by Robert D. Steffens, February, 2005


        Symbols are used a great deal throughout the Bible, with perhaps the greatest concentration of use, being in Revelations. We have trouble understanding and comprehending symbols, because we are not accustomed to communicating using symbols. A very basic example, such as "tree" as a symbol, would give many different pictures to each person. One would see a giant oak, another a pine or fir, another may see a fruit or nut tree, to another the vivid colors of the leaves in the fall or the bare branches in the winter, or green leaves of summer, a wood smith may see it as boards, or a romantic couple see it as firewood. To convey the symbol "tree", one would probably only mean a small portion of it's entire meaning, at that particular instance of description. Thus when we take a symbol from the Bible, it's use may only refer to a small portion of the entire meaning.

        Such is the case with four symbols in Rev 4:7; being Lion, Calf, Man, and Eagle. Most of us have an idea what each one looks like, but how is it being used here? The lion symbol is referring to an animal which is the king of the animal world. The world is physical, therefore the lion could be a symbol for physical, as seems to the case here. The calf in time becomes a bull, and can become a raging bull. This could symbolize emotion. A flying eagle, that at times appears in the sky, where we thought there was nothing, could be like a fleeting thought, that in less than an instant is there, as it wasn't or had ever been before. Man, at his finest hour is full of spirit, so this could be a symbol for Spiritual. Each symbol's description here is just a very small part of all that it is, in it's entirety. Our current minds need this concept broken down into parts, for our understanding. John is describing here the Throne of God, which has an end result of "creating all things." We could think of these four symbols as a small portion of the "creative mind of God", or we might call it "four minds of God."

        Lion would symbolize "all" that is in the physical world manifestation, as could be associated with: see, touch, feel, smell, hear. All "things" or "stuff" is of this physical mind, and some things have ONLY this physical mind. A tree, whether it's growing or is a board in the table would be an example. Also, a barnacle on the bottom of a boat. In a being we can think of muscle, bone, and blood. Tree and barnacle do not have the higher minds of emotions, rational thought, or Spirit.

        Calf, or Bull, in addition to the physical mind, would have the emotional mind, as do many animals. There are some human beings that could also fall into this limited category, since they do not have the capability of producing an original thought. Perhaps those who's ancestors have hunted for centuries with sticks and it has never occurred to them to tie vines together to make a trap, or build fences and capture and domesticate or dig, plant and harvest. They never would be a participant of forming and establishing any civilization, ever. They have only the option to continue what they have always done, or die. Invention and patent is not in their vocabulary. This type of person is often showcased on the evening news.

        One of the greatest injustices being done on earth, is that it has been made politically incorrect to accept that this may be so. It is so evident, that if God in His Wisdom had not provided for that type of creature, they would not exist. Yet we wish to ignore God's design and plan, and judge them as though they were given capabilities equal to higher species. This is so unfair to them. It is just like punishing a tree or a barnacle because it refuses to show emotion. This unfair treatment thrusts them into a frustrating and difficult world. How much better off those people would be if we could just allow God's design to be politically correct.

        The flying Eagle of rational thought is ever so exciting. Adventure, improving, planning, inventing, comfort, less labor, new things, better transportation, better communication, better technology and understanding; are all products of original thought. Unfortunately the negative, abusive, side of this is also a part, which gets expressed as greater manipulation of others, deceit, fraud, maliciousness, and evil. Some come up with new ways to harm each other in larger groups. Those with thought mind also possess emotional and physical minds, so they have three of the four.

        Spiritual mind is the highest form of mind that we are aware of here in World. Perfect Spiritual Mind was in Adam and Eve before they ate the apple. When they ate the apple (sex & conception), they were thrust out of their garden into the world of manifestation, possessing the knowledge of good and evil which caused them to then become an expression of the other three minds, mostly. The Spiritual mind is of God and is only good. Those possessing the Spiritual mind have an intense desire to know God, they love Jesus without hesitation or shame, they would die for Him, gladly. They are the kindest, most benevolent, loving, forgiving, tolerant, God fearing people on earth. These are the children of the New Covenant in Heb 8:8; "I will put my laws into their minds, and write them into their hearts." In John 10;27 "My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me." In Luke 6:44 "For every tree is known by his own fruit" In Gen 26:4 "And in thy seed shall all the nations be blessed" In Gal 5:22,23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance." In Mt 5:4 "ye are the light of the world." When Jesus Christ returns, those who have developed their Spiritual minds will step out of the flesh bodies of physical, emotional and intellectual minds in the twinkling of an eye and return to the garden of God's perfection. This is not a conscious choice of the individual; it is God's election. 1Thes 1:4 "Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God." Or as explained in Rom 9:4-22 and Rom 9:20 " Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, why hast thou made me thus?" And specifically Rom 9:4 "Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God and the promises. Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen." They were human beings in touch with that Spiritual mind that wrote the Constitution and were the founding fathers of the greatest country in the entire world, the United States of America, under God. It is those who lack this Spiritual mind that erode and destroy the values that produced such greatness.

To chart this for better understanding, let's start with five columns:

Symbol:         MAN         EAGLE             BULL          LION

Mind:             Spiritual         Mental         Emotional     Physical

Action:             Spirit          Thought            Word           Deed

Seraphim:         6 wing          6 wing            6 wing          6 wing

Relationship:      Love         Material         Expression         Sense

                         God         (         Satan, World, Manifest         )
                    Children         (                     Dogs                      )
                        Man             (                     man                     )
                        Spirit             (                     Flesh                   )
                        Desert             (                     Egypt                 )
                House of Jacob           ( House of All Else & non houses)
            Temple of Living God     ( Idols, Buddha, Mohammed, Etc.)
                            Be                     (     Learn the Trades     )

Looking at this chart, we could get a rough idea of one's proportionate makeup.
Spiritual     Thinking     Emotional     Physical
    3/12         3/12             3/12             3/12     Spiritual being with all 4 minds.
                    4/12             4/12             4/12     Intellectual being with 3 minds.
                                        6/12             6/12     Emotional and Physical minds
                                                            12/12   Physical only

        Since these minds are the minds of God and not the minds in our individual heads, we can assume they are divided as shown above. Emanations of the physical mind appear to be so solid when compared to the other three categories. Have you ever gone up against a tree. You lose. It's 100 percent physical. A Bull would be 50/50 Emotional/Physical. Not a good option to compete with. The intellectual would be 33/33/33 Thinking/Emotional/Physical. This category would do excellent in the physical world. They would have all bases covered and be rewarded with vast material successes. The Spiritual being would be 25/25/25/25 or in each category. The intellectual having 33 percent in the Thinking category, compared to the Spiritual having 25 percent in the Thinking category, would give the intellectual an advantage of  8 percent (33-25), over the Spiritual being. Why might Jesus have called us sheep? Perhaps this is how dominion is given to Satan for part of an age, which ends when Christ returns.

        We have in the denominational churches, what could be termed Emotional Christians and Intellectual Christians. This is OK and should be encouraged according to Jer 12:16 "if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my name, the Lord liveth; as they taught my people to swear by Baal; then shall they be built in the midst of my people." That doesn't make them the House of Jacob, or Spiritual beings.

        2Cor 6 would bring further understanding, which would make clearer the advice which could be taken for each of the four columns. 2Cor 6:14 "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers" is meant for the Spiritual children, but would likewise, also be prudent for the Intellectual vs Emotional vs Physical, not to yoke with each other.

        Let's see if this knowledge can shed light for understanding God's truth, in more depth,. In many cases the symbols also mean other things, such as "lion" in many places means "pounce, tear, devour" as a lion does. Let's temporarily set that aside. Psalm 22 is the prophecy of Jesus' crucifixion, to which He referred while dying on the cross. Verse 12 "many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round." This is the emotion around Jesus, much of which is hatred, which put Him on the cross. Verse 21 "Save me from the lion's mouth" God was delivering Him from the physical. "Thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorn." An ancient definition of unicorn is "a fowl", and there is a possibility that a unicorn does not exist except for our thought, so this could be a substitution for eagle and this was the act of intellectual thought, as Jesus prayed as a man to the Father, Lk 22:42 "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done," when He was in Gethsemane. Ps 22:16 "dogs have compassed me" refers to non-Spiritual beings that are around Him, doing this to Him, and verse 20 "my darling from the power of the dog," when He is returned to Spirit, the non-Spiritual will no longer have the power to touch Him, as they scourged and beat Him. Jesus referred to "dogs" in Mk 7:27 "It is not meet to take the children's bread, and cast it unto the dogs," or Spiritual food should not be given to the non-Spiritual beings. Also, stated in Mat 7:6 "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet." Pearls of wisdom should not be wasted on non-Spiritual beings. Jesus pointed at this Psalm when He said "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" In that time, the people had memorized many Psalms and they were not numbered, so one would just say the first line, and all knew what the referenced Psalm was. Just as today saying "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want" refers to the comfort of Ps 23 without reciting all of Ps 23.

        Also, looking at the chart, one obtains understanding of the meaning of Jesus being the "Son of Man." In His perfection, He was not the Son of Eagle, Bull, or Lion because He was not of the world. The sin of the Spiritual children is that they think they are "sons of eagle, bull, or lion" and get too caught up in the world and forget who they are Spiritually, much like the Prodigal Son, who forgot who he was, when he got too much into the world. He needed to lift up his head, realize who he was and return to the Spiritual Father, just like the Spiritual children of God (House of Jacob) need to do today. This realization will bring the body of Christ into the unity that is described in Eph 4:12-18 "for the perfecting of the saints, (House of Jacob), for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;....from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted......" THIS is when Christ will return! Jesus is there and ready, and has been since He ascended. He just needs the Body (us) to realize who we are, that we may be ready to join Him, the Head, and become that unity that is in Christ. Jesus said even He didn't know when the day would be. If, in the House of Jacob, there are 144,000 elect who must come into the realization of who they are before this can happen, then even they wouldn't know the date and time. If one of them comes to this realization, he would have no idea if he was the first, the fifth, tenth, or 143,997th. Therefore the Bible is truth that "no man will know."

        Jesus made comments to the effect that we should "die to the world." Lk 9:58 "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head. Follow me." In the example; "suffer me first to go and bury my father" it is significant to note; if his father was dead, the Spirit Soul had left him, and this man was attending only the flesh body of world. To Jesus, that was not important. Lk 9;25 "For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?" Or the whole world is not worth one man getting lost. This is a major confusion point for many Christians. There are many flesh men (born of flesh or world) that appear to have gained the whole world and not gotten lost. It's their world, they are not lost, they are where they belong. That doesn't mean it's where WE belong. To make this even more confusing, we see Christians, that become million-dollar-a-week Evangelists, hawking their books and tapes, that are lost in the world, that are trying to teach us. They have huge followings, including many of the House of Jacob. Hebrews 8:11 says you can not teach "Know the Lord." "And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest." God has already taken care of this spiritual "knowing." Since it is so obvious that the Eagle, Bull and Lion, all born of flesh, DON'T know Him spiritually, does it make God wrong that the Spiritual man DOES know Him as He is saying, "they all shall know me." In the world, one can teach the trades and the how-to's, but for the Spiritual being, God is not in the world. For those that have it written in their minds and hearts, they are to follow that still small voice and quietly and patiently SEEK to know Him. We were told 59 times in the Old Testament and 7 times in the new Testament to "Seek Me." "Knowing God," is not taught like a trade, but is the work of the Holy Spirit. Eph 4:11 "And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some pastors and teachers;" Please note what is being said here in verse 12 "For the PERFECTING of the saints." This is different than running about the world with a stack of applications, shouting "Who wants to be a saint?" God has already taken care of this. This would be clearer if in the Bible, reference to Man as Spiritual man, had a capital M in Man, and references to the male figure or flesh man, had a small m in man.

        Note the line in the chart: Seraphim. This refers to "four Living Beings had each of them six wings about him" Rev 4:8, further explained in Is 6:2 "above it stood the Seraphs: each one had six wings." Consider the association of Rev 13:18 "Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six" which equals 666. The three Seraphs of Eagle, Bull, and Lion, equal the three sixes, which symbolize worldly man or flesh man, leaving off the fourth six of Spiritual man. Rev 13:16 "to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads" is that with our hands and our worldly thoughts we are all serving this manifestation called world which in turn gives "life unto the image of the beast" Rev 13:15 "any that would not worship the image of the beast should be killed." Without worshipping the beast: eating food, drinking water, clothing to prevent freezing, etc. we would die. That's what Jesus did on the cross, He gave up His physical flesh body, and He still lives, only not in a flesh body.

        Why does God do bad things to good people? Concerning the Spiritual being, the further we venture into the physical world, the more we are at dis-ease. Like the monkey, that won't open his fist to pull his hand out of a cookie jar, we won't open our hands and let go of the worldly possessions and attachments, so that we can begin our return back to our Heavenly Father. This alone is not the total solution, as we are still attached to our physical worldly bodies.




        One doesn't have to take a blood test or search his genealogical records to find out which group he falls under. He simply has to ask, what is my nature? In this country many things have been done at tax payer expense to beautify the highways, parks and walkways. One who throws trash out the window of his vehicle, dumps his garbage in public places and such, probably does not have the nature of a Spiritual being. One with Spiritual nature notices such things with disgust, and at times will even stop to clean up the mess. Does the programming on TV bring you pleasure or disgust, especially their "programmed slips" that bring embarrassment to your family for what is being put in front of children, along with the violence, sex, homosexuality, trashing Christian values, slapstick degradation, and support for abortion? Do you long for the old type programs and movies that were wholesome for the whole family? Would you hurriedly repossess a widow's house if she fell behind on a payment or two, or would you work with her on it? If you were selling food products, would you put in worthless fillers just to increase your profit? Would you give someone a medication that might help one thing but make two or three other things worse, and not even tell them, because you know that they will return and bring you more money? If you found a credit card or a purse, would you return it to the owner or use it yourself? If the government had a program to assist those that were temporarily down, would you take advantage of it by signing up under several names? In case of an accident, would you fake an injury, for the sake of money? If your boss stepped out for a while, would this mean a break or goof off time for you? If someone was lost, would you help him find their way? If someone was thirsty, would you give him a drink? If someone was hungry, would you give them food? Does the homosexual lifestyle appeal to you or do you find it detestable? Are you for or against killing, even when it has different names such as abortion or embryonic stem cell research. Are the laws something to be broken or obeyed? It's pretty easy to tell someone's nature, as fruit doesn't fall far from it's tree. You are either showing fruit of the Spirit, or you are showing fruit of the flesh. This is not to say that occasionally a Spiritual being doesn't make an error or poor judgment, but overall, what is the nature? Just pay attention, don't lie to yourself about what you're seeing, because you like the looks, or  the fine talk, or he can do you a favor. What kind of fruit does one produce? He or she will show you.

        This is stated in another way in the Bible, in Gal 5:22,23 the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. And Gal 5:19,20,21 the fruit of the flesh is: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such. Again, don't get confused when observing some of the children of the Spirit getting too much into the world and expressing these things of the flesh. That is an error that the children of the Spirit should try very hard to avoid.


        Perhaps we should stop trying to teach a tree how to laugh or cry, or to teach an emotional mind how to solve problems, or to teach an intellectual mind that he was born of Spirit. An even clearer example may be that perhaps we should stop standing in the flower garden trying to tell the annuals that they can become perennials. The Potter created all things as He chose. So be it.


NOTE BY AUTHOR: Bob Steffens, Feb 2005

        I would like to thank Roger Hathaway for his insights on the initial interpretation of the four beasts, which he shared with me. Without that, I would not have had the further insights, that have made this article possible. May this article bring you further insights toward your understanding of The Word of God and His Truth.


NOTE BY ROGER HATHAWAY:  While Bob Steffens has built upon my works, and while I accredit the article above, I cannot accredit any other of his writings not carried on this website, writings which lead into directions contrary to that of my work. January, 2012