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EZEKIEL'S VISION  (Part 1 of 6)     
Chapter 1 of Ezekiel can be understood as you notice two things:  The words like and likeness are used 16 times in this one chapter, clearly showing that the passage is a picture or illustration of something; and that Ezekiel saw a vision of HOLY GOD.  This fact is apparent from the first and last verses, "The heavens opened and I saw visions of ELOHIYM." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 1 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  "...that was the appearance of the semblance of the PRESENCE OF THE LORD." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 28 Tanakh, Nevi'im] The Glory of the LORD has been manifested in many ways: "The WORD became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld HIS glory, the glory as of the ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER, full of grace and truth." [John 1. 14]   Ezekiel saw the glory of the FATHER in the PERSON of HIS SON, JESUS.  From this vision, John described for us the Life, Person and Ministry of the LORD YESHUA ha'MASHIACH. 

 

TIME & PLACE OF THE VISION"In the thirtieth year ((possibly the 30th year of captivity, since Israelites had begun to be carried away to Babylon during the reign of Manasseh)), on the fifth day of the fourth month, when I was in the community of exiles by the Chebar Canal, the heavens opened and I saw visions of GOD. On the fifth day of the month it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin the WORD OF THE LORD came to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, by the Chebar Canal, in the land of the Chaldeans. And the hand of the LORD came upon him there." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 1 - 3 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

These verses introduce Ezekiel the priest.  The time is around 593 BC/BCE, seven years before Jerusalem was captured by Babylon.  Ezekiel is in captivity and is standing at the River Chebar where he receives "a vision of ELOHIYM." {This awe-inspiring vision unfolds for us in verses 4 – 28} 

 

FIRST COMING"I looked, and lo, a stormy wind came sweeping out of the North a huge cloud and flashing fire, surrounded by a radiance; and in the center of it, in the center of the fire, a gleam as of amber." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 4 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

Immediately Ezekiel looked and saw ONE coming from the North.  The terminology in this verse has been used before to speak of ELOHIYM and HIS PRESENCE (KABOD/GLORY).  The ALMIGHTY spoke to Job "out of the whirlwind." [Job/Iyob 38. 1]   During the wilderness wanderings, the HOLY LORD GOD revealed HIMSELF to the people of Israel through the Tabernacle worship and HE led them through the movement of a CLOUD upon the Tabernacle by day and a FIRE by night. [Exodus/Shemot 40. 34 - 38] 

 

Also, the GREAT GOD OF ISRAEL indicated that HIS dwelling place is in the North part of the universe, "For what lifts a man comes not from the east, or the west, or from the south for ELOHIYM is HE WHO gives judgment; HE brings down one man, HE lifts up another." [Psalms (Tehillym) 75. 6 - 7 Tanakh, Nevi'im]   These verses seem to confirm the truth that our LORD YESHUA ha'MASHIACH came from the "North" — from Heaven — when HE became MAN . . . DEITY took on the form of man clothed in flesh.

 

...to be continued

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!  
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
We greet, salute, and encourage each saint in the LORD JESUS CHRIST keeping you always in our prayers.  Remember, life's challenges work out for the best, when we recognize what appear to be obstacles as opportunities to develop ourselves for the better.  We realize that all things come from the invisible hand of GOD OMNIPOTENT that guides our life. May HIS grace be with you. 

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  

 

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