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Significance of Number Four in the Bible
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When I studied the use of number four in scripture it seems to follow a logical progression from three. If you read my last post you will remember that three is a number of completion which establishes divine truth. Four follows that completion of truth with an action (either good or bad), or creation. It seems to be the bottom of the foundation of the universe to which all other parts are connected. The number three establishes truth but four builds on the truth.


14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 15And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. 19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

You can see that here God completed his creation of the earth and all things associated with it on the fourth day. This is the end result of actions performed by the three members of the Godhead, the Father, Son, and Spirit. Once again the number four is centered on some type of completion in God's creation whether it be for edification or judgment.

The concept of division was introduced with number two but is accepted by number four because God will use this number both in edification and judgment. Judgment can only happen after division has been introduced. Since there is no division in God (number one) a separate entity has to come forth to produce a different vision.

Four used in edification

There are four directions, four corners to New Jerusalem, and four Gospels which give us a picture of Christ from ALL sides.

The sheet which Peter saw let down from heaven in his vision was let down by the four corners which symbolized that the gospel was meant to be preached to gentiles from all over the world. The cross also has four arms, each pointing in a different direction. This demonstrates that the gospel of Jesus Christ is for all people.

The human race, or mankind is broken down into four divisions; lands, tongues, families, and nations. Notice that the bible NEVER mentions color.

Four as it Pertains to Judgment

God uses the four wind of judgment to execute punishment or judgment on the earth. They represent complete judgment because they blow from every direction which leaves absolutely no escape from their power..

Daniel 7: 1-3 reads;

1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. 2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. 3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

Here we see the four winds of the heavens stirring the sea (men on earth) to produce four satanic kingdoms. Each is headed by a king who is intent on being the one world ruler, or dictator. God will prevail in the end and put these kingdoms down in order to establish his heavenly kingdom.

In Revelation chapter six four horsemen are released to cause destruction on the earth. They are in direct contradiction to the four beasts which surround the throne of God. Each one of these beasts represents one aspect of the saving grace of the gospel. Each horseman represents one type of destruction (false religion, war, famine, and death).

Once again I urge you to begin your own study to realize the divine truth that God has for you.

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Sheran commented on Sunday, Aug 06, 2017 at 21:33 PM

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