What are Cherubim?

The cherubim were the angels that protected the tree of life from man after God banished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden; they kept the way of the tree of life. They were first seen by Adam and eve (Genesis 3:23-25).

The Prophet Ezekiel was the next to see them. The book of Ezekiel is where you can discover more about these particular angels. You will know them better today.

Appearance of the Cherubim

They have four faces. Ezekiel 1:10 tells us what the faces of each one looks like “the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side:  and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.” All four faces talks about the Lord Jesus Christ. The face of the man reveals Christ’s humanity; the lion reveals His authority; the ox, His sacrifice for man; and the eagle, His deity.

They have the likeness of man with the hands of man right under their wings. The cherubim, unlike the seraphim, have four wings. The Seraphim have six wings. A cherub’s four wings are stretched upward; the top two are always joined to another cherub on both sides – they are bound together, and the remaining two covers the body. Man’s feet is not straight, theirs are, and the soles of their feet is like that of a calf’s foot (Ezekiel 1:5-7, 9; Ezekiel 10:21).

At a point, the Prophet Ezekiel saw one wheel beside each of the Cherubim. That wheel was a wheel in a wheel, and they moved in the direction the cherubim moved. Whichever way they moved, the wheel moved. There were rings in the wheels, which were all covered with eyes all around. Their spirit was in the wheels (Ezekiel 1:15-16, 18, 21).

The Movement of the Cherubim

They are all the time in unison. The cherubim move straight forward together, and do not turn when they are moving. These living creatures – Ezekiel chapter 1 refers to them as living creatures – do their assigned duties in unity. They only move in the direction of the Holy Spirit. The noise of their wings when they move is mighty like that of great waters, as the voice of hosts. The noise stops when they stop and are still. The cherubs appear like a flash of lightening when they commute from one place to the other. (Ezekiel 1:9, 12, 14, 24). They looked burnished brass (Ezekiel 1:7). Verse 13 also says they were like bright burning coals of fire.

The Role of the Cherubs in God’s Creation

The cherubs guard and protect, and carry of God’s seat or throne. They are wherever God is; they are nearer to God (Ezekiel 1:26; Genesis 3:23-25; Exodus 25:18-21; 1 Kings 6:23,27; 2 Samuel 22:11). Look at Satan, for instance, he was an anointed guardian cherub (Ezekiel 28:14). Meaning, you can invoke these creatures to protect you because you have God’s presence in you. Their purpose is a Holy Spirit guided one (Ezekiel 1:20). Hallelujah!