FOUR LIVING CREATURES (4:6,7) - Represents the qualities and character of God.
- Lion - Majesty and power
- Ox - Faithfulness
- Man - Intelligence
- Eagle - Sovereignty
FOUR HORSES (6:1-8) *
LION AND LAMB (5:5) - Jesus is seen as both lion and lamb. The lion symbolizes authority and power. The lamb symbolizes his submission to God's will.
WOMAN CLOTHED WITH SUN, WITH A CROWN OF 12 STARS – Woman represents God's faithful people. Stars represent 12 tribes of Israel.
RED DRAGON/SATAN – Seven heads, ten horns and seven crowns represents Satan, his power and the kingdoms of the world.
SATAN'S ACCOMPLICES – The beast of the sea and the beast of the earth. Together, the red dragon and the two beasts are three evil beings forming an unholy trinity in direct opposition to the holy trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
BEAST OF THE SEA (13:1) – 10 horns, seven heads and 10 crowns on his horns. Given political power.
BEAST OF THE EARTH (13:11) – 2 horns like a lamb, but speaks like a dragon. Given the power to perform miracles. He seems to do good, but the purpose of his miracles is to deceive.
- MARK OF THE BEAST (13:18) – 666 – The number of man. The unholy trinity of Satan, the first beast and the false prophet. If the number 7 is considered to be the perfect number in the Bible, and if three sevens represent complete perfection, then the number 666 falls completely short of perfection.
- INTERESTING INSIGHT – The first readers of this book probably applied the number to the Emperor Nero, who symbolized all the evils of the Roman empire. (The Greek letters of Nero’s name represent the numbers that total 666.)
ARMAGEDDON (16:16) – An actual place. Armageddon is near the city of Megiddo (southeast of the modern port of Haifa). It guarded a large plain in northern Israel. It is a strategic location near the prominent international highway leading north from Egypt through Israel, along the coast, and on to Babylon. Megiddo overlooked the entire plain southward toward Galilee and westward toward the mountain of Gilboa.