John said, “The first living creature (καὶ τὸ ζῷον τὸ πρῶτον) was like a lion (ὅμοιον λέοντι). The second living creature (καὶ τὸ δεύτερον ζῷον) was like an ox (ὅμοιον μόσχῳ). The third living creature (καὶ τὸ τρίτον ζῷον) was like a human face (ἔχων τὸ πρόσωπον ὡς ἀνθρώπου). The fourth living creature (καὶ τὸ τέταρτον ζῷον) was like a flying eagle (ὅμοιον ἀετῷ πετομένῳ).” This is the only use of this Greek word that appears only in Revelation and not in any other canonical biblical NT writing, the word πετομένῳ, that means to fly. In Ezekiel, chapter 1:10-11, he explained the four living creatures that he saw, “the face of a lion on the right side. Each had the face of an ox on the left side. Each had the face of an eagle at the back. Such were their faces.” Each creature had the face of a human being in front. Then there was a face of a lion on the right side with a face of an ox on the left side. In the back was the face of an eagle. This same symbolism was here, perhaps as the symbols of the four Christian evangelists, Matthew as human, Mark as a lion, Luke as an ox, and John as the flying eagle. These four creatures symbolize intelligence, authority, strength, and mobility. Thus, John described the four living creatures. Have you ever seen odd looking creatures?
It turns out that the cause of everything is Yahweh. If a trumpet blows in a city, the people are afraid. No disaster comes to a city, unless Yahweh had decided to make it happen. However, Yahweh God revealed his secrets to his servants, the prophets. When the lion roared, people were afraid. Thus, when Yahweh speaks, the prophets must prophesize.
Finally, we have the last 4 and 3 numerical proverb. There are 4 stately striders: 1) the lion, 2) the rooster, 3) the male goat, and 4) the king. Interesting enough the bull and the deer are missing from this stately list. The lion is the mightiest among all the animals that never turn back. The strutting rooster and the male goat once again emphasis the strutting male. The king, however, also strides before all his people.