Verse 7 (God's WordTM)
New American Standard Bible
The first living
creature was like a lion, the second was like a young bull, the third
had a face like
a human, and the fourth was like a flying eagle.
(1) The FIRST living
was like a LION,
(2) the SECOND was
a young BULL,
(3) the THIRD had a
like a HUMAN, and
(4) the FOURTH
like a flying EAGLE.
Each of the living creatures has a characteristic.
creatures in Ezekiel
they are the same with different sides of their "likeness."
Symbolically, these living creatures represent the four
Lord Jesus. Some scholars have found a parallel to each of the gospels
the way they each portray Christ.
attributes shown in
and the four Gospels
The four creatures covered with eyes indicates an exceeding knowledge
of God. They are special angels who are afforded an intimacy with
God/Christ by being next to the THRONE. They have had imprinted on them
some of the qualities
of Christ himself. Yet they still are created beings as seen by
John, and Isaiah (Isaiah
That these living creatures are important to the heavenly kingdom is
by the many times they appear throughout Revelation: Revelation
7:11; 14:3; 15:7; and 19:4.
|ancestry Messiah, King
||descended from heaven and returned back to heaven
|Jesus = Lion
||soars through the heavens
|government, law, and judgment
||The Christ Child
|the THRONE, the seat of government
||physical agony in the human form
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