And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the cherubims,
one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub: and the appearance of the wheels was as the
colour of a beryl stone. And as for their appearances, they four had one likeness,
as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel. When they went, they went upon their four sides;
they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it;
they turned not as they went. And their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings,
and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had.
As for the wheels, it was cried unto them in my hearing, O wheel (galgal).
Ezekiel 10:9ff (Spoke 4, Cycle 2)
The revelation of the Bible Wheel confirms and amplifies the ancient Christian tradition that
Ezekiel's Vision of the "wheels within wheels" was a vision of
the entire Bible in which the Old and and New Testaments are inextricably interwoven. Here is how Gregory the Great stated it in his
Homilies on Ezekiel (593 AD):
The wheel within the wheel is, as we said, the New Testament within the Old Testament,
because what the Old Testament defined the New Testament showed forth. ... Therefore, the wheel is in the midst of
a wheel because the New Testament is encompassed by the Old. And, as we have often said already,
what the Old Testament promised the New showed forth, and what the one covertly announced the other openly
proclaimed manifest. Therefore, the Old Testament is the prophecy of the New, and the New is the exposition of the Old.
Ezekiel's Vision interpreted as the Old and New
Fra Angelico (1455 AD)
This understanding of Ezekiel's Wheels as a prophetic representation of the Holy Bible
still held currency some nine hundred years later when Fra Angelico painted his
Silver Closet (Armadio degli Argenti, 1455 AD),
the first panel of which is shown here.
The outer Wheel represents the Old Testament with twelve of its primary prophets. Moses sits in the premier position at the
top, flanked by David on his right and Solomon on his left. The Latin text of Genesis 1:1-5 adorns the outer rim.
The Inner Wheel represents the New Testament with all eight of its prophets and the Latin text of John 1:1-3 inscribed on its
rim. The unrolled scrolls at the top are portions of the text of Ezekiel's vision (left) and Gregory's Homilies (rigtht).
The figures on the bottom represent Ezekiel and Gregory. See Fufillment of Ezekiel's Prophecy of the Wheels for
further discussion of this astounding artwork and its implications.
The Bible Wheel is not the only aspect of Scripture that God designed on the pattern of a "wheel within a wheel."
The template for the whole structure is found in the Alphabetic Verses, the most notable being
AV Psalm 119 - the Psalm of the Word. Each of the alphabetically structured passages
forms an Inner Wheel that functions as a template for the Bible Wheel.
Indeed, God designed the Alphabetic Verses
to prophetically anticipate its precise structure, down to the exact position of each and every book.
Each Spoke contains unique elements that are linked to the
corresponding verses in the Alphabetic Verses. For example, consider Resh, the Twentieth Hebrew letter.
The Resh clause of AV Psalm 111 says "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom."
This phrase appears elsewhere in one and only one other book in the KJV. It is found in Proverbs, the Twentieth Book,
the first book on Spoke 20 corresponding to the letter Resh. Many similar examples are documented in
the Alphabetic KeyLinks article.
We have therefore two aspects of the Word that God designed on the pattern of the Hebrew Alphabet:
1) the Bible Wheel itself, and 2) the Inner Wheels of Alphabetic Verses that
define and predict it. It is not unreasonable, therefore, that we should expect to find other aspects of the
Word designed on this pattern. This expectation has been proven correct.
The shear weight of evidence is overwhelming.
The pattern informs all levels of the Biblical revelation, from the order of the books, chapters, verses, and on down to
the very order of the letters of the orginal text, and all of this is coherently integrated with the meaning
of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The most complete correlation is seen in the Inner Wheel of Isaiah where its
66 chapters are in one-to-one correspondence with the 66 books of the Bible. The Inner Wheel of Revelation is also
complete in the sense that its 22 Chapters are in one-to-one correspondence with the Spokes of the Bible Wheel. Both
Inner Wheels are confirmed by an abundance of evidence (which is documented on this site).
Many other books show
a correspondence with the sequence of the Alphabet though the sequence does not close on Tav. For example, the 28 chapters of
Matthew are strongly linked to the first 28 books on the Bible Wheel. When the sequence does not end on Tav, the
correlation is called an Inner Alphabetic Cycle, or just Inner Cycle for short, to distinguish it from the
perfect Inner Wheels.
The study of the Inner Wheels and Cycles can be very confusing for many folks because
it is easy to forget what "level" we are on. To help alleviate this confusion, I have begun marking all
the Inner Wheel and Inner Cycle articles with the icon of the "wheel within a wheel."
This will distinguish Inner Wheel and Inner Cycle articles
from Bible Wheel articles which are marked by an image of the Bible Wheel with the corresponding Spoke highlighted.
Here now is an overview of the discoveries so far:
ISAIAH: THE WHEEL WITHIN THE WHEEL: This series of articles explores the
one-to-one correlation between the 66 chapters
of Isaiah and the 66 books of the Bible. Numerous KeyLinks,
(unique links between an individual chapter and its corresponding book), are discussed. Also, word
distributions in Isaiah are shown to be mathematically correlated (R=.9) with similiar
distributions in the Bible as a whole. In sum, Isaiah is shown to be a comprehensive
image of the Bible within the Bible, a two-dimensional projection
of the three-dimensional body of Scripture. In other words, Isaiah relates to the Bible as a
shadow to the object that casts it. Knowledge of Isaiah as an image of the entire Bible is not new. For example,
consider these words from the Introduction to Isaiah found in Thomas Nelsonís New King James Version:
Isaiah is like a miniature Bible. The first thirty-nine chapters
(like the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament) are filled with judgment upon immoral idolatrous men. Judah
has sinned; the surrounding nations have sinned; the whole earth has sinned. Judgment must come,
for God cannot allow such blatant sin to go unpunished forever. But the final twenty-seven chapters
(like the twenty-seven chapters of the New Testament) declare a message of hope. The Messiah is
coming as a Savior and a Sovereign to bear a cross and to wear a crown.
THE WHEEL OF REVELATION: The deep integration of the 22 Chapters of Revelation
with the 22 Spokes is explored. Links to the 22 Spokes of the Inner Wheel
of Isaiah are also discussed. And as with Isaiah, certain word distributions are shown
to be mathematically correlated with the pattern of the Wheel. The image below shows the Inner Wheel
of Revelation in the center of the Bible Wheel. This makes the correlation between the chapters of
Revelation with each Spoke easy to contemplate.
THE WHEEL OF LIGHT: The pattern of the Wheel emerges in the earliest portion
of Scripture in the distribution of letters in Genesis 1.3-5, which describes the
creation of Light.
GENESIS CYCLE: Correlations between the chapter structure of Genesis
and various aspects of the
Wheel are discussed. The principle of first occurrence dominates most of
these links. For example, the first occurrence of the word "Hebrew" and the person
"Melchizadek" are found in Genesis 14, which correlates with the explanation of Melchizadek
in the book of Hebrews found on Spoke 14 of the Wheel. Another example of this
phenomenon, and its interweaving with both the Bible Wheel and the Inner Cycle of 2 Chronicles is shown next.
2 CHRONICLES CYCLE:
An astounding example of this Inner Cycle is the intesection of the appearance of Azariah in
2 Chronicles 15 with the meaning of the
15th letter Samek (Support), the first book on Spoke 15 of the Bible Wheel,
Ezra, and the first appearance of
a name based on Ezra (Eliazar) in the corresponding chapter of Genesis 15.
PSALMS CYCLE: This Inner Cycle spans 150 chapters, or six complete Alphabetic Cycles, and ends on
the 18th Spoke (150 = 6 x 22 + 18). Two of the more astounding correlations are:
- Psalm 2 - The Psalm of the Son (Bet KeyWord Ben, Second Person of the Trinity)
- Psalm 22 - The Psalm of the Cross (22nd Letter Tav)
MATTHEW CYCLE: The Inner Cycle of Matthew is one of the most lucid of them all:
JOHN CYCLE: I currently have eighteen articles documenting the profound integration of the
Fourth Gospel with the alphabetic sequence.
ROMANS CYCLE: I currently have sixteen articles documenting the profound integration of the
Paul's first and greatest Epistle with the alphabetic sequence.