Ezekiel 1:13–28 (NKJV)
13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches going back and forth among the living creatures. The fire was bright, and out of the fire went lightning. 14 And the living creatures ran back and forth, in appearance like a flash of lightning.
The awesome picture of the throne and its bearers is further expanded by the appearance of torches and lightning. The throne runs back and forth rapidly and induces awe.
15 Now as I looked at the living creatures, behold, a wheel was on the earth beside each living creature with its four faces. 16 The appearance of the wheels and their workings was like the color of beryl, and all four had the same likeness. The appearance of their workings was, as it were, a wheel in the middle of a wheel. 17 When they moved, they went toward any one of four directions; they did not turn aside when they went. 18 As for their rims, they were so high they were awesome; and their rims were full of eyes, all around the four of them. 19 When the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. 20 Wherever the spirit wanted to go, they went, because there the spirit went; and the wheels were lifted together with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. 21 When those went, these went; when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up together with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.
The throne was held up by the four living creatures, and each of them had a wheel beside them, and this description is the well-known “wheel within a wheel” passage. This resembled a chariot in appearance. The rims were high and awesome. The wheels and the creatures lifted up from the earth whenever the Spirit lifted up. The Spirit was in the wheels.
22 The likeness of the firmament above the heads of the living creatures was like the color of an awesome crystal, stretched out over their heads. 23 And under the firmament their wings spread out straight, one toward another. Each one had two which covered one side, and each one had two which covered the other side of the body. 24 When they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of many waters, like the voice of the Almighty, a tumult like the noise of an army; and when they stood still, they let down their wings. 25 A voice came from above the firmament that was over their heads; whenever they stood, they let down their wings.
The creatures’ wings spread out in the crystal-colored sky, and when they flew, the wind from their wings was awesome, like the noise of an army.
26 And above the firmament over their heads was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone; on the likeness of the throne was a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it. 27 Also from the appearance of His waist and upward I saw, as it were, the color of amber with the appearance of fire all around within it; and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw, as it were, the appearance of fire with brightness all around. 28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.
So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking.
Above the sky above the living creatures was a throne, the color of sapphire. Fire was all around hi, who sat on the throne. The brightness around the throne was like a rainbow, and it was reveals that this was the Lord in all His glory. Ezekiel, much like Isaiah in chapter 6, was overwhelmed by the appearance of the Lord and fell on his face. Then the Lord spoke.
This amazing sight further demonstrates the powerful message about to be given by God to His servant, the prophet Ezekiel. God’s awesome presence is overwhelming to anyone who truly experiences Him. So, seek His presence. Be awed by Him. Listen for His voice. Whatever He speaks, remember it and record it, for God’s word is powerful, liberating, healing, and delivering.