Isaiah 6:1-13 NIV
1In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw The LORD, High and Exalted, Seated on a Throne; and the Train of His Robe filled the Temple.
2Above 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.
3And they were calling to one another:
“HOLY, HOLY, HOLY Is The Lord ALMIGHTY;
the whole earth is full of His Glory.”
4At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and The temple was filled with smoke.
5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen The King, The Lord ALMIGHTY.”
6Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
7With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
8Then I heard The Voice of The Lord Saying,
“Whom Shall I Send? And who will go for US?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
“Go and tell this people:
“ ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
10 Make the heart of this people calloused;
make their ears dull
and close their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.”
11Then I said, “For how long, Lord?”
And HE Answered:
“Until the cities lie ruined
and without inhabitant,
until the houses are left deserted
and the fields ruined and ravaged,
12 until The Lord has sent everyone far away
and the land is utterly forsaken.
13 And though a tenth remains in the land,
it will again be laid waste.
But as the terebinth and oak
leave stumps when they are cut down,
so The Holy Seed Will Be The Stump in the land.”
What are seraphim? Are seraphs angels?
The seraphim (fiery, burning ones) are angelic beings associated with the prophet Isaiah's vision of GOD in the Temple when GOD Called him to his prophetic ministry (Isaiah 6:1-7). Isaiah 6:2-4 records, “Above him were seraphs, 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.” Seraphs are angels who worship GOD continually.
Isaiah chapter 6 is the only place in the Bible that specifically mentions the seraphim. Each seraph had six wings. They used two to fly, two to cover their feet, and two to cover their faces (Isaiah 6:2). The seraphim flew about the Throne on which GOD Was Seated, singing His Praises as they called special attention to GOD’s Glory and Majesty. These beings apparently also served as agents of purification for Isaiah as he began his prophetic ministry. One placed a hot coal against Isaiah's lips with the words, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for” (Isaiah 6:7). Similar to the other types of holy angels, the seraphim are perfectly obedient to GOD. Similar to the cherubim, the seraphim are particularly focused on worshiping GOD.