I wrote the following in Stained Glass, The New Jerusalem:
For six months I treasured two of the photos. I hadn't noticed anything significant about the other ones yet. Since it was a busy time in our lives, I rarely even looked at the two. But it was the last day of January, and Kirk was finishing an important project for work. While he kept busy upstairs, I sat in the office downstairs and began to look at the miracle photos more carefully. That's when I noticed a face above the red wall. I also saw an ox. I have cropped the first picture for better viewing.
In the second picture (below), you can see a very clear image of a young ox or calf.
The Lord brought me to the Book of Ezekiel in October 2015, so I was familiar with the four living creatures. In Ezekiel 1:10, the prophet tells us that "each of the four had the face of a human being, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle." (Be sure to interpret this verse from the creatures' point of view.)
So, as I looked at the picture once again, I could see the eagle. It didn't have a point on its beak since, I'm guessing, it isn't necessary. Heaven and the New Earth won't have any death or killing (Revelation 21:4).
So then, according to Scripture, I knew exactly where the lion needed to be. As I zoomed in, I said, "Oh, there you are." He was in the right place, and he had a young face like the ox and eagle.
This was a new level of discovery for me. It really made my head go tilt. It was one thing to see the wall, the city, and the river. It was quite another thing to look at an image of one of God's heavenly creatures. For two days I tried to process what I had seen. This was more than I ever expected.
*See pages 22-25 in Stained Glass, The New Jerusalem. You can read it on the "Miracle Button" page or the "Stained Glass" page. It is under Chapter Two, Precious Gem.
Throne in Heaven
John saw a door standing open in Heaven (Revelation 4:1). Someone who had an appearance of jasper and ruby was sitting on a throne, and a rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled it (vv. 2-3). Twenty-four elders dressed in white and wearing gold crowns were also seated on thrones (v. 4). The next verse reminds me of the third photo. It tells us that "from the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder" (v. 5).
The first living creature was like a lion.
The third had a face like a man.
The fourth was like a flying eagle.
The four living creatures, also known as cherubim [at times], constantly glorify God. "Day and night they never stop saying: 'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,' who was, and is, and is to come" (v. 8). One thing I love about the man and the eagle is that they look like they are singing. Just imagine the creatures beside the throne of God, worshiping Him with a beautiful song! Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him, the twenty-four elders fall down and worship (vv. 9-10). "They lay their crowns before the throne and say: 'You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being'" (vv. 10-11).
*See pages 106-109 in Stained Glass, The New Jerusalem. You can read it on the "Miracle Button" page or the "Stained Glass" page. It is under Chapter Eight, Revelation.
I wrote the following on page 112:
When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, Heaven was silent for about half an hour (8:1). Then seven trumpets were given to the seven angels who stand before God (v. 2). And another angel held a golden censer. "He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God's people, on the golden altar in front of the throne" (v. 3).
The smoke of the incense along with people's prayers went up before God (v. 4). Then the angel filled the censer with fire from the altar and hurled it to earth. "There came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake" (v. 5).
*Please note the placement of the four living creatures by the throne (by Jesus' body), as well as by the altar of sacrifice. The fire and smoke could come from among the living creatures.
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