Revelation 4:1-8—After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
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. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”
In Revelation 4, Jesus’ disciple John was seeing a vision into the throne room of God. The four living creatures he described all represent different attributes of God. And as God’s representatives on Earth, we need to know these attributes so that we can take them and reflect them to the rest of the world. By reflecting God to others, we can help them have a hunger to meet Him for themselves.
The lion represents God’s majesty and courage. Ephesians 6:10 tells us to “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” In Joshua 1:9, God said, “This is my command—be strong and courageous!”
It takes courage to go against the culture. Sometimes the pushback can be so strong that it seems overwhelming. But draw courage from your faith—put on the armor of God in Ephesians 6 so that you will be ready to take on the devil no matter the tactics he uses. Have the courage to walk in the promises of God.
Oxen are animals of labor, strength, and service. All throughout the Bible God’s people are called to serve, and we as the Church are no different. In Mark 10:45, Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others…” Remember that before we even knew His name, Jesus first served us. Take what He has already given to you and use it to serve others.
Many scholars say that the face of the man represents the intelligence of God. He is omniscient, which means all-knowing—there is nothing we can hide from Him. There are no secrets with God! He knows more about you than you know about yourself. No matter what, He loves you and wants you to be a part of His Kingdom.
The eagle shows God’s leadership. Eagles are focused and committed—they mate for life. They are gentle with their young but also challenge them at the same time. Especially in times when people are searching for hope and life, we as the Church need to be an eagle in our community.