The Four Faces of God

It has been reported by numerous people who have had encounters with God that He often represents Himself as having four different faces. The four living beings (Revelation 4:6-8) who are always before the throne of God have the same image (2 Corinthians 3:18). Revelation 4:7 identifies the four living creatures as the following:

"The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle." 

The Four Living Creatures

In Realms of the Kingdom, Volume Two, Ian Clayton writes: Engaging with the four faces of God came out of experiences I had that really blew my mind. Each of these faces of God shows us a significant portion of the desire of YHVH to display the facets of His character to us relationally." [1]

Mike Parsons ( is a Pastor and author who has written and spoken extensively on this subject. There is also a book titled "The Four Faces of God" by John Bickersteth & Timothy Pain which elaborates on this.[2]

It is also interesting that in the book of Numbers the same four faces appeared on banners placed in the camp of Israel in the wilderness around the Tabernacle. Num 2:2 “Everyone of the children of Israel shall camp by his own standard, beside the emblems of his father’s house; they shall camp some distance from the tabernacle of meeting. Rabbinical tradition appropriates the same four cherubic faces as the emblems/ensigns:

East of the tent of meeting was the leading tribe of Judah (Num. 2:3), with its banner of a lion (Gen. 49:9). With Judah were Issachar and Zebulon.

South of the tent of meeting was the leading tribe of Reuben (Num. 2:10), with its banner of the man (Gen. 49:3, 4). With Reuben were Simeon and Gad.

West of the tent of meeting was the leading tribe of Ephraim (Num. 2:18), with its banner of the bull (Deut. 33:17). With Ephraim were Manasseh and Benjamin.

North of the tent of meeting was the leading tribe of Dan (Num. 2:25), with its banner of the eagle carrying the serpent (Gen. 49:17). With Dan were Asher and Naphtali.


1. Ian Clayton, Realms of the Kingdom: Trading in the Heavens (Volume 2) (Farnborough, UK: Son of Thunder Publications, 2016), 107.
2. John Bickersteth & Timothy Pain, The Four Faces of God (Kingsway Publications, 1992).

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