The Footprints of God
The numbers and the ELS codes impart to us a revelation of the footprints of the Sovereign LORD. He walks in the Garden of Eden with Adam; He walks "among the seven golden lampstands (churches)" (Revelation 2:1). Likewise, the psalmist exclaims: "Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known." (Psalm 77:19)
Similarly, Ezekiel had a vision of the Sovereign Lord, not walking, but riding upon a lofty chariot. At this time, he was told to lie on his side 390 days (Ezk. 1-4). Just the wheels alone, of this chariot, were said to be "high and awesome".
How should we interpret such an amazing future vision? I believe that whereas the footprints of God speak of His personal dealings in the lives of men, the chariot wheels further this symbolism. They speak of the perfect symmetry and order of the Almighty in relationship to mortal man. The numbers in the Bible furnish abounding evidence for this perfect order in the creation. They expose the tracks that these "wheels" have left behind! They are a revelation of "Him which is, and which was, and is to come." (Revelation 1:8) The Almighty enters in and out of time and space in His progressive (yet finished!) dealings with finite man! He moves (as in a chariot) towards the goal of that which He has already completed! We have the honor of contemplating the trail marks of His passing. I have observed this in the numbers, but I cannot grasp it.
Therefore, consider this: If the wheel marks of this chariot are awesome, what must the wheels be like? Moreover, if the wheels are yet the more awesome, what must the chariot be; yes, and what of the "figure of (this) man" who is seen above a throne, which is above an expanse, which is above the chariot and living creatures? Furthermore, this vision was merely a dim reflection of reality. It was only the "appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD"! (Ezk. 1:28a)
I have also seen this in the numbers: The beginning and ending of all is the cross of Messiah. We see this symbolized in "the Scroll of the Lamb that was slain" (Revelation 5:6). It is as if the Scroll, opened in the middle, is unrolled forwards and backwards simultaneously. The work of Messiah in His death, burial, and resurrection, is the center of the Scroll, and its radiance radiates in all direction. Furthermore, He is the Scroll to the glory of His Father!
We conclude our discussion of the footprints and wheel prints of God by reporting that the numbers reveal a just and loving God. One who is the absolute Sovereign of ALL. Amazingly, however, His power and dominion is so inconceivable boundless that flexibility within the creation is not lost, but established. This agility allows man his freedom of choice. By means of free will, the creature can know His Creator in a meaningful way.