[25] Editor’s note: For God’s appearance to Abraham, see discussion in Ben Zion Katz, “God’s Appearance to Abraham: Vision or Visit?” TheTorah.com (2013). p. 255). Both times God comes to him when he is alone and away from the other exiles. Another appellation was "man of God" - 1 Sam 9:6; 1 Kin 17:18 3. St. John Chrysostom (344-407) notes that Ezekiel’s vision occurred in the wilderness, “among the exiles.” He notes: “Whenever God is going to reveal some sight beyond all expectation to his servants, he leads them out of the cities to a place free from tumult.” It is true of Moses, Ezekiel, Christ, and countless others. [16], Although the Phoenicians influenced the iconography of the Jerusalem temple (cf. Ezekiel’s difficulty lay in trying to describe the indescribably superhuman. This image of the throne of God being borne aloft by beings with four faces has been taken over and developed further within Christian iconography (Block, Ezekiel, 111 n. 116). Go through; pass through as men use to go who keep an even, steady pace. The midst of the city; the chief street of the city. Each of these vaguely human creatures has four faces and four wings (v. 6), as well as “a single rigid leg” (v. 7, or: straight legs), whose foot (or: feet) end in a calf’s hoof. ... God’s mark is not an outward sign or seal; it is a decision of the heart and mind. I’m going to put my great and holy name on display, the name that has been ruined in so many countries, the name that you blackened wherever you went.” (Ezekiel 36:20-23 MSG) God took a great risk by involving himself with such a rebellious people during the Old Testament. Ezekiel 13:10, 22. Ezekiel saw the same chariot-throne that he wrote about in chapter 1 of his book, only this time the chariot was parked outside the temple (10:1–3). window.location.replace(""); Also known as a "servant of God" - 1 Kin 18:36; 1 Chr 6:49 4. [24] Or, as some modern sources suggest, lapis lazuli. The rest would be destroyed. This is "Ezekiel 9. 9 Then I heard him call out loudly, “Executioners, come! [7] See discussion in Daniel Davies, “The Secret of the Maaseh Merkava According to Maimonides,” TheTorah.com (2015). When I asked why a tau, he shrugged and said that it was the last … [17] On the rich Mesopotamian tradition of hybrid creatures, see F. A. M. Wiggerman, “Mischwesen. [16] For more on the biblical cherubs, see Raanan Eichler, “What Kind of Creatures Are the Cherubim?” TheTorah.com(2016) and Zev Farber, “The Cherubim: Their Role on the Ark in the Holy of Holies,” TheTorah.com (2014); Mordechai Cogan, I Kings (Anchor Bible 10; New York: Doubleday, 2001) 244-245; Tryggve N. D. Mettinger, “Cherubim כרובים, ”Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible, 2nd ed. Ezekiel 9:4. Ezekiel 38:17 Context. See also Allen, Ezekiel 1-19, 27-31. "Study the 9th chapter of Ezekiel. Unto him, the man clothed in linen, i.e. When I asked what the mark was, my professor said that it was a tau. [13] Greenberg (Ezekiel, 57-58) draws attention to this text’s reflection of a Babylonian division of the world into four quadrants (kibrāt arba’i/erbetti). Ezekiel saw the same chariot-throne that he wrote about in chapter 1 of his book, only this time the chariot was parked outside the temple (10:1–3). Mesopotamien,”Reallexikon der Assyriologie 8:246–264 (esp. Ezekiel’s first revelation takes place on the Chebar Canal, but whereas the second one also begins there, Ezekiel is quickly transported (in his vision) to the Jerusalem Temple, where he had only a few years before served as a priest. They appear to be few in number! Ezekiel brought God’s word to his people at the lowest point in their history, suffering the trauma of exile. The Branch Jesus came into the world to establish a spiritual kingdom over which He would reign. 119:120); he fell on his face, and cried, not in fear for himself (he was one of those that were marked), but in compassion to his fellow-creatures. [4] (When I was an undergraduate in the mid 1970s, he was one of the more popular speakers on the college/university lecture circuit.) (Leiden: Brill, 1995), 189–192. Ezekiel 1 was chosen as the haftarah for the first day of Shavuot,[1] as it picks up on the theme of divine revelation, which is what the festival celebrates. There it is the Church that is held aloft figuratively by the four Evangelists (the putative authors of the four Gospels): Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, who are identified respectively not with four-faced creatures but with four creatures corresponding to the four faces of Ezekiel’s vision. The prophet Ezekiel is called “son of man” over 90 times. This long four-chapter vision ends with the (divine) spirit taking Ezekiel back to Babylonia, where the prophet proceeds to tell the other exiles what he saw. 3916 SM081819 Ezekiel 9 Equals Revelation 7- The Mark (Stake) Of The Beast And Seal (Signature) Of God On The Believer (The Mystery)- Visions Of Ezekiel- Man With The Inkhorn Ezekiel 29:17 "And it came to pass in the seven and twentieth year, in the first [month], in the first [day] of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying," This is 17 years after this prophecy began. 34:30-31). Eze Ezk). In Ezekiel 9:4, the man clothed in linen is ordered to go through the city putting a protective mark on the foreheads of the faithful. In chapter 2, God’s presence addresses him; while in chapter 3 the chariot departs. In it, the promises of God are prophesied in a future that God wants to give them according to His promises. These people will be unharmed by the six, who will kill everyone else. [8] Unless otherwise indicated, the translations of biblical texts are from the NJPS Tanakh. The best-known of these ancient manifestations is the ancient Egyptian sphinx. Set a mark: it is too curious, and as useless, to inquire what mark this was. Ezekiel 9-12, Job 3, John 8:1-11, 2 Peter 2:1-9 Ezekiel 9-12: This section begins with a wonderful, evocative description of the prophet’s experience of hearing God’s word. [20] Literally, this means “spirit of the creature,” which Greenberg (Ezekiel, 48) takes to mean that the wheels were an integral part of the creatures and not to be separated from them. Ezekiel prophesied, and we heard the unforgettable sound of bones rattling, fastening together as “breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army” (Ezekiel 37:10). Prof. Carl S. Ehrlich (Ph.D. Harvard ’91) is Professor of Humanities and Director of the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York University in Toronto. We rely on the support of readers like you. 4 What did Ezekiel next see and hear in the vision? Please support us. Ellen White states that Ezekiel 9 will be LITERALLY fulfilled. Ezekiel’s Vision, Bernard Picart, 1693 – 1783. 2 Corinthians 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. It was during the eleven-year reign of Jehoiakim that the first deporta-tion took place when Daniel was taken captive. Those who have humbled themselves before God and turned away from sin themselves and are hurt and cry for the sins that are committed in the midst of the church. Chapters 16 and 17 of Ezekiel are outlined and analysed. The Lord said, spake from the midst of that glory, Ezekiel 9:3. Ezekiel 9:4. [32] Compare the reference to God as the one “enthroned on cherubim” in Psalm 99:1. Since the devil has counterfeited God’s mark, he has not counterfeited it as an outward sign, but as a decision of the heart. 4–22). (Read full chapter 9), he watches as God appoints agents to go through the city, marking all the innocent people and killing all the guilty. Von Däniken was hardly the first person to notice the strangeness of Ezekiel’s account of the chariot. Doubts about the Nephilim in Genesis 6 and Ezekiel 9:4 and the Mark of the Beast. And then, in a flash of recognition, Ezekiel realized that what he was seeing: Although the text is careful to put a couple of awkward, nominal barriers between itself and a clear statement of Ezekiel’s vision, it is evident that Ezekiel is presented as having had a vision of the divine or of the divine glory (kābôd YHWH) in human form. O Toviel, your man was one of these, spiritually dead and beyond hope. More likely, this text was attempting to describe a wheel that was able to face or move in every direction, as exemplified by the four-faced creatures. What makes it theologically so dangerous in the eyes of the rabbis? In Ezekiel 9:4, the man clothed in linen is ordered to go through the city putting a protective mark on the foreheads of the faithful. [2] The Babylonian Talmud (Megillah 31a) actually records this as a debate: Ezekiel 1 goes well as the haftara for Exodus 19–20, which covers God’s revelation at Mount Sinai and the Decalogue. 1 On the fifth day of the fourth month in the thirtieth year, while I was by the Chebar River with the Jews who had been taken away from their land, the heavens were opened and I saw God in a special way. Ezekiel 9 is about receiving the mark of God. to Christ. Such marks may be necessary for the guidance of the angelic executors of God’s commands, and at all events, the symbolism is of value to the human mind. 124-127. For example, Mishnah Hagigah 2:1 states: Indeed, a whole branch of Jewish mysticism has developed from Ezekiel’s description of the divine chariot or merkāvâ: Merkavah mysticism,[6] and philosophers such as Maimonides, believed that it concealed challenging notions about the universe.[7]. [23] On Shaddai, see Ernst Axel Knauf, “Shadday שדי,”Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible (2nd edition) 749-753; G. Steins, “שדי šadday,” Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament 14:418-446. Doubts about the Nephilim in Genesis 6 and Ezekiel 9:4 and the Mark of the Beast. Israel will put their faith in God, not in Egypt. 13-14), the text shifts its focus downwards to the wheels that were next to each one of them: Totaling four in all, each wheel consisted of a wheel within a wheel, which some have viewed as being a double wheel, consisting of two parallel parts. We stood by, watching. But Israel kept on disobeying. This emphasis is repeated in 8:2, when Ezekiel encounters the divine chariot again. Having the body of a lion, the wings of an eagle, and the head of a human, the imagery of the sphinx moved from Egypt to Phoenicia, whence it entered Israelite or Judean iconography in the form of what is known as a cherub. Archäologie. Although the titles of these articles are in German, the articles themselves are in English. A. Ezekiel’s Preparation--General Prophecies of Judgment on Judah: Through a mighty vision of the glory of God, Ezekiel is told to go to Israel in captivity and to faithfully tell them God’s word of judgment as a watchman even though they will not listen because God has made them hard in their hearts Eze 1:1--3:27 This spiritual kingdom was inaugurated by Jesus at His first coming. The Book of Ezekiel read by Alexander Scourby. [29] While the creatures are not explicitly mentioned in Ezek 43:1-3, the text implies that the sound of the approach of the divine presence and the overall vision were the same as that previously encountered in the book. script>, “The Secret of the Maaseh Merkava According to Maimonides,”, “Jehoiachin’s Exile and the Division of Judah,”, “Ezekiel: A Jewish Priest and a Babylonian Intellectual,”, https://gemaeldegalerie.skd.museum/en/exhibitions/sistine-madonna/, “What Kind of Creatures Are the Cherubim?”, “The Cherubim: Their Role on the Ark in the Holy of Holies,”, “God’s Appearance to Abraham: Vision or Visit?”. [3] Such call narratives may be found in the account of Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3), as well as in several prophetic books (e.g., Isaiah 6, Jeremiah 1, Hosea 1, and Jonah 1). We know the actors – Russia, Turkey, and Iran being the primary nations (with others that are mentioned by name) – and this fact is well documented. Malachi 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. The glory of God left His place above the cherubim of the ark in the Holy of Holies and exited the temple, carried off by the chariot (vv. In the Good News translation of Ezekiel 9 there are six men who will punish the city and a man in linen who will mark the heads of those in the city who are distressed at its abominable behaviour. How are we to understand Ezekiel’s bizarre vision of the chariot in its historical context? After a description of the creatures’ luminosity (vv. God, Faithfulness Of God, Will Of Hesitation Reliability Scripture, Purpose Of God Not Delaying God Speaking The Word Of God Everything Happening For A Reason Waiting For God's Timing fulfillment Ezekiel … But with exile comes the opportunity to renew their faith and hope in God himself. In fact, this theory proved so convincing to one NASA scientist, Josef Blumrich (1913–2002), that he wrote a whole book on it, including specs outlining how such a spacecraft would have functioned.[5]. [28] Howard Eilberg-Schwartz, God’s Phallus and Other Problems for Men and Monotheism (Boston, Beacon Press, 1994). As a “sentinel for the house of Israel” (Ezekiel 3:17), Ezekiel had repeatedly warned of God’s pending penalty for Judah’s transgressions, including its fondness for idolatry (Ezekiel 5:7-10). 4–22). Ezekiel continues to record the messages that came to him from the LORD God. 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. With them was a man dressed in linen with a writing case slung from his shoulder. Ezekiel 9:4 Context. Throughout chapter 1, Ezekiel refers to them asḥayyôt, creatures. The Glory of the Lord led Israel out of Egypt.The Glory of the Lord appeared to Moses, in the burning bush on Mt. [18] The name for this mineral comes from the Greek and refers to a precious blue-green color-of-seawater stone. Ezekiel 17: 22-23, Mark 4: 26-29: The kingdom of God is like this: A man scattered seed on the land; he goes to bed at night and gets up in the morning, and the seed sprouts and grows -- how, he does not know.The ground produces a crop by itself first the blade, then the ear, then the full grown crown in the ear; but as soon as the crop is ripe, he plies the sickle, because harvest time has come. 119:120); he fell on his face, and cried, not in fear for himself (he was one of those that were marked), but in compassion to his fellow-creatures. [4] Von Däniken first articulated this theory in his 1968 bestseller Chariots of the Gods?, which was followed by a “documentary” of the same name as well as innumerable spinoffs. Electricity is certainly not what the author of Ezekiel had in mind in this passage! For a summary of which ancient and modern authorities follow the one or the other translation tradition here, see Allen, Ezekiel, 34-35. living beings, or as I like to call them in Yiddish: vilde khayes “wild animals”). One of the features of the Jerusalem Temple with which any priest would have been familiar was the two giant statues of cherubim that stood in the inner sanctum of the Temple (1 Kgs 6:23–28). Hence, it would appear reasonable to assume the creatures’ late cameo appearance in Ezekiel. The Mark of God" by First Baptist Church of Navarre on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. The key to the change is the setting. 2 Kings 22:13,19,20 Go ye, inquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us…, Psalm 119:53,136 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law…, Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular, Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct, Jerusalem -- probably 'foundation of peace', capital city of all Israel, Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular, Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular, Article | Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine plural, Conjunctive waw, Article | Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine plural, Something disgusting, an abhorrence, idolatry, an idol, Article | Verb - Nifal - Participle - feminine plural, Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, OT Prophets: Ezekiel 9:4 Yahweh said to him Go through (Ezek. If one makes the effort to understand the text of Ezekiel within the context of the prophet’s world and of his worldview, there is no need to concoct foolish theories about alien visitations or other such twaddle to understand Ezekiel’s vision of the divine throne chariot. 4. 14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? Exodus 12:7,13 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it…. Mesopotamien,” Reallexikon der Assyriologie 8:222–246, and A. Academic Study of the Torah Is Essential, Not Just for Academics, Study the Torah with Academic Scholarship, By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use, Ezekiel’s Vision of God and the Chariot, https://thetorah.com/article/ezekiels-vision-of-god-and-the-chariot. Ezekiel 38:23 serves as the inspiration for the Kaddish - קדישׁ - "holy" in Aramaic, a hymn of praise to God, often said as the Mourner's Prayer. This marking was done, it is true, in vision, but the symbolism is taken from such passages as Genesis 4:15; Exodus 12:7; Exodus 12:13; Exodus 28:36; and it is used several times in the Apocalypse (Ezekiel 7:3; Ezekiel 9:4; Ezekiel 14:1). But Israel kept on disobeying. No pain would be absurd, He thought, if this one word Of God could be withdrawn tonight, "I would engage in any fight For your great name, and be a fool For you, bear any ridicule In Babylon. This brief essay is dedicated to his memory. [19] The concept so fascinated the engineer turned ufologist, Josef Blumrich, that he actually invented an omnidirectional wheel and patented it. [21] Literally, “ice.” The NJPS translation follows the Septuagint tradition in this passage. // Javascript URL redirection Ezekiel then spends the bulk of chapter 10 describing the chariot again and how it transports God’s presence out of the temple to begin its journey to take up residency among the exiles in Babylon,[30] and finally, in chapter 11, Ezekiel is given a prophecy about the destruction of the sinful in Jerusalem. Ezekiel 46. Question #1: In reading your work on Satan's Rebellion I got stuck on the part where you talk about Satan's platform - and that angels have no physical bodies of their own. 1 'Thus says the Lord God: "The gateway of the inner court that faces toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Sabbath it shall … [25] While it could be assumed that the kābôd is a separate entity from God, it is more likely that the kābôd is the aura of light surrounding the deity—as it surrounds many other deities throughout the ancient Near East and beyond—and that thekābôd is the visible manifestation of God and not a separate being. Philologisch. Ezekiel 40:1 records Rosh Hashanah - רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה, (in) "the beginning of the year." Ezekiel 45:1-5 . Ezekiel 46 Ezekiel describes how the Lord is to be worshipped by those in the Millennium . 2. Thus, both Jesus and Ezekiel can rightly be called “son of man”; but there is something unique about the way the title is applied to Christ. Following a notice that the creatures did not need to turn when they faced in a new direction (vv. No wonder the rabbis had their issues with this text, Eilberg-Schwartz argues. They were also assigned the role of "watchman" - Eze 3:17; 33:7 [The prophets were therefore servants of God, divinely appointed and inspired to proclaim His Word. Although their feet are theriomorphic (animal shaped), their hands, which are visible underneath their wings (v. 8), are anthropomorphic. Ezekiel did not triumph in the slaughter he made, but his flesh trembled for the fear of God, (as David’s, Ps. The Branch Jesus came into the world to establish a spiritual kingdom over which He would reign. [11] On the chronology and dating scheme of Ezekiel, see Leslie C. Allen, Ezekiel 1-19 (Word Biblical Commentary 28; Dallas: Word Books, 1994) 20-21; Block, Ezekiel, 26-29; Walther Zimmerli, Ezekiel 1 (Hermeneia; translated from the German by Ronald E. Clements; Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1979) 9-11, 112-115. Green, “Mischwesen. The Book of Ezekiel can seem vague and confusing for some readers, but with careful observation it contains key details God wants us to know about. [30] See Carl S. Ehrlich, “Ezekiel: The Prophet, His Times, His Message,” European Judaism 32/1 (1999) 117-131, esp. The text is so peculiar that Erich von Däniken (b. The Seal of God and the Mark of the Beast are vital issues in the last days we live in now, and to know the truth about the seal and what the mark is, is of utmost importance. This section of Ezekiel is a sad era in the history of Israel. Contrary to the western artistic tradition, in which cherubs are represented as a class of pudgy baby angels,[15] the biblical cherubs are fearsome creatures that served two main functions: as guardians of sacred or royal space and as the pedestal or throne of the invisible God. [2] This chapter is part of a larger complex consisting of Ezekiel 1:1–3:15 which belongs to the genre of the prophetic call narrative,[3] and it details how YHWH arrives in his chariot to speak with Ezekiel. Ezekiel’s Inaugural Vision. In and of itself, this is not a unique occurrence in biblical literature, where God is manifest in human form on a number of occasions (e.g., Genesis 18; 1 Kings 22:19; Isaiah 6). His Ph.D. is from Harvard. The Lord commands one of the angels to put a mark upon the men who are sighing and crying for the abominations. See https://gemaeldegalerie.skd.museum/en/exhibitions/sistine-madonna/. Yet the wheel is not described as merely a nifty piece of engineering but, unlike earthly wheels which are inanimate objects, these wheels had the “spirit of the creatures” (v. 20 rûaḥ haḥayyâ)[20] within them, as well as eyes along their rims (v. 18). The range of material in Ezekiel 34-37 can be appreciated when we see what God promises in those chapters. The Book serves as an important source for New Testament thought. He promises to bring Israel out of anarchy (Ezek 34), into the land (Ezek 35:1-36:15), back from disgrace (Ezek 36:16-38), up from the grave (Ezek 37:1-14) … The Lord commands one of the angels to put a mark upon the men who are sighing and crying for the abominations. Also known as a "servant of God" - 1 Kin 18:36; 1 Chr 6:49 4. [1] My father, Professor Leonard H. Ehrlich (1924-2011), passed away on the first day of Shavuot. What stood out to Ezekiel in the vision he received? He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every … Ezekiel 6:11 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Smite with thine hand, and stamp with thy foot, and say, Alas for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:15 KJV) This then was the beginning of a kingdom that would grow into a huge mountain and fill the whole earth. Having made an oblique mention of an elevated (pun intended) designation for the divine, the text follows Ezekiel’s unfolding gaze as it continued its upward journey: Using the figure’s loins as his focal point, Ezekiel described the nimbus that surrounded the figure above and beneath (v. 27). Ezekiel 28:1-2 " The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, " " Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart [is] lifted up, and thou hast said, I [am] a God, I sit [in] the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou [art] a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God: " Ezekiel 9 is about receiving the mark of God. The progressive unfolding of Ezekiel’s comprehension of the creatures transporting the divine throne is one of the threads that helps bind together the book. Don’t miss the latest essays from TheTorah.com. ... God’s mark is not an outward sign or seal; it is a decision of the heart and mind. [10] For more on this exile, see David Glatt-Gilad, “Jehoiachin’s Exile and the Division of Judah,” TheTorah.com(2018). His most recent publications include the (co-)edited collections From an Antique Land: An Introduction to Ancient Near Eastern Literature and Purity, Holiness, and Identity in Judaism and Christianity: Essays in Memory of Susan Haber, Launched Shavuot 5773 / 2013 | Copyright © Project TABS, All Rights Reserved. Ezekiel then spends the bulk of chapter 10 describing the chariot again and how it transports God’s presence out of the temple to begin its journey to take up residency among the exiles in Babylon, [30] and finally, in chapter 11, Ezekiel is given a prophecy about the destruction of the sinful in Jerusalem. Block, The Book of Ezekiel: Chapters 1-24(NICOT; Grand Rapids, MI / Cambridge, UK: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1997) 80-82; Moshe Greenberg, Ezekiel, 1-20 (Anchor Bible 22; Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1983) 39-40; Karl-Friedrich Pohlmann, Ezechiel: Der Stand der theologischen Diskussion (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2008) 181-182. 34:25-31). In the fifth year of his captivity God called the young priest to prophesy to “a rebellious nation, impudent and stubborn.” For the rest of the chapter, Ezekiel will continue to use the word cherubim and not ḥayyôt. This spiritual kingdom was inaugurated by Jesus at His first coming. The Prophet Ezekiel The Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37) Ezekiel was carried away captive to Babylon at the age of twenty–five— one of 10,000 captives. In it, the promises of God are prophesied in a future that God wants to give them according to His promises. Many of the divine visions that Ezekiel shares are relevant to God's plans for reconstructing the present world and restoring His people to our former days in the Garden of Eden. God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:15 KJV) This then was the beginning of a kingdom that would grow into a huge mountain and fill the whole earth. Ezekiel 9 The Message (MSG) A Mark on the Forehead. At 2 In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity, 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. [26], Why, then, does Jewish tradition view specifically this vision as so dangerous that an engagement with it was restricted to personal reflection or discussion with those already in the know? The word that he had just been told Converted every large complaint He ever made into a faint Concern. “The soul who sins shall die.” (Read Ezekiel 9:1-11.) Although this may seem obvious to us, it is not obvious that the world should be divided into specifically four compass points. Since the devil has counterfeited God’s mark, he has not counterfeited it as an outward sign, but as a decision of the heart. The reason Ezekiel was unable to comprehend that fact the first time he saw them was because the images that he was familiar with (as a Temple priest until his exile to Babylon) were but a pale imitation of the divine reality. Ezekiel 9:1. He appeared to them in a cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night, the very presence of God, He nurtured Israel in the wilderness providing food and water. For a second time Ezekiel as a vision of the glory of Yahweh. 1 He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand. Block (Ezekiel, 101), on the other hand, draws attention to the lifeforce (“spirit of life”) animating the wheels. The glory of God left His place above the cherubim of the ark in the Holy of Holies and exited the temple, carried off by the chariot (vv. Those who warn others with the truth they have been shown. [29] In chapter 1, Ezekiel sees the divine chariot approaching. [5] Josef F. Blumrich, The Spaceships of Ezekiel (Bantam, 1974). [12] For more on Ezekiel’s position as an exiled intellectual living in Babylon, see Laurie Pearce, “Ezekiel: A Jewish Priest and a Babylonian Intellectual,” TheTorah.com (2017). Valley plain that is covered with bones God tells Ezekiel in an oracle to meet him in ancient. 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