[dropcap]O[/dropcap]f all the UFO accounts in the Bible, the one mentioned most often is Ezekiel‘s Wheel. One of the passages reads: “This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like chrysolite, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel.” (Ezekiel 1:16) The following is a passage by passage analysis of Ezekiel chapter one that is based on the work of NASA engineer Josef Blumrich.
Of all the UFO accounts in the Bible, the one that I hear mentioned most often is Ezekiel‘s Wheel. Many people claim that Ezekiel clearly describes a UFO in the following passage:
Ezekiel 1:16 (NIV) This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like chrysolite, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel.
So I thought about this. What is the craft shown above? It still seems rather mystical looking, and even if it is a spacecraft, it really doesn’t make the story told in the book of Ezekiel any clearer. The rest of his narrative still seems pretty confusing to me.
While I was wondering about all of this, a friend passed on a book written by NASA engineer Josef F. Blumrich entitled The Spaceships of Ezekiel. This book concludes that the passage shown above wasn’t the whole story. Blumrich agrees that the “wheel within a wheel” was extraterrestrial, but he goes one step further and claims that it only describes a small part of the craft. According to Blumrich, the whole chapter was a detailed description of an encounter with an UFO.
Even the story behind the book is very interesting. Blumrich notes that he began researching the topic in response to Erich von Daniken’s book Chariots of the Gods. In the forward to his book, Blumrich states that he “began to read von Daniken with the condescending attitude of someone who knows beforehand that the conclusions presented can by no means be correct.” In otherwords, he thought von Daniken was full of it and was going to set out to prove it scientifically.
What he found, after an extensive amount of research from an engineering point of view, was just the opposite. He went from an extreme skeptic to becoming convinced that the book of Ezekiel was a real accurate and detailed account of an encounter with extraterrestrial visitors. Very interesting coming from a person who is not a religious zealot by any means and is about as far as you can get from a gullible person who might be prone to jump to conclusions.
Since Blumrich has already done an outstanding job in analyzing the whole book of Ezekiel, I’m not going to reinvent the wheel by doing that here. But so you can see what I’m referring to, I will post a passage by passage analysis of Ezekiel chapter one that is based on the work of Blumrich. The text shown below isn’t directly from Blumrich’s book (which contains much, much more detail than I could ever present here) but is instead a capsulization of Blumrich’s conclusions as presented in another very interesting book entitled Extraterrestrials in Biblical Prophesy by G. Cope Schellhorn, pages 106-108:
Ezekiel 1:4 (NIV) I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north–an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal
Blumrich summary: The spacecraft begins at some distance from the prophet in its initial descent. Vapour cloud is from cooling preliminary to firing of rocket engine. Rocket engine is then fired.
Ezekiel 1:5 (NIV) and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was that of a man
Blumrich summary: Looking upward, the prophet sees four shapes surrounded by fire and vapour that look alive. These are helicopter-like bodies deployed before landing.
Ezekiel 1:6 (NIV) but each of them had four faces and four wings.
Blumrich summary: The prophet is now able to see more detail because the craft is at low altitude. He sees the four blades of the rotors and the fairing housings above the rotors that give the appearance of faces.
Ezekiel 1:7 (NIV) Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze.
Blumrich summary: This is a description of the landing legs. The legs have shock absorbers and round footpads.
Ezekiel 1:8 (NIV) Under their wings on their four sides they had the hands of a man. All four of them had faces and wings,
Blumrich summary: This refers to remote-controlled mechanical arms hanging along side the cylindrical helicopter bodies.
Ezekiel 1:9 (NIV) and their wings touched one another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.
Blumrich summary: A reference to the helicopter blades protruding outward is made.
Ezekiel 1:10 (NIV) Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a man, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle.
Blumrich summary: The fairing surfaces, which protect the gears and other control devices above the rotors, look to the prophet like faces. The fairings are irregular in shape with some raised and some cut out areas, all of which lends itself to an awe-struck interpretation on the prophet’s part. By way of example, Blumrich shows photos of Gemini and Apollo capsules that at certain angles look like monsters. Because like faces face in like directions, we see that the rotors are synchronized at rest position.
Ezekiel 1:11 (NIV) Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out upward; each had two wings, one touching the wing of another creature on either side, and two wings covering its body.
Blumrich summary: The first part refers to the rotor blades being divided. The suggestion is that there is a kind of gap in the control mechanism or fairing. The last part of the verse refers to the rotor blades folded in an up and down position.