Throughout the Judaic-Christian-Islamic scriptures, there are prophetic visions of differing qualities relating to "Merkavah-Chariot" viewing.
Each prophet "sees" and records his experiences differently, yet it is this proposed structure's test, to interpret these collective visions convincingly (from the flexibility of the 3 axial structure), so as to validate both model and text.
I propose that, as each prophetic "vision" adds further recorded imagery, so further demands of this structure, as a reasonable interpretative model of these "visions", are required.
The first chapter of Ezekiel is the most specific "viewing" of the Merkavah recorded in scripture. It is the visionary template from which to work, as are the measurements of the temple within the same book.
Why Ezekiel and none of the other prophets recorded their "viewings" with such detail gives rise to Maimonides speculation as to the hierarchy of prophetic greatness suggesting less information equating to greater prophetic status.
vs. 7: Their legs were straight; their feet were those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze.
vs. 8: Under their wings on the 4 sides they had the hands of a man. All four of them had faces and wings.
vs. 9: Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.
(Note: They moved in unison and integration)
vs. 10: Each of the 4 had the face of a man; on the right side each had the face of a lion; and on the left side the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle.
vs. 11: Their wings were spread upward, each had 2 wings; one touching the wing of another creature on either side, and 2 wings covering its body.
vs. 12: Each one went straight ahead. Where the spirit went, they would go.
vs. 13: Their appearance was like burning coals of fire or like torches, fire flashed ...bright, lightning flashed out of it.
vs. 14: Creatures sped back and forth like lightning.
vs. 15-16: I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its 4 faces. They sparkled like chrysolite, all 4 looked alike. Each ...like a wheel intersecting a wheel.
metal, from there down, like fire, brilliant light surrounded him.
vs. 19: Wheels moved and rose with the creatures.
vs. 20-21: Moved with the spirit.
vs. 22: ... expanse sparkling with ice, and awesome.
vs. 23: ... under the expanse, their wings were stretched out toward each other, and each had 2 wings covering its body.
vs. 24: ... sounds of wings, rushing waters. When still, they lowered their wings.
vs. 26-27: ... above their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, on the throne was a figure of a man, waist up glowing metal, from there down, like fire, brilliant light surrounded him.
vs. 28: ... like a rainbow was the radiance around him.
Note: Sunlight reflects off the upper wings, concentrating light onto the jewels, (eyes), splaying rainblow light into the structure's centre and over Jerusalem.
vs. 17: As they turned, they would go in the directions the creatures faced, and did not turn as the creatures went.
vs. 18: Their rims were high and awesome and all 4 were full of eyes.
vs. 1: ... by the River Kebar, the heavens opened and I saw visions of God.
vs. 4-5: ... a windstorm ... from the north ... an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The centre of the fire looked like glowing metal, and in the fire looked like 4 living creatures: In appearance their form was that of a man.
vs. 6: ...each of them had 4 faces and 4 wings.
... the face of a man; ..... the face of a lion; ..... the face of an ox; ..... the face of an eagle.