you will see what Ezekiel described. Now look at figure three. How

much better could a man living six centuries before Christ describe

figure three?

_11. Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; Two

wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their

bodies._

See figure one again. The arrangement is like he describes. Notice

that when he talks about "... the wings ..." of one creature, he

apparently means the whole system of wings and attachments.

_12. And they went every one straight forward: wither the spirit was

to go, they went; and they turned not as they went._

Again we have trouble with the "theys." Notice however, that the first part

of this verse repeats the last part of verse nine. If we were right in that

verse, the first "they" in this refers to the creatures again. The second

part of this verse contains a new idea, "whither the spirit was to go ...",

has an opposite meaning from "... they went ... straight forward ..."

and, "... they turned not when they went." The first and last part sounds

like the four creatures were marching purposefully in one direction. If

then the second or middle part refers to the wings, we could read it:

"And _the creatures_ went every one straight forward:

whither the spirit was to go, _the wings_ went; and _the

creatures_ turned not when _the wings_ went."

Again we have a picture of four men walking with their inoperative

helicopters moving in several different ways as the breeze and the

men's motions cause them to move slightly.

Notice that Ezekiel seems to be more impressed with the wings and

their motion than with any other feature of what he witnessed.

_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._

[Illustration]

Here he is describing their over-all appearance. We can assume that

creatures that look like men but has a surface that resembles lights,

coals and fire must be wearing suits with a brightly colored metallic

surface. The modern anodized aluminium coatings glisten and sparkle

with an effect like he describes. If these are space-suits, there is a

good reason for making them gaudy. If they were worn in space while

working on and around a ship, they should be as bright and

eye-catching as possible, in the case the man became detached and

floated away. He would be quite visible against the blackness of

space.

_14. And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a

flash of lightning._

This might mean that they moved swiftly, but more than likely it means

that they sparkled and shined on all sides, and this was visible as

they moved about.

This ends the description for a while. There are two later verses of

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