Seraphim, plural for seraph, means “burning or fiery ones.” Seraphim are found only in the book of Isaiah. Due to their plurality, there must be a host of them. Not to be confused with Cherubim, these beings are described by Isaiah as having six wings and appear very close to the divine throne . They are seen in Isaiah’s vision as flying above and around the throne of God. In addition to their wings, they have feet, hands and what appears to be a single face. According to Hailey, this indicates they are living spiritual entities or personalities (Homer Hailey, Isaiah). In Isaiah’s vision, they are seen showing absolute rev-erence to God by using one set of wings to cover their faces, another set to cover their feet, and yet another to hover about the throne. They are observed singing God’s praises and call-ing out, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of host, the whole earth is full of His glory.” When these beings speak, their voices are compared to thunder and the ground shakes. It is interesting that the apostle John describes a vision in which “living be-ings,” who bear a striking resemblance to seraphim, are seen around the divine throne (Rev. 4:6-9). Like seraphim, they ap-pear close to the throne of God having six wings, one face, voices like thunder, and seem to praise God endlessly. They are seen separate and apart from angels, as they join with the chorus of men and not with the chorus of angels (Rev. 5:8,11).
We will never know the full extent of who these heavenly be-ings are this side of eternity. It can also be challenging at times to decipher when a prophet enters into apocalyptic imagery, as opposed to describing the spiritual entity before him to the best of his human ability. Blocher sums it up well when he writes: “The simplest solution is to see them as the symbol of divine power, as it is manifested in the universe, or, more precisely still, a concentrated form of the universe itself, summed up in the more glorious figures, but in so far as it remains at the dis-posal of the Lord and acts as the instrument of His power.” And I might add, His will.