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Story of a Cherub. From glory to destitution. From beauty to ugliness. From wisdom to dumbdom.
The concept of cherub comes from the Bible and is not a rosy-faced, kid-like, multi-winged angel you see in a lot of Baroque art with divine overtones and on cupid cards at Valentine’s.
(Origin of the Universe, chapter 7.5)
Last week I quoted Job 38:4-7 about sons of God shouting for joy at the foundation of Earth. Indicating that alien beings (certainly not humans because Earth didn’t exist yet) were present before this foundation. That amongst these sons of God was a cherub. Let’s take a closer look; this is in the context of a beautifully created Earth and its description of becoming tohu va bohu in Genesis 1.1. We’re going to see how it went from the positive to a negative state.
12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say to him, Thus says the Lord God; You seal up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
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 thou were created.
14 You are the anointed (Strong’s H4473) cherub that covers; and I have set you so: you were upon the holy mountain of God; you have walked up and down in the midst 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 midst of you with violence, and you have sinned: therefore I will cast you as profane out of the mountain of God (cast down to Earth): and I will destroy you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty, you have corrupted your wisdom by reason of your brightness: I will cast you to the ground (H776 erets-Earth. Earth is this alien’s domain, see Job 1), I will lay you before kings, that they may behold you.
18 Thou have defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of you, it shall devour you, and I will bring you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold you.
We could spend many pages just in this context, but we’ll move along at a quick pace. In verse 14, the Cherub that covers refers to Exodus 25:20, where 2 Cherubim are associated with God’s throne and their outstretched wings that cover it. This Cherub is ‘anointed’ meaning, set aside for a special task associated with the very holy mountain of God. In other words, not just anywhere, we will see this is a reference to the place where He reigns from. Today we’d call it headquarters; this is a scene from Third Heaven.
All this is God’s doing, notice that He says: “I have set you [the Cherub] so.” Also confirmed by verse 13 where it indicates the Cherub’s presence in Eden, God’s garden. There’s a ‘duality’ here too because this is not the same physical garden of Eden where Adam and Eve were (at this point this couple was still a long way off in the future.) In Ezekiel, the Garden refers to God’s spiritual abode, where this Cherub is very well off, as depicted by the richness and exquisiteness of its clothing.
Especially notice God created this Cherub, putting him in the category sons of God. Cherubim are amongst the highest-ranking created spirit beings. The conclusion we can draw is that God had a significant role for this Cherub to play in whatever His universal plan is. God had specially prepared this Cherub. Indeed, it had been equipped with a brim-full pitcher of wisdom and beauty (vs. 12) so much so that he was ‘perfect in all his ways’ (vs. 15).
I think perfect in all his ways gives us a precise descriptive picture of who this alien being is. When we consider the contours of this spiritual puzzle piece: This Cherub has a top position in God’s entourage.
I know you’ve read vs. 15-18, fantastic, isn’t it! Clear and easy to understand, short and shocking. You’ve just got your mind around one of the pivotal pieces in the puzzle. A part, very few fellow humans comprehend or accept.
The ‘fade out’ in verse 18 reverts back to the King of Tyre but also refers to the Cherub: heart lifted up, corrupt wisdom, a multitude of iniquities and iniquity of your traffic, referring to his fraudulent economic practices in general.
This perfect spirit being, a son of God, by creation, has completed the total evil makeover. Yes, excellence identified it, but, as verse 15 confirms, till iniquity was found in you. At a given point in spiritual time (yes, there is such a thing: consider that eternal involves time immemorial), wickedness slowly began to invade and characterize this Cherub. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty, you have corrupted your wisdom by reason of your brightness (vs. 17). Here is the original vanity, the prototype of pride. This Cherub’s majestic grandeur went to its head, and it floundered. A different, grotesque and hideous nature reared its ugly head.
Genesis 1:1 reveals a beautifully created Earth devastated by tohu va bohu. Ezekiel reveals a beautifully created Cherub similarly descending into spiritual tohu va bohu ( till iniquity was found in you… you have sinned… your heart was lifted up… you have corrupted your wisdom). There is a direct relationship between the two: Spiritual corruption leads to physical devastation.
I’m going to come back to this period of the Cherub’s existence, but I would like you to think about something: What was God’s reaction, and what did God do about this situation? After all, God had created this beautiful son of God. He was present and witnessed this slide into oblivion of this very close son of His. What did He do about this situation?
Fiction or reality? You decide. But it’s there, in the Bible in black and white, written by a man, Ezekiel, in the 6th century BC referring to events that go back billions of years regarding the Cherub and prophecy a few hundred years into the future regarding the King of Tyre!
Galacti’s got this quizzical look on his face. “Am I reading something into this? It says: you were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, till iniquity was found in you… you have sinned… your heart was lifted up… you have corrupted your wisdom…
It seems to be saying that this Cherub followed this path of its own free will. It, of and by itself, somewhere, somehow began to make decisions to go down this path of evil. It had a mind of its own, and what a mind, but it could use it as it pleased, it was up to this Alien to choose from the different options it could reflect and ponder over.
If that is the case (and the author confirms that Galacti has it right), then God is not the cause of evil. It’s just the other way round, God created a splendiferous spirit being, perfect in all its ways, and that being went off the deep end–all by itself. I wonder if God tried to prevent him from such negativism–did He try to turn it around?”
The answer is, of course, God tried to help the Cherub, it was a son of God, and every father works to aid his son (at least that’s what they should do) and head him in the right direction. God is no different. Frankly, to my knowledge, there’s no evidence regarding this principle during this pre-physical period but, we shall see dozens of such contexts regarding God’s relationship to man and how He works with His creation. This principle is another of the fundamental pieces of the puzzle.
That quizzical look has not disappeared from Galacti’s face yet. What is it? So you’re saying God can’t do anything and everything He wants! You’re saying God isn’t super-powerful. Yes, and no—how’s that for a political answer. Let me explain. God can do whatever He pleases but, He too has set Himself some rules, and we see one right here.
God gave free will to this Cherub—just as we saw He did with Adam and Eve. Now think, if an individual has free will, then they’re free, totally free, with no external constraints, to decide whatever they want, whenever they want, correct? Yes.
No outside constraints mean not even from God! If God constrained the Cherub or Adam and Eve, then He’d be forcing them into a particular decision, into the right way. And that is not compatible with giving them free will.
This subject is exciting, with definite implications and consequences. I’m not putting it to rest here, as it will surface on numerous occasions in the text. Think about it; free will is one piece that must fit appropriately beside the other pieces in the puzzle. As you put the puzzle together sometimes, you hold a piece in your hand for a long time—looking over the picture, or the part of the puzzle you’ve already put together, to see where it could fit. Keep holding this piece—if you’re not sure where it fits—maybe it’ll find its rightful place later on.
But, we must move on and finish this context.
There’s an important result of the Cherub’s iniquity and sin: “therefore I [God] will cast you as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy you. I will cast you to the ground, I will lay you before kings. I bring forth a fire from the midst of you, it shall devour you, and I will bring you to ashes upon the earth…” (vs 16-18). Profane means the Cherub is not holy anymore, God demotes it, strips it of its role and it loses all its privileges.
When this Cherub reached the point of no return, God took an ultimate action, stripping the Cherub of its role and ousting it from His entourage. On the physical plane, the king and mainland Tyre were destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar about 573 BC, putting it another way, Tyre became tohu and bohu—void and waste. The prophecy in Ezekiel 28:19 says that it would remain this way. Indeed, the supposedly invincible island part of Tyre was demolished by Alexander the Great in 332 BC. He scraped it off, down to the bedrock, and it lies buried in a watery grave to this day.
The king and the Cherub, because of their iniquity, were the cause of their respective demises.
Likewise, this scenario describes to a tee what we find in Gen 1.2, beautiful earth in shambles—in a state of tohu and bohu covered by water. We now know who the instigator of this mass destruction is, but what’s its name?
This blog post is an excerpt from chapter 7.5 of the book Origin of the Universe.
Go to UnlockBibleMeaning.com and read how Exodus 25.20 depicts two Cherubim with their wings spread out and touching, thus covering the sight of God’s throne. Moses is the presumed author of Exodus around 1400 BC. Scholars date it at the Babylonian exile about 600 BC. Both are before the Baroque chubby cupids of the 17th century.
Again, it doesn’t matter what you believe, take the Bible as literature if you want. It refers to cherub (plural: cherubim). Genesis 3:24 refers to Cherubims guarding the entrance to the Garden of Eden. Winged guardians are present in various historical settings.
Check up the meaning of anointed in Ezekiel 28.14. It comes from H4473 מִמְשַׁח mimshach mim-shakh’; from H4886 (מָשַׁח), in the sense of expansion; outspread (i.e. with outstretched wings):
KJV – anointed.
H4886 מָשַׁח mâshach maw-shakh’; a primitive root; to rub with oil, i.e. to anoint; by implication, to consecrate; also to paint:
KJV – anoint, paint.
This word mashach, just from its sound, might ring a bell with some of you.
Click on next 5 at the bottom of H4886 and do that a few times until you get to H4889, and you’ll see why mashach is familiar to you.
H4899 מָשִׁיחַ mâshîyach maw-shee’-akh; from H4886 (מָשַׁח); anointed; usually a consecrated person (as a king, priest, or saint); specifically, the Messiah:
KJV – anointed, Messiah.
Masshach is associated with mashiyach, which is used to refer to Christ—the Anointed One. Notice that the root of 4899 is 4886, revealing the relationship between these two words.
Another confirmation of the interrelation between Biblical Hebrew words that you don’t see in any foreign language.
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- Unless you knew that mashach (H4886) is related to mashiyach (H4899), you would not be able to find this with the concordance as it’s presently configured. Or, you’d have to navigate downwards looking for words with the SAME root as 4886 …
The next iteration of the Concordance will locate ALL Biblical Hebrew words with the SAME root. Yes, you’ll be able to see ALL the words together and enhance the stories told by these words. And I can assure you they are eye-openers–as you can readily understand just from this one. The anointed covering cherub was appointed to an extraordinary role associated with the throne of God. The cherub was on the holy mountain of God, as it says in the same verse; this reveals its closeness to God and the vital role it plays in God’s plan.
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Ezekiel 26:17 Your heart [Cherub] was lifted up because of your beauty, you have corrupted your wisdom by reason of your brightness: I will cast you to the ground, I will lay you before kings, that they may behold you.
Check the word ground in Hebrew (H776 erets). You’ll see that it also means Earth. God cast the Cherub out of the Third Heaven to Earth. The New Testament also depicts this scenario, look at Revelations 12:7-9 “…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.”
Why of all places in the Universe was the Cherub/dragon sent to Earth?
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