"Who Do The four living creatures of Revelation Truly Represent?"
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3/22/15 A Sermon by: Pastor John W. Thompson -
Most of us are likely familiar with the parallel which has often been noted between the four Gospel Accounts and the four living creatures in the opening vision of the prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:10). The lion symbolizes supreme strength, kingship; the man, highest intelligence; the ox, lowly service; the eagle, heaviness, mystery, divinity.
In Matthew we see Yahshua as the Messiah-King (the lion).
In Mark we see Yahshua as a Servant (the ox).
In Luke we see the Son of Man as (the man).
In John we see the Son of Yahveh as (the eagle).
He needs all four aspects of the YAHHEAD for HIM to give the full Truth. As Sovereign He comes to reign and rule. As servant He comes to serve and suffer. As Son of Man He comes to share and sympathize. As Son of Yahveh He comes to reveal and redeem.
What a wonderful fourfold blending - sovereignty and humility; humanity and deity! Ezekiel's vision is seen again by John (Revelation 4:6-8). The Pulpit Commentary says,
The false patristic interpretation, as well as the Book of Kells which finds in the four living creatures the symbols of the four evangelists must be considered as the play of a devout false imagination, but not as unfolding the true meaning of either Ezekiel or
. St. John
And many other signs truly did Yahshua do in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book: but these are written, that ye might believe that Yahshua is the Messiah, the Son of YAH; and that believing ye might have life through His name. - John 20:30-31
The four living creatures are found in Revelation 4:6–9; 5:6–14; 6:1–8; 14:3; 15:7; and 19:4. The texts that describe these creatures do not indicate that they are figurative—they are real, actual beings. The four living creatures (literally “beings”) are a special, exalted order of angelic being or cherubim. This is clear by their close proximity to the throne of YAH. Ezekiel 1:12–20 suggests that they are in constant motion around the throne.
Revelation 5:6–14 describes the duties or purposes of the four living creatures. They fall down and worship the Lamb, Yahshua the Messiah, offering the same reverence to Him that they did to the Father (Revelation 4:10), proof positive of the deity of Yahshua Messiah. Along with the 24 elders, they have “harps and golden vials full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints (therefore they cannot be the saints).” Harps are frequently associated with worship in the Old Testament, as well as with prophecy (2 Kings 3:15;1 Chronicles 25:1). Incense represents the prayers of the saints. Therefore, taken together, the four living creatures and twenty-four elders hold in their hands all that prophets ever prophesied and believers ever prayed for—all about to come to pass.
The purpose of the four living creatures also has to do with declaring the holiness of YAH and leading in worship and adoration of YAH, and they are involved in some way with Yahveh’s justice, for when He opens the first four seals and sends out the four horsemen to destroy, their powerful voices, like thunder, command “come” (6:1–8). The horsemen respond to the summons of the four powerful creatures, indicating the power the creatures possess. That power is seen again in Revelation 15:7 when one of the four unleashes the last seven plagues of YAH’s wrath on mankind.
The four living creatures are very similar, if not the same, beings as those in Ezekiel 10:2,14, and 20 and Isaiah 6:1–3. They are four in number, full of eyes, have faces like the beings in Ezekiel 1:10, have six wings (Isaiah 6:2), and offer worship as the beings in Isaiah 6:3, saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Yahveh.” They may not be the exact same beings, but they definitely are comparable and probably of the same angelical order.
In summary, these beings are an exalted order of angels whose purpose is primarily that of worship (Revelation 19:4). They are very similar to the beings in Ezekiel 10 and Isaiah 6:1–3, and they are in some ways involved in Yahveh’s divine justice.
In Yahveh's Service:Pastor John the Elder-Smyrna