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The Wheels Of The Four Living Creatures

05.06.2017, Daniel Glimm

As we are in the week of Shavuot/Pentecost, which is the time frame when we express our gratitude to the Lord as our provider providing physical (note: giving of the grain offering; see Numbers 23:15-17) and revelatory provision (note: giving of the Torah – teaching of God on mount Sinai; see Exodus 19:1ff.) as well as with supernatural power and guidance by the gift of the Holy Spirit (note: the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost; see Acts 2:1ff.), I would like to speak about the movement of the four living creatures with their wheels in the throne room of God at the time of the prophet Ezekiel as it is described in Ezekiel 1:14-21.
In this biblical passage Ezekiel reports that the Spirit of God led the four living creatures and also at Shavuot/Pentecost about 120 saints were filled and led by the Holy Spirit in the upper room in Jerusalem (see Acts 2:1-4).
The Hand Of God In The Midst Of Captivity
While Ezekiel was in captivity with the people of Israel in Babylon at the river Kebar (note: meaning "size, length"; excerpt from the Biblical name encyclopedia of Abraham Meister to the word "Kebar", page 205) the LORD had opened up to him an open heaven and also by the power of His hand the supernatural sphere so that Ezekiel began to see the movement of the presence of God (see Ezekiel 1:1-3).
Ezekiel 1:1-3:
1 In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.
2 On the fifth of the month – it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin – 3 the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians. There the hand of the Lord was on him.
Speed And Light
In this connection Ezekiel saw among other things the four celestial beings making the chariot of the throne of God by carrying His presence.
Ezekiel perceived the movement of the living creatures as a movement that has had a high velocity as well as supernatural energy (note: power and heat; see Ezekiel 1:14).
Ezekiel 1:14:
14 The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.
The Hebrew word for "moving to and fro" used here is "rāẓā" and it means "to run".
Since God is light and no darkness is in Him (see 1 John 1:5), it means in this context that the speed in the supernatural realm (note: where God is present) leads to lightnings revealing His power and speed so that it comes to the release of strength and acceleration among His people on the earth (note: people who walk in His light; see Psalm 36:10).
1 John 1:5:
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
Psalm 36:9:
9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
The Wheels And Their Rims
Furthermore, the prophet Ezekiel saw in his beginning vision that besides the four living creatures there was a wheel in the middle of the wheel, which looked like a "turquoise" whereupon their rims were exceedingly large and full of eyes and carrying the presence of the Fear of the LORD (see Ezekiel 1:15-18)
Ezekiel 1:15-18:
15 As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces.
16 This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz (note: turquoise), and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel.
17 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not change direction as the creatures went.
18 Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around (note: filled with fear).
If you study verse 18 of Ezekiel 1, you can also translate it as follows:
"And their rims were very high and filled with fear. They were full of eyes."
This means for us nowadays that these rims reveal the special (note: marvelous/important) cycles of God being interwoven with the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord to bring forth divine wisdom and knowledge (see Job 28:28a i.c.w. Psalm 111,10a; Proverbs 1:7a)
Job 28:28a:
28a And he said to the human race, “The fear of the Lord – that is wisdom, …
Psalm 111,10a:
10a The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; …
Proverbs 1:7a:
7a The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, …
At this point I want to clearly mention, that the time cycles of the Eternal One are moving circular and not linear.
The great cycles (note: wheels) of God are connected with the biblical feasts every year that are all related to worship, gratitude and the walk of the people of God in the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord (see Deuteronomy 16:16-17 i.c.w. Hebrews 12:28).
Deuteronomy 16:16-17:
16 Three times a year all your men must appear before the Lord your God at the place he will choose: at the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks and the Festival of Tabernacles. No one should appear before the Lord empty-handed: 17 Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you.
Hebrews 12:28:
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, …
The Four Living Creatures And The Four Seasons Of The Year
Just as the year has four seasons, the four heavenly creatures have four faces each associated with a great wheel. The wheels carrying the divine time scale or rather God's consecrated times. In connection with this explanation one can say that the greater space of time (note: the time of the year => represented by the celestial bodies of the beings) is united with the smaller space of time (note: the feast times of God => represented by the wheels in their size, because these times are appointed times of God), so that it becomes the movement of the presence of God throughout the year. The reason is because the spirit of the heavenly beings was in the wheels (see Ezekiel 1:20).
Ezekiel 1:20:
20 Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.
The Wheels And The Turquoise
But this is not yet the final explanation for the wheels in their entirety.
It is said that Ezekiel saw the wheels as "turquoise" which is in Hebrew the word "taršîš" and it means "fortress". (note: excerpt from the Biblical name encyclopedia of Abraham Meister to the word "Tarshish", page 327, word number 3585)
The word "taršîš" is also related to the city "Tarshish", a former famous trading center from which the name of the "Tarshish ships" comes that were used in the time of King Solomon (note: “Solomon” means “man full of peace, man of rest”) for transport of valuable goods (note: gold, silver, ivory, …) in order to maintain the kingdom economy of the "Prince of Peace" whose title/name is a reference to Jesus Christ (see 1 Kings 10:22-23 i.c.w. Isaiah 9:6-7).
(note: excerpt from the Biblical name encyclopedia of Abraham Meister to the word "Salomon", page 292, word number 3102)
1 Kings 10:22-23:
22 The king had a fleet of trading ships (ships of Tarshish) at sea along with the ships of Hiram. Once every three years it returned, carrying gold, silver and ivory, and apes and baboons (peacock).
23 King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth.
Isaiah 9:6-7:
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
Furthermore, the Tarshish ships were large, sailing maritime merchant ships which were destined for taking long journeys and transporting many different goods as well as valuable things.
If we now take into consideration the above-mentioned characteristic of the wheels from the four living creatures, namely, "the fear of the LORD, the fortress, the great kingdom economy, the confidence of the LORD (=> represented by the many eyes that look forward in the wheel)” it directs to the cycles of the assuring power and confidence by the Almighty into which we enter through Jesus Christ similar as Moses did while he went into the dark cloud at the time of the reception of the Torah to see God's nature and glory (see Exodus 19:18-20; Exodus 24:18 i.c.w. Proverbs 18:10)
Exodus 19:18-20:
18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently.
19 As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.
20 The Lord descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up …
Exodus 24:18:
18 Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
Proverbs 18:10:
10 The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
The Spirit Of The Lord And The Spirit Of The For Living Creatures
The four living creatures of the throne chariot of God were moved by the Spirit of the Lord so that they always went forward and never backwards.
Moreover, their spirit was moved by God's Spirit in such a way that they would go only to the place where the Spirit of God would move them. At this juncture, their moved spirit (by God) has also been found in the wheels (see Ezekiel 1:17.19-21).
Ezekiel 1:17.19-21:
17 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not change direction as the creatures went. …
19 When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose.
20 Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.
21 When the creatures moved, they also moved; when the creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.
The above mentioned scripture reveals to us how important it is that we uncompromisingly allow the Holy Spirit to touch our spirit in order to boldly move forward in confidence, and coming to rest. And also to worship throughout the year by honoring God's appointed (feast) times. So, this shouldn't be a legalistic behavior or practice but a spirit filled life style instead.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm