The Spaceships of Ezekiel
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What Did Ezekiel See? - Part D


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Chapter 3

What Did Ezekiel See? (Part E)

(Part D)
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. . .. He notices that the wings no longer turn but that each two pairs of them are folded up and down until they touch the living beings.  [p.17] 

    Up to that moment, he had been hearing a very loud noise which he had attributed to the wings of the living beings. Now, however, he notices a decrease in the noise since the wings have stopped moving. He discovers also that the noise was not caused by the wings at all, but rather had its source behind the surface of the arch. Perhaps he senses that there is some connection. But for him there is no possibility of a breakthrough to certainty, because he cannot know anything about high-performance engines, about central power plants, and about the fact that their noise diminishes when they are switched from full power to idling.

    Now Ezekiel looks above the rim of the arch and perceives an unreal, almost immaterial mixture of light and color in the midst of which he sees a man sitting on a throne. (In other versions he uses the word "Adam" in the text, which indeed means a "man.") Light and coloration of a transparent command capsule are optically much more impressive than its simple geometrical shape and therefore furnish a very plausible means for a description. The man whom he sees is the commander of the spaceship, and his seat has an unmistakable resemblance to a throne. Ezekiel is overcome by the enormity of what he sees and sinks to the ground as a sign of submission. He hears the commander's voice.  [p.18] 


And when I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out to me, and lo, a written scroll was in it;


and he spread it before me; . . .


Then the spirit lifted me up, and as
the glory of the Lord arose from its place, I heard behind me the sound of a great earthquake;


It was the sound of the wings of the living creatures as they touched one another, and the sound of the wheels beside them that sounded like a great earthquake.


The spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness in the heat of my spirit, the hand of the Lord being strong upon me;


And I came to the exiles at Tel-Abib, who dwelt by the river Chebar. And I sat there overwhelmed among them seven days.


And the hand of the Lord was there upon me; and he said to me: "Arise, go forth into the plain, and there I will speak to you."


So I arose and went forth into the plain; and lo, the glory of the Lord stood there, like the glory which I had seen by the river Chebar; and I fell on my face.


But the spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet; and he spoke with me and said to me . . . 


In the sixth year, in the sixth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I sat in my house, with the elders of Judah sitting before me,
the hand of the Lord God fell there upon me.


Then I beheld, and lo, a form of what had the appearance of a man; below what appeared to be his loins it was like fire, and above his loins it was like the appearance of brightness, like gleaming bronze.


He put forth the form of a hand, and took me by a lock of my head; and the spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven, and brought me in visions of God to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the gateway of the inner court that faces north, where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provokes to jealousy.


And behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, like the vision that I saw in the plain.

    The texts quoted above are a further example of Ezekiel's descriptive style.  [p.19] 


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