with a heavy back-pack who is resting or waiting.

_25. And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their

heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings._

This voice, or sound, was not from the _likeness_ of the firmament,

but from the sky, as they stood there with their wings off.

This is the end of Ezekiel's attention to the four creatures.

_26. And above the firmament that was over their heads was the

likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone; and upon

the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man

above upon it._

Out of the sky comes a man on a green seat. But a throne is more than

a chair. It is usually associated with a platform. This may be some

kind of flying platform similar to those being tested for the

transporting of infantry.

_27. And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round

about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and

from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the

appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about._

Since this thing was high over their heads, and he saw fire round

about it, the fire may have been on the under side. What he says about

the man is very like what he said about the other four, except that he

describes the man from the waist, up and down, as if he could not see

the area near the man's waist.

_28. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of

rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was

the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I

saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one who spake._

What prismatic effect, brighter than the outdoor desert sunshine is

hard to imagine, but a large shining object close at hand would be

pretty terrifying. It seems strange that Ezekiel would not throw

himself upon the ground, after withstanding all he had seen up till

now, but we must remember that a man seated on a throne, a flying

throne at that might have a lot more meaning for him than it would for

you and me. If this object happened to come down closer to him than

the other creatures had, he might well have broken.

We have now covered every verse of the first chapter quite thoroughly.

Since the Book of Ezekiel contains forty-eight chapters, we might fear

that this is just the beginning of a long and tiring study.

Fortunately or unfortunately this is not the case. The second chapter

begins:

_804._

_And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon they feet, and I will

speak to thee._

_2. And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me

upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me._

_3. And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of

Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and

their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day._

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