What is the position of the beasts in the Salvation Plan of God? It is a point rarely discussed. In this post we shall discuss the creative Power and Wisdom which have the four living beasts as memorial in heaven. We read of it in the Book of the Revelation. ch.4. Man and the beasts mentioned there attest to representational symbolism. In order to understand it principle of Association shall be of help.
“And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind./ 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./ And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come./ And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever (Re.4:4-9)”,
The vision arranged by the Spirit in the overall narrative serves a lesson for us. All creatures great or small are foreordained in the divine Will. How it evolves has its own period and variety but without the Will no life would have been possible. Positivism of Will is what Truth expresses. For this reason even where Science postulate matter and antimatter cancel one another complete annihilation is impossible. It is what glory of Truth where life is not in isolation but always proof of power and wisdom made manifest. “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: (2 Pe.1:3)” Creative Power is associated Wisdom which is what the eternal word signifies. It is the Constitution underpinning the spiritual warp and woof of heaven and the earth. The Constitution unless it is enforceable cannot be worthy of Omnipotent God. “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:(John 5:22)” The Spirit naturally refers to the Lord Almighty in terms of Father Son relation ship which is the basis for principle of Association. It must be emphasized that it is not a term found in the Bible. The usage however is repeated in terms of the gospel and in terms of man and the beast. This distinction is symbolically set forth in the creation account. God names the heaven and the earth. On the other hand “And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof (Ge.2:19).” Wellbeing of the creation was dependent on Adam’s relationship with God. Adam as a living soul was drawn in by an association of Father Son relationship. For his creature comforts a similar association came into being between Adam and other creatures. Body spirit and soul as one. Much of the needless controversy regarding the semantics of ‘dominion’ owe to literal interpretation. Principle of Association is between Power and Wisdom of God in primary sense. The Spirit in setting forth realities of the earth and of heaven in terms of Adam also validates representational symbolism. Adam is a forerunner for Jesus Christ and he is last Adam for new heaven and new earth.
In the Lucan genealogy Adam is the Son of God by association, Whereas Christ in his own right. “But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end (He.3:6)”. Representational symbolism in terms of obedience includes every believer associate with Jesus Christ as the firstborn of all creation. “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous (Ro.5:19)”.
Having discussed the background let us go to the text where God tells what he was required to speak to the messengers of the kings : “I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me./ And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.
“and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.” These are part of man’s charge. He is a steward and accountable to God. Man’s disobedience has not cancelled the divine Will concerning them In this context let us recall the last verse in the Book of Jonah. “And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?(Jonah 4:11)” Our reasonable service to God must also extend to other creation as well. We are stewards and accountable to God.