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
_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._Download<<BackPagesMainNext>>