The angels had bodies. Keep reading. (Also, consider listening to Michael Heiser’s explanation of the “spiritual body” here.)
If you read much in the Bible about humans, you’ll discover that they can die in two different ways: their bodies, and their spirits. Anyone who’s ever watched prime time TV is quite familiar with what causes human bodies to die, and the Bible is no stranger to this discussion, either. In the Bible, however, we are told not only about the death of the human body, but also about the “second death”—one that we cannot see happening, but that we can understand just fine. The second death is a reference to the killing of the human spirit in the Lake of Fire. That is, those humans whom God does not deem worthy of eternal life, he throws into the Lake of Fire for their destruction.
Many are aware that the “eternal fire” was “prepared for the devil and his angels”. They tend to assume, however, that the angels had no bodies in which a “first death” could be died. The following passages (with minimal commentary) are evidences that angels did indeed have bodies.
Psalm 82:I said, “You are gods,
sons of the Most High, all of you;
7 nevertheless, like men you shall die,
and fall like any prince.”
How can they die like men if they don’t have bodies that are kill-able?
Genesis 6:4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.
How can these beings intermarry with human women if the beings do not have bodies?
Judges 6:21 Then the angel of the Lord reached out the tip of the staff that was in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened cakes. And fire sprang up from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened cakes. And the angel of the Lord vanished from his sight.
How can an angel have a staff in his hand if he has no hands? And if that’s not a real staff, then how can he touch the food with it?
Judges 13:15 Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, “Please let us detain you and prepare a young goat for you.”16 And the angel of the Lord said to Manoah, “If you detain me, I will not eat of your food. But if you prepare a burnt offering, then offer it to the Lord.” (For Manoah did not know that he was the angel of the Lord.)
Manoah was certainly under the impression that angels eat.
1 Kings 19:5 And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat.”
How can an angel touch someone if angels have no bodies?
Genesis 19:1 The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth 2 and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.”
Why would angels need to sleep if they did not have physical bodies?
Genesis 19:4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. 5 And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.” 6 Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him, 7 and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly. 8 Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.”
Why would these evil men want to have sex with beings that had no bodies?
Genesis 18:1 And the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. 2 He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth 3 and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. 4 Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, 5 while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” 6 And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” 7 And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. 8 Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate. …. 22 So the men turned from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. ….33 And the Lord went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place. 19:1 The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom.
Here angels washed their feet, rested, ate bread, refreshed themselves, and ate meat. Although they are not called “angels” at the beginning, they were called so at the end. How can angels do all these things if they do not have physical bodies?
Psalm 78:23 Yet he commanded the skies above
and opened the doors of heaven,
24 and he rained down on them manna to eat
and gave them the grain of heaven.
25 Man ate of the bread of the angels;
he sent them food in abundance.
Why would there be anything called “bread of the angels” if angels don’t eat it? And how could they eat it if they did not have bodies?
“I’ll bet you’re all wondering why I’ve called you here.”
Why is it important for you to understand that the angels had bodies? It’s because they are the ones who are in view here:
Revelation 19:11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. 17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead, “Come, gather for the great supper of God, 18 to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great.” 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army. 20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21 And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.
Regardless of how many humans were involved in this event, “the kings of the earth” were also killed that day, “slain”, and having their “flesh” left for the birds to eat. “Kings of the earth” is a reference to those beings God had put in charge of the various nations of the world in the post-Babel dispersion:
Deuteronomy 32:7 Remember the days of old;
consider the years of many generations;
ask your father, and he will show you,
your elders, and they will tell you.
8 When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance,
when he divided mankind,
he fixed the borders of the peoples
according to the number of the sons of God.
9 But the Lord‘s portion is his people,
Jacob his allotted heritage.
The battle here in Revelation 19 is one in which the heavenly forces engage against forces that are on the Earth. This is hardly some global battle in which all of mankind is killed in some universal judgment event. No, what is being judged here is the kingdom of Satan, and the primary focus of that judgment is upon the non-human participants in it.