In recent times a few radical sensationalists have contended that centuries ago Earth was visited by space beings from distant planets. It has been alleged that evidence for such a notion is to be found not only in the archaeological records and monuments of antiquity but that the Bible also contains allusions to such.
For instance, in the book, Chariots of the Gods and the subsequent movie of the same title , Swiss author Erich von Daniken contended that Ezekiel 1 contains a biblical description of flying saucers visiting earth from outer space. The prophet Ezekiel was one of the captives of the Babylonian conquest in B.
As the book opens, it is the thirtieth year probably the thirtieth year of his own life and the prophet is in Babylon by the river Chebar. As the dramatic scenes began to unfold, Ezekiel saw the likeness of four living creatures.
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They were similar in appearance to men, except that they had four faces—one like a man, one like a lion, one like an ox, and one like an eagle v. They had hands like men, but feet as calves vv.
Their appearance also was like burning coals of fire and their movements appeared as flashes of lightening vv. Beneath these four living creatures were four wheels. Before discussing the actual elements of these scenes, several preliminary observations are in order. Rather than relating to mysterious outer-space UFOs, these visions were breathtaking glimpses of the glory of Almighty God.
The Meaning of the Vision
Indeed, verses one and twenty-eight stand like guardian sentinels at the beginning and end of the chapter to prevent fanatical speculation as to the meaning of the narrative. These scenes are identified as visions.
This biblical term may refer to purely oral communications Habakkuk , 3 or it can denote the written record of a divine revelation Nahum In this instance, there is a miraculous audio-visual phenomenon through which divine truth was made known to the prophet. Compare the account of the transfiguration in Matthew Hebrews The things he saw were meant to represent divine truth and were not mere physical phenomena.
The four living creatures were not space people from some remote planet; rather, they are identified as heavenly cherubim!
Cherubim figures were mounted on opposite ends of the mercy seat atop the ark of the covenant within the most holy place of the tabernacle Exodus Jewish tradition interpreted this as follows:.
Man is exalted among creatures; the eagle is exalted among birds, the ox is exalted among domestic animals; the lion is exalted among the wild beasts: and all of them have received dominion, and greatness has been given them, yet they are stationed below the chariot of the Holy One Midrash Rabbah Shemoth , No.
There is not the remotest connection with space aliens. The truth is, the cherubim with these under-girding wheels represented a heavenly chariot , upon which was the throne of Jehovah God cf.
The wheels are simply a component of the chariot vision. This celestial chariot could move along the earth by its wheels or be borne aloft by the cherubim wings v.
The wheel-within-a-wheel motif conveys the image of two wheels blended together at right angles, thus enabling the chariot to move in all four directions without turning. The Almighty is present throughout the entire universe!
The Bible is its own best commentary. This chapter clearly is a marvelous portrayal of the majesty of Almighty God.
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How our hearts leap as we, through the inspired pen of Ezekiel, are permitted to view such glorious scenes. Jackson, Wayne.
Access date: January 18, Topical Index. About Contact. By Wayne Jackson. Cite this article Jackson, Wayne.