It is said of the angel Satan in Ezekial 28:14 – “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.”
In the above passage we not only find that Satan was a type of angel called a ‘cherub,” he was officially “anointed as the cherub that covereth” and a specific reference is made to Satan having been to a place known as the “Holy Mountain of God” and “walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.”
Before we venture into the mysteries of these biblical teachings, it is important that you first understand who is this “Satan Cherub.” In my previous article, “Who is Satan,” I explained how the Catholic Church – the very institution that has brought us this story in the Western World over the last 2,000 years or so had assigned the “title of Satan” to a specific person whom they also called the First Gnostic, Simon Magus.
This same said Gnostic Satan became an “anointed cherub” which evidently shows the power and dominion given to him by God over the earth. In Satan’s temptation of Christ he asserts his authority and power: “And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever, I will I give it.”
Also, please keep in mind the current Vicar of Christ, Pope Francis has gone on record several times during his pontificate mentioning Satan and the Devil. Francis had warned his fellow Catholics in December 2017, “Satan is not a metaphor or a nebulous concept but a real person armed with dark powers” and that he “is more intelligent than mere mortals and should never be argued with.”
With that said, we know that Satan is a person who should never be argued with and he is also more intelligent than mere mortals and also an angel of the order of the cherub. This is the same real person of whom Catholics number as the “Devil ie: the Great Dragon, the Liar, Deceiver and God of this Earth.”
The word cherub, or more appropriately, ker-ub whose meaning is an order of angelic beings as described allegorically in Ezekiel as four living creatures, each with four faces, and each has four wings, two stretched upward sustaining the throne of Yahweh; and two of them stretched downwards to cover the creatures themselves. The cherubim never turn but go straight forward, as do the wheels of the cherubic chariot, and they are full of eyes and are like burning coals of fire.”
We read from the Catholic Encyclopedia that according to Exodus, xxvi, 31, cherubim were embroidered on the Veil of the Tabernacle, separating the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies. “With blue and purple and scarlet and fine twined linen” they were made. How many such cherubim were embroidered on the Paroket, or Veil, we do not know. It is often supposed that as this veil screened the Holy Holies, two large-sized figures to represent guardian spirits or keepers were thereon depicted.”
Ezekiel 28:14 describes how God gave his anointed cherub – Satan an assignment to “cover”. This Hebrew word means to cover as a protector guard.and or fenced in hedge of protection.
Please note that the embroidered colors and material show us what these Cherubs are made of indicating that they are considered royalty. This would explain why Christ asserts Satan’s authority and assignment on earth to place a “cover or veil” over the Holy of Holies, and we now know that the Satan works for God and this is the reason why Satan is called ” the Prince of this World,” “the God of this World,” and “the Prince of the Power of the Air.”
The Catholic Encyclopedia explains the Cherubims association with perfect knowledge, wisdom and royalty;
“Indirectly we can gather from this passage that Cherubim were conceived to be in a state of perfection, wisdom, sinlessness, nearness to God on His Holy Mountain and of preternatural glory and happiness. Unfortunately, the words paraphrased as “with wings outstretched in protection” are difficult to translate: the Hebrew term may mean “cherub of anointing, who covers”, therefore a royal, anointed being, overshadowing others with its wings to shelter them.
If this be so, we must add royalty and beneficence to the characteristics of cherubim.”
So now we understand that not only is Satan ie: Simon Magus considered a royal guardian spirit of the Order of the Cherubim by the Catholic Church, he is called the “First Gnostic,” thus indicating a “spiritual knowledge” that ONLY Satan and his order would understand and recognize.
Namely, the secret teachings of Gnosis contained in mystical Christianity and Freemasonry that truly only the initiated could understand and explain.
This is why many most Jewish writers and Christian Fathers conceived the cherubim as angels with special knowledge, understanding, and full of wisdom.”
For example, Clement of Alexandria had said, “The name Cherubim intends to show much understanding (aisthesin pollen).”
St. Augustine comments on Psalms lxxix, 2, “Who sitteth upon the Cherubim;”
“Cherubim means the Seat of the Glory of God and is interpreted: Fullness of Knowledge. Though we realize that cherubim are exalted heavenly powers and virtues; yet if thou wilt, thou too shalt be one of the cherubim. For if cherubim means, Seat of God, remember what the Scripture says: The soul of the just is the Seat of Wisdom. ”
One of the most notable figures in Ecclesiastical History and a Doctor of the Church, Pope Gregory had said of the cherubim (Hom. in Ev., xxxiv, 10), means “the fullness of knowledge, and these most sublime hosts are thus called, because they are filled with a knowledge which is the more perfect as they are allowed to behold the glory of God more closely.”
I would simply say that the meaning of cherubim is “those initiated angels with true Gnosis of the most sacred mysteries on earth.”