Revelation 4:6-7 – Four Beasts – Part 5

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Introduction

Last week we discovered the spiritual significance of the cloud, the four living creatures and the four faces of those four living creatures. Let us not forget that these are all patterns of the things of the heavens themselves:

Heb 9:23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these [ the blood of bulls and goats]; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
Heb 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

I have been telling you that there were 14 things which these two chapters have in common, but as my studies continued I discovered that there are at least 16. That is two more which we must examine. Last week we examined three characteristics which Ezekiel 1 and 10 have in common. This week we will examine another five of the remaining 13 things which these two chapters have in common concerning the spiritual significance of the patterns of the heavenly things themselves.
The five topics we will look at this week are the spiritual meaning of 1) four wings on each of the four cherubs, 2) the hands of a man under the wings of each cherub, 3) the spiritual significance of ” they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward,” 4) the spiritual meaning of “whither the spirit was to go, they went;” and 5) “and they four had one likeness:” as it pertains to the four wheels which are by the four cherubims.

Patterns Of The Heavenly Things Themselves

4) Each creature having four wings is common to both chapters. There are four wings because we are wholly and completely dependent upon the protection of our heavenly Father.

Eze 1:6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.
Eze 1:11 Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.
Eze 1:23 And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies.
Eze 10:21 Every one had four faces apiece, and every one four wings; and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings.
Psa 46:1 <To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah>, A Song upon Alamoth. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

‘Wings’ in scripture, as all things in scripture, have both a positive and a negative application. It is on “the wings of a stork” that the “two women” take the curse of wickedness into the land of Babylon or Shinar.

Zec 5:5 Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what [ is] this that goeth forth.
Zec 5:6 And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.
Zec 5:7 And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.
Zec 5:8 And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof.
Zec 5:9 Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven.
Zec 5:10 Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah?
Zec 5:11 And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.

But it is also under His wings that God protects his elect:

Rth 2:12 The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.
Psa 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
Psa 36:7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
Psa 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth [ shall be thy] shield and buckler.

Christ tells us that it is under His wings that we are protected.

Luk 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

5) “They had the hands of a man under their wings is common to both chapters..

Eze 1:8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings.
Eze 10:21 Every one had four faces apiece, and every one four wings; and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings.

The fact that we are reading of ‘hands’ tells us that God uses Christ as His own hands, and He has placed the implementation of His entire plan into Christ’s hands. Christ, in turn has called and sent us, just as His Father has called and sent Him.

Joh 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
Mat 10:40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

This is but one more connection between these “four living creatures… four cherubims… and four beasts,” to mankind who are “all in Adam.” Remember that every time you see the word ‘man’ in the Old Testament, it is the Hebrew word ‘adam.’ These four living creatures, cherubims or beasts, may have wings and four faces on each creature, but one of those faces is “the face of a man,” and they have “the likeness of a man” in an overall way, and now we learn that they “have the hands of a man under their wings.”

Eze 1:5 Also out of the midst thereof [ came] the likeness of four living creatures. And this [ was] their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.
Eze 1:10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.

These creatures are who they tell us they are:

Rev 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
Rev 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

6) The fact that the four living creatures and the four wheels don’t need to turn to go wherever the spirit is want to go is common to both chapters. They always go straight forward. This is repeated a total of six times in these two chapters.

Eze 1:9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.
Eze 1:12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.
Eze 1:17 When they went, they went in their four directions: they turned not when they went.

This is repeated 3 times in this one chapter, and then three more times in chapter ten. This is the holy spirit placing great emphasis upon the sovereignty of God’s “no shadow of turning” hand in all things. This is nothing less than a commentary on both God’s sovereignty and His omnipresence. How else can the four faces never turning be explained?

Eze 10:11 When they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went.
Eze 10:16 And when the cherubims went, the wheels went by them: and when the cherubims lifted up their wings to mount up from the earth, the same wheels also turned not from beside them.
Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

The “marred vessel of clay” which we all are, the serpent and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil are one and all proclaimed of our Creator to be “very good” (Gen 1:31). ‘Mankind is but a beast,’ and our “evil experience” is all being worked “after the counsel of His own will” (Ecc 3:18; Ecc1:13 & Eph 1:11). There is “one event to all” and it was all ‘written in His book before it ever was’ (Psa 139:16). Therefore He “turns not as He goes.”
7) ” Whither the spirit was to go, they went” is common to both chapters. The fact that these four living creatures and their four wheels are led of God’s spirit is emphasized in both chapters. We are thrice told “the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.”

Eze 1:12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.
Eze 1:20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.
Eze 1:21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.
Eze 10:17 When they stood, these stood; and when they were lifted up, these lifted up themselves also: for the spirit of the living creature was in them.

The wheels “upon the earth” and the four living creatures have one mind and one spirit and are working in total agreement and in unison.

Eze 1:19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.

There is no schism in the true body of Christ. It wants only to please Him.

1Co 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is [ the] Christ.
1Co 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
1Co 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

There is no mention of a chariot because, as we are later informed, this whole swirling cloud is His chariot.

Psa 104:3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

8) That the four wheels were all exactly alike is common to both chapters. What this tells us is that what these four living creatures experience, as God’s channel for saving all men, is that “one event” which is common to all men, “the righteous, and to and the wicked.”

Eze 1:16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.
Eze 10:10 And as for their appearances, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel.

This is the “one likeness” of “all things [ which] come alike to all” of mankind.

Ecc 9:2 All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as [ is] the good, so [ is] the sinner; [ and] he that sweareth, as [ he] that feareth an oath.
Ecc 1:13 I applied my heart to inquiring and exploring by wisdom concerning all that is done under the heavens: it is an experience of evil Elohim has given to the sons of humanity to humble them by it.
1Co 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
1Co 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
1Co 3:23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

Summary

The five topics we have examined today are:

1) Four wings on each of the four cherubs. We saw that four, as always, means ‘the whole’ of whatever is under consideration. In this case wings are under consideration, and wings mean protection. What we learn from the four wings on each cherub is that our entire refuge is the Lord, and we can do nothing without Him.
2) The hands of a man under the wings of each cherub. The fact that we are discussing ‘hands’ tells us that this is God’s channel for doing His works. He has placed His entire plan of salvation into the hands of a man named Jesus Christ, and Christ in turn has called and sent us as His Father has called and sent Him. The “hand of a man under the wings of the cherubims” once again connects these cherubims to mankind.
3) The spiritual significance of ” they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.,” This statement is a commentary on both the omnipresence and the omnipotent sovereignty of God. “There is no shadow of turning with Him and all things are being worked by Him, “yes, even the wicked” (Pro 16:4).
4) The spiritual meaning of “whither the spirit was to go, they went;” This, of course, is but one more of the many statements in scripture, which inform us that we are not to allow heresies into our spiritual house, and we are to speak the same thing and be of the same mind as the spirit itself. That spirit, of course is “the Words that I speak unto you.”
5) “And they four had one likeness:” as it pertains to the four wheels which are by the four cherubims. Once again, the unity of heart, mind, spirit and purpose is being driven home. There are no “nonessentials” anywhere in the Word of God. All mankind will live by every word of God and will all experience “one event” (Ecc 9:2}.
Next week, Lord willing, we will examine a few more of the patterns of the things of the heavens themselves.

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