Ophanim (Demon’s Chronicle), by Ridureyu
“16 This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. 17 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not change direction as the creatures went. 18 Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around.”
-Ezekiel 1:16-18 (NIV)
There’s more to that description, mostly involving the four-headed Cherubim hanging out with those wheels. I’ll do a pic with them both soon.
The term “Ophanim” is relatively modern, not actually appearing in the biblical account. These “wheels within wheels” are freaking WEIRD, and have offered a mystery to biblical scholars and angelologists for centuries. Some think that they are the wheels of God’s chariot or throne. Others see them a particular type of angel that metes out justice. Still other people believe them to be UFOs, and use Ezekiel chapter 1 as proof that ANCIENT ALIENS VISITED.
To be honest, every major prophet’s career started with a weird-ass gigantically surreal visions. You know, God’s on fire with a sword coming out of his mouth, Cherubim have tons of heads, things covered in eyeballs go zipping around… it’s basically a really cool way to say “HEY. YOU. THIS IS BIG STUFF HERE. LOOK!” Of course, that doesn’t discount Ophanim having a purpose – Cherubim and Seraphim definitely do, after all. It just makes it harder to find out precisely what they are meant to be.
And I find it SO AWESOME that there is a toy of them! Made by Demon’s Chronicle, of course, and also based on some traditional renaissance art, too.