The time of Ezekiel's prophecy at Chebar.
Ezekiel 1:1 And it came to pass, in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, I, being in the midst of them of the captivity, by the river Chebar, that the heavens, were opened, and I saw visions of God. Ezekiel 1:2 On the fifth of the month, that, was the fifth year of the captivity of King Jehoiachin, Ezekiel 1:3 in very deed, came the word of Yahweh, unto Ezekiel son of Buzi, the priest, in the land of the Chaldeans, by the river Chebar,yea the hand of Yahweh, came on him there.
His vision of the four cherubims,
Ezekiel 1:4 So then I beheld, and lo! a tempestuous wind coming out of the North, a great cloud, and a fire catching hold of itself, and it had a brightness round about,and, out of the midst thereof, as burnished copper to look upon, out of the midst of the fire; Ezekiel 1:5 and, out of the midst thereof, a likeness of four living ones,and, this, was their appearance, the likeness of a man, had they; Ezekiel 1:6 and, four faces each, and four wings each, had they; Ezekiel 1:7 and their feet, were straight feet,and, the sole of their feet, was like the sole of the foot of a calf, but sparkling, as shining bronze to look upon; Ezekiel 1:8 and, the hands of a man! were under their wings, on their four, sides,and, their faces and their wings, belonged to the four of them: Ezekiel 1:9 joined to each other, were their wings,they turned not when they went, each one straight before him, did they go; Ezekiel 1:10 and, the likeness of their faces, was the face of a man, with the face of a lion to the right of the four of them, and, the face of an ox, on the left, of the four of them,the face of an eagle, also had they four; Ezekiel 1:11 and, their wings, were spread, above,two of each, joined one another, and, two, covered their bodies; Ezekiel 1:12 and, each one, straight before him, did they go,whithersoever the spirit was minded to go, they went, they turned not when they went. Ezekiel 1:13 As for the likeness of the living ones, their appearance, was like live coals of fire, burning up like the appearance of torches, the same, went to and fro between the living ones,and the fire had, brightness, and, out of the fire, went forth a lightning. Ezekiel 1:14 And, the living ones, ran and returned,like the appearance of a flash of lightning.
of the four wheels,
Ezekiel 1:15 And I looked at the living ones,and lo! one wheel upon the earth beside the living ones, for each of his four faces. Ezekiel 1:16 The appearance of the wheels and of their structure, was like a Tarshish-stone to look upon, and they four had, one likeness,and, their appearance and their structure, were just as would be, a wheel in the midst of a wheel. Ezekiel 1:17 Upon their four sides, when they went, so, did they go,they turned not when they went. Ezekiel 1:18 As for their rings, they were so high, that they were terrible,and, their rings full of eyes round about, had they four. Ezekiel 1:19 And when the living ones went, the wheels went beside them,and when the living ones were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up: Ezekiel 1:20 whithersoever the spirit was minded to go, they wentthither, was the spirit minded to go,and, the wheels, would be lifted up along with them, for, the spirit of the living one, was in the wheels: Ezekiel 1:21 when they went, these went, and, when they stood, these stood,and, when they were lifted up from off the earth, the wheels were lifted up, along with them, for, the spirit of the living one, was in the wheels. Ezekiel 1:22 And there was a likeness, over the heads of the living onean expanse, like terrible crystal to look upon,stretched forth over their heads, above. Ezekiel 1:23 And, under the expanse, their wings, were straight, one towards another,each one, had two, covering, on this side, and, each one, had two, covering, on that side, their bodies. Ezekiel 1:24 And I heard the sound of their wings, as the sound of many waters, as the sound of the Almighty, when they went, the sound of a storm, as the sound of a host,when they stood, they let down their wings. Ezekiel 1:25 And there was a voice above the expanse that was over their head,when they stood, they let down their wings.
and of the glory of the LORD.
Ezekiel 1:26 And, above the expanse that was over their heads, as the appearance of a sapphire-stone, was the likeness of a throne,and, upon the likeness of a throne, was a likeness, as the appearance of a man, upon it, above. Ezekiel 1:27 And I saw, as burnished copper to look upon, as the appearance of fire within it round about, from the appearance of his loins and upwards, and from the appearance of his loins and downwards, saw I, as the appearance of fire, and he had brightness round about: Ezekiel 1:28 as the appearance of the bow which is in a cloud, on a day of rain, so, was the appearance of the brightness round about, that, was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of Yahweh,and, when I saw, I fell upon my face, and heard a voice of one speaking.