Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the River Chebar, that the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. On the fifth day of the month, which was in the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity, the word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the River Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was upon him there.
Then I looked, and behold, a whirlwind was coming out of the north, a great cloud with raging fire engulfing itself; and brightness was all around it and radiating out of its midst like the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire. Also from within it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had the likeness of a man. Each one had four faces, and each one had four wings. Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the soles of calves’ feet. They sparkled like the color of burnished bronze. The hands of a man were under their wings on their four sides; and each of the four had faces and wings. Their wings touched one another. The creatures did not turn when they went, but each one went straight forward.
As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man; each of the four had the face of a lion on the right side, each of the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and each of the four had the face of an eagle. Thus were their faces. Their wings stretched upward; two wings of each one touched one another, and two covered their bodies. And each one went straight forward; they went wherever the spirit wanted to go, and they did not turn when they went.
As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches going back and forth among the living creatures. The fire was bright, and out of the fire went lightning. And the living creatures ran back and forth, in appearance like a flash of lightning.
A desire to know Christ led this search through scripture. Following a study of the gospels and Christ’s time here on earth as well as his teachings, the journey continued through the acts of the early church and Paul’s letter to the Romans. It now turns backward to find a glimpse of the One who sent Christ and the world from which Christ came.
We are told this account is from Ezekiel who had the hand of God upon him.
“I saw visions of God. “ and “the hand of the LORD was upon him “
What follows this introduction to Ezekiel is the description of a vision he experienced. We get a glimpse of life forms from the world from which Christ came. Fascinating creatures for which no explanation is given as yet. Granted our words are often so inadequate to share the full picture of what our spirit sees and experiences, but what we are given is captivating and draws the spirit of man to want to know. We know there is life. What is God revealing to Ezekiel and in passing on to us, what is God revealing to us?
“…the word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, …” “…and the hand of the LORD was upon him there….”
This journey continues…
What do you see? Comments are welcome.