On this account the cherubim have of recent years been explained as mere symbols of the fulness of earthly life, which, like the earth itself, is the footstool of God. That Old Testament writers used the word cherubim to designate angels, not merely to express ideas, can be best gathered from Genesis 3:24, where God sets cherubim at the entrance of Paradise.
Since Pseudo-Dionysius, De Caelesti Hier. Lucifer, who because of vanity and sin turned himself into the devil (see Ezekiel 28:12 - 19), was originally one of the Cherubim and was directly associated with the throne of God (Ezekiel 28:14). Find out more in our Cookies & Similar Technologies Policy. At first but seven choirs of angels were reckoned, i.e. That Old Testament writers used the word cherubim to designate angels, not merely to express ideas, can be best gathered from Genesis 3:24, where God sets cherubim at the entrance of Paradise. Vol. But these faces are more naturally understood to signify that these angelic beings possessed the intelligent wisdom of man, the lithe strength of the lion, the ponderous weight of the ox, the soaring sublimity of the eagle. We do know that they have four faces and four wings (Ezekiel 10:10 - 12, 14). Cherubim are described as serving the will of God, performing divine duties in the earthly realm.
The only time Cherubim appear away from God's throne is after the casting of Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden. Arendzen, John. 5 out of 5 stars (143) 143 reviews $ 23.26. The word cherub (cherubim is the Hebrew masculine plural) is a word borrowed from the Assyrian kirubu, from karâbu, "to be near", hence it means near ones, familiars, personal servants, bodyguards, courtiers. He rode upon a cherub and flew upon the wings of the wind." The living beings (zoa) so often mentioned in St. John's Apocalypse can only be taken as parallel to those in Ezechiel, and their personal existence in St. John's mind cannot be doubted.
A cherub (plural cherubs or cherubim) is an angelic being.
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A similar metathesis and play upon sound undoubtedly exists between Kerub and Rakab, "to ride", and Merkeba, "chariot". Cherubim still remains a mystery and we will not fully understand what these angelic creatures do and act.