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Some time ago I was impressed with the straight-up job of reporting that I read in the Biblical account of Ezekiel's extended apparition. The guy took courage, kept his head up, and did his "personal best" to tell us in mechanical detail what he saw. I suspect that his account has been well preserved down onto us since, being so off-the-wall and apolitical, the secular and religious tyrants who've messed with the books of the Bible simply didn't know what to make of it.

I'm far from alone in finding Ezekiel's account --an interesting and an astonishing departure from the other books of the Bible. Somewhat famously, Erich von Daniken (Chariots of the Gods) cites (if not quotes) Ezekiel. NASA engineer Josef F. Blumrich turned his informed speculations about what Ezekiel was describing into a book: The Spaceships of the Prophet Ezekiel, making it his retirement ad/avocation. (An implied question has been raised about Blumrich's bona fides at http://www.spaceshipsofezekiel.com/index.html, in that his name was said not to appear in the document: "An Illustrated Chronology of the NASA Marshall Center and MSFC Programs 1960-1973".)

Of special note is an essay ("The Wheels of Ezekiel / An analytical essay") by R. Cedric Leonard at:
> http://www.atlantisquest.com/. He admits to a fair background in Greek, Latin and Hebrew, plus he has personally consulted authorities, Hebrew scholars, researched/cites a raft of Biblical translations and commentaries --which amply demonstrate that Ezekiel was talking about some kind of a mechanical conveyance (ie: a "chariot" --even though he doesn't use that word).

The old drawings here are traditional. Like Ezekiel's descriptions, they're done without benefit of a modern context --just a "majesty of God" sort of illumination. But if we look at Ezekiel's description with a fresh and open "mind's eye", I think a modern person --especially someone at all acquainted with aeronautical technologies --immediately sees a lot of hardware in motion.

The 2003 revision of this page was prompted by my delight in reading Dr. Irwin Ginsburgh's short book: "First Man./Then Adam!", in which his analysis (1975) also anticipated my drawing (below). --per:

"One passage (Ezekiel 1) can be interpreted as a large space ship with four helicopter rotors suspended below it to provide maneuverability in the Earth's atmosphere."

Now re-read these ancient scriptural passages and see what you think.

Ezekiel 1:4 - 2:1

4: And I began to see, and, look! there was a tempestuous {or whirlwind} wind coming from the north, a great cloud mass and quivering fire, and it had a brightness all around, and out of the midst of it there was something like the look of electrum, out of the midst of the fire.

{Alternate translation: "Then I looked, and saw a raging wind from the north driving a great cloud, and whirling fire flashing around it, with the gleam of polished brass [or electrum] in the center of the fire." --from the Holy Bible in Modern English by F. Fenton, and more accurately describing the specular effects of highly polished metal --or maybe what a modern person would take to be flashing strobe lights --according to Leonard, and see his writ for more such interpretation.}

5: And out of the midst of it there was the likeness of four living creatures, and this was how they looked: they had the likeness of earthling man.

6: And [each] one had four faces, and [each] one of them four wings.

7: And their feet were straight feet, and the sole of their feet was like the sole of the foot of a calf; and they were gleaming as with the glow of burnished copper.

8: And there were the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides, and the four of them had their faces and their wings.

9: Their wings were joining one to the other. They would not turn when they went; they would go each one straight forward.

10: And as for the likeness of their faces, the four of them had a man's face with a lion's face to the right, and the four of them had a bull's face on the left; the four of them also had an eagle's face.

11: That is the way their faces were. And their wings were spreading out upward. Each one had two joining to each other, and two were covering their bodies.

12: And they would go each one straight forward. To wherever the spirit would
incline to go, they would go. They would not turn as they went.

13: And as for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire. Something like the appearance of torches was moving back and forth between the living creatures, and the fire was bright, and out of the fire there was lightning going forth.

{Alternate translation: "As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and there was an appearance of lamps continuously circling among the living creatures." (KJV-II translation with italic from the original Greek and Hebrew, thanks to Leonard.)

14: And on the part of the living creatures there was a going forth and a returning as with the appearance of the lightning.

15: As I kept seeing the living creatures, why, look! there was one wheel on the earth beside the living creatures, by the four faces of each.

16: As for the appearance of the wheels and their structure, it was like the glow of chrys'o·lite; and the four of them had one likeness. And their appearance and their structure were just as when a wheel proved to be in the midst of a wheel.

17: When they went they would go on their four respective sides. They would not turn another way when they went.

(I drew the above long before coming across similar depictions by Blumrich, Ginsburgh and others. --Craig)

18: And as for their rims, they had such height that they caused fearfulness; and their rims were full of eyes all around the four of them.

19: And when the living creatures went, the wheels would go beside them, and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels would be lifted up.

20: Wherever the spirit inclined to go, they would go, the spirit [inclining] to go there; and the wheels themselves would be lifted up close alongside them, for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

21: When they went, these would go; and when they stood still, these would stand still; and when they were lifted up from the earth, the wheels would be lifted up close alongside them, for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

22: And over the heads of the living creatures there was the likeness of an expanse like the sparkle of awesome ice, stretched out over their heads up above.

23: And under the expanse their wings were straight, one to the other. Each one had two wings covering on this side and each one had two covering on that side their bodies.

24: And I got to hear the sound of their wings, a sound like that of vast
waters, like the sound of the Almighty One, when they went, the sound of a tumult, like the sound of an encampment. When they stood still, they would let their wings down.

25: And there came to be a voice above the expanse that was over their head.
(When they stood still, they would let their wings down.)

26: And above the expanse that was over their head there was something in appearance like sapphire stone, the likeness of a throne. And upon the likeness of the throne there was a likeness of someone in appearance like an earthling man upon it, up above.

27: And I got to see something like the glow of electrum, like the appearance of fire all around inside thereof, from the appearance of his hips and upward; and from the appearance of his hips and downward I saw something like the appearance of fire, and he had a brightness all around.

28: There was something like the appearance of the bow that occurs in a cloud mass on the day of a pouring rain. That is how the appearance was of the brightness round about. It was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of Jehovah. When I got to see [it], then I fell upon my face, and I began to hear the voice of one speaking.

2:1 And he proceeded to say to me: "Son of man, stand up upon your feet that I may speak with you."