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Chariot of God: Merkabah Mysticism – Vision of Ezekiel


The Heavenly Chariot of God: Merkabah. Merkabah mysticism (or Chariot mysticism) is a school of early Jewish mysticism, 100 BC – 1000 CE, and centered on visions such as those found in the Book of Ezekiel chapter 1, or in the hekhalot “palaces” literature, concerning stories of ascents to the heavenly palaces and the Throne of God. The noun Merkabah “thing to ride in, cart” is derived from the consonantal root, r-k-b with the general meaning “to ride”. Merkabah is a Hebrew word where ‘mer’ means light, ‘ka’ means spirit, and ‘bah’ means body, so in essence, the Merkabah is referring to the spiritual light body, or is a word meaning the spiritual embodiment of light. The word “chariot” is found 44 times in the Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible most of them referring to normal chariots on earth, and although the concept of the Merkabah is associated with Ezekiel’s vision (1:4–26) the word is not explicitly written in Ezekiel 1. However, when left un-translated, in English (the Hebrew term merkabah relates to the throne-chariot of God in prophetic visions) It is most closely associated with the vision in Ezekiel chapter 1 of the four-wheeled vehicle driven by four Hayyot living creatures” each of which has four wings, and the four faces of a man, lion, ox, and eagle (or vulture). According to the verses in Ezekiel and its attendant commentaries, his vision consists of a chariot made of many heavenly beings driven by the “Likeness of a Man” The base structure of the chariot is composed of four beings. These beings are called the “living creatures” The bodies of the creatures are “like that of a human being” but each of them has four faces, corresponding to the four directions the chariot can go (East, South, North and West)The faces are that of a man, a lion, an ox (later changed to a cherub in Ezekiel 10:14) and an eagle. Since there are four angels and each has four faces, there are a total of sixteen faces. Each of the hayyot angels also has four wings. Two of these wings spread across the length of the chariot and connect with the wings of the angel on the other side. This creates a sort of ‘box’ of wings that form the perimeter of the chariot. Please watch the video for more information on Ezekiel’s vision of the “Chariot of God” and much more regarding the Heavenly Angels of God at mythology explored by ANCIENT MYSTERY on Youtube.

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Channel: mythology explored by ANCIENT MYSTERY

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