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Seraph: ˈsɛrəf [noun]
Plural Noun: Seraphim
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Scripture makes mention of heavenly beings called “seraphs” or “seraphim”. The word Seraphim means “burning ones” or nobles. Their name points to purity, power, or judgment. They are also sometimes called the ‘ones of love’ because their name might come from the Hebrew root for ‘love’. Seraphim are described in the Bible in Isaiah 6 vs. 2-6.
Heavenly creatures of fire stood above [or attended] him [Revelation 4:6–9]. Each creature had six wings: It used two wings to cover its face [as a shield from God’s awesome glory], two wings to cover its feet [or body; indicating humility; “feet” can be a euphemism for genitals], and two wings for flying.
Each creature was calling to the others:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; of hosts]. His glory fills the whole earth.”
Their calling [The sound/noise from each one’s voice] caused the frame around the door [doorposts; threshold foundations] to shake, as the Temple filled with smoke.
One of the heavenly creatures flew to me with a hot coal [in his hand] he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The creature touched my mouth with the hot coal and said, “Look, your guilt [iniquity] is taken away, because this hot coal has touched your lips. Your sin is taken away [forgiven; covered; atoned for].”
— EXB Translation.
This is the only Scriptural reference to the seraphim. In the context of Isaiah, the seraphim are connected with God’s throne and His holiness. They are standing and serving before the throne, awaiting His commands.
The seraphim have six wings- two that covered the face, two over the feet, and they fly with other two. If they are angels, they bear a different appearance from all the other ones in Scripture, including the cherubim. In the context of scripture where they are found, the seraphim were engaged in the purification of the prophet Isaiah (See Isaiah 6:5-7).
The seraphim, or burning ones, are only mentioned in the passage in Isaiah. They are somehow connected with the throne of God and do not appear in the form of men as do other angels, but seem to be a higher rank of angel(s) or a different order of angelic creatures.
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