Let me explain, but first, lets read a passage from ezekiel to put the discussion in its proper perspective. Traditional depiction of the cherubim and chariot vision. The book of ezekiel can seem vague and confusing for some readers, but with careful observation it contains key details god wants us to know about. God approaches ezekiel as the divine warrior, riding in his battle chariot. Ezekiels chariot paperback september 1, 1997 by dana redfield author. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading ezekiel s chariot. The april 20, watchtower magazine carries an article with the scriptural title. The heavenly chariot, though, makes one last appearance in ezekiels book. Inside this wheel chariot were beings with the likeness of man. Many of the divine visions that ezekiel shares are relevant to god s plans for reconstructing the present world and restoring his people to our former days in the garden of eden. This text is actually the primary source in the tanach for the mystical element of torah, known in the.
Is ezekiels vision of the wheel evidence of ufos in the. Poetic translation of ezekiels chariot vision the shalom. Ezekiel says specifically that it is in the land of israel. Sefer hazohar the book of radiance has amazed readers ever since it emerged in spain over seven hundred years ago. The chariot of the lordgods throne i was watching a big storm come in from the north.
One modern explanation is that ezekiel, on of the four great hebrew prophets, observed parhelia mock suns, a phenomenon caused by reflection from water droplets or minute particles in the earths atmosphere. The chariot comes in a storm, the sign of a theophany. Ezekiels chariot paperback september 1, 1997 by dana redfield author visit amazons dana redfield page. After pausing there, the heavenly chariot moves east of the city altogether to the mountain east of it and ezekiel s vision ends 11. Ezekiel 1 nrsv the vision of the chariot in the bible. This gnostic philosophy explains ezekiels vision of the. This book contains prophecies attributed to the prophetpriest ezekiel, and is one of the books of the prophets. Here is the sun, indeed at the center of the universe, in a chariot controlled by a charioteer, in a vision recalling ezekiels vision of the divine chariot ezekiel 1. Mar 04, 2015 on page 3 of the printed texts, in section 2 both ezekiel and john are carried away to a high mountain to see the city. Oct 11, 2017 i did not realize that what ezekiel saw in the chariot vision of the merkabah actually reveals some of the secrets of ufos and also explains why there are ufos in the first place. Known as mirkevet yechezkel, the chariot of ezekiel, the reading speaks of the revelation to ezekiel in which he saw the entire gamut of divine beings in what he describes as a chariot.
The first chapter of the biblical book of ezekiel served as the textual starting point for. Here is where the mobility of the glory of god becomes important to the theme of the book. The box of crazy, ufos, and ezekiels vision part 1. The prophets vision concerns four living creatures that served as a type of chariot for the divine throne, the place from which the likeness of the glory of the lord spoke to ezekiel vv.
Ezekiels chariot vision encouragement for the worldwide. It is important to elaborate on a few points raised in this article. This leads us to a hidden doctrine in judaism within the corpus of work identified as kabbalah. Ezekiel s vision of chariot in sky and a hand in the clouds holding out a book to him, c. Ezekiel s chariot kindle edition by byrd, alfred d download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. A contrasting reading that, on the surface, might have been more appropriate is a portion of the book of isaiah ch. The story of the prophet encountering god spawned merkavah mysticism, aptly named for the merkavah or chariot on which ezekiel rode to the heavens. This lengthy vision has been the subject of much speculation and various interpretations through the years.
The vision of ezekiel for an informed reading of ezekiel. As such, the whole revelation by god in this vision to ezekiel, i. A depiction of ezekiels astonishing, glorious, magnificent, vision of god as described in the bible at ezekiel chapter 1 and 10. Some feel the four faces represent intelligence man, power or courage lion, service or strength ox, and speed or agility eagle. Oct 08, 2015 egyptian book of the dead eileen gardiner elijah elisha enoch epistle of enoch euripides exodus 24 exodus 32 expulsion from eden ezekiel ezekiel 1 ezekiel s chariot vision face of god fate of the wicked feast on god s mountain fiery chariot fiery rivers fire of judgement fires of hell firmament flemish painting florence fornication four rivers. The chariot beatrice rides is ezekiels merkabahnotice the four faces, one human and three animal, and the wheels equipped with eyes ezekiel 1. Hey everybody for family worship, i am thinking of constructing a model of jehovahs celestial chariot as portrayed in the book of ezekiel. But each one of them had four faces and four wings. In revelation, section 2, the voice of jesus speaking to john is like the sound of rushing waters. A look at some of the mystical aspects of what ezekiel saw in his vision. According to section 3, the gates of the city are named after the twelve tribes of israel.
Jan 30, 2018 ezekiel had his vision in babylon as one of the captive exiles ezek 1. A comment on ezekiels vision of godthe chariot of the lord. Ezekiels wheel within a wheel revealed stellar house. Engraved illustration of the chariot vision of the biblical book of ezekiel 1. Ezekiel describes seeing a wheeled chariot descend toward him from the sky. Comparing his vision to babylonian iconography reveals that ezekiel saw a divine throne chariot of the heavenswidely described in the ancient biblical world. How many times does ezekiels chariot vision appear in the text. What exactly does ezekiel s wheel within a wheel vision mean.
Life after death experience nde with steve gardipee, vietnam war story one of the best ndes duration. One modern explanation is that ezekiel, on of the four great hebrew prophets, observed parhelia mock suns, a phenomenon caused by reflection from water droplets or minute particles in the earth s atmosphere. The general public has in the main misunderstood kabbalah. Each of these beings had four different faceshuman, eagle, lion, and ox. Out of ezekiels vision of living creatures and of wheels within wheels comes the message that the heavens can come to the earth that deliverance can come to each of us.
Inside the cloud, there were four living beings that looked like people. May 31, 2014 hey everybody for family worship, i am thinking of constructing a model of jehovahs celestial chariot as portrayed in the book of ezekiel. Ezekiel 1 nrsvace the vision of the chariot in the bible. As we will see, it also gives us a look at how complex and interrelated these elements are. Ezekiels vision of the merkabah, the socalled wheeled chariot gives a lot of room for interpretation. What is the significance of ezekiels description of gods. Ezekiel 1 new revised standard version nrsv the vision of the chariot. Each of these beings had four different faceshuman, eagle, lion, and ox v. Ezekiel 1 is the first chapter of the book of ezekiel in the hebrew bible or the old testament of the christian bible. In ezekiels vision, this throne sits atop the expanse.
In fact, this theory proved so convincing to one nasa scientist, josef blumrich 192002, that he wrote a whole book on it, including specs. The appearance of the wheels and their workmanship was the color of beryl, and the four of them had the same. So we see god departing gradually and eventually returning which fits the theme of the book. The main corpus of the merkabah literature was composed in the.
Ezekiel describes the four faces of the creatures as looking like a man the front, lion right side, ox left side, and eagle rear. We also get a glimpse of gods glory manifested with his presence when riding a heavenly chariot. Wheels supported the chariot throne, along with four unusual. Gods presence being revealed to ezekiel in babylon also. The appearance of the wheels and their workmanship was the color of beryl, and the four of them had the same likeness. Also to announce the future restoration of israel and judah from their several dispersions, and their happy state in their latter days, under the messiah. What is the significance of ezekiels description of gods heavenly.
Ezekiels vision has been linked to synagogue zodiacs with helios and his quadriga chariot in the center, as at beth alpha, israel. This passage is the traditional haftarah that is read on the festival of shavuot. Make sure of the more important things, which tangentially invokes the vision of ezekiel regarding the extraterrestrial chariot the intent being, to impress upon jehovahs witnesses the reality of the existence of the invisible part of jehovahs organization. Standing by the kebar river ezekiel suddenly sees the vision of the chariot of yahweh 1. Find all the books, read about the author, and more.
Meaning of ezekiels wheel within wheel bible study. The lore of the heavenly throne chariot in some one or other of its multitudinous implications is everywhere to be met with. Pritzker edition presents an assortment of discrete zoharic compositions. Ezekiels vision of chariot in sky and a hand in the clouds holding out a book to him, c. Is ezekiels vision of the wheel evidence of ufos in the bible. In this event, the prophet encounters a wondrous manifestation from the highest heaven. The haftarah for the first day of shavuot is of the most hallowed portions of the bible. He was a practical theologian whose nature was deeply introspective. The first chapter of the biblical book of ezekiel served as the textual starting point for the merkavah mysticsand hints at an image of god. In doing so, i mentioned that i thought it had something to do with astrologyastronomy. I was wondering if anyone knew of some pictures in the societys publications of the chariot so that i have something to. As we learned in the preceding chapter, ezekiel was in babylon, living among his fellow exiles in a community by the river chebar evidently a navigable, manmade canal that branched off from the river euphrates and later rejoined it. The book moves on to anticipate the destruction of jerusalem and the temple, explains this as gods punishment, and closes with the promise of a new beginning and a new temple inaugural vision ezekiel 1.
The book moves on to anticipate the destruction of jerusalem and the temple, explains this as gods punishment, and closes with the promise of a new beginning and a new temple. A commentary on the book of the prophet ezekiel, vol. Rather than a wheeled chariot, many ancient astronaut theorists argue that the merkabah may have been a spaceship or some sort of space shuttle that landed on earth in the distant past. In a vision, he sees gods presence leaving the temple in jerusalem to instead hang out with the exiles in. Was ezekiel actually seeing an advanced race visiting him in a space shuttle. After pausing there, the heavenly chariot moves east of the city altogether to the mountain east of it and ezekiels vision ends 11. As terrifying as this vision was, it vividly displayed the majesty and glory of god ezekiel 1. There are only two old testament scriptures that directly reference this strange heavenly vision of a wheel within a wheel observed by the prophet ezekiel. The chariot is drawn by four living creatures, each having.
The book of ezekiel has a beginning few readers can forget. Ezekiel, theology of bakers evangelical dictionary of. We have arrived at the place in ezekiel where we will be examining the symbology of ezekiels chariot. Ezekiels vision of gods chariot became the biblical text most important to. I was wondering if anyone knew of some pictures in the societys publications of the chariot so that i have something to work with.
In ezekiel 4048 ezekiel sees a detailed vision of a grand and glorious temple. But they do go from pretty bad to much worse before getting better. It was a big cloud with a strong wind, and there was fire flashing from it. On the fifth day of the month it was the fifth year of the exile of king jehoiachin, the word of the lord came to the priest ezekiel son of buzi, in the land of the chaldeans by the river. After god drives into town on a chariot pulled by four manbeasts at the beginning of the book, things dont necessarily become less weird.
Jan 02, 2020 as such, the whole revelation by god in this vision to ezekiel, i. The heavens opened to the prophet ezekiel theology in. We will find that ezekiels chariot vision has a relationship to many other heavenly mysteries, including. Apr 11, 20 what does god look like according to the bible. Ezekiels vision of gods chariot became the biblical text most important to jewish mysticism. May 28, 2014 rothenberg tranls ezekiels chariot vision 1. The vision of the chariot in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as i was among the exiles by the river chebar, the heavens were opened, and i saw visions of god.
Ezekiels chariot vision, by matthaeus merian 15931650. The book describes something observed in the first person, unlike many other biblical texts that are written in the third person. Ezekiel 1 new revised standard version, anglicised catholic edition nrsvace. The story of the prophet encountering god spawned merkavah mysticism, aptly named for the merkavah or. In the chariot he sees the four creatures, each with four faces of a human, an ox, an eagle, and a lion. This vision is know in kabbalah as maaseh merkavah or. Written in a lyrical aramaic, the zohar, the masterpiece of kabbalah, features mystical interpretation of the torah, from genesis to deuteronomy. In the new king james version, this chapter is subtitled ezekiels vision of. Know that all the animals, beasts, and fowl have a soul which descends from originates in and is influenced by the holy creatures. See more ideas about ezekiels wheel, biblical art and prophetic art.
Egyptian book of the dead eileen gardiner elijah elisha enoch epistle of enoch euripides exodus 24 exodus 32 expulsion from eden ezekiel ezekiel 1 ezekiels chariot vision face of god fate of the wicked feast on gods mountain fiery chariot fiery rivers fire of judgement fires of hell firmament flemish painting florence fornication four rivers. Sep 23, 2016 life after death experience nde with steve gardipee, vietnam war story one of the best ndes duration. And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder. And their appearance and their workmanship was like a wheel inside of a wheel.
The book of ezekiel and the flying chariot of fire. A depiction of ezekiel s astonishing, glorious, magnificent, vision of god as described in the bible at ezekiel chapter 1 and 10. One of the interesting characteristics of the book of ezekiel as a biblical text is. Jerome rothenberg and harris lenowitz, in a big jewish book, their amazing collection of the poetic, mystical, and subversive or superversive passages of jewish wisdom over the past 3,000 years, present their poetic translation of ezekiels mystical vision of the chariot. Ezekiel foundation of kabbalah beth elohim messianic. An overview of ezekiels vision of the celestial chariot. Followers of this type of mysticism sought to recreate similar experiences and ascend into gods realm. His style is rich with parables, signs, allegories, visions, imagery, and symbolic actions in order to dramatize his messages.
In the previous post, i asserted my position that ezekiels vision was not a spacecraft. Ezekiel s chariot vision gives us insight into the working of all the spiritual elements previously discussed in this study time, space, light, energy and mass. Heisers book i dare you not to bore me with the bible. The earliest mystics of the merkabah in judaism deeply contemplated the spectacular vision that opens the book of ezekiel, one of the jewish texts. The experience of the divine chariot, as lofty as it is, can be considered only of secondary importance. The chariot is not a secret thing for mystics alone, but an open truth that all who study ezekiels prophecy can learn. Encounter divine dreams and visions in the book of ezekiel. In chapter 43, ezekiel sees again a vision like before 43.993 1144 670 557 304 81 1144 1076 707 798 677 1427 628 148 1240 1248 577 126 1268 1073 1172 541 634 1345 853 127 1594 6 1449 220 490 902 707 1058 159 330 983 118