In the old testament of the Bible, the Prophet Ezekiel told of an encounter he had when he was 30 years old way back in the year 592 BC.
In his elaborate account, the prophet recounts the story of a spectacular landing – performed by a highly complex flying object… an object that sounds decidedly like what we modern folk would describe as a spacecraft.
Ezekiel’s account is in fact so detailed that in the 1970s, an Austrian-born former NASA engineer named Josef Franz Blumrich was able to design a blueprint of what Ezekiel saw. This rendering by jeep3r is based on the model that Blumrich created. The image is used with the kind permission of the artist.
I had to make a print! Couldn’t help it.
“I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north.
An immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light.
The center of the fire looked like glowing metal.”
– Ezekiel 1:4
“Spread out above the heads of the living creatures was what looked something like a vault, sparkling like crystal, and awesome.
Under the vault their wings were stretched out one toward the other,
and each had two wings covering its body.”
– Ezekiel 1:23
The thing I find most odd (and fascinating) about this sighting is the remarkable complexity of the craft. It reminds me a little bit of the elaborate way they got Curiosity down on Mars. One might think that whatever sort of propulsion tech in use could set it down or hover abnd move it around a bit – but – I guess not!
Here is a video about this to help visualize it…
Kurdistan Planetarium Uploaded on Mar 27, 2010
The Book of Ezekiel gives little detail about Ezekiel’s life. He is mentioned only twice by name: Ezk. 1:3, where he writes that he was a priest, the son of Buzi; and Ezk. 24:24. He was one of the Israelite exiles, who settled in Tel-abib, on the banks of the Chebar, “in the land of the Chaldeans.” He was most likely taken captive with King Jehoiachin (Ezk. 1:2; 2 Kings 24:14-16) about 597 BC.
Ezekiel would have been born during the time of the spiritual reform of King Josiah.
Ezekiel lost his wife in the ninth year of his exile, by some sudden and unforeseen stroke (Ezk. 8:1; 24:18). The time and manner of his own death are unknown. Today his tomb is reputed to be located in the neighborhood of Hilla or ancient Babylon, at a place called Al Kifl.
The first date of the book takes the reader to the summer of 593 BC, five years after the first group of exiles was deported to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. The latest-dated oracle comes 22 years after that summer, in April of 571 BC. It can be dated based on the links it records between the rule of King Jehoiachin (King of Jerusalem) and the other events that the book describes. According to this system, these prophecies were originally written in the 22 years between 593-571 BC.
THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET EZEKIEL
1:1- in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the river Chebar, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.
1.2- On the fifth day of the month (it was the fifth year of the exile of king Jehoiachim),
1:3- The word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was upon him there.
l:4- As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness round about it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming bronze.
1:5- And from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: They had the form of men,
1:6- But each had four faces, and each of them had four wings.
1:7- Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were round; and they sparkled like burnished bronze.
1:8- Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus:
1:9- Their wings touched one another; they went everyone straight forward, without turning as they went.
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