From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter One
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved
" The Mystery of Ezekielís and Johnís Vision OT and NT - Cherubim "
Twelve Day Circle and Job 38:31-33
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Four Living Creatures
   The four faces of each of the cherubim (Ezek. 1:10) stand for the four "excellencies" of the created order: the lion, the greatest of the wild beasts; the eagle, the greatest of the birds; the ox, the greatest of the domestic beast; and man, the crown of creation. Ezekiel sees over the heads of the cherubim, the throne of the God, who is thus absolutely sovereign over his whole creation.

   In Psalm 99:1 "The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble; he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved." An OT allusion to the Lord as seated or enthroned between the cherubim, which is a metaphor of his sovereignty.

   Likewise in Psalm 18:10 "And he rode upon the cherub, and he did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind," showing that all creation is subject to his sovereignty and the powers at his disposal.

   To sum up: the cherubim are the living chariots or carriers of God when appearing to men, in winged human form with the faces of lion, ox, man and eagle. They never come close to men.

   To see a connection with the word Lights in Genesis 1:14-19 with the following:
   Candlestick - Heb. menowrah, men-o-raw', or menorah, feminine of Heb. manowr, maw-nore', a yoke (in the original sense of Heb. niyr, neer, or nir, also neyr, nare, or ner, or the feminine nerah, nay-raw, from a primary root [Heb. niyr or Chaldean nuwr, noor, shine, fire]) properly meaning to glisten, a lamp (i.e. the burner) or light (lit. or fig.): candle, lamp, light; a chandelier, candlestick.

   The history of the Menorah begins in the book of Exodus where he was instructed to build a golden lampstand upon which seven lamps were positioned and outlined in Exodus 25:31-40. In these verses are references to a candlestick, 6 branches, bowls, knobs and flowers (leaves, and fruits--almonds), and a talent of pure gold. These descriptions continue on into Exodus chapter 37 regarding rituals.

   The almond tree figured prominently in the design of the Menorah. The Hebrew word for almond (Heb. shaqad, shaw-kad', a denomitive from Heb. shaqed, shaw-kade', the almond (tree or nut), from Heb. shaqad, to be alert, thus meaning to be almond-shaped. Some sources claim that the Hebrew word for almond, resulting in (luz) has become a root for "light" in other languages.

   The first-century Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus, also described the Menorah built for Moses by Bezaleel: Antiquities of the Jews, Book III, Chapter VI, Paragraph 7.

Menorah of Exodus 25
   Some promote that the first seven books, Genesis through Judges form a menorah, which corresponds to seven thousand years of Human history. The fourth book, Numbers, corresponds to the Servant Lamp, giving the account of Aaron lighting the Menorah in Numbers 8:2-4. If Genesis through Judges is equal to 7000 years of human history I can personally equate the years of the Judges around 1300 B.C. Therefore 1300 plus 7000 years would equal 8300 B.C. Now this is quite a coincidence since in this book "The Alpha and the Omega" the period that Adamís creation and fall came is in the Age of Cancer 8850 B.C., then Noah in Gemini 6690 B.C., Abram in Taurus 4530 B.C., Abrahamís covenant in Aries 2370 B.C. was revived after the birth of Moses around 1620-1525 B.C.
Menorah of 7000 year history

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