March 6, 2011
Seraphim (Hebrew, “burning ones”), celestial beings referred to in a vision by the Hebrew prophet Isaiah (see Isaiah 6:2-6) in the Old Testament; the highest in the order of angels.
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For the record, the Seraphim angels do not have personal names or individual personas. In fact, there is still much scholarly and academic debate as to how many Seraphim actually surround the throne of God. The Book of Isaiah speaks of the Seraphim in the plural sense, so obviously we know that there were more than one Seraphim that appeared in Isaiah’s vision. However beyond that there isn’t any other information that specifically states how many there are. So by in large the detailed information or personal traits and characteristics of the Seraphim are fairly vague at best, and they certainly were never given individual names, apart of course from the name Seraphim. Anything that runs contrary to this vague description of the Seraphim, is completely fictional, and certainly not derived from any officially recognized religious scripture within any of the three Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.
There are three separate ranks of angels within the first angelic sphere, with the first being the six winged Seraphim. The Seraphim are the highest order of angels within the entire Christian angelic hierarchy, standing above all other classes of celestial beings. They were first introduced to the world in the Old Testament scripture of Isaiah Chapter 6 verses 1 through 7, where they are described as the direct watchmen over God’s throne. According to this scripture, the Seraphim are locked in internal song, singing “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts. All of the earth is filled with His glory”. It is also mentioned within this same Biblical scripture that the Seraphim angels radiate a bright white light, and that no human being can look at them. This light shining out of them is described as an eternal love for God that burns without end. Hence the Hebrew name Seraphim means “the burning ones”, however the origin of this name may predate Hebrew.