In a willingness to continue the discussion on what Ezekiel...
It was posited in the previous blog post that Ezekiel possibly saw the atomic structure of life. It could also be he saw the solar system as described by Johannes Kepler whose work concerning planetary motion is renown.
As anyone can read online, Kepler's most incredible work is surely his 'Mysterium Cosmographicum' (lit. The Cosmographic Mystery, alternately translated Cosmic Mystery, The Secret of the World or some variation) is an astronomy book by the German astronomer Johannes Kepler, published at Tubingen in 1596 and in a second edition in 1621. The full title being Forerunner of the Cosmological Essays, Which Contains the Secret of the Universe; on the Marvelous Proportion of the Celestial Spheres, and on the True and Particular Causes of the Number, Magnitude, and Periodic Motions of the Heavens; Established by Means of the Five Regular Geometric Solids.
Kepler proposed that the distance relationships between the six planets known at that time could be understood in terms of the five Platonic solids, enclosed within a sphere that represented the orbit of Saturn. Kepler also found a formula relating the size of each planet's orb to the length of its orbital period: from inner to outer planets, the ratio of increase in orbital period is twice the difference in orb radius. However, Kepler later rejected this formula, because it was not precise enough.
However, Kepler remained positive that his notion of most planetary orbits being nearly circular was accurate and true. Because, of careful observation and calculation that was required in order to establish that they are not perfectly circular.
Calculations of the orbit of Mars, whose published values are somewhat suspect, indicated an elliptical orbit. From this, Johannes Kepler inferred that other bodies in the Solar System, including those farther away from the Sun, also have elliptical orbits.
- His view of planetary motion, The orbit of a planet is an ellipse with the Sun at one of the two foci.
- A line segment joining a planet and the Sun sweeps out equal areas during equal intervals of time.
- The square of the orbital period of a planet is proportional to the cube of the semi-major axis of its orbit.
What most people don't know is that Kepler thought he had truly revealed God's geometrical plan for the universe. Much of Kepler's enthusiasm for the Copernican system stemmed from his theological convictions about the connection between the physical and the spiritual; the universe itself was an image of God, with the Sun corresponding to the Father, the stellar sphere to the Son, and the intervening space between to the Holy Spirit. Let us remind ourselves of what Ezekiel saw according to scripture.
"And each went straight forward; wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they went. In the midst of the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches darting back and forth among the living beings. The fire was bright, and lightning was flashing from the fire. And the living beings ran to and fro like bolts of lightning. Now as I looked at the living beings, behold, there was one wheel on the earth beside the living beings, for each of the four of them." ~ Ezekiel 1:12-15. Out of pure conjecture... there was one wheel on the earth - orbit!
What is most fascinating, and confirming of Creation is that we can see and know that there are orbiting planets and orbiting 'trons' in the atomic structure... What else could be darting in and out... electrons -living beings ran to and fro like bolts of lightning?
Kepler's model of planetary motion... not so unlike the the structure of an ato
*Wiki-pedia online sources applied in this post