What's the Big Deal about Cherubim?
Cherubim are angelic beings that are described in biblical tradition as attending on God. In traditional Christian angelology, they are considered to be of the second highest order in the celestial hierarchy. Standing only below the Seraphim Angels in closeness to God, they exude power and inspire awe. Their illuminative knowledge and wisdom are said to be incomprehensible to the human mind. Cherubim is a word of Hebrew origin that means “fullness of knowledge”.
The nine orders of Angels listed in order of rank are: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels and Angels. They make up 3 Triads with 3 choirs in each Triad. Cherubim are in the Second Choir of the First Triad, with Seraphim being the First Choir.
Cherubim Virtues and Vocations
Cherubim angels symbolize harmony and wisdom. They are guardians of the Light and the stars, and channel positive energy from the Divine throughout the cosmos. Cherubim possess boundless love, knowledge and wisdom, while bestowing Divine protection. They act as heavenly counselors and are seekers of the eternal Truth.
The Cherubim are also the masters and guardians of vibration and energy in the cosmos. When All There Is, in the center of the cosmos, sends out vibrations, it is the Cherubim that watch over them as they travel around the cosmos delivering messages from All There Is and collecting information and experiences to be brought back to All There Is. This undertaking is critical for the functioning of the cosmos. Without this service from the Cherubim, there would be no vibration in the world.
It is believed that the Cherubim manage all the records of God’s creative powers, which are contained in the Akashic Records. The Akashic Records also contain the details of all the journeys of all souls in the cosmos. The Akashic Records that are located in the center of the cosmos can only be “read” by a Cherubim Angel. There are lower levels of the Akashic Records, such as the planetary historical records that reside within Gaia (Mother Earth), which can be “read” by some humans who have developed the ability.
In the Midrash, an ancient commentary on Hebrews Scriptures, it says that when an man sleeps, his body tells the soul what it has done during the day, the soul reports this to the spirit, the spirit to the angel, the angel to the cherub, and the cherub to the seraph, who brings it before God.
Cherubim in Lore
According to Islamic lore, Cherubim were created from Archangel Michael’s tears, which were shed for the sins of humanity, while in occult lore Cherubim have the responsibility of driving God’s chariot, a key symbol of heaven. The chariot is symbolic of self-discipline, triumph achieved through effort and by removing obstacles, and the vision to move forward. It is interesting to note here that the Hebrew word “Merkabah” also means chariot and is used in the book of Ezekiel for the four-wheeled chariot of God, which of course have Cherubim at the reins.
Throughout Christian and Hebrew writings, Cherubim are depicted as a type of spiritual being that is usually associated with the presence of God. In the Bible, for example, Cherubim appear to magnify the holiness and power of God, which is seen as one of their main responsibilities. They sing God’s praises and serve as a visible reminder of God’s majesty, glory and His perpetual presence with all of His creation.
The Cherubim not only exemplify certain God qualities in the Bible, they also reveal to us spiritual Truths of God and His Divine Purpose. They represent the consuming fire of purification, the dwelling place of God within us, the Light to guide us back to God and the existence of the highest healing energy. Righteousness, justice, strength, protection, sacrifice, unity, mercy and triumph are other characteristics of God that they embody.
A Few Biblical Verses
In the Genesis 3:24 verse, Cherubim are first mentioned in the Bible. They were placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden to guard the way to the Tree of Life, or Tree of Knowledge, after Adam and Eve were driven out.
In Exodus, Cherubim were made of gold to grace the Ark of the Covenant and were embroidered on the dwelling tent for the Ark.
1 Kings and 1 & 2 Chronicles recorded how Cherubim were carved from olive wood and overlaid with gold, then placed in the sanctuary of Solomon’s temple with their wings spread over and sheltering the place of the Ark. They were also carved in the entrance doors to the sanctuary and the nave, as well as being used in other furnishings of the temple.
Ezekiel describes four living creatures in the first and tenth chapters as Cherubim. Each one had four faces: man, ox, lion and eagle, each had four wings, and they had the likeness of man. Two of the wings were used for flying and two were used for covering their bodies.
Ezekiel 1:4-10 “As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness round about it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had the form of men, but each had four faces, and each of them had four wings. Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf's foot; and they sparkled like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus: their wings touched one another; they went every one straight forward, without turning as they went. As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man in front; the four had the face of a lion on the right side, the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and the four had the face of an eagle at the back.... And the living creatures darted to and fro, like a flash of lightning.”
In Chapter 4 of Revelations, the verses 6-9 are believed to be describing Cherubim, as the description is similar to that in Ezekiel. These Cherubim are situated around a heavenly throne and are singing glory, honor and praise to the One on the throne.
A Few of the Better Known Cherubim Angels
Gabriel Gabriel, meaning "God is my strength" or “hero of God”, is the angel of incarnation, conception, birth, mercy and dreams. He is most often remembered as the messenger of impending births, such as to Mary and Zacharias in the Bible. Gabriel has been accredited as the angel who selects souls from heaven to be birthed on Earth. During the nine months while the child is in utero, it is said that Gabriel instructs the child about everything he/she needs to know on Earth. However, just prior to birth, he silences the child by pressing his finger onto the child’s lips, producing the cleft below the nose. Most notably, he is the Governor of Eden and Ruler of the Cherubim. Shown as a richly attired majestic figure, Gabriel sits at the left hand of God. Sometimes he is shown wearing a crown and bearing a scepter, with his right hand extended in greeting.
Raphael The name, Raphael, means "God has healed" or “the medicine of God”. Although he is of the Seraphim choir, Raphael has been credited as a member of the Cherubim, Dominations and Powers angel choirs, too. Raphael’s chief role has been as a healer. He is also considered the patron of knowledge and of the sciences, including medicine, as well as a protector of travelers. Often, he is seen carrying a pilgrim's staff and is perceived to be charming and fun-loving.
Jophiel It is written that Jophiel was the angel that drove Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden and then guards the Tree of Life with a flaming sword to prevent their return. Jophiel means “Beauty of God” and is sometimes known as Zophiel. Jophiel is the patron of art and beauty. He can help with creativity, artistic pursuits, appreciation of beauty, thinking beautiful thoughts and living joyfully. Jophiel can also help you to awaken to a deeper understanding of yourself, connecting you to your higher self and Divine wisdom.
Cherubim in Art
Cherubim have been the subject many times in Medieval art. Most frequently the Cherubim were displayed with the entire forms of the man, the lion, the ox and the eagle, including all being winged and having a nimbus. Other times, they were depicted with only the heads and wings of the four symbolic creatures. Sometimes all the creatures were even shown as united into one mysterious being, which was called the Tetramorph, with four heads, numerous wings covered with eyes and the feet resting on winged wheels.
Throughout history, the Cherubim have also been represented by artists as multi-winged with bodiless heads or as human beings with wings, though they are usually distinguished by symbols of their angelic order, such as standing on a wheel or holding a book.
William Blake, a 17th century artist, created a fantastic artistic realization, called The Whirlwind: Ezekiel’s Vision of the Cherubim and Eyed Wheels (see picture), based on the two orders of angels (Cherubim and Ophanim) as envisioned and recorded by Ezekiel's book in the Bible.
Contemporary artist Peter Eglington, who has used the Cherubim as a subject, has this to say, “I see the Cherubim as a symbol of man’s role as caretaker of the earthly realms”. His art can be viewed here: http://www.art-poster-online.com/cherubim.html.
Importance of Cherubim Today
It is believed that for the most part, the Cherubim stay in the center of the cosmos with All There Is, except for pivotal times in history when they have come forth to assist in efforts to bring about a Golden Age on Earth. Cherubim today, as in previous attempts, are playing very important roles in the Ascension process in this lifetime. It is estimated that around 20,000 Cherubim are currently supporting Earth and humanity’s Ascension. Some are residing in the etheric, while others have chosen to incarnate on Earth.
This attempt at bringing about a Golden Age is expected to be successful for many reasons, including that it has been decreed on many levels and many elements will be in the precise alignment needed to ensure its success. One of the elements is the Eye of Isis, which creates a direct path for specific energies to come to Earth from All There Is in the center of the cosmos. The Eye of Isis will open the doorway for possibilities and eliminates most of the interferences and restrictions that could occur in the indirect route that the energies would have to travel at other times. Due to these reasons, more Cherubim are residing in the etheric than incarnated on Earth in these prophetic times.
The main mission of the Earth bound Cherubim will be to issue the Karmic Clearing and Rejuvenation commands that are required for humanity to be properly prepared for Ascension during the spring solstice in March 2013. Once both of the commands have been brought forth in the 3rd dimension here on Earth, these Cherubim will have their ability to deliver these commands activated.
In the etheric, there are many more Cherubim working to support the Cherubim incarnated on Earth. Their key role is to assist with the clearing of the karma of any person that experiences the Karmic Clearing command once it has been issued by one of the Cherubim. This karma consists of negative past life energies, which reside primarily in the emotional bodies of humanity. These negative karmic energies cannot be taken to the next higher vibratory level, which is why they must be cleared for anyone choosing Ascension. Any individual that has not worked to clear these negative energies by the end of 2012 will not survive the winter solstice energies, as they will cause any remaining negative karmic energies to vibrate apart, thus eliciting the same reaction to the physical bodies that still contain those energies.
Attributes of Incarnated Cherubim
Since Cherubim are naturally attuned to vibration, it is no surprise that many of the Cherubim incarnated on Earth today are attracted to working with vibration in a variety of ways. Many Cherubim are also empathic and are especially sensitive to the effects of vibration. Negative or lower vibrations can easily create uneasiness, a feeling of being overwhelmed, anxiety, depression, fear, etc., unless the Cherubim learned how to protect themselves from exposure to unpleasant energies.
Everything is made up of vibration, including, but not limited to, all living things, feelings, emotions, thoughts, words, light and sounds. Energy healers, herbalists, homeopaths, psychics, color and sound therapists, numerologists, artists, musicians, teachers, writers, dancers, environmentalists and hypnotists are just some of the individuals that work closely with vibration and just may be a Cherubim Angel!
It seems that the Cherubim Angels currently incarnated on Earth are some of first ones to awaken to their purpose in this lifetime, namely to assist humanity’s Ascension. Nevertheless, some may yet be unaware that they are Cherubim.
Source of some of the information in this article: channeled messages from two Cherubim through Richard Presser and Carolyn Evers recorded on December 18, 2010, which can be listened to on this website: http://www.the2012countdown.com/BBSRadio_show_recordings.html.