I'll try to find pictures for as much as I can. Just for fun.
Heb. 1:14 defines their purpose as this: "Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?"
They have a wide range of duties. Some are warriors, others are messengers, or fulfill tasks. And they can be musical. They have rank, with the highest rank being the archangel. (Jude 6-9)
They have been described as flying, but I can't remember if they've been described as having wings. Oh, and there are bunches and bunches of them. A multitude. An army.
The best Ezekiel could come up with was "four living creatures." And then he started using the word "like" a lot. As in... "...their form was like that of a man. their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze. Which tells you that Ezekiel, even though he was an eyewitness, was struggling for words. They were kinda like and sorta like, and you could probably compare them to this... umm, kinda.
Cherubim have 4 faces each: the face of a man, a lion, an ox and an eagle. They have three pairs of wings. They have something like a chrysolite gyroscope that stays next to them and is involved in their locomotion.
Ezekiel 1 doesn't call them cherubim, but by the time he gets to chapter 11 he uses that name.
Cherubim are kinda like a living, mobile, chariot throne for God. My favorite verse about the cherubim is Psalm 18:10 - "He mounted the cherubim and flew;..." Which is pretty much what is going on in Ezekiel.
Elders in relation to what? Are these the 12 patriarchs and the 12 apostles? Or did they exist prior to mankind?
Until next time.