Yes! Isaiah (chap 6)also saw those angels who cover God’s Thrones. He called them seraphims and saw them standing above the Throne, like the pictures God gave to Moses of the 2 anointed cherubims whose wings cover the ark of the covenant. Each had 6 wings – 2 each covering the face and feet and 2 for flying. Like the “beasts” that John saw, they are the ministers of the Lord and ceaselessly declare His praises as they fly. These particular ones must be the one and the same Michael and Gabriel. I also want to examine the similarity between the “beasts” that John saw and the living creatures seen by Ezekiel in chapter 1. He saw 4 living creatures like a man. Each one had 4 faces and 4 wings with the latter joined together. On the right they had the faces of a man and a lion and on the left the faces of an ox and an eagle. Jesus compared His strength and burden bearing capacity to that of the ox when he said that we should “take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Mat 11:29). An eagle has the capacity to protect, defend and carry and the mother is described in Deu 32:11 as one that “stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings”. God reminded Israel that He had borne them up on eagle’s wings while they were in the desert (Ex 19:4)and these angels are thus represented to demonstrate to us a picture of who He is to His people. Ezekiel saw a side view in chapter 41: 18-20,25 in which he saw the right side of the faces or the faces of the man and lion, symbolizing the personality of Jesus who is the lion of the tribe of Judah. The feet of these angels were straight so we know they were not animals and the soles of feet were like a calf’s. I was looking at the two headed dragon on PBS’s “Dragon Tales” and got an instant mental picture of what these angels look like. God may have created them like this to tell us that He does not miss anything and He will respond like a rapid Response Unit when He needs to take action. We see four elements of His character -the loving, gentle calf; the graceful, powerful eagle flying high; the king of the earth the lion and the face of man to represent Jesus the Son of Man. God is indeed able to identify with us. Ezekiel gave a fascinating description of the living creatures, some of which I need to have a mental picture for. In chapter 1: 2, he said that they looked like “coals of fire, like lamps, it (the appearance of the fire) went up and down among the living creatures and the fire was bright and went forth like lightening”. The angels, who were running back and forth very quickly, looked like flashes of lightening when they did so. This is why the Psalmist, who saw them too, called them “a flaming fire” (Ps 104: 4). They are the fire which go before the Lord to burn up or destroy His enemies (Ps 97:3). They are the train of the Lord (Isa 6: 1). They are “the flaming sword which turned every way to keep the way of th tree of life” in Gen 3:24. They are the “stones of fire” among whom satan walked, showing his importance in the order of the angels.

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