William Kotarbinski (1849-1921), Seraph, circa late 19th century, St. Vladimir Cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine. What a wonderful painting and I love the wings. I really can’t say if this all of the painting or there is more but seraphim have six wings.
Two to cover their faces, two to fly, to for their feet. They are even referred to as the burning ones. Let’s look at the Word. We’ll start with isaiah’s vision, 6:2.
” In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted; and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above Him stood seraphim, each having six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.And they called out to one another: Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Hosts; His glory fills all the earth.…” The angel will touch his lips with a hot coal. He will no longer be unclean, in speech or even stammering.
“Such were their faces. Their wings were spread upward; each had two wings touching the wings of the creature on either side, and two wings covering its body. ” Ezekiel 1:11 Ezekiel also saw a wheel within a wheel.I have often thought that that may be an angel carrying the very throne or chariot of God.
And the there is, ” And each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around and within. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” Revelation 4:8
Interestingly enough, the Hebrew word saraph means serpent, so fiery or copper colored flying serpents around God’s throne or angels? Yes, because the serpent was not always cursed and did crawl. And only a third fell, there are a lot more for us. And I’ want the holy ones around.
The phrase ” burning ones ” alludes to their burning love, but in Number is indicative of the fiery serpents, before the brazen serpent was made by Moses, it represented the crucifixion. The plural seraphim is mentioned only once in Isaiah.
Seraphim are in Jewish theology connected with cherubim and ophanim as the three highest orders of attendants on Yahweh, and are superior to the angels who are messengers sent on various errands. Cherubim were represented by the storm-clouds, the seraphim by the serpentine flashes of the lightning; but none of this appears in Isaiah’s vision.
Archaeological digs have discovered the word seref in Egyptian tombs, comparing them to griffins, a lione winged creature, but we will see for ourselves one day as we stand before Him ourselves. His peace, Rebecca Jones