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An Explanation of Ezekiel's Vision

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The prophet Ezekiel gives an account of the vision which God gave him by the Chebar River during the captivity of the Jews.

Chapter one verse four begins;

4 As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness around it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming metal.

Whenever the Glory of God appears in scripture the wind, lightning, thunder, and a voice will also be present. The presence of God is so powerful that it will destroy anyone who comes into contact, so men had to always be protected until it appeared in the book of Acts. Jesus had completed his atoning work when Acts occurred so that God and man were reconnected. Ezekiel describes the Glory as fire because of it's brightness. It is actually light so bright that it appears to be alive as fire.

5 And from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had a human likeness, 6 but each had four faces, and each of them had four wings. 7 Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf’s foot. And they sparkled like burnished bronze.

These creatures each represent one aspect of the work which Jesus accomplished here on the earth. Their human likeness speaks of the humanity of Jesus. He was God in the flesh. Four is a number of completion. It always seems to apply to the earth as a whole rather than to man. Seven is also a number of completion but I always see it utilized to refer to God's dealings with men.

The four directions, North, South, East, and West indicate a full circle of completion. These beasts don't use their wings for flight but rather as a covering for their hands and feet. The hands and feet are the tools which are used for the work of the ministry here on the earth. Since Jesus has not yet been revealed and the gospel is not yet being preached the hands, and probably the feet also are hidden. It is not yet time for the mystery to be revealed.

The sole of the feet represent his walk on earth. The feet will get dirty with the sin of the earth, which is why Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. We are continually cleansed by his blood as we do his will on earth. The calf or ox is a beast of burden. The calf's feet symbolize the burden of sin which Jesus carried for all mankind. Brass is used in scripture to represent flesh. Brass is burnished when it has been through the trials which the flesh have to endure on earth.

Verse 8 and 9 state; Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus: 9 their wings touched one another. Each one of them went straight forward, without turning as they went.

Human hands show that men's hands are used to do the work of the gospel. Their wings touched just as those of the cherubim on the mercy seat, and probably those who guarded the sacrifice left in the Garden of Eden. They were not distracted from doing the work which they are required just as Jesus refused to stray from the specific, expressed will of God. God knew when he sent him that he would not deviate, but accomplish all he needed him to do.

10 As for the likeness of their faces, each had a human face. The four had the face of a lion on the right side, the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and the four had the face of an eagle. 11 Such were their faces. And their wings were spread out above. Each creature had two wings, each of which touched the wing of another, while two covered their bodies.

The four faces are the four different aspects of the gospel. Jesus operated in each of the four offices of the gospel to complete his work with men on the earth. The human face speaks of his role as the son of man. He had to come as a man in order to redeem men even though he thought it not robbery to be equal with God. The ox is the beast of burden. He carried the sins of the world in this role. The Eagle represents God in his majesty. He is divine and above all which the eagle represents. It is the most majestic of birds and soars high above the earth where it perceives all things because of it's sharp eyesight. The Lion represents Jesus as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. He came to set up his Kingdom here on earth.

12 And each went straight forward. Wherever the spirit would go, they went, without turning as they went. 13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches moving to and fro among the living creatures. And the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. 14 And the living creatures darted to and fro, like the appearance of a flash of lightning.

He was led by God. He was driven into the wilderness to face satan, and driven to face the shame of being executed on the cross. He was totally obedient to God's will.

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