Cherub Classification

Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass. And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings. Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward. As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.

(Ezekiel 1:5-11) KJV

We’re going to use the Cherubim as a case study of the benefit of using spherogenetic systematics as a deductive tool. According to scripture Cherubim have mostly mammalian, not reptilian, characteristics.

In contrast our spherogenetic systematic approach classifies Satan as a Dragon in class Reptilia. Are we to suppose that even though Satan is described as a serpent and a dragon, he has mammalian features? No. Obviously Satan isn’t the anointed cherub.

We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.

Matty’s Razor

And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

(Revelation 4:6-8) KJV

The first thing that we see about the Cherubim from Ezekiel’s description is that they had the appearance of a man. He then goes on to describe the many ways in which the Cherubim are different from man, but we’re to understand that the Cherubim is bipedal. It has two legs. In this case the feet were like a calf, which is a feature found in many quadrupeds like horses and cows. This gives us a connection to the mammals, many of which have this feature. They had hands of a man, which in phylogenetic classification would put them with primates having opposable thumbs, again a mammalian feature.

This is where the description takes an interesting twist, describing as it does 4 wings. Were these wings like the membranes of a bat which is grouped with the mammals? Or were these wings like the beetle or butterfly which are insect characters? The only clue which we have is that the four faces include an eagle. This is a connection to the birds. Can we assume that the wings were also like those of an eagle?

Faith is believing in something that you can’t see, because of evidence.

– Faith, definition

The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings:

(Daniel 7:4) KJV

The Cherubim as seen by Ezekiel each had the face of an Ox, Lion, Eagle and man. It’s not a big leap to take each of these facial features as the basis for a subsequent group, especially when these are recorded as being present in heaven. Cherubim have mostly mammalian features, some avian, so we can deduce that the wings of these creatures were feathered, like an eagle.

There isn’t a definite answer, but then, there doesn’t need to be. We’ve seen that the Cockatrice, a serpent, had the head of a cockerel. Cockerels are birds. We now see that the Cherubim, a mammal, has the head of an eagle. Eagles are also birds. These characters didn’t arise by a process of evolution. God created them as expressions of his own nature and personality. Evolution wasn’t involved. We’re talking about Abiogenesis.

This leads us to an understanding of the Cherubim and their conceptual descendants which we’ll build on. We know of a class of organisms called the Serpents, which includes dragons and Seraphim, and we know that God created them as part of the host of heaven. This gives us a starting point from which to consider what the next steps may have been when God created the fish of the sea and the fowls of the air on the fifth day.

The reason for creation is the manifestation of sentient life with free will.

– The Reason for Creation

Satan, Classification

  • Phylum Cordata
    • Subphylum Vertebrata
      • Class Reptilia
        • Order Serpentes
          • Suborder Squamata
            • Family Dragonis
              • Genus Dragonis
                • Dragonis satanas (Satan, the Devil)

The purpose of creation is to bring about the permanent physical separation of light from darkness, day from night, good from evil.

– The Purpose of Creation

Cherub, Classification

  • Phylum Cordata
    • Subphylum Vertebrata
      • Class Mammalia


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