Is Ezekiel’s Wheel the First Description of an Actual UFO?

Was Ezekiel's wheel the very first description of an actual 'UFO'?


Ezekiel’s story is perhaps one of the most intriguing tales found in the Bible, particularly when viewed through a modern, technological lens. As we examine ancient texts, legends, and stories from a contemporary perspective, we realize that Earth’s ancient past is far more fascinating and mysterious than we ever imagined. I have often wondered whether Ezekiel’s wheel is the first description of an Actual UFO. Did Ezekiel see a UFO?

When rigid beliefs established by modern scholars do not confine one’s personal view, it becomes clear that our ancestors were attempting to convey a message.


It is no secret that millions worldwide believe ancient mankind was visited by beings from beyond Earth thousands of years ago. By interpreting our ancient history through modern eyes and without preconceptions, we open up the possibility that our ancient ancestors may have been visited by an advanced race of alien beings rather than gods. One such visitation is vividly described in the Bible: Ezekiel’s story.

Is Ezekiel’s Wheel the First Description of an Actual UFO?

Ezekiel’s vision of the Merkabah, the so-called wheeled chariot, leaves ample room for interpretation. Many ancient astronaut theorists propose that the Merkabah might have been a spaceship or a space shuttle that landed on Earth in the distant past, rather than a divine chariot.

One of the most prominent authors supporting this idea is Erich Von Daniken. He has provided compelling evidence through his research, which suggests an alternative explanation or interpretation of the Book of Ezekiel and what Ezekiel might have witnessed in the past.

Ezekiel’s vision

In fact, Von Daniken’s theory was so astonishing that it piqued the interest of a NASA scientist who sought to disprove Von Daniken’s hypothesis. In Von Daniken’s book, Chariots of the Gods, the Swiss author proposed that Ezekiel’s vision was of a space shuttle rather than a divine chariot.


This idea led Josef F. Blumrich to attempt to debunk Von Daniken’s theory.

However, the more Blumrich researched, the less convinced he became that he could disprove Von Daniken’s hypothesis. Eventually, he started writing a book. Through his research, Blumrich realized that Ezekiel might have been describing a spaceship landing on Earth rather than merely a heavenly chariot. In fact, Blumrich was so convinced that he patented his very own version of an omnidirectional wheel.

The crucial point worth mentioning here is that Blumrich, through his own research, independently concluded that the description in the Bible might be that of a spaceship. In the Book of Ezekiel, an ancient work of literature that is among the first written in a first-person account—unlike other books written in the third person—Ezekiel describes a wheeled chariot descending from the sky and approaching him.

Flying Chariots

This alleged chariot was piloted by beings with the “likeness of a man.” What does that mean? It implies they weren’t humans but might have been humanoid, as ancient astronaut theorists suggest. Moreover, Ezekiel’s description of the ‘chariot’ landing resembles a spaceship touching down.

The windstorm, flash of lightning, and brilliant lights described by Ezekiel are reminiscent of a modern-day spacecraft landing. It was likely misinterpreted, like many other technologies in the past, as people living on Earth thousands of years ago, without similar technology, could not distinguish between advanced technology and “divine apparitions.”

But what I find most interesting is that Ezekiel even describes the fire ‘powering’ the alleged chariot as appearing as “glowing metal.”

What did Ezekiel see?

4I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the northan immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance, their form was human, 6 but each of them had four faces and four wings. Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides, they had human hands. All four of them had faces and wings, and the wings of one touched the wings of another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.” – Ezekiel 1


Flying Chariots, UFOs and more

No matter what, you can’t deny that the description by Ezekiel sounds pretty familiar to how we would describe modern-day spaceships lifting off and landing on Earth. However, Ezekiel not only seems to offer an incredible description of the supposed ‘spacecraft, but’ he also describes its occupants, according to ancient astronaut theorists:

“15 As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces. 16 This was the wheels’ appearance and structure: They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. 17 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not change direction as the creatures went. 18 Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around… 22 Spread out above the heads of the living creatures was what looked something like a vault, sparkling like crystal, and awesome.” – Ezekiel 1

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Written by Justin Gurkinic

Hey, my name is Justin, and my friends call me Gurk. Why? Becuase of my last name. It sounds like a vegetable. Kind of. I love sleeping and writing. History is my thing.

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