Hebrews 8:5 “who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.””
Revelation 4:4-8 “Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within.”
I saw a several "snapshot" visions of this scene from Revelation. Each beast had six elders assigned to work with it. The six wings of each beast are actually rays of light making a connection with each elder. The four beasts with six elders each make up the 24 elders in total. I saw a hexagram Star-of-David arrangement where the beast was in the center hexagon and each elder on one of the six triangular “wings” of the hexagram. Thus the Menorah and Star of David are actually two different versions of the same meaning: the seven lights. The six elders working with each beast made a pattern of seven lights, a Menorah. Each beast was watching over one of the four corners of the earth on top of a column leading down from heaven to the earth. I saw a tent design where the four “pillars” on each corner of the earth were like the four poles of a tent and God’s throne had a taller pillar leading up to it, creating a pyramid-type of shape for the roof. Although many think of heaven as a cube because Revelation states it is foursquare, it could also be a pyramid shape with only the base being foursquare and the top funneling up towards a focus on God’s throne. Similar to how a tent (tabernacle) works with its pyramid-shaped roof supported by four side poles and one main center pole.
Revelation 15:2 “And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.”
What is being described here is the actual structure of heaven. Where it says there was a sea of glass like crystal before the throne, we need to look back to the Old Testament for clarity. A concept known as the “firmament” is essential to understand. The biblical authors viewed the sky as a solid dome which heaven sat on top of. They did not realize the firmament is a spiritual dividing line between the heaven/spiritual world and the earth/natural world, but thought of it as an actual physical object.
Genesis 1:6-7 “Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven.”
Exodus 24:10 “and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity.”
Ezekiel 1:22 “The likeness of the firmament above the heads of the living creatures was like the color of an awesome crystal, stretched out over their heads.”
The sea of glass corresponds to what was called the firmament in the Old Testament. Walking on top of it shows the victory over the material world, having crossed the barrier into heaven. They are now on the other side of the firmament, above it and not beneath it as when they lived on earth.
Job 26:11 “The pillars of heaven tremble, And are astonished at His rebuke.”
The four beasts have the firmament above their head in Ezekiel. Going back to the “tent” model, each beast guards one of the four pillars that holds up the firmament and the fifth tower in the center leads to God’s throne.
There are three heavens the Bible speaks of. The ancient word for “heaven” was also the word for “sky” which can cause confusion. Understanding these is crucial. Here is a brief description of the three worlds:
|3rd Heaven||God's domain||spiritual||light||Seraphim
|1st Heaven||sky||material||periodic table/ atoms||Principalites
Genesis 2:10 “And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.”
Genesis says the river parts into FOUR “HEADS.” The beasts have HEADS of the Lion, Ox, Man, and Eagle.
There are actually five rivers here when you also count the pure stream from Eden before it is divided into its fractions. The river of Eden represents the light from God. The four rivers are four elements God’s light is fractionated to, each ruled by one of the beasts. We see this pattern in the human and animal body, where you have five “towers.” Two pairs of arms, two pairs of legs and lastly the neck/head ruling over them. Likewise the four elements come in pairs of opposites: fire-water, air-earth. The four rivers go in pairs of two. Euphrates/Hiddekel (Tigris) and then Pison/Gihon.
God: Light - Above/Center - River from Eden
Lion: Fire - South - Euphrates
Eagle: Water - West - Gihon
Man: Air - East - Hiddekel
Ox: Earth - North - Pison
Enoch 1:33, “And from thence I went to the ends of the earth and saw there great beasts, and each differed from the other;”
Enoch also had a vision of the four beasts who watch over the four corners of the earth and noted that “each differed from the other.”
According to scholars, there were four main compilers of the Torah (the first five bible books) and certain other Old Testament books, who were moved by the Holy Spirit. These persons/groups are known as the Elohist, Jahwist, Priestly, and Deuteronomist. We see the pattern of God’s four rivers of revelation which flowed through the four witnesses who compiled scripture. For the New Testament there is already a well-known connection of the four beasts to the four gospels.
Matthew: Lion (focuses on Christ as king and Messianic fulfillment)
Mark: Ox (focuses on Christ’s works and miracles)
Luke: Man (focuses on Christ’s teachings)
John: Eagle (higher perspective, sees things the other gospels missed)
The fifth watchtower is connected to the temple in Jerusalem, as the book of Enoch talks about. The four corner watchtowers guard the four base (beastly) elements which is why they are guarded by beasts and they are only on the 2nd heaven level. The middle tower is responsible over element Light and it is the 3rd heaven level, the throne of God.
Proverbs 18:10 “The name of YHWH is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”
Enoch 87:3-4 “….and took me up, away from the generations of the earth, and raised me up to a lofty place, and showed me a tower raised high above the earth, and all the hills were lower. And one said unto me: “Remain here till thou seest everything that befalls those elephants, camels, and asses, and the stars and the oxen, and all of them.””
Enoch 89:50 “And that house became great and broad, and it was built for those sheep: and a tower lofty and great was built on the house for the Lord of the sheep, [and] that house was low, but the tower was elevated and lofty, and the Lord of the sheep stood on that tower and they offered a full table before Him.”
v54 “And after that I saw that when they forsook the house of the Lord and His tower they fell away entirely, and their eyes were blinded;”