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Ezekiel's Vision (part 2 of 6)
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EZEKIEL'S VISION  (Part 2 of 6)      
MAN or BEAST:  "Out of the midst of it came the likeness of FOUR LIVING CREATURES. And this was their appearance: They had the figures of a man. However, each had four faces, and each of them had four wings; the legs of each were (fused into) a single rigid leg, and the feet of each were like a single calf's hoof, cleft in front, and their sparkle was like the luster of burnished copper. They had human hands below their wings. The four of them had their faces and their wings on their four sides. Each one's wings touched those of the other. They did not turn when they moved, each could move in the direction of any of its faces." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 5 - 9 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 


The creatures are symbolic of a Man — then it continues to describe various aspects of the Creatures...wings, hands, and feet are mentioned.  Each characteristic is picturesque in its illustration of the ONE WHO is GOD and became MAN.  This is crucial to understanding the chapter. 


In this chapter, wings are seen covering, joined, pointed up-or-down, and described in a number of different ways.  The many uses of wings illustrate ALMIGHTY GOD'S care and protection. "HE will cover you with HIS feathers; you will find refuge under HIS wings." [Psalms (Tehillym) 91. 4 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  These creatures have wings covering their bodies, picturing protection.  MESSIAH YESHUA, in HIS earthly ministry, was cared for and protected by the MIGHTY OMNIPOTENT GOD OF HEAVEN. 


Their straight feet picture legs without joints, the feet could go in only one direction.  As is recorded: "Survey the course you take, and all your ways will prosper. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your feet from evil." [Proverbs (Mishle) 4. 26 - 27 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  This is a counsel to believers to walk in straight paths; but, the passage also is characteristic of the earthly walk of MESSIAH YESHUA. The LORD JESUS always went in the direction HIS FATHER had laid out for HIM.  HE did not turn to the left or the right, but was perfect in all HIS ways.  


The sole of the creatures feet was "like the sole of a calf's foot; and they sparkled like the color of burnished copper." The LORD YESHUA came first as the "LAMB OF GOD" [John 1. 29], and someday soon, HE will return as the "LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH." [Revelation 5. 5]  The calf's foot speaks of HIS "first coming" as the SAVIOR of the world.   In HOLY SCRIPTURE, copper indicates judgment and speaks of HIS "second coming" as the SOVEREIGN JUDGE.  


The hands under the wings speak of the accomplishment of JESUS' ministry as a MAN.  HE was protected and guided by FATHER GOD, but voluntarily limited HIMSELF in HIS earthly ministry to that which HIS humanity would permit.  Verses five-thru-nine therefore speak of THE ONE WHO came from Heaven, took on flesh, was led by the SPIRIT OF GOD, walked a perfect path, and is both SAVIOR and SOVEREIGN LORD & KING. 


. . .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!
The LORD shall yet comfort Zion and shall choose Jerusalem.  The wise serve the LORD OF GLORY out of their great love for HIM, in reverent fear. 


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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