Four Living creatures stand as a memorial apart from the 24 elders. They are in terms of quality angels since God made them so. God makes his angels spirits (Ps.104:4). On a spiritual plane they testify the glory of God who transformed the earth which was void and without form (Ge.1:2). Their presence before the throne of God is as memorial an indication of God what his glory signified for the earth. Man as a living soul, lion, calf and eagle alike constitute the memorial. “And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts…(Re.7:11)”
Worshipping God in heaven when revealed in a vision such as we are considering at the moment, is altogether another entity than what really exists. It is however a vision and John invited to observe it was in the spirit. So the whole vision must be understood as a spiritual transcript of the reality. When elders pose a question or the four beasts hail him to ‘come and see’ these are not done disrupting the solemnity of the occasion. The Spirit intends the reader to infer from the context and what transpires during the vision to be understood clearly. We shall see the four beasts speak to John only where the vision pertains to events on the earth already in flow. For an example whenever the Lamb breaks open the seal, it is preceded by one beast drawing the Apostle’s attention and it goes on while all the four horsemen are introduced.. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is with reference to war and its attendant evils. The first rider on a white horse is not the one who started war or taught the art of war to man. In order to know who it represents let us look for the clue: it is what the color of the second horse represents, red for war. The red dragon that wars with Michael and his angels, is Satan the Deceiver. He was there in the Garden of Eden and it is he who deceived man and war came as a result. Sin of disobedience does not stay single and it shall always bring in many transgressions, which are all human failings. “From whence came wars and fightings among you?(Jas.4:1-4)”.
The rider on the white horse is none other than the one who reveals himself who is called King of Kings (Re.19:11-15). We know from the verse ‘in righteousness he doth judge and make war (v.11)’ and it refers to the Word of God. All the calamities that man has ever unleashed from the fall of man shall be made an end by Jesus Christ. He shall ‘smite nations; he shall rule them with a rod of iron’ (v.15). So the four beasts serve Apostle John to enlighten the spiritual aspect of lusts that war against the soul (1 Pe.2:12). War, degradation of the earth and many other manifestation of the fall of man are allowed but one day the Son shall tread ‘the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of God.’ These four beasts also serve the church, which is being prepared and the gospel has to be preached to the ends of the earth. Naturally the four living creatures serve the glory of God and of man who shall be manifested as sons of God.