Revelation 4:6b-8 And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
Welcome to the throne room of Heaven. These are Revelation’s four creatures. They have an up close and personal view of the throne itself. These are not the four creatures mentioned in Ezekiel 1. See the details of these four faced beings below.
An individual being is located on each of the four side of the throne. John observes twice that each entity is loaded with eyes all of over their bodies.
Revelation 4:6b …full of eyes in front and behind…
Revelation 4:8a,c And the four living creatures… are full of eyes all around and within…
Each creature has six wings.
Revelation 4:8a,b And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings…
Each being is distinct in its appearance. They are described as being similar to or resembling a corresponding animal. The body of the third creature is not described but its face is.
Revelation 4:7 …the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight.
Their message is consistent and non stop. God is holy.
Revelation 4:8b “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
Some believe the three calls for “holy” is a reference to the Trinity and recognition that each member (Father, Son, and Spirit) is indeed God.
Holy or ἅγιος/hagios in the Greek is defined as sacred, set apart, or different, distinguished, distinct unlike anything else.
The Hebrew word for holy is qodesh.
God’s holiness is foundational. God’s holiness separates Him from sin. Holiness is the most mentioned attribute of God in Scripture.
Psalm 47:8 God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.
Psalm 89:14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
Psalm 9:7 But the LORD sits enthroned forever; He has established his throne for justice…
Psalm 97:2 Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
These four creatures will introduce the four horsemen of the Apocalypse in Revelation 6. The lion like creature will call for the first white horse and its rider. The ox like creature will call for the red horse and rider. The man faced being will call for the black horse and rider. The eagle like creature will call for the pale horse and rider. They all make the same proclamation, “Come!“
And these four creatures proclaim the eternal nature of God.
Revelation 4:8b …who was and is and is to come!
Revelation 4:9 And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever…