Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2012 2:58 PM
Just been reflecting in Revelation 4 on the four living creatures (literally the one word “zoon” in Greek, “chay” in Hebrew i.e. “Animal Life”), and their close association with the four living creatures in Ezekiel 1 (click here), the Cherubim in Ezekiel 10 (click here), and the layout of the tribes surrounding the tabernacle in Numbers 2.
First place in Numbers 2 — Lion — a face in the sunrise
In the “east” is the front, the sunrise — a new day. So from the centre of the tabernacle where the Lord is seated upon the cherubim, looking towards the east was the tribe of Judah (Praise the Lord — as Leah said), from which the Lion of Judah would come (in accordance with Jacob’s prophecy of Judah, a lion’s cub).
Second place in Numbers 2 — Man
In the “south”, the "right hand" as you face the sunrise, was firstly the tribe of Reuben (See, a son — as Leah said). Strong outwardly. (But inwardly weak.)
Third place — Oxen — Fruitfulness via servanthood / work
In the “west” (place of the roar — i.e. the Mediterranean Sea, and place of the sunset) was firstly the tribe of Ephraim (Completion, Fruitfulness — as Joseph said of his second son), and portrayed as a bullock in Moses’s prophecy. Yes, from Ephraim comes Joshua who leads the people into the Promised Land and they march around Jericho seven times, all the people shout, and God's angels complete the work.
Fourth place — Flying Eagle — Judgment via God's Holy Law (
Finally in the “north” (in Hebrew — the unseen place, the place of covering, of the helpful beauty that comes with humility) was firstly the tribe of Dan (Judgment — as Rachel said), Jacob's beautiful wife, facing justice, and receiving assistance in that humility.
In Greek, the left hand is "euonumos" — the "name of goodness" (God's law). Our flesh is weak, but when I am weak then am I strong (in Christ), as Paul claimed.
In Ezekiel 1, the first face recorded is the face of the man, with the second face, the face of the lion, now in the south. And Jesus the king, the lion of Judah, is to be born in Bethlehem in Judaea in the south, and betrayed and condemned to death in Jerusalem (also in the south).
The third face, the face of the ox, the faithful servant, Ephraim, is now in the north. And in Galilee of the Gentiles, considerable love and fruitfulness is to be seen throughout Jesus's ministry, multiple healings, deliverances from evil spirits, and material provisions of food.
In Ezekiel 10, the order of the faces reflects 1. The work of the Spirit, 2. The response of man (honor or dishonor), 3. The coming kingdom, & 4. Final judgment.
Blessings all Steve
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