Generally, living beings within God’s creation, especially the exotic animals seen in visions, which often have a deep symbolic significance.
Creatures representing angelic beings who worship God
Eze 1:5-6; Rev 4:6-8 The strange creatures of Ezekiel and Revelation seem to stand for the fulness and variety of God’s creation. See also Eze 1:7-25; Eze 3:12-13; Eze 10:15-22 The creatures are here identified as cherubim; Rev 4:9-11; Rev 5:6-14; Rev 6:1-3,5-6; Rev 7:11; Rev 14:3; Rev 15:7; Rev 19:4
Creatures representing kings or kingdoms
Creatures representing SatanThe beast here represents Satan, with the horns representing royal authority at a time of Roman persecution of the church: Rev 12:3-4,7-9; Rev 13:1
Da 7:2-8,19-26; Da 8:3-12; Rev 11:7; Rev 13:2-8,11-18; Rev 17:3,7-13