contradicted in a later verse. I am going to try to show you that this

is due to your own preconceived notions of what some of the words and

phrases mean. You, not Ezekiel, are supplying the contradictions.

You will see that I am not going to make excuses for the words, as

written. It is my belief that those who had the task of translating

the Bible from its original tongue and re-copying it through the ages

were particularly careful of this chapter because they did not

understand it and were afraid of damaging it.

Let us begin with the first verse of chapter one:

_The Book of The Prophet EZEKIEL_

803. Chapter 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._

_2. In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king

Jehoiachin's captivity._

_3. The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the

son of Buzi, in the Land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the

hand of the Lord was there upon him._

This fixes the location of this incident on the outskirts of Bagdad.

The Chebar is sometimes called "The Grand Canal of Bagdad." Although

the entire book was supposed to have been written by Ezekiel, the

second and third verses sound like an editor's note, inserted by a

later writer.

_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._

Here is a man who had lived most of his life in arid desert country.

He had probably seen whirlwinds of all kinds, from dust-devils to

full-scale tornadoes. He was an accurate and honest observer, as we

shall see later. If he said it was a whirlwind, it must have really

been one, or at least it looked enough like one to fool him for a

while. Notice that he does not say that it was high in the air, or

that it came out of the sky, but, "... out of the north," or toward

him from the north.

The first thing that he noticed was that it had fire associated with

it, a strange companion for a whirlwind. There is something strange

about the fire itself. He says that it "infolds itself," which

suggests a fire of more active nature than Ezekiel would be accustomed

to. The association of fire and whirlwind must have struck him as

peculiar.

Also something amber colored was associated with the cloud and fire.

He said that this color came "out of the midst," which might mean that

it was above the cloud and flame, or appeared as the fire and cloud

subsided, or blew to one side. Considering the detail he gives in

later verses, this is quite vague, as it might be if he saw it from a

distance.

_5. Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living

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