Martin Luther King had a dream…. Ezekiel had a vision
|EZEKIEL’S VISION (Part 1)Chapter 1 of Ezekiel can be understood as you notice two things: The words like and likeness are used 16 times in this one chapter, clearly showing that the passage is a picture or illustration of something; and that Ezekiel saw a vision of HOLY GOD. This fact is apparent from the first and last verses, “The heavens opened and I saw visions of ELOHIYM.” [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 1 Tanakh, Nevi’im] “…that was the appearance of the semblance of the PRESENCE OF THE LORD.” [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 28 Tanakh, Nevi’im] The glory of the LORD has been manifested in many ways; “The WORD became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld HIS glory, the glory as of the ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER, full of grace and truth.” [John 1. 14] Ezekiel saw the glory of the FATHER in the PERSON of HIS SON, JESUS. From this vision, John described for us the LIFE, PERSON and MINISTRY of the LORD YESHUA ha’MASHIACH.
TIME & PLACE of the VISION – “In the thirtieth year (the 30th year of captivity), on the fifth day of the fourth month, when I was in the community of exiles by the Chebar Canal, the heavens opened and I saw visions of GOD. On the fifth day of the month – it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin – the WORD OF THE LORD came to the priest Ezekiel son of Buzi, by the Chebar Canal, in the land of the Chaldeans. And the hand of the LORD came upon him there.” [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 1 – 3 Tanakh, Nevi’im]
Immediately Ezekiel looked and saw ONE coming from the North. The terminology in this verse has been used before to speak of ELOHIYM and HIS PRESENCE (KABOD – GLORY). The ALMIGHTY spoke to Job “out of the whirlwind.” [Job 38. 1 (Iyob) Tanakh, Kethuvim] During the wilderness wanderings, the HOLY ONE revealed HIMSELF to the people of Israel through the Tabernacle worship and HE led them through the movement of a CLOUD upon the Tabernacle by day and a FIRE by night. [Exodus/Shemot 40. 34 – 38]
. . . to be continued