THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT DIFFERENT CREATURES IN HEAVEN-CHERUBIM, SERAPHIM AND LIVING CREATURES. WHO ARE THEY?
There are cherubim (cherub is singular) of one face, two faces, and four faces. The prophets have recorded it for us:
And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: ...and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the
cherubims be. (Exodus 25:19, 20)
And every cherub had two faces. (Ezekiel 41:18)
And there appeared in the cherubims the form of a man's hand under their wings.... And every one had four faces. (Ezekiel 10:8, 14)
Also some have two wings, some four, and some six.
For the cherubims spread forth their two wings over the place of the ark. (1 kings 8:7)
And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. (Ezekiel 1:6)
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. (Revelation 4:8)
We cannot really imagine how they look like, but for sure when
God makes beings to dwell in His presence, they would look very good!
We have a clue from Scripture that some of these are God's vehicles, His chariots. As God sits on His majestic throne these holy beings bear the throne and move it wherever God wants to go!
The record says:
The chariot of the cherubims. (1 Chronicles 28:18)
And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings. And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. (Ezekiel 1:25, 26)
And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind. (Psalm 18:10)
God doesn't need help to fly; He needs no transportation. But He is King eternal, and it is the privilege of His subjects to take Him around!
Lucifer was the highest angel and greater than any created being that God made. He was closest to the throne of God. In Ezekiel, it is said of him:
Thou art the anointed Cherub that covereth. (Ezekiel 28:14)
This Cherub was always in the presence of the Most High.
Among the angels there are different ranks and orders that God has made. Look at the fallen angels. Lucifer is the leader; he is the most powerful one, the most intelligent one, and the most beautiful one. (See Ezekiel 28:12-17). Listen to what Jesus said about these wicked angels who are demonic spirits today:
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself.
(Matthew 12:43, 45)
Among the evil angels, there are some "more wicked" than the others. They are more powerful and deceptive than the ordinary ones.
The disciples cast away many demons when Christ sent them on a special mission while He was on earth. For the Scripture declares:
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. (Luke 10:17)
But there was a case where His disciples could not drive away the devil. The father of the possessed boy told Jesus of the disciples' failure:
And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. (Matthew 17:16)
With one word Jesus commanded the devil to leave, and he departed from the boy. The disciples were amazed as to why they could not. And they asked Him,
Why could not we cast him out? (Verse 19)
Jesus indicated that it was a powerful demon, when he said:
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
He was a powerful one, not like the others, which the disciples could easily cast out. (Probably the disciples were a bit relaxed because they now thought they were "experienced.") Of course no devil, even all of them together combined, can stand the power of the Word and command of Christ. And if we fully surrender to the will of God and have enough faith, the whole army of hell will tremble as we take the name of Jesus, and they will flee, all of them together, when rebuked in that holy name of Jesus! What a promise we have from the Savior Himself. He said:
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19)
Thank God for this blessed assurance and promise. Though we are on embattled ground, with Christ we can make the powerful enemy tremble!
We come to know from Scriptures that there are categories among angels, both good and bad. Some are of a very high rank, having plenty of power, and great intelligence, while others are a bit lower in certain aspects to them.
A little similar principle is seen in humans too. Some have been given five talents, some two, and some one (see Matthew 25:15). Of course, we are all in the image of God, and equal in that sense, but the gifts differ. But among angels they have a distinct difference; they have a higher order, lower order, and, maybe, something inbetween too. And there is no jealousy among the holy angels, seraphim, cherubim and all the other intelligent beings. The angels who were not satisfied with the gifts bestowed on them ended up being demons.
But there are definite categories among them as Scripture indicates.
For God is a lover of variety!