The Spaceships of Ezekiel
Are there Flying Saucers in the Bible?


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Chapter 5

Bible Text and Spacecraft Technology (Part D)

(Part C)
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The first encounter

    Verse 7: The description of the landing legs with their straight shock absorbers and their round footpads is altogether unmistakable (Figs. 1, 2, and 4).  [p.56] 


Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus:


Their wings touched one another; they went every one straight forward, without turning as they went.


As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man in front; the four had the face of a lion on the right side, the four had the face of a bull on the left side, and the four had the face of an eagle at the back.

    Verse 8: The first sentence refers to the mechanical arms which are attached to and hang alongside the cylindrical bodies. The second sentence is continued in the next verse, in which it is mentioned that the creatures "went." The procedure described here belongs to Verse 15 and will be discussed in connection with that verse.

    Verse 10: What prompted Ezekiel to see "faces"? As we know from the technical description of the spaceship, the gears and control mechanisms located immediately above the rotor plane are protected by a fairing. The latter has an irregular shape and is provided with protrusions and cutouts. Such a combination of structural features can assume a certain resemblance to faces or can best be described by such a comparison.

    In support of this statement I would like to refer to facial and other features which all of us have seen in trees, rocks, and mountain skylines. I know a number of mountains in Europe and America whose names range broadly from "Sleeping Napoleon" to "Sleeping Indian Chief," depending on the image they suggest. Beyond that, however, much more concrete examples of the same kind may be found in the realm of most modern technology. Fig. 13a shows a Gemini capsule shortly after landing. I do not think that anyone can avoid the impression of looking at an abysmally solemn face. Even the view of that same capsule shown in Fig. 13b could hardly be described by somebody completely unfamiliar with technical structures otherwise than through its resemblance to a peculiar face or head. And who would not notice the monsterlike appearance of Lunochod 1 (Fig. 14), with its eyes, the open mouth, and the threateningly raised arms?

    Even we who possess technical knowledge can thus see faces, heads, and bodies in such technical products. How much stronger must the impact of such visual associations have been on Ezekiel who had no technical knowledge at all. Even if he knew or sensed what he was looking at, he could still use only pictorial examples for conveying his impressions.


Gemini space capsule

Figure 13a Gemini capsule, front view
Figure 13b capsule aboard the recovery ship

  Gemini space capsule


    There may be yet another explanation which is less probable but still conceivable. Over the years, Ezekiel had repeated occasions to see the commander of the spaceship and the members of that expedition, all of whom looked like men to him. If we assume then that the physical resemblance to humans also had its psychological parallel, it is entirely thinkable that these beings at that time did what our pilots so often do today: paint or otherwise depict faces, birds, and so on, on the nose or sides of the fuselages of their aircraft just for fun. After all, they were intelligent beings: Should they necessarily have had less sense of humor than we have today?

Lunokhod 1 moon rover

Figure 14 Lunokhod 1

    Whatever may have prompted Ezekiel to see faces or describe as faces what he saw, his statements contain an important point of information, namely, the confirmation of the same orientation of these "faces" on all helicopters: the face of a lion on the right side, the face of a steer on the left side, etc. If we maintain the assumption of facelike structural shapes, it necessarily follows that the four rotors were synchronized because their position at rest was the same. 


And their faces and their wings were spread out above; each creature had two wings, each of which touched the wing of another, while two covered their bodies.


And each went straight forward; wherever the spirit would make them go, they went, without turning as they went.


In the midst of the living creatures there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches moving to and fro among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.


And the living creatures darted to and fro, like a flash of lightning . . .

     Verse 11: The passage "their faces and their wings were spread out above" reads in References 1 and 2: "and their faces and wings upward were divided." The inclusion of the faces in this passage reflects an interesting observation. Before dealing with it in detail, it is useful to read the remainder of the verse which unmistakably describes the rotor blades folded upward and downward.

    Reverting to the first part of the sentence, we observe that the words "spread out" (in the text used here) and "divided" (as in References 1 and 2) do not seem to have any close relationship to each other. However, if we rely for clarification more on the word "divided," we find a hint in the folded position of the two upper wings: Their arrangement suggests a slit, a long vertical gap. With that meaning in mind, we find that the expression "spread out" is related to "kept asunder" and "divided," and thus also includes an indication of a slit, a gap. There must indeed be some kind of a gap in the control mechanism or its fairing, both of which are located above the rotor plane. More specifically, there must be two slits or gaps, one for each of the two upper rotor blades and the shafts at their roots respectively. Room is needed for the wings to rotate from their horizontal working position to their almost vertical resting position. That seemingly unimportant detail was already mentioned in the technical description. The considerations just mentioned are significant not only for the correctness of the technical interpretation but even more so as an indication of the prophet's altogether exceptional talent for observation.

    Verse 12: This verse reveals its full meaning—as does Verse 9—in connection with Verse 15 and will therefore be discussed together with the latter.

    Verse 13: Ezekiel observes the space between the helicopters: He sees the glowing radiator of the reactor and the flickering of the control rockets. Considering the high temperature of the radiator, the comparison with "burning coals of fire" is correct and apposite. Control rockets function in short bursts and in seemingly irregular order. Source and direction of flashes change all the time. Such swift variations would produce in an unprepared observer the impression of "lightning" as it went "to and fro among the living creatures."

    As seen from Ezekiel's position, two helicopters are located behind the main body of the spaceship. Because of their optical proximity to the glowing radiator of the reactor, the brief fiery blazes of the control rockets must give the impression of lightning which "went forth out of the fire."

    Verse 14: The commander moves the spaceship in a hover flight in various directions as he looks for a suitable landing site. It is certain that the great bulk of the spaceship could not really move as fast as lightning. Up to a degree, an illusion could be responsible for this description—however, this would not be really satisfactory. A different solution will be discussed in Section 7.  [p.62] 


       Bible Text and Spacecraft Technology (Part D)