Explain-explain the fourth… the four beasts of Revelation 5.
678 Brother Neville, if you’ve got that right there close, or some of you, of Revelation 5, we’ll read this just for a minute. It’s a-it’s a beautiful picture here of the… Here, I have it myself, Revelation the 5th chapter:
And I saw in the right hand of him that set upon the-upon the throne a book written within and without and-and-and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I…
679 Now, that’s not the place. I’m wanting to get just a little further, the four beasts. Let’s see, the 14th verse. All right, sir. Now here we go, that’s right. Now let’s begin up here at the-at the 12th verse, no, I guess the… “And the four beasts said, ‘Amen.’” No, there’s a little place behind that, Brother Neville.
“Behold, I heard the voice… ”
680 Let’s see, just a minute, I was reading it a while ago. Oh, here we are, let’s begin at the 6th verse. The 5th verse:
And one of the elders said unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book, and to loose the… seals thereof.
And I beheld, and,… in the midst of the throne and… four beasts, and, in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as, it had been slain, having seven heads and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits… sent forth from… unto the earth.
681 I want you to hold that question, and if I don’t catch it down here in a minute, I want you to bring back again, I want to deal on that, “the seven Spirits of the seven eyes that was on the Lamb.” Oh, that’s a real beautiful thing. (Well, we want to get this brother’s question now.) All right, don’t forget that now.
And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that set upon the throne.
And when he had taken it, the four beasts and the four and twenty elders fell down before the lamb,… every one of them having harps,…
682 Now, that’s the-the four-the four beasts here, if you’ll notice. Now let’s go ahead and read just a little farther: … golden harps,… full of vials and odours,… and prayers of saints. And they sang a new song,… Thou art worthy… (and went ahead and made their… all their worship to the
683 Now, these four beasts of Revelation, if you notice them, every place… (You Bible readers, and which the man is going to listen to this tape recording). Those four beasts, they had four faces: one had a face like a man, the other one had a face like an ox, and the other face was like an eagle, and the other face was like a lion. And they never went backwards, they couldn’t go backwards.
684 How many remembers the old book of Revelation when they taught it years ago, when I took about two years here on the Book of Revelation? A lot of the old-timers do.
685 Look, they could not go backwards, because every way they went they were going forward. If they went this way, they was going like a man; if they went this way, they was going like a lion; went this way, they was going like an eagle; if they went this way, they was going like an ox. See, they couldn’t go backwards, they were going forward all the time.
686 Now those four beasts. Now to quickly get this, ’cause I don’t want to stay too long on this. But the four beasts… The beast, in Bible, represents “power.” And you notice these beasts were not out yonder in the lake or in the sea somewhere coming up, but they were at the Throne of God, and they were worshipping God. Those four beasts means four powers that come up out of the earth, and those four powers was the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; one don’t contradict the other one.
687 And one of them, the… As the Gospel goes forth as a lion, it’s stern, it’s bold; the Gospel is brave like a lion, and it’s a king like a lion. If it goes towards a man’s face, it’s cunning and shrewd like a man. If it goes the eagle, it’s got the swift wings and the high heights. It… See what I mean? If it goes like the ox, it’s the work horse that can pull, the work ox that pull the-the-the burden of the Gospel. The four beasts was the four powers, which were: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; the four Gospels that ring out in the Presence of God. That was…
688 If you noticed, they had eyes in front and in the back. They-they… Everywhere it went, it reflected. They seen everywhere they were going. And that’s the power of the Gospels as it goes out, it can… It’s got the shrewdness of a man; it’s got the swiftness of an eagle; it’s got the-the-the-the power, the pulling power, the burden-bearer like an ox; it’s got the-the sternness and the boldness of a lion. See, it’s the four Gospels, which are the four powers of the Revelation, the 4th chapter.
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