Ezekiel And The Alien Space Ship
By James Donahue
Of all the strange stories appearing in the Old Testament, the Book of Ezekiel offers
perhaps the most interesting account of an oval or "wheel" shaped ship filled with beings that drops from the sky for an encounter
Back in my Christian exploration days, I recall having a great time pinning down the
teacher of an adult Bible class over the story in Ezekiel. In our study, our teacher attempted to skip over Ezekiel 1:4-5
"And I looked, and behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire
enfolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the color of amber, out of the midst of the
fire. Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the
likeness of a man."
Indeed the verses go on to describe these creatures in great detail. They had hoofed
feet and were winged, and they had multiple heads. These creatures may have had the body of a human, but they were not human.
And the craft in which they arrived was something unlike anything humanity had ever seen before. Ezekiel’s description
of it might have been how we might have described a contemporary jet-powered aircraft or even a helicopter coming in for a
landing today, if the craft was something completely foreign to our eyes.
Indeed the whirling blades of a helicopter, or the power of jet engines would have appeared
to Ezekiel like "a whirlwind" producing "a great cloud," with a "fire enfolding itself." That it was "the color of amber"
suggests that it was a metalic craft, perhaps red hot from the ship's descent through the atmosphere.
That the beings that emerged had "humanlike faces" and "legs with the appearance of
bronze" suggests that they were wearing special suits to protect them from radioactive particles while traveling through space,
or perhaps they were parts of special space suits designed to protect them on alien planets.
Josef F. Blumrich, a NASA engineer, produced a book The Spaceships of Ezekiel in which
he argues that the entire first chapter of Ezekiel is a detailed description of an encounter with a UFO.
Writer Jim Aho, in an Internet article titled "Ezekiel's Wheel," noted that Blumrich
researched for his book with thoughts of disproving Erich von Daniken's theory concerning Ezekiel's wheel in his book Chariots
of the Gods. But the deeper he dug in the project, the more he was convinced that von Daniken was right.
Aho quotes from yet another book: Extraterrestrials in Biblical Prophecy by G. Cope
Schellhorn, which slices the first chapter of Ezekiel into descriptive parts, carefully arguing the theory that it was an
For example, Ezekiel's description of the four "beings" that emerged from the fiery
craft with a wheel within a wheel as landing craft rather than living alien beings. Ezekiel said each had four faces and four
wings. Blumrich suggested that Ezekiel was observing four blades of rotors and the fairing housings above the rotors that
looked to him like shiny faces.
The description of the legs that "gleamed like burnished bronze" and feet with hooves
could have been landing legs with round footpads, much like we have designed for moon landings.
One perplexing descriptive verse in Ezekiel says the faces of the creatures had four
faces, that of men, but on the right side, the face of a lion, on the left side the face of an ox, and "each also had the
face of an eagle."
Blumrich suggests that the fairing surfaces, designed to protect the gears and other
control devices in the landing craft, were irregular in shape which appeard to the frightened observers on the ground as having
faces of animals they knew.
That the "beings" observed by Ezekiel began moving back and forth above the ground,
with lightning flashing out of them, were merely jet engines propelling the landing craft around as the operators inside looked
for suitable landing sites.
The well-known description of the wheel within a wheel is found in Ezekiel 1:16:21.
The verse reads: "They sparkled like chrysolite, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting
a wheel. As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not turn about
as the cr eatures went. Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around. When the living
creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose."
Ezekiel looks up in verse 1:22 and sees: "spread out above the heads of the living creatures
was what looked like an expanse, sparkling like ice, and awesome." Could this not be a description of a massive ship hovering
overhead? It would have been so large it spread out across the sky like a "firmament" with a metallic, shining surface.
It after this that Ezekiel describes being "lifted up" and carried in the air before
encountering the being he called cheribs and a godlike man that stood at the gate to Jerusalem who had a bronze colored skin.
He said the beings spoke like the whirling of the wind. Thinking that he was standing before Jehovah, Ezekiel threw himself
face-down on the ground.
That Ezekiel lived to write about what happened that fateful day suggests that the visiting
aliens were benevolent beings. Their visit may have been for exploration or perhaps for human contact. Whatever brought them
here, they probably had no idea that the humans they encountered considered them "gods" from the sky.