Four Living Creatures
In Ezekiel 1:1, Ezekiel said that he saw visions of God. Now, we know that no man can see God and live; but we can see visions of God. (Verse 3) Ezekiel also heard the voice of God. The word of the Lord came expressly to him, and the hand of the Lord was there upon him.
God can open up our eyes to see visions today. He can open our ears to hear his voice, and he can open our hearts and minds to receive.
Ezekiel saw four living creatures (verse 5). Their appearance was the likeness of a man. (Verse 6) And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. (Verse 7) And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass. (Verse And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings. (Verse 10) They four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. (Verse 11) There wings were stretched upward: two wings of every one were joined one to another; and two covered their bodies.
(Verse 13) As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning
The Appearance of the Wheels
Ezekiel saw one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces (verse 15). The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the color of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel (verse 16). As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four (verse 18). According to verse 20, the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.
To my understanding, at first, Ezekiel saw the wheel as one wheel according to verse 15. After that, he saw it was four, but they four had one likeness according to verse 16. According to verse 5, Ezekiel saw four living creatures. Verse 20 tells us about the living creature with no s on the end of the word. As you read on from the Bible yourself, you will learn more about Ezekiel’s vision. I am still studying the first chapter.
Here is how I see Ezekiel’s vision. I made the illustration in the form of a collage showing the wheel and one creature. Ezekiel’s vision is bigger than I can imagine it. The illustration is just an idea of how one of the four living creatures and the wheel might have looked.