The Merkabah

The Merkabah, or chariot in Hebrew, is a four sided geometrical design that is said to have originated in the Bible as the Heavenly Chariot that was sent from Heaven to take away the Hebrew prophet Elijah in a "chariot of fire". The Merkabah is also mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel; and the Prophet's graphic description of it a having "four Cherubim, each with four faces, that lifted up the Son of Man into the heavens". The significance of this Heavenly Chariot is still important today as some theologians say that it was the personal vehicle of God and its significance is mentioned in mystical texts, including the Kabbalah.

The four faces are said to represent the holy Cherubim or Heavenly Angels who represent four species of earthy creatures: the lion, ox, eagle, and Man. These four beings are said to have been sent by God to show mankind God's vision of the world. The Cherubim also represent the four natural elements of fire, earth, wind, and water.

The Merkabah's geometrical image also is said to be a three dimensional image of the six pointed Jewish Star of David, with a seventh point in the center that represents the Spirit of Man. Images of the Merkabah are found in Christian theology and also on psychic prophecy objects such as tarot cards, where it is depicted as "the world" where 24 angelic beings, including Seraphim and Cherubim, surround the throne of God in Heaven to indicate an elevation of a person's consciousness to a higher level of existence.

Information about the mystical and spiritual nature of the Mekabah can be found in bookstores and internet websites specializing in mystical and New Age information and products.