Summary: Since Paul spoke of EYES OF UNDERSTANDING, it is the MIND that is BLINDED. There is a vail over the eyes of understanding, the mind.
Gene 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Exod 26:31 And thou shalt make a vail [of] blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made:
Ezek 10:3 Now the cherubims stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court.
Ezek 10:12 And their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, [were] full of eyes round about, [even] the wheels that they four had.
Ezek 10:14 And every one had four faces: the first face [was] the face of a cherub, and the second face [was] the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.
Reve 4:6-7 And before the throne [there was] a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, [were] four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast [was] like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast [was] like a flying eagle.
The entire Bible points to one grand point.
The cross of Jesus Christ.
From genesis to revelation, the cross is the main theme.
God is not concerned with us discovering whether there is life on other planets or not.
These things will not be in the Bible.
The Bible is concerned with man’s eternal salvation.
So when we read of points plainly made, or symbols, as in the scriptures we read, the point is still the same.
God is saying something about salvation through the cross.
We do not need to think that we will never understand certain passages.
God would not have given them to us if we were to never find out their meanings.
He wants us to understand their meanings.
He does not tantalize us with strange mysteries and then mocks us, saying, "Try to figure that out."
There is really nothing fanciful about the Bible’s symbols.
They simply point, in some way, to the cross.
Read the Word of God with that in mind, and the Lord will reveal to you the meaning.
In this series of scriptures we read was that the cherubims were covered completely with "eyes."
When God wants to get our attention, He will present to us some seemingly odd things.
He wants us to stop and take notice so He can then show us something.
You might ask why does He not simply say it in plain language? Why use symbols?
Jesus told the disciples that it is not for the Pharisees to know the things of the Kingdom. But it was for the disciples to know. And as we said earlier, intellectualism is not the key, for the Pharisees were the intellects of their day. It is a matter of the heart, not the head.
God does not cast His pearls before swine.
The Bible is symbolized in certain places for this reason.
God reveals it only to those who are sincerely seeking Him.
Moses saw a strange sight, and turned to look at the bush that was on fire, but not being burned up.
Then God was able to talk to him.
John turned to see a strange sight in a vision, and then saw Jesus in candlesticks as Jesus then proceeded to talk with Him.
As for example the seven-sealed book in the right hand of God in Revelation 5:1.
And Jeremiah 32 showed the prophet directed by God to buy a field that would soon be in the hands of their enemy, leaving the field worthless.
But one day the field would be valuable again, as the enemy would be removed and Israel brought out of captivity.
Mankind was taken captive, and worthless in the enemies’ hands.
But God chose to redeem mankind again.
And the sealed title deed of the property was kept for that day in the right hand of God, as Jeremiah’s deed was sealed and stored away.
The eyes of the Cherubims were seemingly "fitted" to see the contents of the sealed book.
Reve 4:6 And before the throne [there was] a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, [were] four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
Reve 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
Their eyes were before and behind, to enable them to read within and on the backside.