Living Creatures?


#1

"... and round about the throne, were four living creatures, full of eyes before and behind." (Apocalypse 4:6)

In the Apocalypse there are four "Living Creatures" stationed around God's throne. Why are they called "Living Creatures"? :grouphug:


#2

“Creature” means something that was created, either living or non-living. I suppose “living creatures” includes animals, humans, angels, and perhaps other living things. In Revelation 4, it is clear that these are alive, not statues or ornaments around the thrones.

May I ask how it is that you call this book Apocalypse, which I know as Revelation? Is that how it is called in your community, or in your bible?


#3

Well It would seem that the Apostle could not identify the "creatures" with any of the know (to him) humans or beasts. He also states they are alive, therefore not spirits or even Angels.

I guess we will have to wait and hope we do make it to see the Throne of GOD and then we will find out. :thumbsup:

Peace!


#4

[quote="Beryllos, post:2, topic:332179"]
"Creature" means something that was created, either living or non-living. I suppose "living creatures" includes animals, humans, angels, and perhaps other living things. In Revelation 4, it is clear that these are alive, not statues or ornaments around the thrones.

May I ask how it is that you call this book Apocalypse, which I know as Revelation? Is that how it is called in your community, or in your bible?

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In some editions of the Douay Rheims translation Revelation is called Apocalypse. I have a copy with the older naming of the books, and it has it this way. It also calls 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings as 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 3 Kings, 4 Kings; Song of Songs as Canticle of Canticles; and others

It is just the more archaic name.


#5

[quote="bzkoss236, post:4, topic:332179"]
In some editions of the Douay Rheims translation Revelation is called Apocalypse. I have a copy with the older naming of the books, and it has it this way. It also calls 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings as 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 3 Kings, 4 Kings; Song of Songs as Canticle of Canticles; and others

It is just the more archaic name.

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Thanks.


#6

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Christian tradition going back as far as St Irenaeus has interpreted
these four creatures as standing for the four evangelists because they
"carry" Jesus Christ to men. The one with the face of a man is St
Matthew, who starts his book with the human genealogy of Christ; the
lion stands for St Mark: his Gospel begins with the voice crying in the
wilderness (which is where the lion's roar can be heard); the ox is a
reference to the sacrifices in the temple of Jerusalem, which is where
St Luke begins his account of Christ's life, and the eagle represents
St John, who soars to the heights to contemplate the divinity of the
Word

I do agree with this explanation. As the four evangelists bring us the Word here on earth, they would be in constant adoration around God's Throne in the Heavens.


#7

[quote="Beryllos, post:2, topic:332179"]
"Creature" means something that was created, either living or non-living. I suppose "living creatures" includes animals, humans, angels, and perhaps other living things. In Revelation 4, it is clear that these are alive, not statues or ornaments around the thrones.

May I ask how it is that you call this book Apocalypse, which I know as Revelation? Is that how it is called in your community, or in your bible?

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The Douay - Rheims version (1899) calls it "The Apocalypse of St. John the Apostle." :D


#8

[quote="The_Serpent, post:1, topic:332179"]
"... and round about the throne, were four living creatures, full of eyes before and behind." (Apocalypse 4:6)

In the Apocalypse there are four "Living Creatures" stationed around God's throne. Why are they called "Living Creatures"? :grouphug:

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D-R Bible, Haydock Commentary:

Ver. 6. A sea of glass, like crystal, calm and transparent, and may signify that the saints had passed a boisterous sea of troubles in this world, which is now changed into everlasting tranquillity. --- Four living creatures, or animals. Alcazar (p. 364) takes notice of thirty different expositions of these animals. He understands the apostles, bishops, and preachers of the Christian faith: others, four of the chief Angels or celestial spirits. Several others expound them of the four evangelists: yet this was before St. John himself had written his gospel. (Witham) --- The extensive sea of glass, here described transparent as crystal, represents what may be called the floor of heaven. Before the throne and round it stand four living creatures, of an extraordinary shape, which denote the four great prophets, Isaias, Jeremias, Ezechiel, and Daniel. Their bodies are described full of eyes, both before and behind, an emblem of their prophetic sight, that penetrates into all ages past, present, and to come. And their being also full of eyes within, indicates that their extensive knowledge arises from an interior divine inspiration. They have each six wings, in the same manner as the seraphim appeared to the prophet Isaias. (Chap. vi. 2.) Some have imagined these four symbolical animals to represent the four evangelists; but we think improperly, as St. John was still living and there present in person. The first animal is here said to resemble a lion, the king of beasts, because the prophet Isaias, represented by it, was descended of the royal race of David. The second animal resembles a calf, and represents the prophet Jeremias in his character of priest; the calf, which was the principal victim in Jewish sacrifices, being on that account the emblem of the priesthood. The third animal, exhibiting Ezechiel, has the countenance of a man; because God, in speaking to that prophet, always addresses him by the name of son of man. The fourth animal, denoting Daniel, resembles a flying eagle, on account of the sublime oracles of this prophet, who soars to the highest objects, and views the succession of all the great empires that were to rise up in the world to the end of time. Probably these four principal prophets are to be understood to represent all the prophets of the old law. (Walmesley)


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#10

[quote="Beryllos, post:2, topic:332179"]
"Creature" means something that was created, either living or non-living. I suppose "living creatures" includes animals, humans, angels, and perhaps other living things. In Revelation 4, it is clear that these are alive, not statues or ornaments around the thrones.

May I ask how it is that you call this book Apocalypse, which I know as Revelation? Is that how it is called in your community, or in your bible?

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Apocalypse is just an Anglicization of the Greek apokalypsis ('unveiling,' 'disclosure,' 'revelation'). The name stuck primarily because the word was retained in the Vulgate in a Latinized form (apocalypsis). Because the word was retained in the Latin, the translators of the D-R simply retained it as well rather than giving its English equivalent.


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