ZEKIEL 8-11 should be read as one unit. We are studying it in 4 sections because it is in 4 sections in our Bible (due to the chapter divisions). But, these 4 chapters give us 1 account of 1 vision. However, there are some distinct characteristics in each section. This section is mainly about the removal of the glory of God from His house (Ezekiel 10:18). There is so much in this chapter that is deeply mysterious. This record is precise and perfect, but what do we have to compare it to? What experience do you or I have in our past that might give us some context? I know of nothing.
Space, brightness and something that looked like a throne... that's just verse 1. Then, the man who had been writing "MERCY" on the heads of the humble was invited to take coals of fire, and to scatter them over Jerusalem. (This would have represented divine judgment (Ezekiel 10:2). Throughout this chapter there are many references to those angelic beings known to Ezekiel as "cherubim." These creatures have traits and characteristics that most certainly put them in a league of their own. In addition to these things, there was a cloud, loud wing flapping, the mystifying wheels (again) and many unusual movements.
What is the glory of God? God's glory is an expression of His significance, His awesome splendor, His majesty, His astounding beauty and perfection. This mysterious thing is spoken of freely and frequently in the sacred script. But, do we grasp its relevance? Do we understand even an infinitesimal fraction of the dignity that flows forth naturally (or should I say, supernaturally) from the Almighty?