For many Christians who are pondering Halloween, here are some thoughts to consider:
With God is terrible majesty! With God is terrifying majesty! Job 37:22
The world has a complicated relationship with fear and terror. We terrify ourselves with ghost stories, for instance. During Halloween season, we celebrate, flaunt, and glorify darkness, death, bloodshed, murder, evil, and other human terror. Some say this is cathartic, others call it fun. As Christians, however, we are taught to avoid the world’s ways. The only fear we should have is the fear of God.
There is much to fear when we consider the holiness of God. But for a moment, take time to consider one of the more fascinating and terrifying heavely creatures.
God made many type of creatures, creatures who can live in the three-dimensional world and in other dimensionalities. And he also made the Cherubim. The Cherubim live in heaven…in fact they live in God’s throne room and are never out of the presence of God. God rides on the Cherubim, He is seated above the Cherubim. Psalm 80, Psalm 99 among many other Scripture passages.
There was an angel who was called “the covering cherub” because he covered the throne of God. It is supposed by most Christians that that angel is described in Ezekiel 28:12-19 and in Isaiah 14:2-17. This cherub rebelled against God and there were other rebellions also as described in the books of ude and 2 Peter. We do not know the real name of this rebellious angel. However he is called Satan, which means Adversary. His name was not Lucifer although he might have been linked in some way to the Morning Star, which was called Lucifer. (Lucifer is a latin word and latin did not exist before the beginning of time when the angels were named. Moreover, angels often have names that include the name of God ..”el” as in Gabriel and Michael.)
Although heavenly and spiritual, the Cherubim are intertwined in human affairs. What their purpose is we humans don’t know. They are depicted on the ark as holding and shadowing the mercy seat…which represents their place in heaven. They represent life forms on earth: tame animals, wild animals, humans, and birds. See the books of Ezekiel and Revelation.
On earth creatures have one way of being: we are spirit, body, mind. But not the Cherubim.
The appearance of the wheels and their workings was like the color of beryl, and all four had the same likeness. The appearance of their workings was, as it were, a wheel in the middle of a wheel. ” (Ezekiel 1:1, 4-5,15-16, NKJV)
Under each of their four wings I could see human hands. So each of the four beings had four faces and four wings. 9The wings of each living being touched the wings of the beings beside it. Each one moved straight forward in any direction without turning around. 10Each had a human face in the front, the face of a lion on the right side, the face of an ox on the left side, and the face of an eagle at the back. 11Each had two pairs of outstretched wings—one pair stretched out to touch the wings of the living beings on either side of it, and the other pair covered its body. 12They went in whatever direction the spirit chose, and they moved straight forward in any direction without turning around. Ezekiel 1: 8-12
Each of them have four faces and straight feet straight. This ensures that they don’t ever turn their face from God. They have eyes everywhere so they don’t miss anything about God. They move about in a group of four. This group of four is one entity: a singular entity made up of four sub-entities who all look alike.
The book of the Revelation depicts them in this way:
In the center and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back. 7The first of these living beings was like a lion; the second was like an ox; the third had a human face; and the fourth was like an eagle in flight.8Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, Rev 4: 6-8
There are some changes here: The number of wings: two pairs each in Ezekiel’s vision, and 6 wings (not said if they come in pairs) in Revelations. The cherubim are now separate. . .and fully themselves but still a unity of four. They’re still unified but one is fully human with six wings, one is fully a bird (with six wings), one is fully a lion (with six wings) and one is fully an ox (with six wings.
Again, they have eyes all over their bodies. Ezekiel calls these living creatures “Cherubim” and St John the Divine calls them “living creatures.”
Ezekiel 10:20 These were the living creatures I had seen beneath the God of Israel by the Kebar River, and I realized that they were cherubim.
Revelation 4:6 Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.
On earth it is difficult to comprehend beings who are part of each other and who can dismantle and reassemble themselves in different patterns….but heaven is a spiritual sphere! A world of dimensionalities we cannot begin to understand. One question one might ask one’s self is: Do they really “look” like this? Or is the way they are portrayed to human minds with limited understanding of what a “personhood” is. We can possibly come close to understanding how the cherubim work together if we attempt to understand how a man and his wife can become one flesh. We an also try to understand how God can be three different persons in one being. But our human comprehension fails us.
How terrifying and majestic holiness is! Imagine the eyes of the cherubim, always seeing God and seeing all things on the earth.
Yes, no ghost or demon matches the terrifying majesty of God.
Verses to consider during Halloween
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
1 Thessalonians 5:22
Abstain from all appearance of evil.
1 Corinthians 10:21
You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: you cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Again, ponder these verses carefully this Halloween season.