reply to post by silent thunder
Basically, you are saying he was hallucinating? You believe then he couldn't be explaining a physical object or a metaphor for the human condition?
Interesting take on the subject as it seems to be a very valid point.
Ezekiel 1:16 "This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like chrysolite, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made
like a wheel intersecting a wheel."
Ezekiel 1:4 (NIV)
I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north--an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the
fire looked like glowing metal
The spacecraft begins at some distance from the prophet in its initial descent. Vapour cloud is from cooling preliminary to firing of rocket engine.
Rocket engine is then fired.
Ezekiel 1:5 (NIV)
and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was that of a man
Looking upward, the prophet sees four shapes surrounded by fire and vapour that look alive. These are helicopter-like bodies deployed before landing.
Ezekiel 1:6 (NIV)
but each of them had four faces and four wings.
The prophet is now able to see more detail because the craft is at low altitude. He sees the four blades of the rotors and the fairing housings above
the rotors that give the appearance of faces.
Ezekiel 1:7 (NIV)
Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze.
This is a description of the landing legs. The legs have shock absorbers and round footpads.
Ezekiel 1:8 (NIV)
Under their wings on their four sides they had the hands of a man. All four of them had faces and wings,
This refers to remote-controlled mechanical arms hanging along side the cylindrical helicopter bodies.
Ezekiel 1:9 (NIV)
and their wings touched one another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.
A reference to the helicopter blades protruding outward is made.
Ezekiel 1:10 (NIV)
Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a man, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of
an ox; each also had the face of an eagle.
The fairing surfaces, which protect the gears and other control devices above the rotors, look to the prophet like faces. The fairings are irregular
in shape with some raised and some cut out areas, all of which lends itself to an awe-struck interpretation on the prophet's part. By way of example,
Blumrich shows photos of Gemini and Apollo capsules that at certain angles look like monsters. Because like faces face in like directions, we see that
the rotors are synchronized at rest position.
Ezekiel 1:11 (NIV)
Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out upward; each had two wings, one touching the wing of another creature on either side, and two wings
covering its body.
The first part refers to the rotor blades being divided. The suggestion is that there is a kind of gap in the control mechanism or fairing. The last
part of the verse refers to the rotor blades folded in an up and down position.
Ezekiel 1:12 (NIV)
Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went.
This refers to the landing leg assembly and the retractable wheels as part of each leg assembly. Ezekiel doesn't see the wheels until they are
actually deployed in verse fifteen. Verses nine, twelve and fifteen are interrelated.
Ezekiel 1:13 (NIV)
The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright,
and lightning flashed out of it.
Ezekiel is referring to the flowing reactor radiator and the bursts from the control rockets. The lightning effect comes from what would seem like
leaping random fire but in fact is controlled bursts from the various control rockets for stabilization purposes.
Ezekiel 1:14 (NIV)
The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.
The spacecraft hovers and moves in various directions until a suitable landing site is found.
Ezekiel 1:15 (NIV)
As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces.
The wheels are deployed. They appear at the very moment they become necessary.
Ezekiel 1:16-21 (NIV)
This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like chrysolite, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel
intersecting a wheel. As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not turn about as the
creatures went. Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around. When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside
them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels
would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. When the creatures moved, they also moved; when the
creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the
living creatures was in the wheels.
The greenish-bluish color of the wheels suggests a protective film or coating. A further description of advanced reversible wheels is given. Ezekiel
is confused - looks to him like a wheel within a wheel. These wheels look like they are obeying orders. He has had experience with wheels but these
are puzzling. Thus he gives much time to their description. The craft rolls on the ground, probably in a maneuver to find the most suitable site.
Ezekiel 1:22 (NIV)
Spread out above the heads of the living creatures was what looked like an expanse, sparkling like ice, and awesome.
Here is a description of the main body of the craft. We get its basic shape, spreading out like a "firmament." The surface of the main body is
metallic, shining, bright.
[edit on 3-4-2009 by esteay812]