The Beasts of Revelation: Part 1. More than a few questions arise when reading Revelation. For example; How many times is a beast mentioned? Is there more than one beast? If there are more than one, who are they and what do they represent? If you search for the word “beast” in Revelation, depending on which translation you use, you will find different numbers. Using the NIV and NKJV, they list 35 occurrences in Revelation. The NIV and NKJV are missing Rev 4:6 which has: “four living creatures”, whereas the KJV has beasts. The main Greek word used throughout the Greek scriptures for beast is Zoon ( dzo’-on ) meaning: 1 = a living being, 2 = an animal, brute, beast. “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.” ( Rev 4:6 NKJV ) “And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.” ( Rev 4:6 KJV ) Rev 4:6 is the first place in Revelation where there is mention of beasts (zoon ). Why should it be translated as “living creature”? In this case, it should not, because John uses: “And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.” ( Rev 4:7 KJV ) John uses each as a beast (zoon). They are all compared to animals, which is where we get the word zoo. A zoo is where people gather and keep animals. The root word is zao: a primary verb; to live (literally or figuratively):--life(-time), (a-)live(-ly), quick. Each one is different, but having some parts that are alike. The KJV and Codex Sinaiticus have zoon for each of the four beasts. These first mentioned beasts/living creatures, are found to be “in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.” ( Rev 4:6 KJV ) These beasts are apparently protecting the throne. “Day and night they never stop saying: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” ( Rev 4;8 NIV ) These four beasts/living creatures continually give praise to God. What are the features of these four beasts/living creatures? They all are full of eyes, vision in all directions. Nothing can sneak up on them. They all have six wings. The wings are used for rapid movement in any direction. Or, they could be the same living creatures described in Isaiah 6:2-3. “Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” ( Isa 6:2-3 NIV ) “Above it stood the seraphs. Each one had six wings; with two he covered his face; and with two he covered his feet; and with two he flew. And one cried to the other and said, Holy, holy, holy is Jehovah of Hosts; all the earth is full of His glory!” ( Isa 6:2-3 LITV ) These four beasts are the first mentioned in Revelation. They are mentioned in chapters 4, 5, 6, and 7. The mention of other beasts begins in Rev 6:8. These are described as “wild beasts”. The Greek word used here, is therion ( thay-ree'-on ), having the meaning of: 1. an animal 2. a wild animal, wild beast, beast 3. metaphor. a brutal, bestial man, savage, ferocious Therion comes from the root word, thera (thay’-rah) from ther (a wild animal, as game) 1. a hunting of wild beasts to destroy them 2. metaphor. of preparing destruction for men “I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.” ( Rev 6:8 NIV ) Chapter 7, verse 11, raises another question about the 4 beasts mentioned previously in Revelation. “And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshiped God,” ( Rev 7:11 KJV ) This raises a question about the beasts mentioned by Isaiah 6:2. “Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. ( Isa 6:2 NIV ) In the Hebrew, seraphim means: majestic beings with 6 wings, human hands or voices in attendance upon God. Would this equal angels? If that is what it means, then why would it mention angels and the four beasts, if the four beasts are angels? This will be the end of Part 1: Identifying the “Beasts of Revelation”.