you will see what Ezekiel described. Now look at figure three. How
much better could a man living six centuries before Christ describe
_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
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._
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
_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 ofDownload<<BackPagesMainNext>>