God pressed on my heart to make a close study of this piece, for He says it is important to know in these days to come. I’m studying the book of Ezekiel, the first chapter.
4– And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.
Whenever we read about a ‘whirlwind’ in the Word of God, it implies His wrath upon this world. As seen in Jeremiah 30:23 (KJV), “Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirl wind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.” But God protects the righteous, for He promises in Proverbs 10:25 (KJV), “as the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.”
‘Out of the North,’ is a promise of destruction for “…destruction cometh; it cometh out of the north” (Jeremiah 46:20, KJV).
‘A [bright] cloud’ and ‘a fire infolding itself” is referring to the Holy Spirit, for we read in Job that God is working among the righteous. Job said that “…by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud: And it is turned round about by his counsels that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth” (Job 37:11-12,KJV). God will “spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night” (Psalms 105:39, KJV). In the midst of this covering is the provision of God, the same as He has done for the Israelite’s in the desert, when He provided manna. Manna was described as “like coriander seed and looked like resin (amber) (Numbers 11:7, NIV). So no matter what trouble times are lying ahead of us, God will cover those who believe and trust in Him, and provide for their safety and needs.
It is also important to note where Ezekiel got this vision. He was at the river of Chebar. CHEBAR, meaning ke’-bar (kebhar, “joining” (Young), “length” (Strong). The significance of this name becomes clear when Ezekiel tell his reader that he is a young man of thirty and was joined by God at this river side.
Just like Ezekiel, God meets us in our most troubled times. Ezekiel was still held captive by the Chaldeans. But God brings hope in these troubled times, if only we believe.
My prayer for you today is that you will trust the Lord our God. Although a cloud is drawn over the situation we can stand back and watch Him work His miracles. #GodCanDoThis
Ezekiel 1:4-28 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/ezk.1.4.KJV
Information on Chebar is retrieved from: https://bibleatlas.org/full/chebar.htm