In keeping with the study of timing revelation, end times and prophecies, as explained in the “about TimingRevelation.com” web site, I continue here with Part 4 of the article series on the Ezekiel Vision of the Throne of God.
As explained before, this is an expounding of the vision of the throne of God that John encountered according to his writing in the book of Revelation. It follows the three-part article dealing with the judgments of the end times in the timing of the book of Revelation that I wrote back in December 2022.
this article today I expound further on the vision of Ezekiel Part 3 and continue to focus
on the magnificence and awesomeness of the throne of God going on in heaven.
This is a real revelation of the awesome view, understanding and reality of the majestic throne of God, which, as I said earlier refutes the misinterpretation of some skeptics that say the vision was about UFO's and Aliens. No, I don't think so...
note that scriptures throughout these articles are from the King
James Version. I have inserted, here and there, some words in
brackets to facilitate the understanding of some of the old English
So, who else is guiding the living creatures?
In Part 3 of this four-part article, we finished with the summary of the chain of command that takes place in and around the awesome Throne of God.
We saw that in heaven the Father works through the Son, the Son works through the Spirit, the Spirit through the creatures; and in the same way on earth, the Spirit through the angels, the angels through the prophets and the prophets work through the people.
Then we noted that there is another piece of revelation about the awesomeness of God... and that is that everything that goes on in the earth is actually an outcome or consequence of decisions that take place in heaven?
For that let's go to a story that took place in c. 853 B.C., some 260 years before the time of Ezekiel's vision, in 2nd Chronicles 18:33-34
v. 33, “And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: therefore he said to his chariot man, Turn thine hand, that thou mayest carry me out of the host; for I am wounded.
v. 34, “And the battle increased that day: howbeit the king of Israel stayed himself up in his chariot against the Syrians until the even: and about the time of the sun going down he died.”
Decisions made in the heavenlies
So in reading this we might think 'OK so there was a battle and the commander in chief died in battle'... but, do you know that what happened here was exactly a decision that was actually made in the heavenly counsel...
Let's go back to verses 18 to 22, of 2nd Chronicles:
The story is about Ahab king of Israel inquiring of his prophets about the fate of going into a certain battle—whether it would end well or not. His prophets were telling him that he should go up to battle and all would go well. But Jehoshaphat king of Judah didn't want to go to battle, so he asked his entourage if there was a prophet of the Lord who could speak truthfully?
And to make a long story short, there was one prophet of the Lord by the name of Micaiah and he was called in... and he prophesied also that Ahab should go to battle and that he would win.
But you see, Ahad did not want to go into battle, he did not want to be enticed into battle. So he said to Jehoshaphat, “Didn't I tell you that he would not prophesy good unto me but evil?”
And here's what the Lord's prophet replied:
v. 18, “... Therefore hear the word of the Lord; I saw the Lord sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left.”
So God's prophet saw a vision of the awesome throne of God in heaven.
19, “And the Lord said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner.”
So everyone from the counsel around God's throne gave his thought.
v. 20, “Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will entice him. And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith?
v. 21, And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so.”
And there's more to this conversation taking place in the king's chamber but there's no time to cover it all here... Micaiah got in trouble and then we read the rest of the story when the king reluctantly went into battle...
...you need to read the whole story which is amazing, in 2nd Chronicles, chapter 18, but you need to start a couple of chapters before in order to get the lead up to the story of what is taking place.
I am God, and there is none else
Again, the point of all this is to show that nothing happens down here that is not decided in heaven... and we hear about that throughout many other stories in the Word of God.
That's why God says: “... I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: (Isaiah 46:9-10).
When we hear of things getting crazy down here, where nothing makes sense anymore, we don't have to worry because we know that God is seated on the throne and in control... and that too we read throughout history... Jesus even told us that He will return exactly at a moment when if He didn't return right there and then, mankind would destroy itself...
God in full control
In this vision to Ezekiel we see a God who is in full control of all the affairs of mankind going on in the earth... He has at his disposal a myriad of angels and living creatures moving and carrying out all at His bidding.
And that's not all that we see. We see an awesome God who sits on an awesome throne in an awesome heaven, as the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And some day we will see all that with our own eyes – if we receive the mercy and grace of God's love toward mankind. Every Man, woman, boy and girl is redeemed by the blood of God the Son who came to take away the sin of the world.
What sin you might ask? The sin that took place at the beginning which we read about in the book of Genesis and which carried on to every single individual born thereafter, right up to now....
Re-read this article series from Part 1 and see how it fits – if at all – with this continued part moving into chapter 10...
Through the orders of someone else
So let's move on from here to this fantastic vision of Ezekiel the priest and prophet of God...
We saw the majestic phenomenon appearing at and around the throne, the flashing lights, the living creatures with the four faces and the wings, the flaming and brilliance of gems and stone and fire, the magnificent movement of everything including the illustrious wheels within the wheels, that held and moved the throne of God with precision and perfect wisdom and understanding, .. etc, etc...
So we also briefly looked at something else that was to be noticed amongst the 4 living creatures.. and that was that their precise movements were not from their own power, but through the orders of someone else. We will look further at who that someone else was.
For that we need to go back to chapter 10 of Ezekiel. Here we read about another vision Ezekiel had, but now in heaven, which told him about a judgment event that was going to take place in the future. Throughout this discourse, we read about “a man clothed with linen” and about the hand of a man.
Alright so let's read about that “man clothed with linen” and the mysterious hand of a man.
Ezekiel chapter 10, reading verses 2, 6, 8 and 21:
v.2 And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city. And he went in my sight.
v.6 And it came to pass, that when he had commanded the man clothed with linen, saying, Take fire from between the wheels, from between the cherubims; then he went in, and stood beside the wheels.
v.8 And there appeared in the cherubims the form of a man's hand under their wings.
v.21 Every one had four faces apiece, and every one four wings; and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings.
And we see that spoken about throughout the chapter...
So who is that man?
Interestingly in his video about Ezekiel's vision, Stephen Bohr does say the man clothed with linen is Jesus Christ.
At first glance, this disclosure can easily meet with the most skeptical eye... but, I have to say that Bohr has one of the most thorough examination of these complex passages of scripture that I have come across. That's the reason why I watched and listened to his presentation from start to finish and was inspired to put this article together.
As further research is done throughout the book of Ezekiel and things are connected together from one vision to another, it becomes quite clear that the man clothed with linen is indeed Jesus in what had been or would be His earthly clothing. And further research and reading in other commentaries reinforce this conclusion.
For instance in the Liberty Bible Commentary we read this on the subject matter:
“The man clothed with linen, having an inkhorn (or a writing case) (Ezekiel 9:11) at his side, is quite clearly the Second Person of the Trinity. He is seen clothed in linen as a High Priest; He is seen manifesting omniscience in marking the righteous. Further, He is in charge of the judgment, which corresponds with the Father giving all judgment into the hand of the Son we read in John 5:22."
Also this conclusion arises because of the next pieces of the puzzle that come up to lead us to a third personage clearly seen throughout this visionary sight which rounds up to the interpretation of the divine perception of the trinity.
And the trinity here is further corroborated by the fact that in all the references to God, Ezekiel uses the Word “Elohim” which is the plural word for God – i.e. The God in 3 persons. We have to recognize this to be quite particular to this whole passage of scripture.
As the Lord leadeth
Of course there is a lot more to the book of Ezekiel than what these articles have covered here and now. There are 49 chapters in the book, and I would like to continue writing articles on the following chapters as the Lord leads.
As I do, I will post them here on TimingRevelation.com as part of the end times and prophecies we are living in today.
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