He had a dream; a ladder was set on the ground and its top reached to the sky, and angels of God were going up and down on it.
Yaakov saw the guardian angels of the Babylonian Empire climbing 70 rungs on the ladder, the guardian angels of the Persian Empire climbing 52 rungs on the ladder, and the guardian angels of the Greek Empire climbing 180 rungs on the ladder. The guardian angels of the Edom Empire seemed to keep climbing with no end.
The ladder was very large and wide, and stood on a three-legged throne. This alludes to the world being supported by the 3 patriarchs.
Surrounding the Throne of Glory are 4 angels known as the Chayot. One of the chayot had the form of a human being and a face identical to Yaakov (the others being a lion, a bull and an eagle). This created confusion for the angels that were going up and down and saw Yaakov at both ends.
(Rashi in Chulin, Chulin 91a, Meam Loez)
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