Living creatures

Living creatures

as represented by Ezekiel (1-10) and John ( Revelation 4 , etc.), are the cherubim. They are distinguished from angels ( Revelation 15:7 ); they join the elders in the "new song" ( Revelation 5:8 Revelation 5:9 ); they warn of danger from divine justice ( Isaiah 6:3-5 ), and deliver the commission to those who execute it ( Ezekiel 10:2 Ezekiel 10:7 ); they associate with the elders in their sympathy with the hundred and forty-four thousand who sing the new song ( Revelation 14:3 ), and with the Church in the overthrow of her enemies ( 19:4 ).

They are supposed to represent mercy, as distinguished from justice, mercy in its various instrumentalities, and especially as connected with the throne of God, the "throne of grace."

These dictionary topics are from
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Living creatures". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .