The product of a man's imagination is tied to his own experience, his

own time. A wonderful tale of the supernatural may sound very

imaginative to the contemporary of the teller, but it will date itself

to a later generation. The lives of the Greek gods are related to the

lives of the early Greeks. An imaginative science-fiction writer such

as Jules Verne is limited in the same way. As good as he was,

experience has set an outer limit to his imagination. Ezekiel's tale

is not in this class. To his contemporaries, it was out of step with

reality. To us it is real enough, but out of step with time. The most

credible explanation is that it really happened.

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Perhaps there are some points of my interpretation that you do not

agree with, but as a whole the story does hang together rather well.

If you have the feeling that it would be easy to fit the words around

an entirely different set of circumstances, I suggest that you try.

It is interesting to know that some years ago a verbal battle raged in

theological circles as to whether Ezekiel wrote the Book of Ezekiel.

One school of thought held that he did, while the other school held

that the first chapter was a "forgery," written in the third century

before Christ, and tacked on as a sort of "leader" to Ezekiel's book.

For our purposes it cannot be a forgery. It makes little difference

how long ago it was written, so long as it was not since World War II!

Suppose Ezekiel or some ancient man actually saw what I have proposed.

What are the possible explanations? Is it possible that some ancient

race, unknown to us, could have developed such equipment? It is not

likely. During the last one hundred years we have been prodding about

in the earth and finding so many ancient records that someone else

besides Ezekiel would certainly have left us a report on them.

The things that were science fiction twenty years ago are solid fact

now. We know that a landing on the Moon is only a question of time, a

few years at the most. The planets of our Solar System will follow, at

least some before the turn of the century, probably. As for the

planets of neighboring stars we cannot say. We have no way of

exploring them at present, but that is not the same as saying that we

never will. If the past performance of the human race is any measure,

they will likely fall to exploration within two hundred years.

If you concede that it is possible that we can visit other star

systems in a future not too distant, why then could we not have been

visited some time in the past? It may tend to deflate our ego to think

that there may be intelligent beings not too different from us who are

advanced beyond us. It need not. One of the most striking features of

Ezekiel's story, if it has been decoded correctly, is that these

beings are very much like we are, right at the present time. That puts

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