“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.”
King James Version (KJV)
4:7 And the first - Just such were the four cherubim in Ezekiel, who supported the moving throne of God; whereas each of those that overshadowed the mercy - seat in the holy of holies had all these four faces: whence a late great man supposes them to have been emblematic of the Trinity, and the incarnation of the second Person. A flying eagle - That is, with wings expanded.
Re 4:7 The first creature [was] like a lion. It looked "like" a lion, but was not a lion. It had other characteristics. The second beast like a calf. Had a body similar to that of the ox. The third beast had a face as a man. Otherwise its structure differed from that of men. The fourth beast [was] like a flying eagle. It will be seen that four departments of animated nature are represented. That of the wild beasts of prey, that of domestic animals, the human species, and the fowls of the air. Each is represented by what, in the eyes of a Hebrew, would be regarded as its highest type.