"The Man with the Writers Inkhorn", Part 9
Ezekiel Chapter 10 Verses 1-7
VERSE 1 “And I looked, and there in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubim,
there appeared something like a sapphire stone, having the appearance of the likeness of a
“The prophet’s vision continues; it began in Ezekiel 8:3 when he was transported by a lock of his hair to
the Temple in Jerusalem. Hence the vision was long. Chapter 10 is similar to Chapter 1.
Ezekiel had this vision experience while at his house in captivity in Babylon. The ancients of Israel sat
before him. In other words, he was carried away in vision only, for he remained where he was physically.
Later, after Ezekiel came out of the trance, he recorded the details of the vision. God similarly favored
Moses with a vision and gave him tremendous information—all the parts of the Law, including the
Tabernacle construction. In both cases, God helped their memories so that they would have perfect recall.
On the firmament above the cherubim heads was God’s sapphire stone throne (blue being a symbol of
faithfulness and an indication that behind God’s judgments are a blessing). The firmament was like a
platform, and on the platform was the throne. Stated another way, the “firmament” was like frozen sky
or atmosphere, and on top of the firmament was the sapphire throne. In Exodus 24:10, pertaining to
the vision God gave to Moses, the “firmament” is called “a paved work.” Moses and a select few went
up into Mount Sinai and there saw a symbolic representation of God.”
VERSE 2 “Then He spoke to the man clothed with linen, and said, “Go in among the wheels,
under the cherub, fill your hands with coals of fire from among the cherubim, and scatter them
over the city.” And he went in as I watched.”
“God spoke to the man clothed in linen: “Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub
[Justice], and fill thy hand with coals of fire from between the cherubim, and scatter them over
the city.” Ezekiel, in vision, was on the ground, looking up at the huge wheels that touched the earth
(Ezek 1:15). The “coals of fire” (plural) were related to judgment. The man with the inkhorn, described
now as being clothed in linen, had stood beside the Brazen Altar earlier (Ezek 9:2). He had put a mark on
all those in the city who cried and sighed regarding the abominations. Now he was instructed to go under
the throne between the wheels. There was fire both under the throne and above it—even a bright glow in
the appearance of God on the throne. As narrated in Ezekiel 1:4, 5, the prophet had seen a whirlwind
come out of the north. In the midst of the whirlwind was a self-feeding fire. Hence the fire was extensive.
Why was the man clothed in linen told to go in between the wheels? What is the significance?
Wheels are a symbol of progress, ages, and time sequence, and the huge wheels represent large epochs
and dispensations. Therefore, God was instructing the man clothed in linen to go in between the
ages. That is the Pastor accomplished most of his work during the Harvest, a short little space of time
situated between the ages, the Gospel and the Millennial age or, stated another way, during the
overlapping of the Millennial and Gospel ages. Ages can overlap but not the Creative Days or the
worlds. As the Gospel Age is phasing out, the Millennial Age is slowly being ushered in.
In 1 Cor 10:11 the Apostle Paul mentions these “ends of the ages”, relating both to the end of the
Jewish Age and the beginning end of the Gospel Age, and the end of the Gospel Age and the beginning
end of the Millennial Age.
The wheels like sprockets on a watch represent the unfolding of God’s plans throughout the ages. The
green area in our diagram above is representative of the earth showing how the wheels come into
contact with the earth, the earth is God’s footstool; this contact with the earth indicates that God’s
plans involve both mankind and the earth itself. Likewise it will be noted that the wheels are split in half
by the blue area, the blue area represents the “firmament” or heavens above. In Ezek 1:18 Ezekiel
states “As for the rims, they were so high that they were awesome…” that is the upper part of the
wheels disappeared out of his sight, up into the heavens, as it were. In other words there are various
aspects of God’s plans which are even now unfolding which are completely hidden from our sight, save
those which he chooses to reveal to us through his written Word.
The coals of fire that were to be scattered over the city (Babylon, Christendom) picture a worldwide
message. The Ezekiel class, the feet members, are to give a strong, burning, purgative message
with a judgment feature. Knowing that the coals of fire placed on Isaiah’s lips signify a message
helps to unlock the meaning of the coals here in Ezekiel (See Isa 6:6–9).”
VERSES 3 and 4 “Now the cherubim were standing on the south side of the temple when the
man went in, and the cloud filled the inner court. Then the glory of the LORD went up from the
cherub, and paused over the threshold of the temple; and the house was filled with the cloud,
and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD’s glory.”
God’s glory departed from the cherubim and went over the threshold of the Temple of Solomon. In other
words, the throne of God moved over the threshold, and the Temple was filled with smoke. (Of course
Ezekiel saw only the legs in the representation of God, but the narration gives some idea of the size of
the vision from the prophet’s standpoint.) Ezekiel Chapters 43 and 44 provide background information;
in fact, Ezekiel 43:1–5 furnishes the key to understanding Chapter 10. Chapters 1, 10, and 43
are connected. The Lord came in by way of the east gate. “The glory of the LORD came into the
house [Temple] by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.... and, behold, the
glory of the LORD filled the house” (Ezek 43:4, 5). Ezekiel went in vision into the Inner Court to see
the resplendent glory where God had entered. Ezekiel 44:1, 2 states that God Himself shut the
Temple east gate, which represents the closing of the door forever to the high calling. God will
enter into and accept His Church and formalize the acceptance. The world will be unaware of this
momentous event until later.
The happenings in Ezekiel pertaining to the shutting of the east gate are related to the shutting
of the door in the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins. In the parable the foolish virgins knock to
get in, but the door has already been shut. After the door is shut and the high calling ceases, the
cherubim depart from the Temple (Ezek 10:18, 19). The east gate portrays the way of sacrifice, the way
of entering in.
This change of position by the Lord represents that the Church is complete and glorified, and
God’s acceptance is shown when the cloud fills the Temple. Likewise, upon completion of the
Tabernacle and Solomon’s Temple, a cloud filled the structure to show God’s acceptance.”
IMPORTANT: Understand of course that Ezekiel’s Temple is a prophetic picture of the inauguration
AND establishment of God’s kingdom both the heavenly and the earthly phases as they will be,
presently events are still unfolding, the Church is not yet complete thus the glory of the Lord (which is
his Church) has not yet entered in by way of the east gate. The gate remains open, the call to
VERSE 5 “And the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard even in the outer court, like
the voice of Almighty God when He speaks.”
As soon as the Lord stood over the Temple, it was filled with smoke, and a tremendous luminescence
shone out and filled the Inner Court. Next God spoke powerfully so that His voice was heard in the Outer
Like a loudspeaker, the wings magnified God’s voice to the Outer Court (the world), saying “Peace, be
still.” The Lord’s voice came through the wings, through the loudspeaker. In other words, God spoke
VERSES 6 and 7 “Then it happened, when He commanded the man clothed in linen, saying,
“Take fire from among the wheels, from among the cherubim,” that he went in and stood
beside the wheels. And the cherub stretched out his hand from among the cherubim to the fire
that was among the cherubim, and took some of it and put it into the hands of the man clothed
with linen, who took it and went out.”
Although the man clothed in linen went in between the wheels to get the coals of fire, the coals were
actually handed to him by the Justice cherub (Remember there were four cherubs supporting God’s
throne, these cherub representing God’s for attributes, Justice, Love, Power and Wisdom). The account
goes back and forth, reviewing how the man clothed in linen got the coals of fire. Other books of the
Bible (Daniel, Revelation, etc.) use this same technique of review. Usually the retracing picks up the thread
at another point. In other words, the man clothed in linen went in between the wheels prior to the
appearance of the glory of the Lord. This is a flashback to what happened to the man with the inkhorn.
The coals of fire are a review of the work already accomplished by the six men with slaughter weapons
(that is, with the Volumes?). The review confirms the interpretation of a condemning message on
Babylon. Individual nominal Christians, as well as the nominal systems, are to be tried and judged.
Question: Chapter 9 keeps referring to the man clothed in linen with the writer’s inkhorn, whereas
Chapter 10 just says the “man clothed with linen.” Was the inkhorn detail omitted because the
writing was complete, but the written work continues to perform its function?
Answer: Yes. Even though the vision seems to indicate the author is doing the action, it is the writing
that is accomplishing the function. The coals of fire picture the work of the writing. To state the matter
another way, that which at one time did not make much impression on the world will do so at a
future date. The writing will be much more meaningful when the people are forced to face serious issues
in the near future.
With this particular statement I am in agreement, the truths contained in the volumes made very little
impression upon the world especially seeing as most of the world never even heard of them, but the
time will come when the feet members (possibly even the Great Company) will give their final
testimony, what precisely that testimony will consist of is not clear, but we can surmise it will be related
to certain truths brought forth in the harvest message.
Brother Ric Cunningham suggest the following thought,
“The seven last plagues are hard, revealing truths that are contained in the harvest message
that will be poured out upon Babylon in such a way, and at just the right time, when the social,
economic, and religious environment is ripe So that people will recognize how iniquitous these
systems have been, So that the discontented masses of people will rise up and pull these
systems down.” (“A Man Clothed in Linen”)
Although as I have said I believe certain truths contained in the Harvest Message will be involved in the
final witness work, I do not believe that these are the seven last plagues. My thoughts on the seven last
plagues are already made known on this site. Amongst Bible Students there are three schools of thought
with regards to the time of the pouring out of the seven last plagues, 1) those who believe they have
already been poured out, 2) those like myself who believe they are progressive, that is to say they are in
the process of being poured out, the first poured out in 1914, followed shortly by the next and then the
next and etc., leading up to our day, the day of the Sixth Plague which is still in the process of being
poured out. The effect of each subsequent plague continues and overlaps the next. Finally there are 3)
those who believe as Brother Ric that they are yet still future.
Jeremiah predicted what would happen in great detail. Although the people did not believe him, they
remembered some of his sayings because of the peculiar way he delivered them. However, when things
began to happen subsequently, the people knew Jeremiah was a true prophet. It was the same
situation with Noah’s predictions of the Flood. The people laughed and jeered—until the rain started.
Then they knew they were the fools and Noah had spoken truth. Some of the people even tried to get in
the Ark, but the pitch and/or slime on the outside prevented their climbing and entering. Noah was sealed
as a prophet when the Flood came. Daniel was sealed as a prophet when Jesus came in fulfillment of the
70-week prophecy. Jeremiah and Ezekiel were sealed when Jerusalem was destroyed.” (The Book of
Ezekiel by Brother Frank Shallieu)
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