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Many angels sing praises to God the Father and Jesus Christ on a regular basis. In Revelation 5:11-13 Revelation 5:11-13 11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. 13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be to him that sits on the throne, and to the Lamb for ever and ever.
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we read: “Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!’”

“And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: ‘Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!’”

This praise from this massive angelic choir seems to go on continually!

Yet it appears that these angels are not all the same.

As we saw with the examples of Michael and Gabriel, angels have different kinds of responsibilities. And interestingly, the Bible shows that there are different classifications of angels too—not all are alike!

Let’s look at the categories of angels mentioned in Scripture.

Seraphim—burning ones

In relating the story of his calling, the prophet Isaiah tells us something remarkable: “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face , with two he covered his feet , and with two he flew . And one cried to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!’” (Isaiah 6:1-3 Isaiah 6:1-3 1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 2 Above it stood the seraphim: each one had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he did fly. 3 And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
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As with Ezekiel some years later (see Ezekiel 1:10 Ezekiel 1:10As for the likeness of their faces, they four had 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.
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), Isaiah here sees a vision of God on a throne, attended by spirit beings, at the heavenly temple. These angelic spirits, identified as seraphim, could be a different class or type of angel from the cherubim in Ezekiel. The seraphim are not described extensively, but we may note these features:

• Seraphim have six wings.
• They cover their faces with a set of wings.
• They cover their feet with a set of wings.
• They fly with a set of wings.
• Seraphim form may resemble a person standing upright—but with wings.
• They hover above God’s throne.
• They sing praises to God a lot!

Observe that the seraphim here have six wings instead of the four wings of the cherubim in Ezekiel (which we’ll see more about shortly). However, it’s possible that these beings are not so different after all.

The word seraphim has been left untranslated here. It literally means “burning ones.” Yet the word seraph is translated elsewhere in Scriptures as “fiery serpent” and with another word later in the book of Isaiah as “fiery flying serpent” (Isaiah 14:29 Isaiah 14:29Rejoice not you, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote you is broken: for out of the serpent’s root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.
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; Isaiah 30:6 Isaiah 30:6The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from where come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches on the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures on the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them.
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; compare Numbers 21:6 Numbers 21:6And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
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; Numbers 21:8 Numbers 21:8And the LORD said to Moses, Make you a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looks on it, shall live.
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; Deuteronomy 8:15 Deuteronomy 8:15Who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought you forth water out of the rock of flint;
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). Notice Numbers 21:6 Numbers 21:6And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
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in the Tanakh, the newer Jewish Publication Society translation of the Holy Scriptures: “The Lord sent seraph serpents against the people.”

It is commonly thought that the term fiery (i.e., burning) serpents connotes the sting of their bites. Yet it may actually refer to the reflective quality of their glassy scales, by which they are shiny . Interestingly, the Hebrew word for serpent, nachash, literally means “shining one.” Indeed, a literal translation of Numbers 21:6 Numbers 21:6And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
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would be: “And sent the Eternal among the people the shining ones, the burning ones, and they bit the people.”

Notice alsoNumbers 21:8 Numbers 21:8And the LORD said to Moses, Make you a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looks on it, shall live.
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in the Tanakh: “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a seraph figure and mount it on a standard.’” And Moses made a bronze nachash or serpent (Numbers 21:9 Numbers 21:9And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it on a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
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). In fact, the word for bronze is another form of nachash , apparently because of its shiny quality. In any case, it appears that seraph and nachash are interchangeable terms (see also E.W. Bulinger, The Companion Bible , Appendix 19).

What then of the seraphim Isaiah sees? According to Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words , “it may imply either a serpentine form (albeit with wings, human hands, and voices) or beings that have a ‘glowing’ quality about them” (1985, Old Testament Section, “To Burn,” p. 27). Of course, every angel, it should be noted, is a shining being of light (compare Revelation 10:1 Revelation 10:1And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was on his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
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; Revelation 18:1 Revelation 18:1And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
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), also described as a “flame of fire” (Hebrews 11:7 Hebrews 11:7By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
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All of this is rather interesting when we consider that Satan is referred to in Scripture as a serpent and even a “fiery red dragon” (Revelation 12:4 Revelation 12:4And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
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; Revelation 12:9 Revelation 12:9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
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). This seems too much like “fiery flying serpent” (i.e., seraph ) to be mere coincidence. And yet Satan is distinctly referred to in Ezekiel 28:14-16 Ezekiel 28:14-16 14 You are the anointed cherub that covers; and I have set you so: you were on the holy mountain of God; you have walked up and down in the middle of the stones of fire. 15 You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, till iniquity was found in you. 16 By the multitude of your merchandise they have filled the middle of you with violence, and you have sinned: therefore I will cast you as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy you, O covering cherub, from the middle of the stones of fire.
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as a cherub. Perhaps, then, a cherub and a seraph are the same thing.

Granted, there do appear to be a few minor differences between the creatures Isaiah and Ezekiel saw—and later the apostle John (compare Revelation 4:6-8 Revelation 4:6-8 6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like to crystal: and in the middle of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. 7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. 8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
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). In that case, perhaps cherubim are a class of seraphim, yet different from the class Isaiah saw. However, it could be that Ezekiel’s cherubim were actually the same creatures Isaiah saw, but viewed in a different activity so that Ezekiel did not see the extra pair of wings Isaiah and John saw.

Or perhaps these creatures are capable of shifting appearance or form even in the spirit realm—sometimes having six wings and sometimes four, sometimes having four faces and sometimes one. Though we may not be able to ascertain a reason for this, we should not suppose it out of the question—since righteous angels are even able to appear to us as human beings, which is not their natural form. We must remember that these are spirit beings, existing in a spirit dimension not bound by the physical laws of our physical realm.

Cherubim—with four faces

Many of us have heard of the cherubim. But sadly, what has been depicted in artwork over the millennia is almost always inaccurate. The little baby cherubs with two wings are not at all like the true cherubs of God. (In the Hebrew language, cherub , the ch pronounced as a k , is singular and cherubim is plural—the same with seraph and seraphim .)

As we’ve seen, Lucifer once was an anointed cherub at God’s throne (Ezekiel 28:13-14 Ezekiel 28:13-14 13 You have been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of your tabrets and of your pipes was prepared in you in the day that you were created. 14 You are the anointed cherub that covers; and I have set you so: you were on the holy mountain of God; you have walked up and down in the middle of the stones of fire.
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). But he was cast out, and God then referred to him as Satan, meaning “enemy” or “adversary.”

God rode on a cherub to save David! The power of the angelic realm is revealed in this passage from 2 Samuel:

“In my distress I called upon the Lord , and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry entered His ears. Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven quaked and were shaken, because He was angry. Smoke went up from His nostrils, and devouring fire from His mouth; coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down with darkness under His feet. He rode upon a cherub, and flew ; and He was seen upon the wings of the wind” (2 Samuel 22:7-11 2 Samuel 22:7-11 7 In my distress I called on the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears. 8 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth. 9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it. 10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet. 11 And he rode on a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen on the wings of the wind.
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). This passage from 2 Samuel is repeated in Psalms 18:7-10 Psalms 18:7-10 7 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. 8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it. 9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet. 10 And he rode on a cherub, and did fly: yes, he did fly on the wings of the wind.
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. Here is just verse 10: “And He rode upon a cherub: yea and did fly upon the wings of the wind.”

And then Psalm 80 talks about God dwelling between the cherubim: “Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who dwell between the cherubim, shine forth!” (Psalms 80:1 Psalms 80:1Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you that lead Joseph like a flock; you that dwell between the cherubim, shine forth.
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). A number of other verses say the same, as we saw earlier.

Now let’s look at an awesome description of these cherubs at God’s very throne. Here is what Ezekiel saw God riding upon. He describes a frightening, awesome vision!

“The word of the Lord came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the River Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was upon him there. Then I looked, and behold, a whirlwind was coming out of the north, a great cloud with raging fire engulfing itself; and brightness was all around it and radiating out of its midst like the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire. Also from within it came the likeness of four living creatures .

“And this was their appearance: they had the likeness of a man . Each one had four faces, and each one had four wings. Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the soles of calves’ feet. They sparkled like the color of burnished bronze. The hands of a man were under their wings on their four sides; and each of the four had faces and wings. Their wings touched one another. The creatures did not turn when they went, but each one went straight forward.

“As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man; each of the four had the face of a lion on the right side, each of the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and each of the four had the face of an eagle … As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches going back and forth among the living creatures. The fire was bright, and out of the fire went lightning …

“When they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of many waters, like the voice of the Almighty, a tumult like the noise of an army; and when they stood still, they let down their wings … And above the firmament over their heads was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone; on the likeness of the throne was a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it …

“Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking” (Ezekiel 1:3-10 Ezekiel 1:3-10 3 The word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there on him. 4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire enfolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the middle thereof as the color of amber, out of the middle of the fire. 5 Also out of the middle thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. 6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. 7 And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s foot: and they sparkled like the color of burnished brass. 8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings. 9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward. 10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had 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.
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; Ezekiel 1:13 Ezekiel 1:13As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.
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; Ezekiel 1:24-28 Ezekiel 1:24-28 24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings. 25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings. 26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and on the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above on it. 27 And I saw as the color of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. 28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of one that spoke.
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).

The prophet Ezekiel later records further vision about the cherubim and their wheels and their supernatural movement through the spirit world:

“The cherubim appeared to have the form of a man’s hand under their wings. And when I looked, there were four wheels by the cherubim, one wheel by one cherub and another wheel by each other cherub; the wheels appeared to have the color of a beryl stone …

“And their whole body, with their back, their hands, their wings, and the wheels that the four had, were full of eyes all around … Each one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, the second face the face of a man , the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. And the cherubim were lifted up. This was the living creature I saw by the River Chebar …

“And the cherubim lifted their wings and mounted up from the earth in my sight. When they went out, the wheels were beside them; and they stood at the door of the east gate of the Lord’s house, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them … This is the living creature I saw under the God of Israel by the River Chebar, and I knew they were cherubim” (Ezekiel 10:8-9 Ezekiel 10:8-9 8 And there appeared in the cherubim the form of a man’s hand under their wings. 9 And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the cherubim, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub: and the appearance of the wheels was as the color of a beryl stone.
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; Ezekiel 10:12 Ezekiel 10:12And their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had.
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; Ezekiel 10:14-15 Ezekiel 10:14-15 14 And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. 15 And the cherubim were lifted up. This is the living creature that I saw by the river of Chebar.
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; Ezekiel 10:19-20 Ezekiel 10:19-20 19 And the cherubim lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD’s house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above. 20 This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river of Chebar; and I knew that they were the cherubim.
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).

Note that the four faces in chapters 1 and 10 are the same except that instead of the ox face in chapter 1, chapter 10 has a cherub face. This must mean that the primary face of the cherub is an ox face.

So, once more, what are cherubs or cherubim like?

• Cherubim are described as having four wings.
• Two cherubim cover God’s throne with their wings.
• Four dwell under the Lord’s mobile throne, holding it up.
• They each seem to have a general humanlike form but a head with four faces!

Cherubs are described as transporting God’s throne on supernatural “wheels” full of “eyes” (though these “wheels” may be two more whirling wings, with the appearance of “eyes” being an effect of that, giving a total of six wings—just as the seraphim were said to fly with just two of their wings).

Again, cherubim may be quite different from seraphim, or they might be essentially the same, or cherubim may be one of multiple types of seraphim. The Bible doesn’t give us a complete explanation.

Interestingly, we find composite creatures in ancient art and mythology bearing similarities with the cherubim Ezekiel saw and with the four living creatures we’ll consider next (see “Do We Have Reminders of Cherubim From the Ancient World? ”).

The “four living creatures” in Revelation and other animal parallels

Ezekiel described what he saw as “four living creatures” (Ezekiel 1:5 Ezekiel 1:5Also out of the middle thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.
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). The book of Revelation also reveals “four living creatures” at God’s throne in heaven. Here is what we can glean from what was revealed to the apostle John:

• The four living creatures are in the midst of God’s throne and round about it.
• They have six wings (like the seraphim).
• Each has the likeness of a creature represented by one of the four different cherubim faces.
• They are full of eyes.
• The four living creatures never rest.
• They praise God continually.

John explains what he saw in Revelation 4: “Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne … Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back” (Revelation 4:2 Revelation 4:2And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
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; Revelation 4:6 Revelation 4:6And before the throne there was a sea of glass like to crystal: and in the middle of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
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). They appear to have eyes in the back of their heads! Or, if the eyes are associated with the wings, perhaps this is similar to peacock plumage—where what appear to be eyes can be seen from either side. (The wings of some butterflies and moth wings are also decorated with what appear to be eyes.)

“The first living creature was like a lion , the second living creature like a calf , the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: ‘Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!’” (Revelation 4:7-9 Revelation 4:7-9 7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. 8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. 9 And when those beasts give glory and honor and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who lives for ever and ever,
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These beings, too, may not be so different from the cherubim and seraphim —considering that they are beyond our normal physical dimensions and might appear in shifted ways and can possibly change form.

Something else to note here is which faces and forms came first—those of the angelic beings or those of physical animals on earth? As we’ve seen earlier, the angels were created first. So rather than an angel having a lion face, we might consider that a lion has an angel face. An eagle has an angel face. An ox has an angel face.

And perhaps more of the animals in the physical realm are patterned after the angels. We saw that the Lord came riding on a cherub, but in Revelation 19 we see Christ returning on a white horse. Is this just a figurative picture? Or are these angels that look like horses? Or perhaps cherubim that are able to take on the form of horses? This is quite fascinating to contemplate.

The “twenty-four elders”

Making up a final category of angelic spirit beings are those referred to as the “twenty-four elders” at the throne of God. Revelation 4 through 5 outlines what we know of them:

“Around the throne [of God] were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads … Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: ‘You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created’ …

“And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb [Jesus Christ] as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.

“Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us [or ‘them,’ as other versions correctly have] to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us [that is, them] kings and priests to our God; and we [they] shall reign on the earth’” (Revelation 4:4 Revelation 4:4And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and on the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
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; Revelation 4:9-11 Revelation 4:9-11 9 And when those beasts give glory and honor and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who lives for ever and ever, 10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that lives for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.
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; Revelation 5:6-10 Revelation 5:6-10 6 And I beheld, and, see, in the middle of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the middle of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints. 9 And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And have made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
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).

So we see:

• The 24 elders are dressed in white clothing.
• Each elder has a golden crown on his head.
• They sing praises to God and sing hymns on our behalf!
• These beings, bearing crowns, evidently have a role in administration in the angelic realm—yet their rule is obviously in submission to the rule of God.

So we see that the Bible reveals different classifications of angels. They are quite different from the common depictions of Hollywood movies, television shows and classic art. One thing is for sure—they are truly astounding and amazing beings!