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were spread out above»; «each creature had two wings, each of which touched the wing of the other, while two covered their bodies»; «Each moved straight ahead[front side]; wherever the spirit would go, they went»; «without turning as they went»; «The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures»; «it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it»; «The creatures sped back and forth [zigzagging in every direction] like flashes of lightning»; «As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground near [beside] each creature with its four faces [front side]»; «the appearance and structure of the wheels as Tarscisc eyes [they sparkled like precious stones, a chrysolite]»; «and all four looked alike»; «each appeared to be made as [if] it was a wheel in the middle of a wheel [a wheel intersecting a wheel]»; «As they moved, they would move in any one of the four sides [directions] the creatures faced»; «the wheels did not turn about as the creatures went». We are undoubtedly faced with a surprising and detailed description, made with the aim of describing very carefully what Ezekiel has seen after the sky had opened. It absolutely is no dream or vision, as they traditionally tell us! He is lying on the banks of the river, it is morning and it starts with an impetuous of “something” that comes from a specific direction, the north. Notice how almost obsessively the writer repeats that these “living creatures” would move in all directions without turning around, that is rotating, as normal objects do. Evidently, it was so unique and strange as to make an impression upon whoever was attending the event. Another important detail is the description of the “wheel within the wheel”, which reminds us of flying saucers depicted with a dome that looks like “a wheel in the middle of a 134

wheel.” Curiosities, however, are still numerous; let's go on reading (Ezekiel 1:18): «their rims [bending] were tall [of height] and awesome»; «the rims [bending] of all four were full of eyes all round». These circles must have seemed mammoth, and all four were all around equipped with what the Prophet called “eyes” and that we would call “door”, being sure not to use to much imagination. Verses 19-21 then describe for us some movements of this machine: «and [when] the living creatures moved, the wheels [beside] them also moved»; «and [when] the living creatures rose from the ground»; «[where] wherever the wind would go, they went»; «and the wheels would rise at their sides [along with them], the spirit of the living creatures [was] in the wheels.»; «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». So, there are wheels moving with the whole of this unidentified “object”, and along with it, they also rise and fall to the ground! The following verse 22 gives us an account of another very familiar feature: 135

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