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Saturday, October 24 2015

Ezekiel 1: Ezekiel's Whirlwind

"I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire"

Ezekiel, from the Hebrew name pronounced yekh-ez-kale, meaning the LORD will strengthen (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour), was a prophet of the LORD who was taken away into Babylonian exile along with the rest of the people of Judah. Ezekiel was a righteous man; he was not included in the banishment as a punishment, but rather to serve as a prophet for all of Israel's return.

Ezekiel was among the group of exiles (see also How The Messianic Line Survived In Babylon) taken to the area of the Chebar (also rendered as Kebar and Khabur) River, the major northern tributary (a stream or river that contributes water to a larger stream or river) to the Euphrates River. Ezekiel's ministry began after Jeremiah's ministry had been completed. Ezekiel was one of the two major prophets of the Babylonian exile; the other was Daniel (see also The Prophet Daniel: A Child Of The Exile).

The prophets of the LORD can be grouped into specific times of service - while their Gospel message and warning was always the same (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?).

Ezekiel's ministry as a prophetic "watchman" began with an experience of what at first appeared to be an approaching wind storm - the first of a number of appearances of cherubim to Ezekiel.

Storm

"1:1 Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.

1:2 In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity, 1:3 The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him.

1:4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire. 1:5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. 1:6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. 1:7 And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass. 1:8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings. 1:9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.

1:10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. 1:11 Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies. 1:12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went. 1:13 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. 1:14 And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

1:15 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces. 1:16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. 1:17 When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went. 1:18 As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.

1:19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. 1:20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. 1:21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

1:22 And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above. 1:23 And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies. 1:24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings.

1:25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings. 1:26 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. 1:27 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. 1:28 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 that spake." (Ezekiel 1:1-28 KJV)

Fact Finder: Ezekiel and the other exiles were banished to the place where Eden existed in the beginning, before humans turned it into "Babylon." How and why did it happen?
See How Did Eden Become Babylon? and The Prophecy To The Birthplace Of Rebellion


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This Day In History, October 24

69: The Second Battle of Bedriacum. The Danube armies under Antonius Primus, an ally of Vespasian (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?), defeated the forces of Emperor Vitellius (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire).

439: The Vandals (a Germanic tribe; the term vandalism" originated from the Vandals) captured the North African city of Carthage from the Romans. The German Empire later succeeded the Roman Empire of history and prophecy (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1147: After a 4-month siege, "Crusaders" led by Afonso Henriques reconquered Lisbon (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

The Bluenose 1273: Rudolf of Hapsburg, a Swiss count, was crowned king of Germany at Aachen, Charlemagne's old capital. Rudolf was the first Hapsburg to be "Holy Roman Emperor" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1360: The Treaty of Calais was signed by Edward III of England and John II of France, allowing England to retain certain French territories. The Hundred Years War, begun in 1337, continued until 1453.

1537: Jane Seymour, the third wife of England's King Henry VIII, died 12 days after giving birth to Prince Edward, later King Edward VI.

1601: Tycho Brahe died at age 54. The Danish astronomer made many important discoveries of the heavens during his career (many things of which were already well-known to those to read and believed the Holy Bible - see No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible).

1648: The Thirty Years War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia between France and the "Holy Roman Emperor" at Munster. After 3 decades of war, Germany was left devastated by sword, fire and plague.

1755: At the time when northeastern North America was divided into "New England" and "New France," a British expedition against the French-held Fort Niagara was repulsed.

1795: Poland ceased to exist as an independent nation when Russia, Prussia (which is in Germany; not to be confused with Russia) and Austria negotiated the Third Partition.

1920: Alexander, king of Greece 1917-1920, died at age 27 from infection after being bit by a pet monkey.

1921: The Nova Scotia working fishing schooner Bluenose (the Bluenose worked as an actual fishing schooner between races) defeated the U.S. racing schooner Elsie to win the International Schooner Championship. The Bluenose (which is pictured on the Canadian dime coin) remained undefeated in every race, against all comers, that it ever entered, including every year's International Schooner Championship, for its entire working life over the next 17 years.

1922: The Irish Parliament adopted a constitution for an Irish Free State, which formally came into existence in December.

1929: "Black Thursday" on the U.S. stock market, leading to the Great Depression. New York Stock Exchange prices collapsed with nearly 13,000,000 shares changing hands in panic selling.

1944: U.S. warplanes sank the Japanese battleship Musashi, one of the largest ever built, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf during the Second World War. The U.S. aircraft carrier Princeton was also sunk. More than 30 major U.S. and Japanese warships were sunk in the battle, including Japan's last 4 aircraft carriers. After this battle, the depleted Japanese naval forces resorted increasingly to Kamikaze suicide attacks.

1945: The founding of the United Nations.

1946: A camera on board a German V-2 rocket (used by Adolf Hitler to bomb Britain until the end of the war in 1945; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) took the first photograph of Earth from outer space.

1947: During the "red scare" hysteria of McCarthyism, Walt Disney testified before the House "Un-American Activities Committee," where he named Disney employees that he accused of being communists. The term "McCarthyism" may be defined as "the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence." Named after Republican U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin (who was later discredited and censured before he died of alcoholism at age 48), it resulted in thousands of U.S. citizens wrongly accused as communists or communist sympathizers and subjected to "big brother" investigations and questioning before government or private-industry panels, committees and agencies. Many innocent people had their lives and careers destroyed by the hysteria that some historians have compared to the Salem Witch Hunts.

1964: Northern Rhodesia became independent from the British who established civilized government for the country; it thereafter became known as the Republic of Zambia.

1973: Israel's Yom Kippur War (an invasion by Arab nations on the Day of Atonement) ended (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1980: Poland's communist authorities granted recognition to the new independent trade union "Solidarity."

2003: The supersonic Concorde airliners made their last commercial flight.

2008: The "Bloody Friday" when many of the world's stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history.



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