THE NUMBER 4

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Sir Godfrey Gregg OHPM

Grand Commanding Officer

The Number 4

The Number 4 is thought to represent God’s absolute control over the world.

  • 4 Directions on the earth (north, south, east, and west).
  • 4 Seasons (summer, autumn, winter, and spring).
  • 4 Things make up the universe (time, energy, space, and matter).
  • 4 Major provisions for a man (earth, air, fire, and water).
  • 4 Divisions of the day (morning, noon, evening, and midnight).
  • 4 Winds (Matthew 24:31)

The Bible mentions the number 4 many times: (Here’s just a few)

John 11:17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb for four days.

John 19:23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece.

Revelation 7:1 After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree.

Revelation 9:13 Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

Revelation 21:16 The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal.

  • Notice all the times 4 is used in Proverbs 30
  • The fourth man in the fiery furnace
  • The 4 generals who took over Alexander’s kingdom (broken by God)
  • The 4 world empires (beasts) of Daniel
  • The 4 horns (gentile powers) of Zechariah

Four seems to represent cosmic order, as in the four phases of the moon, the four cardinal points of the earth, the four rivers of Paradise (Genesis 2:10), the four winds of heaven Jeremiah 49:36), the four guardians of the throne of God, and so forth.

But the number four can also represent God bringing disorder, for example, the Four Horsemen who bring calamity on the earth (Revelation 6:1-8) and the four acts of Judgment (sword, famine, evil beasts, and pestilence) with which God condemns the idolators of Jerusalem (Ezekiel 14:21).

Author: Godfrey Gregg

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