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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “and the third beast had a face as a man,…”

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Revelation 4:7 KJV

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.



In this section of John’s vision, we are introduced to four “beasts” (living creatures) which pictures for us a different aspect of our spiritual life in Christ.  We have already seen that the first beast symbolizes the Christian’s authority as overcomer in this world and the world to come.  We also saw that the second beast was a picture of the Christian as a servant of Christ.

The third living creature is pictured as a man, reminding us of the humanity and sinfulness of the Christian.  The Christian is a frail, fallen creature who desperately is in need of divine intervention in their lives on a daily basis.   Paul described this aspect of the Christian’s life best when he stated…

I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. Romans 7:21-25 KJV


Christ, Himself affirmed this same principle when He clearly proclaimed…

“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.” John 15:5 KJV


This is why even the plowing of the wicked man is sinful in God’s sight.  The wicked man is not plowing as an act of faith and reliance upon Christ, but he is plowing pridefully relying only upon himself as a sinful fallen creature…

“An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.”  Proverbs 21:4 KJV


Folks, as we live our life today… lets remember the need to be CONSTANTLY looking to the Lord guidance, strength, wisdom and opportunity as we seek to serve Him.  He alone can give us the ability to successfully live our lives as witnesses of His glory.  He alone can graciously enable us to bear the fruits of His Spirit so others might see Him in us.  He alone can intercede before God on our behalf presenting our every need to the Father.  He alone gives us every breath we breathe, every step we take, and every word we speak.  He alone is our all in all.


May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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  1. SLIMJIM says:

    May we be humbled remembering our sinful, fallen brokenness

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