wanted my attention and made certain that I knew it was Him speaking to me, so that I cannot deny that it was a man of God who spoke to me in this dream. However, I later prayed as many months to God and asked for forgiveness for not heeding to His voice. Then I promised to submit to His will if He would reveal the city He intended for me to go to, and the Spirit of God replied, “Sicily.”
At that time, I chuckled to myself and thought, “How on earth will I ever go to Sicily?” But because I had promised to obey God, I said, “Let your will be done!” My laughter was not lost on God, who promised to remind me when it happened, and then it would be His turn to laugh. Fast forward eight years later, I found myself pursuing a master’s degree in Sicily, the very place where I now had this vision of angels.
It all started as any normal dream, I saw my deceased father walking towards me, and not knowing if I was seeing a ghost, I shouted the name Jesus, believing that
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe” (Proverbs 18:10).
Immediately, my dream changed, and I found myself surrounded by a brilliant light and my vision became clear like noon. As my eyes adjusted, I saw 4 men dressed in white chatting casually about 25 meters away. They ranged in height from 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches. But what really caught my attention next were three tall women with large wings, standing just 5 meters away from the men to my right. Their heights ranged from 6 feet 3 inches to 6 feet 6 inches, and they had light-colored hair, and their waists and feet were well covered. They wore fitted vests and looked absolutely glorious and breath-taking.
Standing next to the women was a big angel, slightly over 7 feet tall with light blond hair and a muscular physique. He wore a golden belt and exuded immense power and authority, which frightened me. This big arch angel had a pretty and benign face like that of the winged women, but the physique was muscular, like that of a male basketball player. I could not take my eyes off this entity.
But just then I noticed that this big angel was speaking, animatedly, with 3 or 4 physically fit young men to my right, who were almost 8 feet tall. They were the tallest men I had ever seen in my entire life and looked like strong troops. My gaze had been shifting up and up until I was completely overwhelmed… when I saw those ordinary-looking men, then the winged women, then the big arch angel, and finally these giant young men.
As I stared in awe at these entities, I began to wish they wouldn’t notice me, especially the big angel; because the anointing radiating from them made me feel frail and frightened. And that was when I woke up suddenly, startled and dazed by what I had just seen.
I was under the impression that all angels must look like men, but the winged women didn’t fit this expectation. It was reassuring, due to my male ego, to see that some of the men were actually taller than the women in my vision as they towered over the ordinary-looking men (whom I now assume to be guardian angels).
I prayed to God then and said, “Heavenly Father, I thought angels all looked like men, but did You just show me divine beings that looked like winged women?” The Lord replied, “Think whatever you want, but you saw correctly!”
I had always assumed that all angels looked like men, but the winged women in my vision shattered that assumption. In fact, it was only later, when I read Zechariah 5:9, that I found a scriptural example for what I had seen.
“Then I lifted up my eyes and saw two women approaching, with the wind in their wings. Their wings were like those of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between heaven and earth.”
These were exactly the kind of celestial beings that I saw.
So, what were these beings that I saw? Were they cherubim or angels? The Bible doesn’t give us a clear answer. But as I reflected on this vision and consulted scriptures on the description of winged beings in the Bible, I was still hesitant to refer to them as “angels” in the traditional sense.
Perhaps this hesitation is rooted in our own male ego. For example, Zechariah’s focus was on the appearance of these beings without explicitly stating that they are angels. This suggests to me that he too, was unsure of what to make of their nature, as they appeared to be some esoteric beings. Zechariah did not fully understand what he was seeing and did not feel comfortable calling these beings angels.
The depiction of winged beings has been a common theme in many mythologies and religions throughout history. In Christianity, we often see these beings represented as angels, but I have always struggled to see them that way, even after having this vision, as I did not find any reference in the Bible calling any winged being an angel.
In addition to the winged women in Zechariah, the Bible also mentions other celestial beings with wings. One example is the cherubim, which have four wings and four faces. (Certainly, their description does not fit that of the winged women.) They are described as powerful guardians of God’s throne, and their imagery is used extensively in Jewish and Christian art and literature.
But wait… what about seraphim? Do you remember that another type of winged being mentioned in the Bible is the seraphim? These beings are described by the prophet Isaiah as having six wings and are human like, unlike the beastly cherubim.
They used two wings to cover their faces, two to cover their feet, and two to fly. The seraphim are depicted as worshiping God, when Isaiah saw them, calling out “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:1-3).
I am not trying to insinuate anything new here. But is it possible that the winged women seen by Zechariah and even by me were seraphim who were not worshiping God and therefore did not cover their faces with their lesser wings? But coming to think about them now, I remember that the winged women’s feet were well covered from view, but I could see the feet of all the other angels, especially that of the big arch angel. Alternatively, they could be entirely different types of celestial beings altogether. Regardless of their identity, the existence of winged beings in the Bible suggests that the spiritual realm is full of such beings beyond our understanding now.
I realized that the appearance of these divine beings wasn’t as important as the message they carried. They were a reminder of God’s power and grace and of the incredible things He can do in our lives when we submit to His will. I do not know why God gave me this vision.
As I continue on my journey, I’m grateful for the vision God gave me and the ways He continues to guide and direct my path, and I’ve realized without an atom of doubt that God loves me so much, including all those who believe in Christ. He has promised to guide us and direct our steps. Halleluyah! Praise the Lord!