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

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Rev 4:6-7 – Part 6 – 16 Characteristics Which Chapters One
And Ten Of Ezekiel Have In Common.
Introduction

Let’s begin by again remembering that all these glorious descriptions we are being given of the throne of God in the realm of the heavens are really just “patterns of the things of the heavens… figures of the true… heaven itself.”

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” vs. 13 and 19]; 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:

As we are studying these “figures of the true,” we must remember that Ezekiel is not ministering to himself, because he had no idea that these were “patterns of things in the heavens,” or that they were but “figures of the true.” It was given to Peter to reveal that to us in these verses.

1Pe 1:9  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
1Pe 1:10  Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
1Pe 1:11  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
1Pe 1:12  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
1Pe 1:13  Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
Heb 11:39  And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
Heb 11:40  God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Understand what is “the True” is “the revelation of Jesus Christ.” It is knowing this revelation that “brings grace to us.” You and I now know that “the True” heavens are not just one of us, but all who are in Christ and all in whom Christ dwells. We now are given to know that all the things in the temple were but “patterns of the true” things within the true temple, “figures of the True.”
So now we can understand where Christ went when “a cloud received Him out of their sight.” Now we know where the true heavens into which He ascended are. Now we know what is the true house and tabernacle into which He has now entered and in which He now dwells

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that y e are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1Co 3:17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
2Co 5:1  For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

But the ” Ye are the temple of God” must be understood as being both corporately and individually all the patterns of all the things in that one temple ‘which temple we all are.’ ” Ye are the body of  Christ,” must be understood as being both corporately and individually a ‘many- membered body’ with “each member in particular” carrying out its own predestined function in that “one body.” So also is “the temple of God,” and “so also is the Christ.” “The one temple has “many mansions” within it, and every great man’s house has within that one house many “vessels.”

Joh 14:2  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

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.

2Ti 2:19  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
2Ti 2:20  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
2Ti 2:21  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

“The Lord knows them that are His,” His house has “not only vessels…” yet “a man” becomes “a vessel unto honor” if he is purged of  the “wood and earth” which are in the “great house.”
So these patterns are figures of the true you and the true me into which Christ has ascended and in which He now dwells. This is the revelation of Jesus Christ. It is the secret which has been hidden from the ages.

Col 1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of [ the] Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:
Col 1:25  Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
Col 1:26  Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Col 1:27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Col 1:28  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

The Riches of The Glory of This Mystery
It is “the riches of the glory of this mystery” that we have taken time to examine and which we now continue to examine. We have eight more characteristics of these patterns of the things of the heavens which we will now examine.
9) The four wheels were “as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.” This is common to both chapters.

Eze 1:15  Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces.
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 a figure and a pattern of what we will understand “in that day.” Just as the Father is in the Son, and the Son is in the Father, so too, we are in Christ, and Christ is in us:

Joh 14:20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

The spirit of the living creature is in the wheels because it is the spirit of Christ in both:

Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Col 1:27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

It is the wheels which we are told are “upon the earth,” and we are plainly told that Christ in you” is our “hope of glory.” Both He and we have experienced what it is to be “upon the earth.”
10)  The color of the four wheels is beryl. These beryl colored wheels are common to both chapters.

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 10:9  And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub: and t he appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone.

I could find nothing that told me the color of beryl, but I did find this verse of scripture describing Christ himself:

Dan 10:6  His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.

Since we have already been told that His body is “the appearance of fire” it should be plain that these four wheels all being “the color of a beryl stone” is just another way of telling us that this particular pattern of the things of the heavens is also like Christ.

Eze 1:27  And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.

As always, anything associated with Christ is also associated with fire;

Luk 3:16  John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
Luk 12:49  I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

11) The wheels being full of eyes round about,” is common to both chapters:

Eze 1:18  As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.
Eze 10:12  And t heir whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had.

We have already seen in the things that were peculiar to chapter ten, where we saw that these eyes are not just in the wheels by also all over the cherubims, that these eyes are eyes to see the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, which understand that all things are ours, past, present and future.

Mat 13:16  But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
Mat 13:17  For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
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;

So our whole body, our backs and our hands and our wings “and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had.”

Here is the New Testament interpretation of this Old Testament figure:

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.

If we are “full of eyes round about,” then we see what is, what was and what will be. We understand that “all things are ours, things present, or things to come. We see it all, and we see it in our own bodies, our backs and our hands and wings. We ‘see’ or understand that it is all ours, because we are “full of eyes round about.”

12) The firmament above the living creatures is common to both chapters one and ten. In both chapters it is the color of  a sapphire. The phrase describing the color “as the color of the terrible crystal” or like the color of fearful or dreadful ice is only found in chapter one, but the color itself is common to both chapters.

Eze 1:22  And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature [ was] as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above.

The first thing we need to realize is the spiritual significance of  the word ‘firmament.’ Here is what Strong’s tells us about the meaning of this word:

“H7549
????
ra^ qi^ ya?
raw- kee’- ah
From H7554; properly an expanse, that is, the firmament or (apparently) visible arch of the sky: – firmament.”

“Raqiya, from 7554, properly and expanse.” But what does 7554 have to reveal to us about how this expanse is achieved? Here is the meaning of the root of this word translated ‘firmament.’

H7554
???
ra^ qa?
raw- kah’
A primitive root; to pound the earth (as a sign of passion); by analogy to expand (by hammering); by implication to overlay (with thin sheets of metal): – beat, make broad, spread abroad (forth, over, out, into plates), stamp, stretch.

Is not this exactly what God does with us? Does He not expand our moral and spiritual understanding by hammering us until we are conformed to the image of His Son?
The root of this word ‘raqa’ is also found in this verse of scripture:

Exo 27:20  And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.

Here is Strong’s definition of the Hebrew word translated ‘beaten’ in this verse:

H3795
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ka^ thi^ yth
kaw- theeth’
From H3807; beaten, that is, pure (oil): – beaten.

Christ was beaten for us, and we too, are beaten for His body’s sake:

Mar 13:9  But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.

Col 1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

That is the root meaning of the Hebrew word translated ‘firmament.’ It is there in the ‘firmament’ of our lives that Christ is working with us all and where we are being “beaten for the light to burn always.”
The firmament is said to be “as the color of the terrible crystal.” What is “the color of the terrible crystal?” Chapter ten explains.

Eze 10:1  Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne.

While sapphires may come in other colors, they are generally blue. The firmament is said to be ice blue, and if you will read our study on colors, you will see that the color blue is associated with the things of the heavens themselves, especially as it pertains to these patterns we are now studying. There is a reason why both the sea and the heavens are blue, and why the earth appears as a blue planet in all the photos taken from outside our atmosphere.

Strong’s Definition for ‘crystal.’
H7140
???    ???
qerach  qo^ rach
keh’- rakh, ko’- rakh
From H7139; ice (as if bald, that is, smooth); hence, hail; by resemblance, rock crystal: – crystal, frost, ice.

King James Corncordance entries for the Hebrew word translated ‘crystal.’
H7140                                                                                        
???  /  ???
qerach  /  qo^ rach
Total KJV Occurrences: 7
frost, 3
Gen_31:40, Job_37:10, Jer_36:30
ice, 3
Job_6:16, Job_38:29, Psa_147:17
crystal, 1
Eze_1:22

Since the word ‘crystal’ is apparently better translated as ‘ice’ and its color is “as it were a sapphire stone,” the “terrible crystal” is apparently blue. It is the color of the heavens, the color upon which all the holy things sat and in which all these patterns and figures of the things of the heavens were to be wrapped before they could be moved by the Levites who were not priests.

Num 4:5  And when the camp setteth forward, Aaron shall come, and his sons, and they shall take down the covering vail, and cover the ark of testimony with it:
Num 4:6  And shall put thereon the covering of badgers’ skins, and shall spread over it a cloth wholly of blue, and shall put in the staves thereof.

Num 4:7  And upon the table of shewbread they shall spread a cloth of blue, and put thereon the dishes, and the spoons, and the bowls, and covers to cover withal: and the continual bread shall be thereon:
Num 4:9  And they shall take a cloth of blue, and cover the candlestick of the light, and his lamps, and his tongs, and his snuffdishes, and all the oil vessels thereof, wherewith they minister unto it:

Num 4:11  And upon the golden altar they shall spread a cloth of blue, and cover it with a covering of badgers’ skins, and shall put to the staves thereof:

Num 4:12  And they shall take all the instruments of ministry, wherewith they minister in the sanctuary, and put them in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of badgers’ skins, and shall put [ them] on a bar:

13)  The description of  the sound of the wings of the living creatures, is common to both chapters. The sound of the wings of the four living creatures is like the sound of Niagara Falls. It is “as the voice of the Almighty, the noise of great waters, the noise of a host. It is as the voice of all of His people. When they stood they  “let down their wings.”

Eze 1:24  And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings.
Eze 10:5  And the sound of the cherubims’ wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when he speaketh.

Christ is our wings and our protection. His wings are our armor. When we stand, we stand in His armor and in “the shadow of His 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.

14) A blue throne is common to both chapters. A sapphire blue throne is seen above the sapphire blue firmament over the heads of the four living creatures, showing us that in the heavens, the creatures are subject to him who first sits upon the blue throne in “the likeness as the appearance of a man,” the “son of man.”

Eze 1:26  And above the firmament that was over their heads was t he likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.

Eze 10:1  Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne.

It is “in the middle of and round about” this blue throne that these figures of those who are redeemed out of every nation are seated with Christ and His Father.

Rev 4:1  After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
Rev 4:2  And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
Rev 4:3  And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
Rev 4:4  And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
Rev 4:5  And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
Rev 4:6  And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, [ were] four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
Rev 4:7  And the first beast [ was] like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast [ was] like a flying eagle.
Rev 4:8  And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
Rev 4:9  And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
Rev 4:10  The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
Rev 4:11  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

As noted above concerning the color of the firmament, sapphires may come in other colors, but they are generally blue. The throne, we are told is blue, everything pertaining to spiritual significance of the color of the firmament is also true for the spiritual significance of the color of the throne which is upon that firmament. In our study on the spiritual significance of colors in scripture, we saw that the color blue is associated with the things of the heavens themselves. That is especially true as it pertains to these patterns and figures of the true heavens, which we are now considering.
15) The “many colors” of the rainbow are common to both chapters.  God’s many colored bow, as was pointed out to me this week, is placed in His cloud.

Gen 9:13  I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
Gen 9:14  And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
Gen 9:15  And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
Gen 9:16  And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
Gen 9:17  And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

The rainbow should remind us that God is sovereign over “all flesh that is upon the earth.” It serves no such purpose for those who subscribe to the “science falsely so called” doctrine of a “local flood,” which would not impact “all flesh that is upon the earth.” But for those who “let God be true, and every man a liar,” it becomes a powerful witness to the power of a God who is sovereign over “all flesh that is upon the earth.”
The phrase “many colors,” is always mentioned in connection with the throne and with sovereignty, and with rulership. Here are a few examples.

Gen 37:3  Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.

Jdg 5:30  Have they not sped? have they not divided the prey; to every man a damsel or two; to Sisera a prey of divers colours, a prey of divers colours of needlework, of divers colours of needlework on both sides, meet for the necks of them that take the spoil?

2Sa 13:18  And she had a garment of divers colours upon her: for with such robes were the king’s daughters that were virgins apparelled. Then his servant brought her out, and bolted the door after her.
Rev 4:3  And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

16) The glory of the Lord is common to both chapters one and ten. Both chapters are a description of “the glory of the Lord,” and just as in the book of Revelation, ‘the glory of the Lord,’  is described as being “the appearance of the brightness… of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain.”

Eze 1:28  As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so [ was] the appearance of the brightness round about. This [ was] the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw [ it], I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.
Eze 10:4  Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, [ and stood] over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD’S glory.

How does God display His glory? God’s glory and His sovereignty are revealed in His elect.  Our entire lives are to be in His service and to His glory “as the voice of Almighty God.”

Rom 15:7  Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

1Co 10:31  Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Rom 5:2  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Rom 8:17  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint- heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Rom 8:18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Rom 8:30  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Rom 9:23  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
Rom 9:24  Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
1Co 2:7  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.

Summary

These sixteen characteristics of the patterns and figures of the heavenly things themselves, are all concerning the “glory that that is to be revealed in us.”
They are:
1) the cloud in which this whole scene is revealed, which cloud we all are.
2) The four living creatures of Ezekiel one, called cherubims in Ezekiel ten, and called four beasts throughout the book of Revelation.
3) Their four faces, said to be all four common to each creature in Ezekiel, and revealed to also be distinct creatures each one with one of these four faces, in the book of Revelation, and demonstrated as such in each of the four gospels. Read Andrew Jukes book The Four Views Of Christ. 
4) The four wings of these four living creatures or four cherubims, represent the complete faith which the whole body of God’s elect have in the promised protection of our heavenly Father. We are “the apple of His eye,” and He will “never leave or forsake us.”

Zec 2:8  For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.

Heb 13:5  Be free from the love of money, content with such things as you have, for he has said, “ I w ill in no way leave you, neither will I in any way forsake you.”(WEB)

5) “The hands of a man under the wings of the four living creatures” demonstrate for us that God has placed His entire work in the hands of ” the man Christ Jesus.”

1Ti 2:5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

As His Father has placed His work in “the hands” of “the man Christ Jesus,” Christ has in turn, placed the work His Father gave Him into “the hands” of His Christ.

Joh 20:21  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

There is great peace in knowing that we are all in the hands of the man Christ Jesus, and that He has sent us as His Father has sent Him. The “hands of a man” demonstrate who are these four living creatures. They four have “the hands of a man, the face of a man and the appearance of a man.” They are redeemed out of every nation on earth.
6) Being sent by Christ as He is sent by His Father these four living creatures “turn not as they go” simply because all things are being worked after the counsel of God’s own will, and there is “no shadow of turning with Him.”

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:
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.

Every move made by these four living creatures was “written in His book, even the days ordained for them, before there were any of those days.”

Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them.

7) “Whither the spirit was to go they went” demonstrates for us the unity that is in the body of the Christ. The Christ is not a schizophrenic, and there are no denominations in the church which is His body.

Rom 15:5  Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of the same mind o ne with another according to Christ Jesus:
1Co 12:25  that there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

8) The “one likeness” of the four wheels “upon the earth” demonstrates the “one event” that is common to all men. “They four had one likeness.” ‘Four’ is spiritual language for the whole of any given subject, and the subject with which these four wheels are concerned is the whole of God’s elect who all have “one likeness.” That one likeness is the “one event” which “comes alike to all.”
“Each in his own order” will experience the revelation of Jesus Christ:

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.

9) The work of the four wheels was as it were a wheel within a wheel, demonstrates the secret which has been hidden from the generations but is now revealed to us. It is the outgrowth of knowing that Christ is in His Father and His Father is in Him. The spiritual significance of the wheel within a wheel is Christ in us and us in Him.

Joh 14:20  In that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

Col 1:26  even the mystery which hath been hid for ages and generations: but now hath it been manifested to his saints,
Col 1:27  to whom God was pleased to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

The “wheel within a wheel” is “ye in me, and I in you.”
10) The color of the wheels is the color of a beryl stone, and the color of Christ’s body is the color of a beryl stone. This tells us that if we are like Christ then we too, are the color of fire, because we are “as He is in this world.”

Eze 8:2  Then I beheld, and, lo, a likeness as the appearance of fire; from the appearance of his loins and downward, fire; and from his loins and upward, as the appearance of brightness, as it were glowing metal.
Dan 10:6  his body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as flaming torches, and his arms and his feet like unto burnished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.
1Jn 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.  

Christ came to bring fire. If we are like Him, then our words will also be the fiery Words that He spoke.

Jer 5:14  Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.
Rev 11:5  And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

Beryl typifies the fire that is the word of God in all those who are His.
11) The wheels being “full of eyes round about” is the seeing and the understanding that we see and understand that all things are ours, things present and things to come. Seeing that “all things are ours” is seeing everything by being “full of eyes round about.”

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.

It requires being “full of eyes round about” to see and to understand that “man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Very few have eyes to see or ears to hear those words:

Mat 13:16  But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
Mat 13:17  For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

12) The firmament above the four creatures is under the throne. This is the time and work in which we are  hammered out and conformed to image of His Son. The root of the word firmament means to hammer out.
The color of the firmament is blue, like the color of the throne above the firmament. Both are in the heavens but the one is below the other, as we are the work of our Savior, and He is above us, as the head is above the body.
13) The sound of the wings is as the sound of many waters and as the voice of the Almighty. The sound of the wings of the four living creatures is the word of God in these cherubims who are the figures of the true heavens which true heavens speak the truth of the king of the kingdom of the heavens.
14) The blue throne upon the blue firmament is the figure of the heavens themselves where in Christ is king and in whose hearts and minds He rules as sovereign in all things. Christ is said to sit upon both His throne and upon His cloud. This is the throne where we are to reign with Christ. it is the throne in the heavens where Christ and His Father dwell, and it is the throne on which we are seated with both Christ and His Father.

Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together, a nd made us sit together in heavenly [ places] in Christ Jesus:
Eph 2:7  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

15) The “many colors” of the rainbow are always found only in connection with rulers and their families. The many- colored rainbow reminds us that God is capable of destroying all flesh with a flood of waters. The many- colored rainbow reminds us the God is ruling this earth. Joseph was given a coat of many colors after dreaming of becoming the ruler of his brothers. The daughters of the king wore a many- colored garment, and in both Ezekiel and Revelation the throne which we are is “the color of the bow in the day of rain.”
16) Our final figure of the things of the true heavens is “the glory of the Lord.” We are the true heavens and we are that glory.  It is in us that He is glorified.

2Th 1:10  When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

Next week, Lord willing we will begin chapter five of the book of Revelation.

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