On July 31 of my thirtieth year, while I was with the Judean exiles beside the Kebar River in Babylon, the heavens were opened to me, and I saw visions of God.
References for Ezekiel 1:1
This happened during the fifth year of King Jehoiachin's captivity.
The LORD gave a message to me, Ezekiel son of Buzi, a priest, there beside the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians, and I felt the hand of the LORD take hold of me.
References for Ezekiel 1:3
As I looked, I saw a great storm coming toward me from the north, driving before it a huge cloud that flashed with lightning and shone with brilliant light. The fire inside the cloud glowed like gleaming amber.
From the center of the cloud came four living beings that looked human,
except that each had four faces and two pairs of wings.
Their legs were straight like human legs, but their feet were split like calves' feet and shone like burnished bronze.
Beneath each of their wings I could see human hands.
The wings of each living being touched the wings of the two beings beside it. The living beings were able to fly in any direction without turning around.