When it comes to angels, there are two another classes of spiritual beings that have been called angels. But are they really angels? We are not sure, but they are usually classified under this heading. However, there are differences between the two.
The word used to describe these beings is seraph, and it means, ‘burning,’ so seraphim are the plural of word and means, ‘burning ones.’ It would appear that they emit a brilliance of the glory and purity of God. This would seem to be to such an extent that they appear to be on fire. The only place that they are mentioned in the Bible is in Isaiah 6:1-7.
Some of the things that we know are that;
- Each has a face, hands, feet, six wings: 6:2
- They were in worship as purified servants for effective worship and service: 6:3
- They carry out their ministry with deep humility and reverence: 6:2-3
- They praise and proclaim God’s perfect holiness and also surround God’s throne: 6:3
- They seem to fly around the throne of God constantly declaring worship Him by declaring His holiness: 6:2,6
- As they sang God’s praises, the posts shook: 6:4
- They give the impression to do some sort of priestly duties regarding cleansing and the holiness relating to the altar of God: 6:6
The first time they are mentioned in the Bible protecting God’s holiness: Gen 3:24.They were also on the Ark of the Covenant: Ex 25:17-22; 1 Kings 6:23-28; 8:6-7; 1 Chron 28:18.
In Ezekiel’s visions he went on to describes the Cherubim (although he saw four in the visions, there could be more we do not know), who carried the throne of God: Ez 1:15-21; 10:9-13,15-19; cf. also 1 Sam 4:4; Ps 18:10; 80:1
Pause in His presence for a moment and think this over…