The Book of Ezekiel

                 Chapter 1

First Vision at the River Chebar

     The name Ezekiel means Yah is Strong or God is Strong.

     He was the son of a priest by the name of Buzi and he lived along the banks of the Chebar River, with a community of other exiles. We find that he was married..

     Ezekiel 24:18 So I spake unto the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.

     And that she died of a stroke and that he lived in his own house…

     Ezekiel 8:1 And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord God fell there upon me.

     From this information we can see that being a captive didn’t mean working on building pyramids for the Egyptians from sunup to sundown, as Hollywood movies would have us to believe, but that he had some comforts throughout that period of time. Even our Father told His people to settle in, get a job, build yourself a house and raise your family during this time of captivity:

     Ref: Jeremiah 29:5 Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;

     Ref: Jeremiah 29:6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished.

     Father did not want His people to eventually die off while being captives, He wanted them to prosper so that they would be great in number when they eventually returned to Jerusalem. He wanted to punish them, He did not want to wipe them out.

     And, finally, Ezekiel was well respected among his own people and he began to prophesy around 595 B.C. This entire book covers a period of time of around 21 years.

     We’ve studied this chapter more than a few times by itself and perhaps my words of explanation might make things just a little bit clearer this time around. Hopefully.

     Ezekiel 1:1 Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.

     Father is going to be speaking to Ezekiel in this chapter and from Him comes these visions and Father is going to blow Ezekiel’s socks off with this first one.

     Ezekiel 1:2 In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity,

     Some people mistakenly take this name, Jehoiachin, and make it Jehoiakim. Jehoiakim was the father, while Jehoiachin was his son and apparently the son was not that great of a king because he only occupied the throne for three months and ten days, while his father was there for eleven years.

     Jehoiachin was also called Jeconiah and Father even went so far as to remove the letters JE from his name, making it Coniah. Father didn’t even want His sacred name to be associated with this man.

     Ezekiel 1:3 The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was there upon him.

     And the hand of the Lord was there upon him. Probably to steady him as he sees what’s coming towards him from over the horizon. I joke, of course. Actually, it means that he was chosen by our Father for these purposes. He picked him out.

     Ezekiel 1:4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.

     How would you like to get up one morning and see this coming at you? I guess we come close with fireballs plummeting through our atmosphere almost weekly nowadays, but then, these fireballs don’t have the Throne of our Father riding on them either.

     We’re going to have to get into the Hebrew a little bit to understand what Ezekiel is writing about but its not all that hard to understand so just relax. Let’s look at the word colour first:

     Colour_OT:5869 `ayin (ah'-yin); probably a primitive word; an eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape):

     The word ayin, in ancient Hebrew, means a circle, which naturally, would refer to the eye, what the object that Ezekiel saw, how his eye perceived it.

     Let’s look at amber next:

     amber_ OT:2830 chashmal (khash-mal'); of uncertain derivation; probably bronze or polished spectrum metal:

     The object appeared, to the eye, to be made of highly polished bronze. Now, that’s not to say that it WAS made of bronze, it could have been made of a different metal or a different substance, all together, but it APPEARED, it LOOKED LIKE polished bronze metal.

     Understand that this object, this vehicle, was made in our Father’s world, His dimension. It wasn’t made by human hands, Father wouldn’t have anything to do with it if it was. You cannot take something of this world and place it in our Father’s world. It just won’t work.

     Also, looking at the word whirlwind, there are two ways to define it: one, we can translate it from the Hebrew; two, we can transliterate from the Hebrew. What’s the difference? One way takes the word from one language into another by using the proper letters, while the other way also includes an associated meaning with it.

     Whirlwind has two Hebrew words associated with it as we can see below:

     Whirl_ OT:5591 ca`ar (sah'-ar); or (feminine) ce`arah (seh-aw-raw'); from OT:5590; a hurricane:

     You will notice that OT5591 can be taken back to a root word which is OT:5590:

     Root Word_ OT:5590 ca`ar (saw-ar'); a primitive root; to rush upon; by implication, to toss (transitive or intransitive, literal or figurative):

     It can also mean to move.

     The second word is:

     Wind_ OT:7307 ruwach (roo'-akh); from OT:7306; wind; by resemblance breath, i.e. a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively, life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension, a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions):

     Wind means soul. And if we put this all together, we have something, a vehicle, that would move a soul. And we’ll find out a little later in this chapter that our Father was aboard this vehicle, His soul/spirit was aboard this vehicle.

     Since the word hurricane is also associated with whirlwind, what does a hurricane look like? A spinning, round, low-pressure system of weather.

     So, let’s take the associated meaning of whirlwind and apply it with everything else that we’ve learned, and we come up with a spinning, circular vehicle, made out of highly polished bronze, that was used to move our Father, and His Throne, from one place to another.

     In today’s time we would call it a UFO, an unidentified flying object. But that would only be to us, Father knows exactly what it is because He knows all things.

     While doing the research for the topic Are the Heavens Talking to Us I found this:

    “Many sightings were recorded during and following the Second Punic War (218–201 B.C.) in Livy’s prodigy lists. The lists were derived from the Annales Maximi, published by the Pontifex Maximus of Rome. This source is considered trustworthy and accurate, explained Stothers, because of the time-consuming and thorough procedure required by Roman authorities to investigate claims before they would be recorded.

​     In Rome, in the winter of 218 B.C., “A spectacle of ships (navium) gleamed in the sky.”

​     In 217 B.C., “at Arpi, round shields (parmas) were seen in the sky.”

​     In 173 B.C., “at Lanuvium a spectacle of a great fleet was said to have been seen in the sky.”

     The Romans recorded sightings about 300 years later than Ezekiel’s sighting.

     Ezekiel 1:5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.

     Four living creatures. Does this ring a bell? Have we heard of these four creatures before? Sure have. The first occurrence was in Revelation 4:6:

     Ref: Revelation 4:6  And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. KJV

     They were called beasts in that book and they are:

     Beasts_ NT:2226 zoon (dzo'-on); neuter of a derivative of NT:2198; a live thing, i.e. an animal:

     And they are a derivative of NT:2198:

     Derivative_ NT:2198 zao (dzah'-o); a primary verb; to live (literally or figuratively):

     You’ll notice that Zao is a verb and not a noun, so it gives us their function…they lived, they were living, and they were creatures, hence, they were living creatures.

     They were a special creation of our Father’s for one special reason: they were to protect the throne, which is the reason they are said to have eyes before and behind. They could see everywhere at the same time. They were protectors, sentries of sort.

     “Well, why would God need someone or something to protect His Throne?”

     Remember Satan’s rebellion in the world that was? There’s your reason. Free will. All souls have free will. In the age that was, this age, and the age to come. We will always have free will, else we are nothing but controllable robots.

     Father and His Throne are aboard this vehicle so it’s only normal for the four Zoon to be there as well.

     They had the likeness of a man. Why wouldn’t they? As with all of His creation they were made in the image of God and the angels, so they were cherubim of sorts. Father doesn’t have any tricks up His sleeves, He doesn’t play parlor games with His creation. And because He is true, we can figure many things out just by using the gray matter between our ears.

     Ezekiel 1:6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.

     Listen to the description.

     Ezekiel 1:7 And their feet were straight feet;

     They didn’t have any joints.

     and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass.

     This was also the same color, no doubt, the same material as the craft within the cloud. He certainly wouldn’t call what he saw landing gear, but that was indeed what it was. Most times, when we think of a landing gear, we have a wheel or a sled to come to rest on.

     But if you have ever seen the moon lander, it had pads on the end of the struts, pretty much resembling the pad or foot on a calf.

     Ezekiel said that this thing looked like burnished brass, it was shining, it was brilliant.

     Ezekiel 1:8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings.

     Ezekiel 1:9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.

     They turned not when they went. They didn’t look before they turned. If you want to turn a horse, you pull the reigns to the left or the right. The horse will look in that direction and then move in that direction. It didn’t have a neck and it was round, so when it moved, it simply went in that direction. No turning like an airplane banking left or right.

     You might understand that they were hovering as well and there was more than one. There were four of them.

     Ezekiel 1:10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.

     Man, Lion, Ox, and an Eagle. If you think back to Numbers, chapter 2, it gave the layout of the different Tribes when the encamped for the night. There was a certain place for each Tribe and they never deviated from it.

     The pattern of encampment was roughly in the shape of the cross of David. The Tribe camping to the north would be Dan, and the emblem or flag or standard for Dan was the eagle.

     The Tribe camping to the east would be Judah and their standard was the lion.

     The Tribe camping to the south would be Reuben and their flag was a man and the Tribe to the west was Ephraim and their standard was the ox.

     Symbology. Father came to Ezekiel to give him some information, a message and perhaps these emblems, the eagle, the lion, the man and the ox were on the vehicles themselves. Don’t know, we aren’t told.

     Ezekiel 1:11 Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.

     Were they in formation?

     Ezekiel 1:12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

     The spirit of our Father gave them direction. Forward, backward, up, or down. Whatever He decided, that’s were they went. Again, they simply went, they didn’t turn, they were circular.

     Ezekiel 1:13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

     Can we even imagine that? Burning coals of fire, lamps, moving up and down among the flashes of fire, lightning shooting forth from it all. Amazing. The Zoon were moving about, in all directions, quickly. What a sight that must have been for Ezekiel.

     Ezekiel 1:14 And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

     Always moving.

     Ezekiel 1:15 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces.

     One of these vehicles came to rest on the ground.

     Ezekiel 1:16 The appearance of the wheels

     We should probably call these wheels discs because that’s what they looked like. Every report concerning UFO’s from around the world, for years and years, said that they were disc-shaped vehicles. Am I saying that this vehicle, this craft of our Father, is a UFO? No, I’m not.

     and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl:

     That would be yellow sapphire.

     and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

     Think of two concentric circles, one within the other.

     Ezekiel 1:17 When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went.

     They were horizontal, flat to the ground.

     Ezekiel 1:18 As for their rings,

     The outside edge or rim.

     they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.

     Were full of eyes round about them four. There were windows around the outside edge of all four vehicles. You’ve seen the pictures before. And he could see someone in it.

     Ezekiel 1:19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.

     When they took off, they moved as one unit. When the Zoon moved, the discs went with them. When the Zoon rose up into the air, the discs moved with them.

     Ezekiel 1:20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

     They were inside it, wherever it went they stayed with it.

     Ezekiel 1:21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

     They all did it at the same time.

     Ezekiel 1:22 And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above.

     Terrible means awesome. The brilliant spectrum of light.

     Ezekiel 1:23 And under the firmament were their wings straight,

     Straight and level.

     the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies.

     The description once more.

     Ezekiel 1:24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings.

     And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings. This noise is not something that I think we can relate to. When we hear a helicopter take off there is a tremendous rush of air and wind, the roar of the engine, dirt and dust being swirled everywhere.

     The propulsion on these four vehicles is unknown to mankind, it is certainly not a fuel from fossil remains. Gas, diesel or whatever. Could it be nuclear? Not the way that we build nuclear engines, they would be too large and too heavy.

     Ezekiel compared it to the voice of our Father which is most times just as described here, the noise of rushing waters.

     As the noise of an host. Host means a large group of people or souls. As if the host of heaven, meaning ALL the angels in heaven, speaking at the same time.

     When they stood, they let down their wings. When they prepared to land or rest on the earth they let down the landing gear. Remember that the end of this “gear’ was described as the hoof of a calf which is flat on the bottom and round.

     Ezekiel 1:25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings.

     These vehicles are now on the ground and our Father was speaking from that firmament. And, again, the gear had been let down before touching the ground.

     Ezekiel 1:26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne,

     There’s our Father’s Throne.

     as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.

     His Throne glowed like a sapphire stone in the sunlight. Can you understand it when our Lord said that we are the children of the light? Everything about our Father and the Lord is bright and glowing, shining and sparkling.

      And you should have no problem figuring out who this man is.

     Ezekiel 1:27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.

     And we should also have no trouble understanding that in the eternity there will be no need of the sun nor the moon…

     Ref: Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. KJV

     The Shekinah glory will light the entire world.

     Ezekiel 1:28 As the appearance of the bow

     The rainbow, a mere pittance of what the Shekinah glory is all about. We get the rainbow naturally by the sun reflecting off of the millions of rain drops in the air, breaking light down to its seven basic colors.

     The Shekinah glory is not a byproduct of light, it is the origin of light.

     that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

     The voice of God Himself. He has come to deliver a message to Ezekiel and He sure knows how to make an entrance.

     Someone who is reading this chapter for the first time, is probably halfway between being awestruck and ridicule. How, possibly, could something like this be written in the Bible, they might be thinking? UFO’s? Yeah, right.

     Never apologize for the Word of God and what’s written therein. Father caused it to be written there and so it must be taught as such. You cannot pick and choose what you will or will not believe when you open that book. It’s all or nothing.

     And, after reading this chapter, you might not be able to contain yourself and you might go and tell of what you’ve read, to family or friends. Don’t be surprised if you see a look of disbelief on their faces, you probably had that look on your own face, a snicker or a side-ways glance, to others around them.

     Just know within yourself that there is more to our Father’s Word than a couple of verses on a Sunday morning. This chapter has only scratched the surface of the wonderment that we are about to experience when we leave these pitiful flesh bodies behind and enter into that other dimension, within which our Father and the host of heaven live.

     You can be a part of it if you live your life according to His commandments and laws. And the reward for reading and studying in this life may entitle you to being one of His Election, giving you the opportunity to be with Him at any time during the Millennium.

     The others? Well, they’re waiting to be taught. By you and the Holy Spirit. They’ll be restricted to certain parts of the world because they didn’t experience the first resurrection. They’re on the outside looking in.

     If you’ve been a nobody in this life, as I have been, how good will it feel when our Father looks at you, in the Millennium. as someone special. As He waits for you to put on those linen garments and enter into the Temple to talk, praise and worship Him.

     If others don’t understand, then they are of the world, and don’t cast your pearls before swine. But still pray for them, they are your spiritual brothers and sisters and if they’re lost today, perhaps we can save them during the Millennium.

     Imagine the look on their faces when these vehicles turn out to be exactly what we believe them to be.

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