Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
(image by Dan Hillier)
This is pretty strange and terrifying as it is, but what's not seen in the English translation is that the word 'seraph' in Hebrew connotes something like 'fiery serpents'. So these angels are actually more like flying flaming dragons! (That's why Satan, a fallen angel, is portrayed as the earthbound [de-winged] Dragon in the Book of Revelation.) I have yet to see an artistic portrayal of seraphim in their true form, but this sculpture seems to be moving in that direction:
(I found the sculpture HERE)
Even heaven has its monsters, and they are perfect examples of the Good Terror I talked about on Day 4. To think that beautiful burning monsters take hexagonal wing above the very throne of the Holy One and roar his praises threefold and glorious. That is truly awesome.
On a little less intense note, imagine the Halloween costumes that could be made from this imagery! The Seraphim have even scarier cousins, however, if you can believe it. We'll look at them tomorrow. Prepare to have your skin crawl!