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Four Living Creatures
(Revelation 4.6b-7)
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"In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle." (Revelation 4.6b-7)✞

Covered with Eyes

Raiders of the Lost ArkIn the adventure movie, "Raiders of the Lost Ark," the Ark of the Covenant also known as the "Ark of the Testimony" was discovered in Egypt. It was an acacia wood chest overlaid with gold. It contained the stone tablets with the Ten Commandments brought down from God by Moses at Mount Sinai as well as Aaron's rod which had budded, and a container of manna from the desert wilderness journeys. Two cherubim in gold, which were angelic beings attending God, were sculptured on the lid of the ark facing each other with their wings swept over their heads as a covering for the ark. Cherubim were often shown on Christian icons as a bull or a lion with eagle's wings and a human face, like the four living creatures. In the Genesis account, the "cherubim," which is the Hebrew plural of the word "cherub", guarded the way to the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve had been expelled because of their sin. The cherubim were close protectors defending the throne of God. The "four living creatures" were possibly similar to the cherubim in Ezekiel 1.4-14. There the prophet wrote, "The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, and in the fire were what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was human, but each of them had four faces and four wings. Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. All four of them had faces and wings, and the wings of one touched the wings of another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved. Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a human being, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle. Such were their faces. They had two wings spreading out upward, each wing touching that of the creature on either side; and each had two other wings covering its body. Every one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit went, they would go, without turning as they went. The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it. The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning."

Four Faces

Four Living CreaturesThe four living creatures representing all forms of living beings were described in both Ezekiel and Revelation. They had the added feature of being covered with eyes both in front and behind. The Greek in Revelation 4.6-8 for the "living beings" is "tessera zoia." A "tessera" is an individual tile usually formed in the shape of a cube in a mosaic floor or wall. "Zoia" is a name or surname. Hence The four living creatures called a four sided cube were on guard in the Heavenly Courts!

"Four Living Creatures"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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