In a vision Ezekiel saw that the Presence of the G-d of Israel had moved from the cherub on which it had rested to the platform of the House and He called to the man clothed in linen with the writing case at his waist.
Ezekiel could see the Presence of the G-d of Israel in his vision that had been resting on an angel (dwelling) and then moved (about) to the platform of the House and spoke to the man clothed in linen.
This is G-d, the angel of His Presence and Elijah (the only man G-d specifically takes to heaven in the scripture). The three together are a host of the L-rd of Hosts.
G-d dwelling on an angel is G-d and the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d who is the angel of His Presence. G-d moving to the platform from the angel shows the separate nature of G-d and the spirit of the Holy G-d. They dwell together on the platform of heaven above the world.
“Behold, I am sending My messenger to clear the way before Me, and the Lord whom you seek shall come to His Temple suddenly. As for the angel of the covenant that you desire, he is already coming. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can hold out when he appears? For he is like a smelter’s fire and like fuller’s lye.”
This is man, the person of the spirit of the holy G-d and G-d. A host of the L-rd of Hosts. The messenger is Elijah. The angel of the covenant is the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d who is the angel of His Presence. And they come with G-d by the reference to being like a smelter’s fire and fuller’s lye. G-d is symbolized by and as fire.
God’s presence, according to the ancient view, is confined to the Tabernacle/Sanctuary and to other visible phenomena serving as the vehicles of God, such as the Ark and the *cherubim or the cloud enveloping the Godhead in its movements. That the Tabernacle was considered an indicator for God’s presence in ancient Israel may be learned from the words of Nathan the prophet to David: “… I have been moving about [mithalekh] in a Tabernacle and tent [be-ohel u-ve-mishkan] … All the time I was moving about among the Israelites…” (II Sam. 7:6–7).
The same concept is given expression in the Priestly source of the Pentateuch: “I will establish My abode [mishkani] in your midst… and I will be moving about[i.e, be present]in your midst: I will be your God and you shall be my people” (Lev. 26:11–12). Similar statements are found in other parts of the Priestly literature, where shakhan…
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