Revelation 4:8

And the four living creatures had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.
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AD 735
wings: They raise the Church on high by the perfection of their doctrine. For the number six is called perfect, because it is the first which is made complete by its several parts, in that one which is the sixth part of six, and two which are the third, and three which are the half, make up the number six. Otherwise: the six wings of the four living creatures, which are twenty-four in number, intimate as many books of the Old Testament, by which the authority of the Evangelists is supported, and their truth proved. ...


AD 735
rest: The holy living creatures for all the time of the age proclaim the sole dominion of the Godhead, the omnipotence and eternity of the Holy Trinity. For there abides in the heavenly places the continual praise of the intelligent creation. <a


AD 735
eyes: The holy Church observes itself with vigilance, both before God and before men. The Psalmist had beheld its eyes within, when he says,&quot;All the glory of that daughter of kings is within;&quot; and its eyes without, when he adds immediately, &quot;clothed around with golden fringes in variety.&quot; Otherwise: whether thou shalt attend to the letter, or seek for an allegory, in the Gospel thou wilt always find light. Another translation has: &quot;Full of eyes before and behind;&quot; because the light of the Gospel both illumines the dark sayings of the Law, and pours upon it the brightness of a new grace. ...

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Each of them six wings. See the like visions, Ezechiel i. 4; Isaias vi. 2. These signify their swiftness in executing God's just commands. Full of eyes: a symbol of knowledge and watchfulness. They rested not day and night. There is no night in heaven; but hereby is signified, that they praised God without intermission for all eternity, saying: Thou art worthy, O Lord, our God (Witham) They repeat the word holy three times, probably in honour of the blessed trinity. And the four and twenty elders prostrate before the throne, in token of their acknowledging all their happiness and pre-eminence to be his gift. (Walmesley) ...

Tertullian of Carthage

AD 220
Otherwise, when is the name of God not "holy "and "hallowed "through Himself, seeing that of Himself He sanctifies all others-He to whom that surrounding circle of angels cease not to say, "Holy, holy, holy? "

Victorinus of Pettau

AD 303
These are the testimonies of the books of the Old Testament. Thus, twenty and four make as many as there are elders sitting upon the thrones. But as an animal cannot fly unless it have wings, so, too, the announcement of the New Testament gains no faith unless it have the fore-announced testimonies of the Old Testament, by which it is lifted from the earth, and flies. For in every case, what has been told before, and is afterwards found to have happened, that begets an undoubting faith. Again, also, if wings be not attached to the living creatures, they have nothing whence they may draw their life. For unless what the prophets foretold had been consummated in Christ, their preaching was vain. For the Catholic Church holds those things which were both before predicted and afterwards accomplished. And it flies, because the living animal is reasonably lifted up from the earth. But to heretics who do not avail themselves of the prophetic testimony, to them also there are present living cre...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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