Recently, I've started studying the Hebrew alphabet in the hopes of someday learning Hebrew itself. (Probably won't have time here on earth). Hebrew has been called the language of angels and I can see why. Each of the 22 letters has both a meaning and a numeric value. Today I want to focus on the number 4. I hope you'll find it as interesting as I did. Plus, there's a bonus surprise at the end!
The forth letter of the Hebrew Alphabet is
ד Dalet meaning=door pathway to enter
Turns out the number four is a very important number throughout Scripture. Jesus describes Himself as the DOOR.
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. John 10:9
Here are a few examples of the number 4 in Scripture. As you read over them, see how they all connect with Jesus and salvation.
On the 4th day, God made the Sun in Genesis 1:16-18. The purpose was the rule the day and divide the darkness from the light. (Sounds like Someone we know?)
The Jews were slaves in Egypt for 400 years before Moses (A type of Jesus) came to rescue them. Genesis 15:13
Judah was the 4th son born to Leah and Jacob. Genesis 29:35 Jesus comes from the Tribe of Judah
For Passover, the Jewish people were instructed to take a lamb into their homes and keep it for 4 days before they slaughtered it for the Passover meal (Exodus 12) Jesus is the Lamp of God
When the Jews planted trees in the promised land, they were to not eat the fruit until the 4th year (Leviticus 19:23-5) Jesus is the firstfruits of the Harvest
David had 400 Mighty warriors with him when he was being chased by Saul (1 Sam 22:1) David is a type of Christ
King Neb saw 4 men in the fiery furnace and he claimed one of them looked like the Son of God! (Daniel 3:24-25)
Zechariah saw a vision of 4 chariots whom the angel told him were the four spirits of heaven who go forth into all the earth. (Zechariah 6:1-5)
Jesus was born into the world in the 4000th year of history
There are four winds of the earth from which Jesus will gather His people at the second coming. Matthew 24:31
Jesus walked on the water to his disciples in the boat in the 4th watch of the night. Matthew 14:25
In John 4:35, Jesus announces there are 4 months to the harvest
Lazarus was in the tomb for 4 days before Jesus resurrected him John 11:17
There are four horns on the sacred altar in the Holy of Holies where the blood of the lamb was sprinkled for the remission of sins. Leviticus 4:34
There are 4 angels currently bound in the Euphrates river who will be loosed during the Tribulation Revelation 9:15
The soldiers divided Jesus's garment into 4 parts. John 19:23
When the ship Paul was on was sinking, they dropped four anchors to brace it in the storm. Acts 27:29 Jesus is our anchor.
The 4th Beast or 4th World empire is the empire of the Antichrist. Why is he the 4th? Because his one desire is to replace Jesus.
Last but not least, we find this in Chapter FOUR of Revelation
"After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” Revelation 4:1
This, in my opinion, is a vision of the rapture. In chapter FOUR of all places! We have a trumpet, a voice calling us upward, and an open door in heaven. Jesus is the door standing open now. Soon, He will call us up to be with Him, but then the door will shut.
the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Matthew 25:10
Are you ready? How do you get ready? You get saved and then you live your life for Jesus, making Him Lord (which means the boss!) of your life! Then, keep watch and look for His soon return!
Now for the bonus.
In Revelation 1, where John first starts having his vision, he mentions that Jesus is standing among 7 lampstands.
Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. Revelation 1:12-13
We discover in Verse 20 that the lamp stands are the 7 churches
The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.
Notice that there is no mention that these lampstands are lit. They are just lampstands. No fire. No light.
Now, watch this: The next 2 chapters deal with Jesus's letters to the 7 churches. Many theologians believe that these 7 churches both represent actual 7 churches at that time, but also 7 types of churches that would span the ages until Jesus returns. It's interesting to note that only in the last 3 letters to the last 3 churches is the Tribulation mentioned.
Then we come to Chapter 4. John is called up to heaven in a symbol of the rapture.
John sees heaven, the throne, the 24 elders, the living creatures. and in verse 5
Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
We already know the lamps are representing the 7 churches. Yes, it mentions the 7 Spirits of God too, but Jesus emphatically told us that the 7 lampstands were the 7 churches. What's different about these lampstands?
They are blazing!! They have fire in them this time. What does this mean? I believe this means the rapture has occurred and the 7 churches are now in heaven standing before the throne. This is only more proof of a pre-tribulation rapture because at this point, Jesus has not even opened the first seal of the scroll.
I'm not saying that every four in the Bible is about Jesus, But it would seem that many are! Just thought that was pretty cool. I hope you do too
Anyway, God deals in numbers. He built numbers into the Hebrew language and he coded numbers into His Word. I have only begun to plumb the incredible depths of God's Holy Word! We serve an amazing God!!