Ezekiel Chapter 1
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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.
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.
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.
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.
16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.
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.
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.
26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a 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.
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.
28 As the appearance of the bow 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.
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Matthew Henry's Ezekiel Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
Ezekiel was one of the priests; he was carried captive to Chaldea with Jehoiachin. All his prophecies appear to have been delivered in that country, at some place north of Babylon. Their chief object appears to have been to comfort his brethren in captivity. He is directed to warn of the dreadful calamities coming upon Judea, particularly upon the false prophets, and the neighbouring nations. 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. Much of Christ will be found in this book, especially in the conclusion.Ezekiel's vision of God, and of the angelic host. (1-14) The conduct of Divine Providence. (15-25) A revelation of the Son of man upon his heavenly throne. (26-28)1-14 It is a mercy to have the word of God brought to us, and a duty to attend to it diligently, when we are in affliction. The voice of God came in the fulness of light and power, by the Holy Spirit. These visions seem to have been sent to possess the prophet's mind with great and high thoughts of God. To strike terror upon sinners. To speak comfort to those that feared God, and humbled themselves. In ver. #4-14|, is the first part of the vision, which represents God as attended and served by a vast company of angels, who are all his messengers, his ministers, doing his commandments. This vision would impress the mind with solemn awe and fear of the Divine displeasure, yet raise expectations of blessings. The fire is surrounded with a glory. Though we cannot by searching find out God to perfection, yet we see the brightness round about it. The likeness of the living creatures came out of the midst of the fire; angels derive their being and power from God. They have the understanding of a man, and far more. A lion excels in strength and boldness. An ox excels in diligence and patience, and unwearied discharge of the work he has to do. An eagle excels in quickness and piercing sight, and in soaring high; and the angels, who excel man in all these respects, put on these appearances. The angels have wings; and whatever business God sends them upon, they lose no time. They stood straight, and firm, and steady. They had not only wings for motion, but hands for action. Many persons are quick, who are not active; they hurry about, but do nothing to purpose; they have wings, but no hands. But wherever the angels' wings carried them, they carried hands with them, to be doing what duty required. Whatever service they went about, they went every one straight forward. When we go straight, we go forward; when we serve God with one heart, we perform work. They turned not when they went. They made no mistakes; and their work needed not to be gone over again. They turned not from their business to trifle with any thing. They went whithersoever the Spirit of God would have them go. The prophet saw these living creatures by their own light, for their appearance was like burning coals of fire; they are seraphim, or "burners;" denoting the ardour of their love to God, and fervent zeal in his service. We may learn profitable lessons from subjects we cannot fully enter into or understand. But let us attend to the things which relate to our peace and duty, and leave secret things to the Lord, to whom alone they belong.
15-25 Providence, represented by the wheels, produces changes. Sometimes one spoke of the wheel is uppermost, sometimes another; but the motion of the wheel on its own axletree is regular and steady. We need not despond in adversity; the wheels are turning round and will raise us in due time, while those who presume in prosperity know not how soon they may be cast down. The wheel is near the living creatures; the angels are employed as ministers of God's providence. The spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels; the same wisdom, power, and holiness of God, that guide and govern the angels, by them order all events in this lower world. The wheel had four faces, denoting that the providence of God exerts itself in all parts. Look every way upon the wheel of providence, it has a face toward you. Their appearance and work were as a wheel in the middle of a wheel. The disposals of Providence seem to us dark, perplexed, and unaccountable, yet are all wisely ordered for the best. The motion of these wheels was steady, regular, and constant. They went as the Spirit directed, therefore returned not. We should not have to undo that by repentance which we have done amiss, if we followed the guidance of the Spirit. The rings, or rims of the wheels were so vast, that when put in motion the prophet was afraid to look upon them. The consideration of the height and depth of God's counsel should awe us. They were full of eyes round about. The motions of Providence are all directed by infinite Wisdom. All events are determined by the eyes of the Lord, which are in every place beholding the evil and the good; for there is no such thing as chance or fortune. The firmament above was a crystal, glorious, but terribly so. That which we take to be a dark cloud, is to God clear as crystal, through which he looks upon all the inhabitants of the earth. When the angels had roused a careless world, they let down their wings, that God's voice might be plainly heard. The voice of Providence is to open men's ears to the voice of the word. Sounds on earth should awaken our attention to the voice from heaven; for how shall we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaks from thence.
26-28 The eternal Son, the second Person in the Trinity, who afterwards took the human nature, is here denoted. The first thing observed was a throne. It is a throne of glory, a throne of grace, a throne of triumph, a throne of government, a throne of judgment. It is good news to men, that the throne above the firmament is filled with One who appears, even there, in the likeness of a man. The throne is surrounded with a rainbow, the well-known emblem of the covenant, representing God's mercy and covenanted love to his people. The fire of God's wrath was breaking out against Jerusalem, but bounds should be set to it; he would look upon the bow, and remember the covenant. All the prophet saw was only to prepare him for what he was to hear. When he fell on his face, he heard the voice of One that spake. God delights to teach the humble. Let sinners, then, humble themselves before him. And let believers think upon his glory, that they may be gradually changed into his image by the Spirit of the Lord.
Albert Chew's Ezekiel Chapter 1 comment about verse 3 on 5/16/2013, 10:20am...
Am wondering if the word 'expressly' should be there.
Blessedseed's Ezekiel Chapter 1 comment on 4/10/2013, 8:16am...
I believe that in this chapter God is letting mankind know that he is in control and we all must move in him and stay in him to make sure that we are moving and in the right direction that he wants you to go. This is being led by God in every aspect of our daily lives. This is giving everything to God and not holding any part back. He is our all and all, the center of our being.
Jim's Ezekiel Chapter 1 comment on 3/08/2013, 5:08pm...
Here's the problem. This book is unlike any other book in the Bible in that Ezekiel describes in his best vernacular of the time, a machine, or a thing, that affects and is affected by the natural world. It includes a being that he says has the LIKENESS of God. Remember, you will NOT "see" God and live. So this is NOT God. In addition, it is so critical that an Omnipotent Being named God flash fire and smoke and noise and lightning and heat and roaring noise… come on, that's absurd. And finally, there are a LOT of 'actors' here. Who are the six "men" with weapons? Who is the one other person, "a man" with the clipboard?
Dan's Ezekiel Chapter 1 comment on 3/08/2013, 2:29am...
A vision in the Bible is where one sees right into the spiritual realm, and what Ezekiel saw were Seraphim, Cherubim, and these "wheels within wheels" known as the Ophanim. These are real, living spiritual beings in a place way above our reality. I think it's not correct to say these angelic beings are earthly machines such as helicopters like the comment below says!
Insight 777's Ezekiel Chapter 1 comment on 1/03/2013, 9:13pm...
Ezekiel’s vision of the Cherubim, is one of the most difficult in Scripture to understand. The meaning may differ slightly in the Old Testament, but in Revelation this is what is described. Once you realize that God is showing him a vision of the FUTURE, a 21st century WW3 battle scene, then it becomes clear. He sees flying machines and does not know if they are living beasts or not. Here is an explanation, but please research photos online so you can see for yourself.
1. Cherubim = dual blade helicopter similar in style to a KA-50 Kamov Attack Helicopter;
2. Cloud fringed with light = smoke from missiles (intense brilliancy) in a battlefield;
3. 4 copters approach and he can see pilots;
4. The 1st copter = the pilot helmet gear is not covering his face;
5. 2nd copter behind the 1st has a helmet that is white with his air apparatus on making it look like a beak, eagle;
6. 3rd copter to left, pilot has a helmet like a Alpha 200 Dual Visor Helicopter Helmet (available in gold color);
7. 4th copter pilot has a F35 JSF Helmet - Blurring the lines between man and machine (looks just like an ox!);
8. Helicopter legs do not bend... copters can turn in any direction without bending and can roll forward or sideways;
9. Angel= flying machine, all studded with eyes = has technology that allows 360 degree vision;
10. Expanse of crystal = the window in front of the pilot;
11. Looking through the window he saw the throne with a pilot seated. It is called a throne because the man sitting in the pilot seat has power over life and death;
12. Technology now is advanced so that there are communication lines that form across between the 4 helicopters. There is a great Northrop Grumman video online showing this incredible helmet/ aircraft technology.
Mas's Ezekiel Chapter 1 comment on 12/12/2012, 1:34pm...
To become born again, you must accept Jesus Christ as your lord and savior, and believe that God raised him from the dead. Which means you confess or profess that Jesus becomes the lord of your life. You will obey him and follow him; you surrender your life to him that he may govern and mold it as pleases to him (Romans 10:9,10).
That you can do by yourself, but it is best you are ministered, because that will give you and additional gear to make your travel in Christ Jesus more efficient. So best you approach a church in your vicinity, and get helped by them.
God bless you.
Gloyd's Ezekiel Chapter 1 comment on 8/29/2012, 11:01am...
Vehicles and One has a throne on it. God came to ordain Ezekiel, talk with him. You will find these flags on the side of these ships in Numbers 2 I think where the tribes set up camp and the 4 sides of the Isarelites are protected. The cherubim guards are with the throne always since the katabole where lucifer the dragon who is satan that old serpent tried to steal it.
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