Jesus Christ the Fiery Serpent

Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.


The Prophet Ezekiel will have lived in vain if God’s true Church doesn’t proclaim his message today! The book of Ezekiel is clearly an end-time message. It reveals specific prophetic events that are happening right now in Israel, the United States, Britain and many other English and Arib speaking nations. Ezekiel also reveals that these nations are headed for the worst crisis ever known. But it is all a part of God’s master plan to usher in the wonderful Kingdom of God. EZEKIEL ( God will strengthen) The son of a priest named Buzi,and one of the four greater prophets. Ezekiel was taken captive in the captivity of Jehoiachin, eleven years before the destruction of Jerusalem
(2Kings 24:12-15 ) He was a member of a community of Jewish exiles who settled on the banks of the Chebar, a river or canal of Babylon. It was by the river, in the land of the Chaldeans that God's message first reached him ( Ezek. 1:3)



A young Jewish captive stood on a riverbank near the southern Mesopotamian city of Babylon. He had been among the thousands of Jews removed from their homeland more than four years earlier by the conquering Babylonian armies under King Nebuchadnezzar. At age 30, in his fifth year of exile, Ezekiel the priest looked up to behold a remarkable sight. At first it looked like a whirlwind approaching from the northern horizon. Looking intently, he saw that this was no ordinary approaching storm. Brilliant flashes of light emanated from the “whirlwind.” Seeing an increasing glow of light as the “storm” approached,Ezekiel began to identify details within this remarkable whirlwind.

First he saw four strange-looking angelic creatures. They had the general shape of men, but each possessed four wings and four faces. As he continued to stare, Ezekiel noticed gyroscope-like wheels next to each of these creatures. Then he noticed a great crystalline expanse stretched over their heads.

As the whole apparatus came ever closer, Ezekiel was able to discern a brilliant glow of light from above the crystalline expanse. Within this light he could make out the shape of a throne and of a glorious Being seated upon that throne. This, we are told, “was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord” (Ezekiel 1:28). At this point, Ezekielsimply fell upon his face.

Suddenly a voice came forth from the throne and told Ezekiel to stand up. The God of Israel proceeded to give him a commission. He was being set as a watchman for the House of Israel (Ezekiel 2:3; 33:7). This awesome display of glory and majesty deeply impressed Ezekiel with the importance of his task since, for God to reveal Himself in such a dramatic way, there must have been a very important purpose indeed.

Ezekiel’s Commission

Notice that Ezekiel’s commission set him as a watchman not to his own people (the House of Judah), but to the northern ten tribes of the House of Israel! Judah was then only partially in captivity; the destruction of Jerusalem itself lay several years in the future. But the House of Israel had been transported into a strange land, hundreds of miles from Ezekiel, more than 120 years before. What would be the point of warning those people, already captive, of impending invasion and captivity?

Clearly, Ezekiel’s message was not for the Israel of his day! God was not more than a century late in warning them of future punishment! That would make no sense at all. Besides, Ezekiel never had a chance to deliver his message in person to the House of Israel. We thus can see that his message was for the end time, and was written down and preserved for God’s faithful servants to deliver today!

God commissioned Ezekiel to be a watchman. What exactly is a watchman? In ancient times it was customary to place someone in a high tower atop the city wall to serve as lookout when danger threatened. It was the watchman’s job to be alert and vigilant, ever scanning the horizon for signs of an approaching enemy. When he saw evidence of an enemy’s approach, the watchman was to sound a trumpet of alarm.

In the same way, God impressed upon Ezekiel that if he did not sound the alarm God gave him, and calamities overtook the people unaware, God would require their blood at his hands. If, on the other hand, he sounded the alarms but the people failed to respond, they would bear the responsibility themselves and Ezekiel would be guiltless (Ezekiel 33:8–9).

The House of Israel in Ezekiel’s day was already in captivity. The generation that suffered the captivity had received a final warning more than a century earlier by the emissaries of faithful King Hezekiah of Judah (2 Chronicles 30:1–12). Only a few responded; the nation as a whole laughed the warnings to scorn, and Israel went completely into captivity. Now, more than a century later, Ezekiel was given a similar message of vital importance.

The events that would occur in Jerusalem and Judah were to be a “sign” to the House of Israel (Ezekiel 4:1–3). Ezekiel’s warnings were for end-time Israel. In fact, we are told that the warnings are to be heard near the time of the day of the Lord (Ezekiel 7:19; 13:5; 30:1–3),the time of God’s intervention at the end of this age. Other prophecies in Ezekiel point to the re-gathering after the coming of the Messiah.This will be the time when ancient King David's throne will be resurrected and Jesus Christ will sit on it, made king forever (Ezekiel 37:21–25). Clearly this will take place at the resurrection of the saints, a time prophesied to occur at Jesus Christ’s return to this earth in power and glory (1 Corinthians 15:50–53; 1 Thessalonians 4:16).

Ezekiel's vision of four cherubims and four wheels.

God is showing Ezekiel a picture of our Universe. The make up of wich are the eyes of God , the Saints of God.

Wheels of Justice!

2. EVERY MAN SHALL ENCAMP BY HIS OWN STANDARD. Each standard was to have a colored cloth hanging on it, the color of one being unlike the color of another. The color of each standard corresponded to that of the stone fixed in the breastplate, and by this method everyone would recognize his standard. This is Rashi’s language.

Revelation {1:20}The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. Believers are the stars.

Genesis {37:9} And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.( The Eleven stars are Joseph's eleven brothers )

Numbers {24:17} I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. {24:18} And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly

Daniel {8:9} And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant [land. ]{8:10} And it waxed great, [even] to the host of heaven; and it cast down [some] of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.

Ezekiel {1:15} Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces. {1:16} The appearance of the wheels and their work [was] like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.(Wheels of Justice!){1:17} When they went, they went upon their four sides: [and] they turned not when they went. {1:18} As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings [were] full of eyes round about them four. {1:19} And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. {1:20} Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither [was their] spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature [was] in the wheels. {1:21} When those went, [these] went; and when those stood, [these] stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature [was] in the wheels.

Notice how the stars revolveing look like wheels, and the wheels are full of star. Which are the eyes of God

Firmament: In Biblical cosmology, the firmament is the structure above the atmosphere, conceived as a vast solid dome.

Job {2:8} He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, [and] lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set [them] among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth [are] the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them.

Job {9:6} Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.

Job {38:4} Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. {38:5} Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? {38:6} Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

1. The Ordinances of Heaven: Day by day, the sun rose in the east, "as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber" (Ps 19:5), and pursued unswervingly his appointed path across the sky, to his going down. Night by night, the stars, the "host of heaven," moved in their "highways" or "courses" (mecillah), and the words of Joel (2:7) respecting the Assyrian army might be applied to them. "They march every one on his ways, and they break not their ranks. Neither doth one thrust another; they march every one in his path." Some wheeled in northern circuits that were wholly seen; some swept in long courses from their rising in the East to their setting in the West; some scarcely lifted themselves above the southern horizon. Little wonder that this celestial army on the march, "the host of heaven," suggested to the Hebrews a comparison with the "angels," the unseen messengers of God who in their "thousands of thousands ministered unto him" (Dan 7:10).

The ancient Hebrews, like their older and more powerful neighbors...were flat-earthers. The Hebrew cosmology is never actually spelled out in the Bible but, even without knowledge of the Babylonian system upon which it is patterned, it can be read between the lines of the Old Testament. The Genesis creation story itself suggests the relative size and importance of the earth and the celestial bodies by specifying their order of creation. The earth was created on the first day, and it was “without form and void” (Genesis 1:2). On the second day a vault ( a roof in the form of an arch or a series of arches, typical of churches and other large, formal buildings )the “firmament” of the King James Bible—was created to divide the waters, some above, and some being below the vault....Other passages complete the picture. God “sits throned on the vaulted roof of earth, whose inhabitants are like grasshoppers” (Isaiah 40:21-22). He also “walks to and fro on the vault of heaven” (Job 22:14), which vault is “hard as a mirror of cast metal” (Job 37:18). The roof of the sky has “windows” (Genesis 7:12) that God can open to let the waters above fall to the surface as rain. The topography...isn’t specified, but Daniel “saw a tree of great height at the centre of the earth...reaching with its top to the sky and visible to the earth’s farthest bounds” (Daniel 4:10-11). Such visibility would not be possible on a spherical earth, but might be expected if the earth were flat

A Tent To Dwell In :

The Bible equates “firmament” with the “heavens” (Psalm 19:1), using even the compound “firmament of heaven” (Genesis 1:14,15,17). God provided the correct definition of the word on the second day of creation when He “called the firmament Heaven” (Genesis 1:8). It was described further when Isaiah said that the Lord “stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in” (Isaiah 40:22). “Heavens” always is dual in the Hebrew and, in general, refers to the “heights” above the Earth. As such, there are three particular applications of the word in Scripture. 1.There are the atmospheric heavens (Jeremiah 4:25), 2.the sidereal heavens (outer space) where the planetary bodies reside (Isaiah 13:10), 3.and the heaven of God’s own dwelling place (Hebrews 9:24). As the context requires, “firmament” may be used in reference to any one of these three places. Birds are said to fly in “the open firmament of heaven” (the atmospheric heavens, Genesis 1:20). The Sun, Moon, and stars are set in “the firmament of heaven” (the sidereal heavens, Genesis 1:17). And the psalmist spoke of God’s “sanctuary” as being “in the firmament” (Psalm 150:1).



Ezekiel{1:1} 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.

Ezekiel{1:2} In the fifth [day] of the month, which [was] the fifth year of king Jehoiachin’s captivity,

Ezekiel {1:3} 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.

Ezekiel{1:4} And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness [was] about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.

Wheels are the feet, a wheel in a wheel represents two persons one inside the other as God the father is in Jesus Christ

Ezekiel{1:5} Also out of the midst thereof [came] the likeness of four living creatures. And this [was] their appearance;

Ezekiel{1:6} And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. colour of burnished brass.

Ezekiel{1:7} And their feet [were] straight feet; and the sole of their feet [was] like the sole of a calf’s foot: and they sparkled like the they had the likeness of a man

Ezekiel{1:8} And [they had] the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings.

Ezekiel{1:9} Their wings [were] joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.

Ezekiel{1:10} As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.

Ezekiel{1:11} Thus [were] their faces: and their wings [were] stretched upward; two [wings] of every one [were] joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.

Ezekiel{1:12} And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; [and] they turned not when they went.

Ezekiel{1:13} As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance [was] like burning coals of fire, [and] like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

Ezekiel{1:14} And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

Ezekiel{1:15} Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces.

Ezekiel{1:16} The appearance of the wheels and their work [was] like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. Ezekiel{1:17} When they went, they went upon their four sides: [and] they turned not when they went.

Ezekiel{1:17} When they went, they went upon their four sides: [and] they turned not when they went.

Ezekiel{1:18} As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings [were] full of eyes round about them four.

Ezekiel{1:19} And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.

Ezekiel{1:20} Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither [was their] spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature [was] in the wheels.

Ezekiel{1:21} When those went, [these] went; and when those stood, [these] stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature [was] in the wheels.

Ezekiel{1:22} And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature [was] as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above.

Ezekiel{1:23} And under the firmament [were] their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies.

Ezekiel{1:24} And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings.

Ezekiel{1:25} And there was a voice from the firmament that [was] over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings.

Ezekiel{1:26} And above the firmament that [was] over their heads [was] the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne [was] the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.

Ezekiel{1:27} And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.

Ezekiel{1:28} As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so [was] the appearance of the brightness round about. This [was] the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw [it,] I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

Ezekiel: The Four Living Creatures

 The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest ... And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself ...

Also out of the midst there of came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.

And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. ... And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings.

... As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.


Numbers 2 2 'The children of Israel shall pitch by their fathers' houses; every man with his own standard, according to the ensigns; a good way off shall they pitch round about the tent of meeting.

2. EVERY MAN SHALL ENCAMP BY HIS OWN STANDARD. Each standard was to have a colored cloth hanging on it, the color of one being unlike the color of another. The color of each standard corresponded to that of the stone fixed in the breastplate, and by this method everyone would recognize his standard. This is Rashi’s language.

But Rabbi Abraham commented: There were signs on each of the [four main] standards. Thus the ancient Sages said that on Reuben's standard there was a figure of a man decorated with mandrakes, and on Judah's standard there was the form of a lion, to which Jacob had compared him, and on Ephraim's standard was the figure of an ox, based upon the firstborn of his ox, and on Dan's standard was the figure of an eagle. Thus [the four signs on the four main standards] were similar to the four figures that the prophet Ezekiel saw [in the Divine Chariot].

The Tent of Meeting was in the exact center, with the camps of the Levites surrounding it in the midst of the camps [of the other tribes], as is mentioned in Sefer Yetzirah: "And the Holy Temple is placed exactly in the middle."

Now the directions [in which the standards were to be set up] begin with the east, like the movement of the sun [in its daily course], and afterwards the south, and then the west and finally the north. They put the [main] standard of Judah in the east because he was the first to start journeying as he was the prince, just as G-d commanded, Judah shall go up first, and Reuben was [set next to him] in the south to honor him as the firstborn. Thus these two neighboring standards consisted of [the children of] Leah [i.e., Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Reuben Shimon] together with the firstborn of her maidservant who was born upon her [Leah's] knees [i.e., Gad the son of Zilpah.]. And there was one [main] standard for the children of Rachel [Ephraim, Menasheh, and Benjamin] in the west, and the standard of the [other] children of the maidservants [Dan, Asher, and Naphtali] was last, in the north.

I have furthermore seen in the Midrash [the following text]: "And just as the Holy One, blessed be He, created four directions in the universe, so He surrounded His Throne with four 'living creatures,' "I and high above them all is the Throne of Glory. The Holy One, blessed be He, told Moses to arrange the standards in a manner corresponding to these directions. Thus He said to him: In the east, whence comes light to the world, shall Judah the sovereign pitch his camp, and next to him shall be the tribe of Issachar, who studies the Torah, and next to him the tribe of Zebulun, who is wealthy, just as it is written, Zebulun shall dwell at the shore of the sea, and it is also said [of Zebulun], for they shall suck the abundance of the sea. They were to be the first to journey, just as it is said, And their king is passed on before them, and the Eternal at the head of them.

From the south come the dews and the rains [which bring] blessing for the world, therefore shall Reuben pitch on that side, for he is the master of repentance, which is a good quality, and the mercies of the Holy One, blessed be He, come to the world when people repent. Next to Reuben is Gad, who has the quality of heroism. Thus there were [in the south] Reuben with repentance, Gad with heroism, and in between them Shimon in order to atone. And they shall set forth second, because repentance is second to Torah.

In the west are the storehouses of snow, and the storehouses of hail, cold, and heat, and corresponding to them were [the tribes of] Ephraim, Menasheh and Benjamin, and the Divine Presence is always in the west within the border of Benjamin, as it is said, Of Benjamin he [Moses] said: The beloved of the Eternal shall dwell in safety by Him. And they shall set forth third, for heroism is fitting to Torah and repentance, in order that a person may grow strong in Torah and overcome his [bad] inclinations.

From the north comes darkness to the world, and corresponding to it was the tribe of Dan. For what reason? It is because the tribe of Dan darkened the world through the idols which Jeroboam made, as it is said, and the one idol he put in Dan. Next to him was the tribe of Asher, to illuminate the darkness, as it is said [of Asher], and he shall dip his foot in oil, and next to him was the tribe of Naphtali who is full of blessings. They shall set forth hindmost, for whoever worships idols goes backward and not forward.

There the Rabbis also interpret [the camp as] corresponding to the four groups of angels. The Midrash also explains there that it was all in wisdom, [showing] honor and greatness to Israel, and that therefore Scripture mentions everything in detail.

Midrash Rabbah - Numbers II:7 ACCORDING TO THE ENSIGNS (II, 2). There were distinguishing signs for each prince; each had a flag and a different colour for every flag, corresponding to the precious stones on the breast of Aaron. It was from these that governments learned to provide themselves with flags of various colours. Each tribe had its own prince and its flag whose colour corresponded to the colour of its stone. [In Aaron's breast-plate] Reuben's stone was ruby and the colour of his flag was red; and embroidered thereon were mandrakes. Simeon's was topaz and his flag was of a green colour; the town of Shechem was embroidered thereon. Levi's was smaragd and the colour of his flag was a third white, a third black, and a third red; embroidered thereon were the Urim and Thummim. Judah's was a carbuncle and the colour of his flag was something like the heavens; embroidered on it was a lion. Issachar's was a sapphire and the colour of his flag was black like stibium, and embroidered thereon was the sun and moon, in allusion to the text, And of the children of Issachar, men that had understanding of the times (I Chron. XII, 33). Zebulun's was an emerald and the colour of his flag was white, with a ship embroidered thereon, in allusion to the text, Zebulun shall dwell at the shore of the sea (Gen. XLIX, 13). Dan's was jacinth and the colour of his flag was similar to sapphire, and embroidered on it was a serpent, in allusion to the text, Dan shall be a serpent in the way (Gen. XLIX, 17). Gad's was an agate and the colour of his flag was neither white nor black but a blend of black and white; on it was embroidered a camp, in allusion to the text, Gad, a troop shall troop upon him (ib. 19). Naphtali's was an amethyst and the colour of his flag was like clarified wine of a not very deep red; on it was embroidered a hind, in allusion to the text, Naphtali is a hind let loose (ib. 21). Asher's was a beryl and the colour of his flag was like the precious stone with which women adorn themselves; embroidered thereon was an olive-tree, in allusion to the text,As for Asher, his bread shall be fat (ib. 20). Joseph's was an onyx and the colour of his flag was jet black; the embroidered design thereon for both princes, Ephraim and Manasseh, was Egypt, because they were born in Egypt. On the flag of Ephraim was embroidered a bullock, in allusion to the text, His firstling bullock (Deut. XXXIII, 17), which applies to Joshua who came from the tribe of Ephraim. On the flag of the tribe of Manasseh was embroidered a wild ox, in allusion to the text, And his horns are the horns of the wild-ox (Deut. XXXIII, 17), which alludes to Gideon son of Joash who came from the tribe of Manasseh. Benjamin's was jasper and the colour of his flag was a combination of all the twelve colours; embroidered thereon was a wolf, in allusion to the text, Benjamin is a wolf that raveneth (Gen. XLIX, 27). The reason, then, why it is said, ACCORDING TO THE ENSIGNS is because each prince had his own distinguishing sign.

As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps:


( Revelations 1:12-13 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me . And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; (13 ) And in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks one like unto the Son of man.)

:it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. ... And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host:


Eze.1:4 And I looked and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.


Eze 38:15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army.

Eze 38:16 And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee O Gog, before their eyes.

Dan 11:7 But out of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of the King of the North and shall deal aginst them, and shall prevail.
Luke 21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation there is nigh.
Num 4:3 3 From thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all that enter into the host, to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation.
Luke 3:23 23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli.
Isaiah 21:1 21 The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land. KJV
Jeremiah 1:13-14 13 And the word of the Lord came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north. 14 Then the Lord said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. KJV
Jeremiah 4:6 6 Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction. KJV Jeremiah 6:1 6 O ye children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in Beth-haccerem: for evil appeareth out of the north, and great destruction. KJV
Jeremiah 23:19 19 Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. KJV
Jeremiah 25:9 9 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the Lord, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations. KJV
Jeremiah 25:32 32 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. KJV
Habakkuk 1:8-9 8 Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat. 9 They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand. KJV

Jehoiachin — succeeded his father Jehoiakin (599 B.C.) when only eight years of age, and reigned for one hundred days (2 Chron 36:9). He is also called Jeconiah (Jer 24:1; 27:20, etc.), and Coniah (22:24; 37:1). He was succeeded by his uncle, Mattaniah = Zedekiah (q.v.). He was the last direct heir to the Jewish crown. He was carried captive to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar, along with the flower of the nobility, all the leading men in Jerusalem, and a great body of the general population, some thirteen thousand in all (2 Kings 24:12-16; Jer 52:28). After an imprisonment of thirty-seven years (Jer 52:31,33), he was liberated by Evil-merodach, and permitted to occupy a place in the king's household and sit at his table, receiving "every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life" (52:32-34).

WHIRLWIND Any violent storm or destructive wind. Windstorms are common in Palestine, especially in the northern Jordan River Valley and around the Sea of Galilee, because of the proximity of these bodies of water to the hot desert. The Lord took Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind (1 Kings 2:1,11) and answered Job out of the whirlwind (Job 38:1; 40:6). The whirlwind is often symbolic of God's wrath and destructive fury visited upon the wicked (Ps 58:9; Nah 1:3).

Ezekiel 1:6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. [Every one had four faces] There were four several figures of these living creatures, and each of these figures had four distinct faces: but as the face of the man was that which was presented to the prophet's view, so that he saw it more plainly than any of the others; hence it is said, Ezek 1:5, that each of these figures had the likeness of a man; and the whole of this compound image bore a general resemblance to the human figure.

THE BIBLE,God's word

Ezekiel's commission; 6 his instruction: 9 the roll of heavy judgments spread before him.

Ezekiel {2:1} And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. {2:2} And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. {2:3} And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, [even] unto this very day. {2:4} For [they are] impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD. {2:5} And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they [are] a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

Eze.{2:6} And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns [be] with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they [be] a rebellious house. {2:7} And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they [are] most rebellious. {2:8} But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.{2:9} And when I looked, behold, an hand [was] sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book [was] therein; {2:10} And he spread it before me; and it [was] written within and without: and [there was] written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.

Ezekiel 3:1 3 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. KJV

Hebrews 10:7 7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. KJV

Revelation 5:1-5 5 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. KJV

Revelation 10:8-11 8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. 9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. 10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. 11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.


Ezekiel eats the roll: 15 God shews him the rule of prophecy.

EZEKIEL {3:1} Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. {3:2} So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. {3:3} And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat [it;] and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. {3:4} And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. {3:5} For thou [art] not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, [but] to the house of Israel; {3:6} Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee. {3:7} But the house of Israel will not hearken unto

John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven:If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the word,and the word was with God, and the word was God.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,( and we beheld his glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father) full of Grace and Truth.

Ezekiel {3:17} Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. {3:18} When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. {3:19} Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. {3:20} Again, When a righteous [man] doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. {3:21} Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous [man,] that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.


EZE.{3:24} Then the spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet, and spake with me, and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within thine house. {3:25} But thou, O son of man, behold, they shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go out among them: {3:26} And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they [are] a rebellious house.

AMOS {8:11} Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: {8:12} And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find [it.

By the type of a siege is shewed the time from Jeroboam's defection to the captivity.

Ezekiel{4:1} Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, [even] Jerusalem: {4:2} And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set [battering] rams against it round about. {4:3} Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it. This [shall be] a sign to the house of Israel. {4:4} Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: [according] to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity. {4:5} For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. {4:6} And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year. {4:7} Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine arm [shall be] uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it. {4:8} And, behold, I will lay bands upon thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from one side to another, till thou hast ended the days of thy siege. {4:9} Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, [according] to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof. {4:10} And thy meat which thou shalt eat [shall be] by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it. {4:11} Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin: from time to time shalt thou drink. {4:12} And thou shalt eat it [as] barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight. {4:13} And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them. {4:14} Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth. {4:15} Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow’s dung for man’s dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith. {4:16} Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment: {4:17} That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.

Under the type of hair is shew the judgment of Jerusalem for rebellion. 12 by famine, sword, and disperson.

Ezekiel{5:1} And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber’s razor, and cause [it] to pass upon thine head and upon thy beard: then take thee balances to weigh, and divide the [hair. ]{5:2} Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take a third part, [and] smite about it with a knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them. {5:3} Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts. {5:4} Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; [for] thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel. {5:5} Thus saith the Lord GOD; This [is] Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries [that are] round about her. {5:6} And she hath changed my judgments into wickedness more than the nations, and my statutes more than the countries that [are] round about her: for they have refused my judgments and my statutes, they have not walked in them. {5:7} Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye multiplied more than the nations that [are] round about you, [and] have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my judgments, neither have done according to the judgments of the nations that [are] round about you; {5:8} Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD Behold, I, even I, [am] against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations. {5:9} And I will do in thee that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all thine abominations. {5:10} Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments in thee, and the whole remnant of thee will I scatter into all the winds. {5:11} Wherefore, [as] I live, saith the Lord GOD; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish [thee;] neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity. {5:12} A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them. {5:13} Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the LORD have spoken [it] in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them. {5:14} Moreover I will make thee waste, and a reproach among the nations that [are] round about thee, in the sight of all that pass by. {5:15} So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment unto the nations that [are] round about thee, when I shall execute judgments in thee in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the LORD have spoken [it. ]{5:16} When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for [their] destruction, [and] which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread: {5:17} So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee; and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the LORD have spoken it.

Judgment of Israel for their idolatry. 8 A remnant shall be saved.

Ezekiel{6:1} And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, {6:2} Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them, {6:3} And say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys; Behold, I, [even] I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places. {6:4} And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain [men] before your idols. {6:5} And I will lay the dead carcases of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars. {6:6} In all your dwellingplaces the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your images may be cut down, and your works may be abolished. {6:7} And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD. {6:8} Yet will I leave a remnant, that ye may have [some] that shall escape the sword among the nations, when ye shall be scattered through the countries. {6:9} And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations. {6:10} And they shall know that I [am] the LORD, [and that] I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them. {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! for they shall fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence. {6:12} He that is far off shall die of the pestilence; and he that is near shall fall by the sword; and he that remaineth and is besieged shall die by the famine: thus will I accomplish my fury upon them. {6:13} Then shall ye know that I [am] the LORD, when their slain [men] shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer sweet savour to all their idols. {6:14} So will I stretch out my hand upon them, and make the land desolate, yea, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblath, in all their habitations: and they shall know that I [am] the LORD.

Israel's final desolation. 16 Mournful repentance of those who escape. 23 Under the type of a chain is shewed their miserable captivity.

Ezekiel{7:1} Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, {7:2} Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land. {7:3} Now [is] the end [come] upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations. {7:4} And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD. {7:5} Thus saith the Lord GOD; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come. {7:6} An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come. {7:7} The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble [is] near, and not the sounding again of the mountains. {7:8} Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations. {7:9} And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations [that] are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD that smiteth. {7:10} Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded. {7:11} Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them [shall remain,] nor of their multitude, nor of any of theirs: neither [shall there be] wailing for them. {7:12} The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath [is] upon all the multitude thereof. {7:13} For the seller shall not return to that which is sold, although they were yet alive: for the vision [is] touching the whole multitude thereof, [which] shall not return; neither shall any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life. {7:14} They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath [is] upon all the multitude thereof. {7:15} The sword [is] without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that [is] in the field shall die with the sword; and he that [is] in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him. {7:16} But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity. {7:17} All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak [as] water. {7:18} They shall also gird [themselves] with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame [shall be] upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads. {7:19} They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is King James Bible Ezekiel Page 488 the stumblingblock of their iniquity. {7:20} As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty: but they made the images of their abominations [and] of their detestable things therein: therefore have I set it far from them. {7:21} And I will give it into the hands of the strangers for a prey, and to the wicked of the earth for a spoil; and they shall pollute it. {7:22} My face will I turn also from them, and they shall pollute my secret [place:] for the robbers shall enter into it, and defile it. {7:23} Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence. {7:24} Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled. {7:25} Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and [there shall be] none. {7:26} Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients. {7:27} The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I [am] the LORD.



And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying:

ARMAGEDDON: Luke 21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation there is nigh.

Rev. 20:8-9 And when the thousand years are expired, (The End of Church Age)Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, {20:8} And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth,(Satan deceives the world aginst Isreal) Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom [is] as the sand of the sea. {20:9} And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about,(Isreal) and the beloved city:(Jerusalem) and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

The land is physical Israel


6 "Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel, and say to the mountains, the hills,the rivers, and the valleys, 'Thus says the Lord God: "Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and My fury, because you have borne the shame of thenations."

7 'Therefore thus says the Lord God: "I have raised My hand in an oath that surely the nations that are around you shall bear their ownshame. Ezekiel 36:6-7

God,through Ezekiel wants the reader to understand, he is not talking in metaphor, this prophecy regards the actual  “Land of Israel”including the mountains, hills and rivers.  Now God specifically  contrasts Israel to the“Nations...around you”.  They will bear theirown shame.  The nations surrounding Israel are the Muslim nations, which threaten to destroy and wipe the nation of Israel out of existence.

Luke21:26} Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. {21:27} And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. {21:28} And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Luke {21:29} And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; {21:30} When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. {21:31} So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

Psalm 83 - Bible Prophicy Unfolding Today

A Song [or] Psalm of Asaph. {83:1} Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. {83:2} For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. {83:3} They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. {83:4} They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from [being] a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. {83:5} For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: {83:6} The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; {83:7} Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; {83:8} Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah. {83:9} Do unto them as [unto] the Midianites; as [to] Sisera, as [to] Jabin, at the brook of Kison: {83:10} [Which] perished at Endor: they became [as] dung for the earth. {83:11} Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna: {83:12} Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession. {83:13} O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind. {83:14} As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire; {83:15} So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm. {83:16} Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD. {83:17} Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish: {83:18} That [men] may know that thou, whose name alone [is] JEHOVAH, [art] the most high over all the earth.

Isaiah 17 - Bible Prophicy Unfolding Today

{17:1} The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from [being] a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. {17:2} The cities of Aroer [are] forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make [them] afraid. {17:3} The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts. {17:4} And in that day it shall come to pass, [that] the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean. {17:5} And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim. {17:6} Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two [or] three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four [or] five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel. {17:7} At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel. {17:8} And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect [that] which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images. {17:9} In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation. {17:10} Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips: {17:11} In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: [but] the harvest [shall be] a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow. {17:12} Woe to the multitude of many people, [which] make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, [that] make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! {17:13} The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but [God] shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind. {17:14} And behold at eveningtide trouble; [and] before the morning he [is] not. This [is] the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.

Matthew 24

{24:1} And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to [him] for to shew him the buildings of the temple. {24:2} And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. {24:3} And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what [shall be] the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
{24:4} And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
{24:5} For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
{24:6} And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
{24:7} For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
{24:8} All these [are] the beginning of sorrows.
{24:9} Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
{24:10} And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
{24:11} And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
{24:12} And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
{24:13} But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
{24:14} And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
{24:15} When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
{24:16} Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
{24:17} Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: {24:18} Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
{24:19} And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! {24:20} But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
{24:21} For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
{24:22} And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
{24:23} Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here [is] Christ, or there; believe [it] not.
{24:24} For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
{24:25} Behold, I have told you before. {24:26} Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, [he is] in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe [it] not.
{24:27} For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
{24:28} For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
{24:29} Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
{24:30} And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
{24:31} And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
{24:32} Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
{24:33} So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, [even] at the doors.
{24:34} Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
{24:35} Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. {24:36} But of that day and hour knoweth no [man,] no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. {24:37} But as the days of Noe [were,] so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
{24:38} For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
{24:39} And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
{24:40} Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. {24:41} Two [women shall be] grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
{24:42} Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
{24:43} But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
{24:44} Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
{24:45} Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
{24:46} Blessed [is] that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
{24:47} Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. {24:48} But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; {24:49} And shall begin to smite [his] fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
{24:50} The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for [him,] and in an hour that he is not aware of,
{24:51} And shall cut him asunder, and appoint [him] his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Ezekiel's famous vision of the Divine Throne

Above the Four Living Creatures with their "wheels within wheels" contains all the elements of lightning, fire, a whirlwind, and great noise that typically attend the great revelations of God's Word.

Ezekiel's famous vision of the Divine Throne Indeed, Ezekiel said that the sound emanating from the wings of the Four Cherubim was as "the Voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech" (Ezek 1:24), which is, of course, an exact description of what we hear resounding from God's Holy Bible.
It is the rolling thunder of God's Voice. The "noise of many waters" represents the many human voices ( THE TRUE CHURCH) of the prophets through whom God revealed His Word as well as the great cloud of witnesses that have been proclaiming it throughout the ensuing millennia water typifies people,. It is the "voice of speech, as the noise of an host" reverberating within and ringing out from the Wheel (Galgal) of God's Word like a Divine Bell summoning all who would know God. Ezekiel stated the ultimate meaning of this vision at the end when he saw the "appearance of a man" – the pre-incarnate Lord Jesus Christ – seated on His Throne above the Four Living Creatures and said "This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD" (Ezek 1:28). This is the miracle of true prophecy; he saw the glory of God shining "in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor 4:6) six hundred years before His incarnation in Bethlehem . Ezekiel later identified the Living Creatures as Cherubim, saying "This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river of Chebar; and I knew that they were the cherubim" (Ezek 10:20). (Holy Spirit) His reference to them as a single "living creature" signifies their profound unity. All four looked identical, and like the inseparable "wheel in the middle of a wheel" associated with each, they were intertwined as one for "their wings were joined one to another" (Ezek 1:9). The image of God enthroned above or between the cherubim originates in the design of the Mercy Seat that He revealed to Moses (Exo 25:18ff): And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof. And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be. And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony [the prototypical Word of God, Spoke 2, BW book pg 136] that I shall give thee. And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel. As discussed in Wings of Glory (Spoke 11, BW book pg 242), "cherub" is a Kaph KeyWord that is closely associated with many others such as kissey (throne), kasah (to cover), kanaph (wing), and kavod (glory). These supernatural creatures dwell in the presence of God and ceaselessly declare "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory (kavod)" (Isa 6:3). It was from between the cherubim on the Mercy Seat above the Ark of the Testimony (God's Word) that the Lord spoke with Moses (Num 7:89): And when Moses was gone into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with him, then he heard the voice of one speaking unto him from off the mercy seat that was upon the ark of testimony, from between the two cherubim: and he spake unto him. This then became a standard image of God's dwelling place, as seen in many Scriptures: • So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubim: 1 Sam 4:4 • And David went up ... to bring up thence the ark of God the LORD, that dwelleth between the cherubims, whose name is called on it. 1 Chr 13:6 • Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth. Ps 80:1 • O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubim, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth. Isa 37:16 In Solomon's Temple, the Ark of the Covenant was placed in the Holy of Holies, also known as the Davir (Oracle, 1 Kings 6:20), from the root davar which as a verb means to speak and as a noun denotes a word (Spoke 2, BW book pg 141). It was called the Davir because it was there that God spoke – gave His Word – from between the cherubim. Various commentators from the earliest times in Church history have recognized Ezekiel's vision as a prophetic revelation of the detailed structure of the whole Bible, given many centuries before it was completed. The most obvious correspondence is between the Four Faces and the Four Gospels, as discussed on Spoke 4 (BW book pg 178). One of the earliest records of this interpretation is from Irenaeus (died 202 AD): It is not possible that the Gospels can be either more or fewer in number than they are. For, since there are four zones of the world in which we live, and four principal winds, while the Church is scattered throughout all the world, and the "pillar and ground" of the Church is the Gospel and the spirit of life; it is fitting that she should have four pillars, breathing out immortality on every side, and vivifying men afresh. From which fact, it is evident that the Word, the Artificer of all, He that sitteth upon the cherubim, and contains all things, He who was manifested to men, has given us the Gospel under four aspects, but bound together by one Spirit. As also David says, when entreating His manifestation, "Thou that sittest between the cherubim, shine forth [Ps 80:1]." Jerome (died 420 AD) said the same thing in his review of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are the Lord’s team of four, the true cherubim or store of knowledge. With them the whole body is full of eyes, they glitter as sparks, they run and return like lightning, their feet are straight feet, and lifted up, their backs also are winged, ready to fly in all directions. They hold together each by each and are interwoven one with another: like wheels within wheels they roll along and go whithersoever the breath of the Holy Spirit wafts them. Though there has been some historical confusion as to which Face goes with which Gospel, there always has been broad agreement of the basic fact of the correspondence. Both follow a 3 . 1 pattern just like the space-time manifold discussed in relation to the Fourth Day (Spoke 4, BW book pg 169). The Four Faces divide into three that are earth-bound (Lion, Ox, Man) and one that flies in the heights of heaven (Eagle). This is directly analogous to the pattern of the three synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) and the one "heavenly Gospel" of John (Eagle). Furthermore, the order of the Gospels corresponds precisely with that of the Four Faces revealed by God in the parallel vision of Revelation 4: And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like an ox, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

Why Four Gospels? , noted that this passage "authenticates the arrangement of the four Gospels as we have them in our Bibles, evidencing the fact that their present order is of Divine arrangement as Rev 4:7 confirms!" (his emphasis). I also commented on the pattern and described the correspondences pretty much as listed in the table, which also coheres with the general consensus amongst most Protestant scholars. This is the overwhelming wonder of the Bible Wheel; the profound integration of the Four Faces with the distinctive characteristics of each Gospel, as recognized by countless scholars, is identical to the distinctive characteristics reviewed in the Synopsis that are based on KeyWords revealed in the Alphabetic Verses! The Wheel is an astounding witness of the correct interpretation of Scripture. Everything mutually reinforces and confirms everything else and seamlessly coheres with the witness of countless Biblical scholars from ages past. The 3 . 1 pattern also appears in the large-scale tri-radiant structure generated by the seven canonical divisions since it consists of three pairs of divisions aligned on the first two Cycles, and one Cycle, the third, that is an undivided whole. This also is reflected in Ezekiel's prophetic Temple with its three pairs of gates centered on the altar standing before the one door to the Holy of Holies (Spoke 4, BW book pg 180). The same pattern is seen yet again in the Seven Days of Creation which has three pairs of corresponding Days and one Day, the Sabbath, that is set apart. And all of this is united in the design of the sevenfold Menorah with its three pairs of branches symmetrically arrayed about one central lamp (BW book pg 49). It is this integration of the Menorah with the Wheel that reveals a second correlation between the Four Faces and the progressive structure of the whole body of Scripture:

( Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path )
Full integration of the Gospels, Cherubim,divisions of the Bible Wheel, and the Menorah

Full integration of the Gospels, Cherubim, divisions of the Bible Wheel, and the Menorah
•Lion: Just as Matthew emphasizes the righteousness of the Law and the fulfillment of the Prophets, so the Lion corresponds to the Law and the Major Prophets (Divisions 1 . 4). This corresponds to the creation of Light and Light Bearers on the First and Fourth Days of Creation, for "The commandment is a lamp [light bearer], and the Law is light" (Prov 6:23). Note also "The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?" (Amos 3:8).
•Ox: Just as Mark emphasizes the actions of Christ, so the Ox corresponds to Israel's historical actions as she ploughed through the Twelve OT History Books, which also were the central focus of the Twelve Minor Prophets (Divisions 2 . 5). Note that Division 2 begins with the parting of the waters of the Jordon River, just as the waters were divided on the Second Day and in the Second Book (Spoke 2, BW book pg 144).
•Man: Just as Luke emphasizes the humanity and wisdom of Christ, so the Man corresponds to the Five Books of Wisdom and Five NT History Books (Divisions 3 . 6). This interweaves with everything we have seen concerning the creation of Man in the likeness of God on the Sixth Day, the Incarnation of God in the likeness of Man in the Sixth Division, and its reiteration on the Sixth Spoke (pgs 204, 206).
•Eagle: Just as John is marked with the greatest density of the word faith in any Book of the Bible, and it contains the explicit declaration that "This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent" (John 6:29), so the Eagle corresponds to the 22 NT Epistles (Division 7) which is marked with the clarion call of NO WORKS, salvation is through faith alone. This corresponds exactly with the ultimate spiritual meaning of the Seventh Day of Creation, the Sabbath Rest (pg 49). It is through faith in the Son of God that we "overcome the world" (1 John 5:5) and soar like eagles into the heights of heaven to be with our Saviour God. This new correlation reveals yet another level of the limitless depth of Divine Wisdom that God invested in the structure of His Holy Word. We have the full synergistic integration of the Seven Days of Creation, the Sevenfold Menorah, and the Seven Canonical Divisions with the Four Gospels and the Four Faces revealed in Ezekiel on Spoke 4 and in Revelation 4! This is an exceedingly dense and reiterative compounding of manifold symbolic elements, not unlike the Divine Synergy of the Four Symbols of the Circle, the Cross, the Alphabet, and the Number Seven discussed i. The Four Faces therefore simultaneously represent two aspects of the Divine Word; one recognized since ancient times (the Four Gospels) and one newly revealed by the integration of the Wheel with the Menorah.

The differences between Ezekiel's vision and that of Revelation 4 are as important as their similarities. In Revelation, the Four Faces are separated and distributed amongst the Four Cherubim and the wheels are absent. These represent the Four Gospels in their traditional canonical order, and are listed by number as the first, second, third, and fourth. In contrast, Ezekiel reveals the Cherubim with Four Faces each. This signifies their composite unity – four aspects of one being. They simultaneously represent four aspects of the One Lord Jesus Christ, the Living Word, and four aspects of His Bible, the Written Word, that reveals Him to us. Each stands beside a huge wheel that has another wheel within it. Scripture strongly emphasizes their unity with the Cherubim, twice stating that "the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels" (Ezek 1:20f). This unity is naturally displayed in the Wheel with the Four Faces distributed according to the 3 . 1pattern of

the seven canonical divisions (see The Sevenfold Light of God's Word, BW book pg 47). This is why Scripture says that each wheel itself had Four Faces like the Cherubim (Ezek 1:15). It represents the full fourfold pattern of the entire unified Word of God – four aspects of one being – and so reveals God enthroned between the cherubim of His Holy Word! Recall also that the tri-radiant form of the Word of God is isomorphic to the tri-radiant form of Ezekiel's prophetic Temple where once again the eternal Lord is seen enthroned amongst the Cherubim. The whole Bible is a revelation of its True Author, the Almighty Lord of History ! Wheels within Wheels Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces. The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl [bright gold/yellow]: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went. As for their rings [rims], they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four. And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

Ezekiel 1:15

Throughout most of Ezekiel's vision, the word translated as "wheel" is not galgal, but ophan. It is not until a later vision in Ezekiel 10:13 that the vision as a whole is declared to be the Galgal. The word ophan is from the root panah meaning "to turn" or "to look" which also is the root of the Pey KeyWord panim (face) as discussed at length on Spoke 17 (BW book pg 306). Its plural form ophanim differs from panim only by the initial Aleph (and the Vav which functions as a vowel). These words are closely related and they both play central roles in Ezekiel's vision. It is in the wheels (ophanim) and the Four Faces (Panim) of the Cherubim that God displays His character and glory. This is amplified by looking at ophan as a Hebrew Word Picture (BW book pg 115). Applying what we learned in the Synopsis of the Twenty-Two Spokes, we see Aleph as a symbol of God the Creator (Spoke 1, BW book pg 121), Pey as a symbol of the Face of God (Spoke 17, pg 307), and Nun as a symbol of Eternality (Spoke 14, BW book pg 271). Putting these ideas together into an English phrase, we see the vision of the ophanim as representing Divine Phenomena that reveal the Eternal Face of God, exactly as the text has been interpreted for millennia. The power of this root is such that cognates appear in many languages, most notably in Latin, Greek, and English words with similar meanings. Our word phenomenon is from the Latin phaenomenon , which in turn is based on the Greek fainomenon (phainomenon), the root being phaino which means to shine, to appear, or to show forth. God used this word in His explanation of faith as a mode of cognition (knowing, understanding): Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear (phaino). Hebrews 11:1ff (Spoke 14, Cycle 3, BW book pg 284) God also used this word to describe the light of His Creative Word, saying "The light shineth (phaino) in the darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not" (John 1:5), and again to describe the face of His Son, the Living Word, which blazes as "the sun shineth (phaino) in his strength" (Rev 1:16). He used this word again to describe the light of His glory that enlightens the New Jerusalem (Rev 21:23): And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine (phaino) in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. This is the light that shines throughout God's Written Word from beginning to end (BW book pg 51). It is the light of the Old and New Testaments, which have been understood as a "wheel within a wheel" since at least the sixth century when Saint Gregory the Great presented his Homilies on Ezekiel (593 AD): The wheel within the wheel is, as we said, the New Testament within the Old Testament, because what the Old Testament defined the New Testament showed forth. ... Therefore, the wheel is in the midst of a wheel because the New Testament is encompassed by the Old. And, as we have often said already, what the Old Testament promised the New showed forth, and what the one covertly announced the other openly proclaimed manifest. Therefore, the Old Testament is the prophecy of the New, and the New is the exposition of the Old. Gregory's explanation of the "wheel within a wheel" is identical to Augustine's poetic dictum "The New is in the Old concealed, and the Old is in the New revealed." This understanding is found throughout the writings of the Church Fathers, and was graphically portrayed in the fifteenth century by Fra Angelico in his magnificent set of 32 panels called the Silver Closet (Armadio degli Argenti, 1455 AD). The first nine panels, shown in the image, begin with a representation of Ezekiel's Wheel. Each panel that follows has two banners quoting Scripture; the top banner quotes an Old Testament prophecy and the bottom banner quotes its fulfillment in the New. For example, the second panel shows the Annunciation when Gabriel spoke to the Virgin Mary. The top banner quotes Isaiah 7:14 "Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel," and the bottom banner quotes its fulfillment in Luke 1:31 "Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus." This is the purpose of the Silver Closet. The 31 panels that follow the Wheel exemplify how the Two Testaments interweave like a "wheel in the middle of a wheel." They demonstrate the reality of prophecy by telling the whole story of Christ from His Birth to His Ministry, His Death and His Resurrection through interlaced passages from the both Testaments. It is a magnificent piece of theological art. Here now is the first panel showing Ezekiel's Wheel as the Old and New Testaments: The outer wheel represents the Old Testament by portraying twelve of its primary prophets. Moses sits in the top position, holding the two tablets of the Ten Commandments. He is flanked by King David on his right and King Solomon on his left. Listed clockwise, we have Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Micah, Jonah, Joel, Malachi, Ezra, Daniel, and Isaac, the latter being the only Old Testament figure not known as a writer of Sacred Scripture. Angelico encircled the outer Wheel of the Old Testament with the Latin text of Genesis 1:1-5 from the Vulgate: In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram terra autem erat inanis et vacua et tenebrae super faciem abyssi et spiritus Dei ferebatur super aquas dixitque Deus fiat lux et facta est lux. Et vidit Deus lucem quod esset bona et divisit lucem ac tenebras appellavitque lucem diem. The inner wheel represents the New Testament. It portrays the Four Evangelists as a cross like the Four Cherubim around God's Throne. The top figure represents John, the bottom Luke, the right Mark, and the left Matthew. These four figures each hold a codex (bound book). In contrast, the other four prophets of the New Testament – Peter, Jude, James, Paul – are interspersed and portrayed with scrolls. Angelico encircled the Wheel of the New Testament with the Latin text of John 1:1-3 from the Vulgate: In principio erat Verbum et Verbum erat apud Deum et Deus erat Verbum. hoc erat in principio apud Deum. omnia per ipsum facta sunt et sine ipso factum est nihil quod factum est. Angelico inscribed both wheels with text that begins with In principio (In the beginning) to show the unity of God's Creative Word as revealed in the Two Testaments. The figures at the bottom are the Prophet Ezekiel on the left and Saint Gregory on the right. The banner at the bottom reads "Flumen Cobar" (River Chebar), the place of the vision. The unrolled scroll in the upper left corner quotes the Latin text of Ezekiel that speaks of the Four Cherubim and their wheels. The unrolled scroll in the upper right corner quotes a fragment from one of Gregory's Homilies on Ezekiel. It picks up after the words in square brackets: [Why is it that when one wheel was mentioned] a little later is added "as it were a wheel in the midst of a wheel," unless that the New Testament lay hidden by allegory in the letter of the Old Testament? Hence also this same wheel which appeared by the sacred creatures is described as having four faces because Holy Scripture is divided into four parts through both Testaments. Indeed the Old Testament is divided into the Law and the Prophets, and truly the New into the Gospels and the Acts and Sayings of the Apostles. Gregory's simplified fourfold division of the Bible closely mimics the more detailed sevenfold structure we discovered through its correlation with the Menorah (BW book pg 385, see above). In both cases, the Four Faces are associated with the canonical divisions of Scripture. Note also that a connection between the Numbers Four and Seven is implicit in the structure of the Ten Commandments where we find the Seventh Day Sabbath as the subject of the Fourth Commandment. Fra Angelico's painting graphically illustrates the natural understanding of Ezekiel's vision that has appeared to be quite obvious, indeed, self-evident, to many commentators through-out much of Church history. Gregory's interpretation still held currency some eight centuries after he presented it in 593 AD. It has been lost to most modern scholars for three reasons. First, much of the writings from before the Reformation remain hidden in Latin, never having been translated into English. For example, Gregory's Homilies on Ezekiel were first translated into English in 1990. The second and more significant reason is the "demise" of the allegorical and typological methods of interpretation as discussed at length with regards to the Song of Songs (BW book pg 72). This has sealed off vast portions of the true meaning of Scripture from the view of contemporary scholarship. Such skepticism directly contradicts the common and correct methods of interpretation, as taught in Scripture, that have dominated traditional Biblical exegesis from the beginning. Gregory devoted over one hundred pages to his explanation of the relation between Ezekiel's vision and different aspects of both the Written and the Living Word of God. The great miracle is that it reads like a commentary on the Bible Wheel, written seventeen hundred years before it was revealed in 1995. The third reason Ezekiel's vision has remained "enigmatic" is that there has never been a second witness to confirm the interpretation. The Bible Wheel solves that problem. In fact, it solves it abundantly, since there is yet a third group of witnesses that both confirm and amplify Ezekiel's vision as a revelation of the structure of God's Word. I speak of the series of visions – the Capstone Prophecies – given to the third and fourth chapters of Zechariah. It is to these we now turn.


Ezekiel 28:1-10 [1] The word of the LORD came to me: [2] "Son of man, say to the ruler [most translations: prince] of Tyre, `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "`In the pride of your heart you say, "I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas." But you are a man and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god. [3] Are you wiser than Daniel? Is no secret hidden from you? [4] By your wisdom and understanding you have gained wealth for yourself and amassed gold and silver in your treasuries. [5] By your great skill in trading you have increased your wealth, and because of your wealth your heart has grown proud. [6] "`Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "`Because you think you are wise, as wise as a god, [7] I am going to bring foreigners against you, the most ruthless of nations; they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom and pierce your shining splendor. [8] They will bring you down to the pit, and you will die a violent death in the heart of the seas. [9] Will you then say, "I am a god," in the presence of those who kill you? You will be but a man, not a god, in the hands of those who slay you. [10] You will die the death of the uncircumcised at the hands of foreigners. I have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD.'" (Note that these excerpts are actually consecutive.) Ezekiel 28:11-19 [11] The word of the LORD came to me: [12] "Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "`You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. [13] You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. [14] You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. [15] You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. [16] Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. [17] Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings. [18] By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching. [19] All the nations who knew you are appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.'" To whom do these remarkable passages refer? Verses 1-10 refer at least primarily to the prince of Tyre then reigning, Ittiobalus by name, according to Josephus. They were fulfilled in the siege of Tyre by Nebuchadnezzar. Tyre was a great seafaring, naval, and financial power, the Wall Street of its time. Its core was on a highly fortified island, which made it practically impervious to attack. Ultimately, Alexander the Great completed the conquest of Tyre by taking rubble from the ruins of the mainland construction and using it to build a road to the island so his armies could mount a sustained assault on the fortifications. Verses 11-19 have expressions which it is difficult, if not impossible, to refer to any mere man, e.g., verses 12-14. There are however, other verses that seem to indicate an earthly kingdom, e.g., 16 and 18. What is the explanation of this enigma? We frequently find in prophecy that the prophet is borne on from speaking of a contemporaneous event to some event of the last times, of which the contemporaneous event is in some respects a type. For instance, in Matthew 24:15-21 Christ speaks of the destruction of Jerusalem, which was in a very true sense a Day of the Lord: Matthew 24:15-21 [15] "So when you see standing in the holy place `the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel -- let the reader understand -- [16] then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. [17] Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. [18] Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. [19] How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! [20] Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. [21] For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now -- and never to be equaled again. From this, he passes on to speak of the great Day of the Lord yet to come: Matthew 24:22-31 [22] If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. [23] At that time if anyone says to you, `Look, here is the Christ!' or, `There he is!' do not believe it. [24] For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect -- if that were possible. [25] See, I have told you ahead of time. [26] "So if anyone tells you, `There he is, out in the desert,' do not go out; or, `Here he is, in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. [27] For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. [28] Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. [29] "Immediately after the distress of those days " `the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.' [30] "At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. [31] And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. So swift is the transition from the one to the other that it is difficult to mark exactly where it takes place. It is the same in Ezekiel's prophecy. Ittiobalus was in important respects an archetype of "the man of lawlessness." Ezekiel 28:2 Son of man, say to the ruler [most translations: prince] of Tyre, `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: `"In the pride of your heart you say, "I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas." But you are a man and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god."' 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 [3] Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. [4] He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God. Daniel 11:41-45 [41] He will also invade the Beautiful Land. Many countries will fall, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand. [42] He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape. [43] He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt, with the Libyans and Nubians in submission. [44] But reports from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many. [45] He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him. Turning our focus again to Ezekiel 28:11-19 dealing with the king of Tyre, there are some things that seem to apply to a supernatural and some to an earthly king. This earthly king is to have control over enormous commerce. Compare the great development of commerce in the last days. Revelation 13:16-17 [16] He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, [17] so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. Revelation 18:3, 9-19 [3] For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries. [9] When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. [10] Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: "Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!" [11] The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more -- [12] cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; [13] cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men. [14] They will say, "The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered." [15] The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn [16] and cry out: "Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls! [17] In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!" Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. [18] When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, "Was there ever a city like this great city?" [19] They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out: "Woe! Woe, O great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin!" The simplest explanation of all this is that the King of Tyre represents the Anti-Christ (as the Prince of Tyre was the archetype of the Anti-Christ and that he is to be an incarnation of Satan as the true Christ was an incarnation of God.) ( SEE ANTICHRIST STUDY)

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