Cherubim is plural for the Hebrews word cherub, or angel, In the Old Testament, cherubim were heavenly beings who served God. In the Garden of Eden, angels guarded the tree of life (Gen 3:24). Two cherubim made of gold decorated the top of the ark of the covenant, symbolizing a covering of atonement (Exod 25:18-22). Given that God cannot
be contained or represented, these two angels with outstretched wings provided a location where God’s presence was enthroned (1 Sam 4:4; 2 Sam 6:2). In Ezekiel 10 the cherubim take flight with the throne of God above them and move out of the temple, representing the presence of God leaving the temple.
EZEKIEL 10:1 – Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne.