Wheels within Wheels
I use the concept of Wheels within Wheels to refer to the cyclical nature of time and the way humanity (and created matter) may experience God working. There are several ways I hear this described by many:
- A “Greek”, reductionist mindset that focuses on a linear, causal relationships that develop mastery and control over an idea. An “Oriental” (Near Eastern, Eastern, Semetic, or Hebrew) mindset is pattern based, looking to understand the pattern of something in its origin, and when finding a similar pattern in something else, makes a connection leading to understanding and/or action.
- Because the “Hebrew” mindset/concept operationally will use patterns to identify and determine/ascribe meaning to something (patterns based on something already existent), there isn’t anything “new”. Solomon states this in Ecclesiastes
Lexham English Bible (LEB)
9 What has been—it is what will be;
what has been done—it is what will be done;
there is nothing new under the sun.
10 There is a thing of which it is said, “Look at this! This is new!”
But it already existed in ages past before us.
When Ezekiel experiences seeing 4 living creatures, there is a wheel with each one, intersecting the other wheels, and there is a throne with a figure of a man, yet full of fire, brilliant light, like the radiance of a rainbow. This is the GLORY of YHWH, focused on and radiating through the King over all things. The throne is seated over the intersecting wheels, which communicates to me the domination the King of Heaven and Earth has over the living creatures and the wheels. I believe these wheels are essentially spirals, that when viewed from any angle appear like several different circles intersecting.
I think a way to understand this spiral is to perceive it as the Will of Yahweh as it swirls down the corridor of time. Take a piece of paper and draw a line on it, then roll the paper up into a cone and see what the line looks like. While it was a clear line, straight and true, it is visible and experienced through a progressive experience that gets narrower and narrower as it goes to a final point. And all of the lines eventual join into one singularity.
The line starts at an origin, which is creation. Yah initiates something, and whatever Yah does is PERFECT. And Yah sets things in motion, encircling things with Time. Time puts a “twist” or motion and change to the 3 dimensions of space.
And the plan of Yah has a Start and an End, and as things go along, they begin to get more focused. In our experience, things seem to get faster, and we seem to see patterns emerge. Things seem more and more familiar, and we see what seems like repetition.
Yeshua alludes to this describing how things come to an end, and uses the context of “birth pangs”. Anyone who has been through childbirth, watched it, or studied it has seen this. The contractions at the end progress in both intensity and frequency. Faster and Harder. And then the end.
Think about this almost as a cone, and as you travel around the cone, you get going faster, and faster until you hit the terminal point, and the lines are intersecting at more frequent intervals. The creation inside of Time and Space experiences the Will of Yah in a linear fashion, because our experience is RELATIVE. To Yah, who is infinitely above and beyond us, it OVER all those things experiences them as all one thing. Is this is Einstein’s Theory of Relativity?
Brad Scott connects the cyclical nature of experience to the “Hebraic mindset” in scripture by his short article on Psalm 23:3. The term “paths of righteousness” is far better interpreted and understood as “cycles of righteousness”.
Is it possible that NOTHING is literally “NEW”? For the God of Heaven and Earth, who sits over space and time, is Singularity (Echad, Holy and other ideas come to mind).
sin·gu·lar·i·ty ˌsiNGɡyəˈlerədē/ noun
- the state, fact, quality, or condition of being singular.
“he believed in the singularity of all cultures”
“the singularity of their concerns”
- PHYSICS/MATHEMATICS a point at which a function takes an infinite value, especially in space-time when matter is infinitely dense, as at the center of a black hole.
God WAS, IS, and WILL BE, is ECHAD (“One” in Union), and is described as “never changes”. To us, within the context of time, things are happening in a progressive fashion, yet also becoming more and more familiar and repetitive. And when things happen that appear new to us, the LORD sends information to us to explain (often experienced as “revelation”, which is a revealing to us of something already there) that it was already planned.
An example of this might be to look at the experience of Shavuot (Pentecost) that occurred in Acts 2. The disciples experienced the Spirit of God in a way that was revolutionary to them. However the first description (given by the Spirit we must suppose) from one of the disciples was to cast this event in context to a prophecy given by Joel. What was happening was something already devised, described, and was only now being delivered.
In fact, going even further, this experience isn’t unprecedented; there is already a pattern for this. Numbers 11:23-25 is an event where the grace/spirit upon Moses (who is a type/pattern/shadow of the Messiah) is given to 70 others, who spoke ecstatically. The English word prophecy isn’t gathering quite the intensity, as this is really ecstatic speech.
These are only small glimpses of “Wheels within Wheels”. We see types and shadows repeated over and over again, with greater frequency, and at times greater intensity. We see this with ANTI-Christ concepts as well. From Gen 3, there is an announcement of enmity between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. Then we see individuals rise up in enmity to the promise, from Haman to Hitler, from Antiochus Epiphanies to the coming final emergence of an individual so totally corrupt as to finish the pattern.
The concept of the promise/election of God, and not genealogy or blood is seen in repeated experiences. First born sons received double portions of inheritance, which also comes with an implied responsibility to care for and provide for the others.
- However, Issac was the second born (first born of Sarah however), and Issac was the child of promise
- Jacob was the second born and received the first born blessing, both from Esau himself, and then deception of Issac.
- Jacob bless Ephraim and Manasseh as his own sons, however Ephraim got the first born blessing.
- In these cases, the elder was still blessed, and blessed significantly, however the younger truly did receive the greater blessing.
- Johns baptism called all people, regardless of birth or lineage to repentance, rather than trusting in their own blood.
Another interesting concept is the directives of YHVH in response to our experiences. Bill Cloud goes significantly in depth about this topic in his series “The Restoration of All Things”.
Our Kings prescription to any problem or issue is to REPENT. Turn BACK to God. Go BACK to Yahweh and do the things commanded originally. The Prophets in scripture are calling people back to Torah and Obedience. God will RESTORE not by doing something new (although to us some of it will seem new), but by bringing us back to the things already established.