The Four Beasts of Revelationby Gary Linton | Updated February 6th, 2016 in Theology, Apologetics and Biblical Studies
The four beast or creatures mentioned in Revelation 5:14 are types of angelic beings, possibly cherubims or seraphims. They are similar to those in Isaiah 6:2-3, Ezekiel 1 and Ezekiel 10. Their eyes (within and without) represent the omniscience and omnipresence of God.
The four beasts in the Book of Revelation are:
- A Lion: King of beasts, majesty and omnipotence.
- An Ox: Patience and continuous labor.
- Man: Intelligence and rational power.
- An Eagle: Sovereignty and supremacy, the greatest of all birds.
Four aspects of Jesus in the Gospels:
- Lion: The gospel of Matthew was written concerning the king of the Jews, the lion of the tribe of Judah.
- Ox (calf): The gospel of Mark was written concerning Jesus being the conquering servant.
- Man: The gospel of Luke was written concerning the humanity of Jesus, the son of man.
- Eagle: The gospel of John was written concerning the Son of God and divinity of Jesus.
The tribes of Israel pitched their tents in the same order on four sides:
- The lion represents the tribe of Judah.
- The ox represents the tribe of Ephraim.
- Man represents the tribe of Reuben.
- The eagle represents the tribe of Dan.
Advice for Non-Christians
The most important point is, all of the creatures were worshipping Christ as the lamb of God who died, rose from the dead, and is now the eternal one that lives forever and ever. One day everyone will worship the Lamb of God (Jesus) as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We will either worship Him now of free will or by force when “Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He (Jesus) is Lord to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:5-11).
All born again believers worship Jesus as Lord of their lives of their own volition. One day all unbelievers, demons, and the devil himself will bow their knees and confess Jesus as Lord before being cast into the lake of fire (Philippians 2:5-11, Revelation 20:10-15, Revelation 21:8).
If you have not turned your life over to Jesus, I invite you to do so right now. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). All who reject Christ and His gospel of grace will be punished with everlasting destruction (fire) from the presence of Lord, and from the glory of His power (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9, Romans 1:18, Matthew 25:41).
Pray now to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior. He will prepare a place for you in heaven (John 14:1-6) and your sins will be forgiven, cleansed and washed away (Psalms 103:12, Romans 10:8-13, 1 John 1: 7 and 9).
Prayer: Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and Savior. I ask you to come into my heart and forgive me of my sins. I choose to make you Lord of my life from now on and forever.
Advice for Christians
Worship God. “The Father seeks such to worship Him” (John 4:23). God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalms 22:3). We were created to worship and to bring Him pleasure (Revelation 4:10-11). The one thing God needs from us is worship. Spend time worshiping Him daily. You will be blessed and so will He (Psalms 103:1-2).
Witness for God. When you become a child of God you are adopted into His family and called to be witnesses (Matthew 4:19). The reality of the eternal destiny of those who reject Christ should motivate us to share Jesus with the lost and see them brought into a relationship with Jesus. Their destiny hangs in the balance. You could be the deciding factor of which way the scales are tipped. Paul said, “knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” (2 Corinthians 5:11).
Don’t only witness to them, but persuade them to make Jesus their Lord (Revelation 3:20, Romans 10:9-10). “Be ready always to give an answer to every man who asks you the reason of the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15).