Numerics in the Bible (continued)
Today we examine the number “four.” The number four usually represents the earth and is often describes as an inconclusive number.
The first occurrence of the number four is found in Genesis 2:10, “And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.“
When one thinks of the number four, he is reminded of the four seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall.
We think of four directions: north, south, east and west.
We think of four elements: earth, air (wind), fire and water.
Even in the Bible the number four shows significance in this area of the earth. In the fourth chapter of Genesis we learn of Abel’s murder and the repetition of “ground”, “earth”, “field”, and “dirt”.
There was the four world powers found in Daniel: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome.
There are four divisions of mankind found in Revelation 5:9, “for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.”
There is a fourfold picture of Christ in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The four winds of the earth are discussed in Revelation 7:1, “And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.“
The altar in the Temple was foursquare.
The heavenly city or the “New Jerusalem” is foursquare.
In Matthew 24:6-7 we learn of the four world judgments: “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.“
There will be four horsemen during the tribulation: white, red, black and pale.
Again, I continue to find numerology in the Bible fascinating.
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