there are four creatures, and each of the four has four faces each,

and each has four wings each--but not four hands.

_9. Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they

went; they went every one straight forward._

He is not saying that the wings of one creature are joined to the

wings of another creature. He is saying that each wing is joined to

another wing, not directly to the creature.

The second and third parts of this verse present a mystery. We do not

know what the "theys" refer to. There are three "theys" in this verse,

one after another and we are given very few clues to which refer to

_creatures_ and which refer to wings. The first "they" most likely is

tied to the first part of the verse and therefore refers to the wings.

Given this, there are still three interpretations:

1. _The wings_ turned not when _the wings_ went; _The wings_

went every one straight forward.

2. _The wings_ turned not when _the creatures_ went; _The

wings_ went every one straight forward.

3. _The wings_ turned not when _the creatures_ went; _The

creatures_ went every one straight forward.

None of these three statements make much of a point, whether the

creatures have helicopter wings, or bird-angel wings. Let us assume

then that the first "they" refers to the creatures:

1. _The creatures_ turned not when _the creatures_ went;

_The creatures_ went every one straight forward.

2. _The creatures_ turned not when _the wings_ went; _The

wings_ went every one straight forward.

3. _The creatures_ turned not when _the wings_ went; _The

creatures_ went every one straight forward.

This last statement would pretty well describe the action of the

blades of an inoperative helicopter being carried forward in a

straight line. It would strike Ezekiel as odd that the wings might

move and turn without turning the men under them. You might wonder why

he would say "... wings went ..." instead of "... wings turned...."

When a light breeze moves the blades of an inoperative helicopter the

blades not only turn, but they change their pitch and plane in a most

random manner.

Although Ezekiel has not completed his description of the creatures,

we can try now to form a picture of what he saw. No matter how we bend

and squeeze, we are not going to get a Michelangelo-type angel. Look

at figure one. Go back over the points that Ezekiel has described. You

will see that it fits quite well.

_10. As for the likeness of the 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._

[Illustration]

This again does not sound very man-like. You wonder what could have

kept him from pronouncing them demons. If you will study figure two,

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