Are Cherubim Angels?
Last week we asked if seraphim are the same as angels? We discovered there is no biblical evidence to suggest they are. Now we ask the same question about cherubim.
The Bible mentions cherubim much more than seraphim. In fact, there are 69 verses (in the NIV) with either cherubim (the plural form) or cherub (the singular form). All but one of these mentions are in the Old Testament, many relating to the construction of the tabernacle and temple.
Just as with seraphim, none of these 69 verses says that cherubim are angels. The dictionary defines cherubim as “celestial beings,” just as it does for seraphim.
Cherubim have wings and fly, but they also have hands. Their wings make a loud sound and can be heard from far away. Some cherubim are in heaven, around the throne of God. David even writes about God riding them.
Although cherubim are not angels, they are some amazing supernatural beings.
Next we’ll look at what the Bible teaches us about angels and then archangels.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.