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What did Ezekiel See?

How would our flea-bitten, superstitious ancestors in Europe of the 1100’s describe a car, if it were to appear in their midst? How would they describe a gas stovetop? How would they describe a toilet? How would they describe a mobile phone, or a camera? Would they immediately understand its use, and how it works?

Many times we don’t understand what we see, not at first, sometimes not at all. When I read of Ezekiel’s vision, I wonder what he saw? I wonder if this is his interpretation of something else, something actually very different, but he used the words he had? It’s a mystery to me.

Ezekiel 1:1-14,24-28

1In 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. 2On the fifth day of the month (it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin), 3the word of the Lord came to the priest Ezekiel son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was on him there.

4 As I looked, a stormy wind came out of the north: a great cloud with brightness around it and fire flashing forth continually, and in the middle of the fire, something like gleaming amber. 5In the middle of it was something like four living creatures. This was their appearance: they were of human form. 6Each had four faces, and each of them had four wings. 7Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf’s foot; and they sparkled like burnished bronze. 8Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus: 9their wings touched one another; each of them moved straight ahead, without turning as they moved. 10As for the appearance of their faces: the four had the face of a human being, the face of a lion on the right side, the face of an ox on the left side, and the face of an eagle; 11such were their faces. Their wings were spread out above; each creature had two wings, each of which touched the wing of another, while two covered their bodies. 12Each moved straight ahead; wherever the spirit would go, they went, without turning as they went. 13In the middle of* the living creatures there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches moving to and fro among the living creatures; the fire was bright, and lightning issued from the fire. 14The living creatures darted to and fro, like a flash of lightning. 24When they moved, I heard the sound of their wings like the sound of mighty waters, like the thunder of the Almighty,* a sound of tumult like the sound of an army; when they stopped, they let down their wings. 25And there came a voice from above the dome over their heads; when they stopped, they let down their wings.

26 And above the dome over their heads there was something like a throne, in appearance like sapphire;* and seated above the likeness of a throne was something that seemed like a human form. 27Upwards from what appeared like the loins I saw something like gleaming amber, something that looked like fire enclosed all round; and downwards from what looked like the loins I saw something that looked like fire, and there was a splendour all round. 28Like the bow in a cloud on a rainy day, such was the appearance of the splendour all round. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.

When I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of someone speaking.

May 21, 2009 - Posted by | Cultural, Poetry/Literature, Random Musings, Spiritual |


  1. Here’s a quote from Arthur C. Clarke.
    “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

    Comment by Law and Order Man | May 21, 2009 | Reply

  2. Yes! Yes, L&O, so it still leaves the mystery – what DID he see?

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 21, 2009 | Reply

  3. Is it possible that he was recounting a dream? In his own words he describes the event as a vision…

    Comment by Josh | May 24, 2009 | Reply

  4. He does say it was a vision, Josh, but when I read the details, I kept thinking the vision might have some foundation, and I was trying to figure out what it might be. A dream fits, but that is a lot of detail for a dream . . .

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 25, 2009 | Reply

  5. One of the biggest events of the ancient world was the construction of the Giza Pyramids. Google haitheory for illustrations concerning this.

    Comment by Paul Hai | January 26, 2010 | Reply

  6. Ezekiel writes of machines thus,”their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around.” A Pyramid block with pulleys fitted is about one metre wide and one and a half metres high. When numerous pulleys were ascending the Pyramid during the cool of night by firelight, the scene would certainly be high and awesome. Ezekiel writes of what appears to be the lifting devices used to fit the pulley which he writes are straight with a calf shaped foot made of bronze. These devices are known as “clawlifts” and are fully explained in the book, RAISING STONE 1. I suspected the clawlifts were made of timber and their feet strengthened with bronze plates. There is no need to consider Ezekiel mentally sick and there is no need to entertain any ideas of UFO’s and aliens. The building of the Pyramids was a dramatic event of ancient times using the latest technology involving machinery. This machinery was designed and manufactured by MAN, and having the strength of an OX, could soar like an EAGLE and leap like a LION. The four faces are the associated attributes of the machinery itself. The CHERUBS are the pulleys climbing as if alive and their WINGS are the pulley lobes which touch each other as they are tied together around a beryl coloured sandstone block to be part of the THRONE. The THRONE is the Pyramid. The NOISE and WHIRLWIND refer to much activity onsite at Giza. (This ancient bible documented report is dated c.590 BC)

    Comment by Paul Hai | December 16, 2011 | Reply

  7. Fascinating. Thanks, Paul. I can see you’ve put a lot of thought into this.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 16, 2011 | Reply

  8. I need to be specific about … “and all four rims were full of eyes all around”.
    Ezekiel’s reference to “eyes all around” is how the cross-pegs (for the rope) appear on the outer faces of the four pinion-pulley’s lobes.
    These “eyes” are adjacent the four rims of the four pinion-pulley lobes and so are “all around”.
    These “eyes” are, to be specific, the round flat ends of the cross-pegs.
    These end pegs were more than likely enhanced with paint to give animal’s eyes appearance, to bestow animal qualities to the pinion-pulleys operation. (Bird’s eyes for flight, lion’s eyes for power and so forth).
    There are today only two ancient documents related to ancient Egyptian Pyramid construction at Giza.
    “Ezekiel’s vision” and information given to Herodotus of Halicarnassus (The Greek Father of History) c.450 BC by his counterparts at Giza who were the historian priests as the ancient priesthood were literate and it is they who recorded history that was Egypt’s concern and interest.
    For instance Egyptian priests recorded the devastating eruption of the Thera (Kalliste) volcano which occurred 1627-1600 BC as this event caused horrific events in Egypt and caused the declining Minoan (Kalliste) Maritime Empire, Egypts trading partner, an accelerated decline.
    Ezekiel’s “vision” is a firmly established real event which has been much talked about for years in the Middle East.
    Ezekiel’s would have heard accounts from relatives of people who had been employed by Pharaoh Khufu’s administration and/or the administration of Khafre and Menkaure.
    Ezekiel’s account may lack the technical language we take for granted, but knowing the subject of his “vision” gives us an insight into the quaintness of ancient language.
    References to animals was part of the ancient world in language and in artifacts.
    “He’s as strong as an ox, fights like a lion and can run like a cheetah”.
    Ancient furniture legs have animal feet, paws and claws and arm-rests have animal paws and claws for instance.
    This tradition has continued into modern times, but today we have technical language available to us when we want to be clear and precise.

    Comment by Paul Hai | December 16, 2011 | Reply

  9. You make a convincing argument, Paul. I love the descriptions of the machinery and how they correlate to Ezekial’s vision.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 16, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks for taking the time to study my work.
      Ezekiel’s vision is solved by accident however.
      Firstly, I had to discover how 2.3 million blocks of stone were raised in just twenty years (historically documented) for construction of Khufu’s Great Pyramid.
      Rampless Pyramid construction was realised during university research on the Sunday afternoon of 27 August 2006.
      The pinion-pulley lobes are known by many people as “Petrie rockers” after William Matthew Flinders Petrie was handed one in 1895 for his Petrie museum in London. This “rocker” was found at Deir El Bahari in the temple complex of Pharaoh Hatshepsut and bears the cartouche of the woman Pharaoh Hatshepsut which translates as “Elegant Lady”.
      The lobed components when fitted around a block of stone do NOT form a wheel but a four lobe array or as I began to realise, “wheels within wheels” and found myself reading and studying Ezekiel’s vision over and over for hours.
      How else could a person describe a LOBE in 590 BC ?
      “Wheels within wheels” is referring to the four lobes as fitted around a Pyramid block.
      Some readers will be asking if The Great Pyramid could have been built within twenty years as historical documents state?
      Let us suppose ten of these “wheels within wheels” wooden machines were operating on each side of the Pyramid, so there were forty “wheels within wheels” wooden machines at work back in 2500 BC.
      The workers were NOT slaves, so let them have an eight hour day (or the cool of night, working by torch-light) and let them raise one block per machine to its place per hour.
      The daily work of forty “wheels within wheels” wooden machines raises 320 blocks per day.
      With 365 days in a year this is 116,800 blocks raised per year and in twenty years Khufu’s Great Pyramid has been completed with an estimated 2,336,000 blocks being raised and placed.
      Ramps are NOT mentioned in any historical documents relating to Giza Pyramid construction and all ramp theories are modern and not related to real ancient history. All ramp theories become null and void anyway due to the fact that 2.3 million blocks of stone had to be placed within twenty years, so ramp theorists have stated Greek historian Herodotus was a liar and Egyptian historian priests did not know what they were talking about … and there was a mix-up with the translation from Egyptian to Greek. Most of these ramp theorists people are highly paid experts (ex-spurts) who have made documentary films and written their lies into books. You all know who they are.
      My book is titled RAISING STONE 1: Paul Hai’s Racks & Pinions Theory, ISBN 9780646476797

      Comment by Paul Hai | December 17, 2011 | Reply

  10. One thing caught my eye. Even those who are not slaves are worked hard in that part of the world, and I would never posit an eight hour day. I would guess that most of the work during would be round-the-clock with several crews, and with time off from maybe 11:00 a.m. – 3 or 4:00 pm during the hot months, and there are a lot of those in Egypt.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 17, 2011 | Reply

    • When we read of men having clawed feet or a calves foot this is not about deformed people or aliens.
      This has to be interpreted as men carrying or working with clawed feet apparatus or the apparatus has a calves foot shaped attachment.
      There are centrally located notches cut out in the base of many Pyramid blocks were these attachments were placed for lifting the blocks so the opened and lying flat pinion-pulley lobes could be pulled underneath, wrapped around a Pyramid block and closed, making it ready for its step-walk upward on the Pyramid’s steps.
      These lifting devices are known as claw-lifts. (Reference the Ersnt von Sieglin German expedition of 1909-1910)

      Comment by Paul Hai | December 17, 2011 | Reply

    The link above will provide readers with illustrations and large clear text.

    Comment by Paul Hai | December 18, 2011 | Reply

  12. The Documented Ancient Construction Method of The Great Pyramid …

    Comment by Paul Hai | October 26, 2019 | Reply

  13. “13 … In the middle of* the living creatures there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches moving to and fro among the living creatures; the fire was bright, and lightning issued from the fire.”
    Torches … to enable construction through dark hours … throughout the night perhaps, so now consider a continuous operation most likely.

    Comment by Paul Hai | July 30, 2021 | Reply

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