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Meaning of 2018 - A Pillar in the Temple

Solomon's Temple

The Year 2018
Solomon's Temple Pillars
The Church
Pillar in the Temple
Spiritual War
Historical Sequence, 2018 - 2020

The Year 2018

January 1 (Day 1, Unity):  The meaning of the year 2018 is a pillar in the temple, for the reward of a winner believer for maximum historical impact.  The two bronze pillars that marked the entrance to Solomon's Temple were 18 cubits high.  The pillars marked the way into Eternal Life and fellowship with God.  The temple today is the Church, and the body of every believer is the Temple of the Holy Spirit for the indwelling of the Father and the Son.  The Church Age Believer is a member of the Royal Family of God and a priest to God.  He is a king and a priest.  When he grows to maturity and executes the Spiritual life, he will win the victory over Satan and his Cosmic System.  The winner will also contribute to an historical uptrend and national blessing.  Like the great people of history, the winner believer will be remembered for his Spiritual deeds with a pillar in the temple to commemorate his historical impact (Rev 3:12).

In general a pillar is a vertical support structure for a building, or a pillar may be a monument.  There are many kinds of pillars in scripture with many different functions.1  Pillars in temples were decorated with memorial plaques honoring people for great historical feats.

The number 18 in scripture is associated with maximum historical impact and standing like a pillar.
  1.  Abraham's army of 318 cowboys defeated Chedorlaomer's army group (Gen 14:9-13, 14-16) in a great victory with historical impact.  Here the number 318 is for judgment (300) and historical impact (18).
  2.  Israel served the King of Moab 18 years (Judg 3:14).  Servitude corresponds to a pillar that is bowed down.
  3.  Israel fell into the hands of the Philistines and Ammonites for 18 years (Judg 10:7, 8).  Here the pillar of Israel fell.
  4.  Rheoboam had 18 wives, who stood by him like pillars (2 Chron 11:21).
  5.  Eighteen were killed by a falling tower (Lk 13:4).  The 18 stood like pillars until they fell.
  6.  An hunchback woman was bowed down by Satan for 18 years until she was healed by Jesus in a synagogue and made erect again like a pillar (Lk 13:11, 13, 16).

Solomon's Temple Pillars

PillarSolomon's Temple replaced the Tabernacle as God's dwelling on Earth.  Two cast bronze, or brass, pillars 18 cubits tall marked the entrance of the Temple (1 Ki 7:15-22; 2 Ch 3:15-17; 4:12-13).  The pillars stood outside the entrance of the main hall and did not support any of the building.  The two pillars marked the way to Eternal Life and fellowship with God (1 Ki 7:15-22; Jn 14:6; Matt 7:13-14).  Bronze symbolizes judgment, corresponding to Judgment for sins and the redemption solution..  Departing from the way of Salvation leads to eternal judgment.Pillar

The pillars were on the left and right side of the entrance (1 Ki 7:21).  The right side is the spiritual side, and the left side is the temporal side.  The pillars were given names, Jachin and Boaz, which has led to much speculation.  However, they were not the names of people but simply characteristics of pillars.
Right - spiritual side - Jachin, meaning "He will establish."
Left - temporal side - Boaz, meaning "in Him is strength."
Dimensions:  The pillars were 18 cubits (27 feet) high with a capital and a base.  A cubit was 17.72 inches. The capitals were 5 cubits with lilies (4 cubits high) on top.  The number 5 is for Grace, for a head with humility and subject to the Grace of God.  The number 4 is for weakness that precedes sprouting, corresponding to the New Birth of Salvation and to the Resurrection.  The overall length was 35 cubits, for rest from enemies (2 Ch 3:15).  The pillars marked the way of protection from enemies.

The capitals were like two bowls pressed together.  The capital on the pillar symbolized the head.  The parts of the capital contained:capital
     a.  Two rows of 100 pomegranates, where 100 is for maximum Divine Good production and 200 is for double blessing.  Pomegranates symbolize the fruit of the womb.
      b.  The round central part with netting symbolized the skull and also a bulb from which the lilies grew.
c.  The wreath of chainwork at the top symbolized the Lord's Covenant with Israel in the Mosaic Law (ref. Ex 24:4).
     d.  The lilies on top of the capital symbolized the New Life, or Eternal Life, including Resurrection Life.

A pillar can symbolize a person.
  1.   Capital - head
  2.   Pillar proper - torso and legs
  3.   Base - feet.
An erect pillar symbolizes standing and support, while a falling pillar symbolizes destruction of the entire building (Jer 50:15; Ezek 26:11).  When the pillar falls, the capital falls with it.  The fallen capital symbolizes a fallen head, corresponding to slavery or death.  After the fall of Jerusalem the bronze pillars of Solomon's Temple were carried away with the captives into Babylon (Jer 52:17-23).  The people were carried into captivity for their arrogant rejection of Grace, resulting in the Four Generation Curse When the capitals were carried off into Babylon, 96 of the pomegranates were visible from one side, where 96 is for the spoils of victory (Jer 52:23).

The Church

God does not dwell on Earth in temples or sacred buildings in the Church Age.  He dwells in the body of the individual believer (1 Cor 6:19).  Church Age Believers are Royal Family of God and priests to God (Rev 1:6; 5:10).  At Salvation the Church Age Believer is entered into union with Christ by the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12:13).  The Church is the Body of Christ, and Christ is the Head (Eph 5:23; Col 1:18) and High Priest (Heb 4:14-15; 7:24, 26, 27).  Church Age Believers are ambassadors for Christ and His priests (2Cor 5:20; Eph 6:20; 1 Pet 2:5, 9).5  They are partners with Christ (Heb 3:1, 14; 2 Pet 1:4).

Unlike all other Dispensations, the history in the Church Age is not determined by prophecy, but by the impact of believers.  Historical trends are based on the volition of individual believers.  Historical uptrends come from the impact of believers who are positive and execute the Spiritual life (Isa 1:19).  Believers are the salt of the Earth who determine the rise and fall of the Client Nation (Matt 5:13).  When believers obey Bible Doctrine, the nation is blessed, and when they are negative to Bible Doctrine, the nation is cursed (Isa 5:13; Hos 4:6).2  It isn't the politicians, scientists, or educators that determine success and prosperity, but the Church Age Believers, who become invisible heroes and bring God's blessing.

There is only one Church, and its impact is international.  Client Nation USA rose from the teaching of Grace oriented men like George Whitfield, who also had great impact in England.  His Grace teaching led to the separation of Church and State which knocked out the Puritan religious, socialist state.  Dwight Moody had great impact as an evangelist during the War Between the States.  World Wars I and II were won by the impact of the Church.  And the Soviet Union fell in 1991 due to the impact of the Church in the US.  The Spiritual war destroyed Satan's slavery of socialism
and Communist propaganda in the Soviet Union.

Pillars that support a physical building may also symbolize support functions in a spiritual temple (Eph 2:21; 1 Pet 2:5).5  Peter, James, and John were pillars in the Jerusalem Church (Gal 2:9).  While Satan spreads his lies, the Church is the pillar and support of the Truth, corresponding to the X-axis in the Spiritual Coordinate System (1 Tim 3:15).   The believer is the Light of the world, corresponding to Y-axis impact (Matt 5:14; Phil 2:15; 1 Jn 1:7).

The two bronze pillars at the entrance of Solomon's Temple mark the path of the walk of the faithful believer (Eph 5:15-16).  He should walk in the Filling of the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:4; Gal 5:16, 25).  He should have Divine viewpoint and be able to distinguish the temporal from the spiritual (2 Cor 4:18).  The right pillar symbolized the spiritual boundary, and the left pillar symbolized the temporal boundary.  Going outside these boundaries amounted to reversionism.

The walk of the believer includes both strategic and tactical objectives.  The strategic objective is the long range goal, and the tactical objective is the local, or near-term, advance.  The first strategic objective of the Christian should be advancing to Spiritual Maturity (Eph 4:13; Heb 5:14; 6:1).  The first tactical objective should be learning about Salvation (Matt 11:29, 30).

Pillar in the Temple

The winner believer in the Church will be rewarded for maximum historical impact with a pillar in the temple.

He who is a winner:  I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will never go out any more; and I will inscribe upon him:  (1) the Title of My God, and (2) the name of the city of My God, which comes down out from Heaven from the source of My God, and (3) My new Title. (Revelation 3:12)
The winner believer is one who wins the victory over Satan by executing the Spiritual life.  The winner will have impact in his generation on human history from Grace.  He will also be rewarded for his Divine Good production.  In the Eternal State, he will have special recognition and rank and  enjoy a unique relationship with God and the Lord Jesus Christ.  He will have a pillar in the temple as a memorial for maximum historical impact.  However, the temple here is not a physical temple, since there will be no temples on the New Earth in the Eternal State.  The temple refers to the Heavenly (New) Jerusalem.  There is no temple there because God and the Lord Jesus Christ are its temple (Rev 21:22).  Winners will be remembered forever in the New Jerusalem.

The historical impact of the Church Age Believer may require protecting the security of the nation by standing in gap (breach in the wall).   Before the fall of Jerusalem there was no mature believer with an Edification Complex of the Soul who could stand in the gap in the wall (Jer 5:1; 15:1; Ezek 22:30).  Standing in the gap requires Spiritual Integrity from an ECS.

Spiritual War

Divine DynasphereThe Spiritual power of the believer comes from the Filling of the Holy Spirit and residence inside the Divine Dynasphere.  The Filling of the Holy Spirit gives the believer freedom from sin in his own soul.  Sin is the personal enemy that destroys the Spiritual life and fellowship with God.4  Sin delivers a person into spiritual death and slavery to Satan in the Cosmic System.   The Divine Dynasphere is the source of Grace and protection from Satan and his Cosmic System.  The Divine Dynasphere surrounds the believer with the power of God to execute the Spiritual life (1 Cor 16:13; Eph 3:16; Phil 4:13; Col 1:11). 

The Divine Dynasphere protects the believer on the right from lawlessness and on the left from legalism.  Satan attacks from the Cosmic System on the right through the Prostitute of Babylon (Jezebel) (
Rev 2:9, 13, 24; 3:9; 17:3-4).  And Satan attacks from the Cosmic System on the left through the Evil King (2 Thess 2:3-10; 1 Pet 5:8).  Satan attacks the Divine Institutions and all that belongs to God in order to enslave people.  The believer in the Divine Dynasphere must defeat the Prostitute of Babylon in Spiritual Warfare to deliver the civilian establishment and his family.  And he must defeat the Evil King in Spiritual Warfare to deliver the military establishment. 

Spiritual freedom must be won before loss of temporal freedom.  Spiritual freedom can only be won by believers, who have the power to withstand Satan and his demons from residence and function inside the Divine Dynasphere.  Satan attacks the Church through religion and apostasy in Ecumenical Babylon (Phil 3:18-19; Col 2:23;
1Tim 4:1-3; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 4:3-4; Jas 5:1-8; 2 Pet 2:1f; 3:3-6; Jude 1:3ff).  Christianity is not a religion.  Religion is man by human good trying to influence God.  Christianity is a love relationship with God through the work of the Lord Jesus Christ in Grace.  Satan attacks the Church and education through  antichrists (2 Th 2:9; 1 Jn 2:18; 4:1-3; 2 Jn 7) and false teachers (Prov 5:22; Col 2:8; 2 Tim 3:6; 2 Pet 2:1-3; Rev 2:20), like Balaam (Jude 1:11; Rev 2:14).  False teachers attack the believer in the Divine Dynasphere from the right (spiritual) side and the left (temporal) side (ref. 2 Pet 2:1-3).

Standing Pillar

In order to win the battle against Satan the believer must stand like a pillar inside the Divine Dynasphere (
Dan 8:7; 10:13; 11:16; 1 Cor 10:12-21; 2 Pet 3:17; Jude 1:24).
1 Corinthians 10:12  Standing
Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

The believer who thinks he is standing like a pillar must be alert to hidden dangers and counterattacks in the spiritual realm.
1 Corinthians 10:13 Testing
Testing has not overtaken you except such as is common to mankind; moreover, God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tested beyond what you are able, but will with the testing also provide a way of escape that you may be able to endure it.

God orders the life of the believer.  Nothing is accidental.  God orders testing of the believer in order to promote him when the test is passed.  In this context the Greek peirasmos should be translated "testing" and not temptation.  Temptation comes from the Old Sin Nature and from Satan but not from God (Jas 1:13-14).  There will always be a solution or way of escape from the testing so that the believer can endure it.  God will not place a burden on a person that is more than he can bear.
1 Corinthians 10:14 Idolatry
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

Immediately after the instruction about testing is the command to flee idolatry.  This may sound strange, since most Christians would never consider worshiping a dumb idol.  However, at the beginning of the Church Age idolatry was still practiced in Corinth, and many new Christians had been practicing idolatry all their lives.  Idolatry was common, and Christians must stay away from it.  However, idolatry can be quite subtle.  Even sinning amounts to idolatry because the sin takes the person into the Cosmic System under the power of Satan (Col 3:5).  Satan and his demons are ready to take over any believer who sins.  Spiritual Warfare is a fight against Satan and demons (Eph 6:12).  The immature Christian doesn't even know Satan is running his life.  The believer who stands as a pillar in the Divine Dynasphere has the power to resist Satan and his demons (Jas 4:7; 1 Pet 5:8, 9).3 

In order to have stability and stand as a pillar the believer must have an Edification Complex of the Soul and have the X, Y, Z, and Time axes aligned in the Spiritual Coordinate System.  Spiritual growth is required in order to stand and not be carried away by the counterattacks of Satan and his demons (ref. Eph 4:14).  Only the mature believer can handle the menacing attacks from the devil's world.  The weapons of Spiritual Warfare (the full armor of God) must be mastered to stand against the schemes of the devil (Eph 6:11, 13, 14-15).

Falling Pillar

An erect pillar symbolizes standing and support, while a falling pillar symbolizes destruction of the entire building.  The strong pillars fell in the destruction of Tyre (Ezek 26:11).  The Lord decreed the destruction of Babylon in which her bulwarks would fall (Jer 50:15).  In this verse the Hebrew 'ashejah means bulwarks, corresponding to the Assyrian asitu for pillar.  The Lord Jesus Christ prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in which its pillars would fall and not one stone would be left upon another (Luke 19:43, 44; 21:6; Matt 24:1, 2; Mk 13:2).  Even the people and their children would be leveled to the ground.  Parents and children would be destroyed under the Four Generation Curse.  This happened when the Romans laid siege to Jerusalem and destroyed it in 70 AD.

Pillars may fall from earthquakes or fires (Isa 29:6).  Earthquakes are Judgments decreed by God and executed by Elect Angels (Matt 28:2; Rev 6:12; 8:5).  A great earthquake in Jerusalem in the Tribulation will cause a tenth of the city to fall (Rev 11:13).  The greatest earthquake in history will split the city of Babylon into three parts in the Tribulation (Rev 16:18, 19).

Historical Sequence, 2018 - 2020

The years 2018 - 2020 form an historical sequence.  If the uptrend continues that begins in 2018, there will be great success and blessing, but if the uptrend fails, there will be great cursing and disaster.   
2018 - a pillar - maximum historical impact; a time to sow, plant, invest, found; a time of strength, success, growth; or a pillar can fall and symbolize loss of these things or spoils.
2019 - federal judiciary, scales - justice, commerce, the king, federal government; a time to reap, to sell; a time of testing, judgment, vindication, weeding out, destruction. 
2020 - war, generation - a time to fight, to kill, to die; a time to travel and trade; an important generation.
The year 2018 for maximum historical impact will be a time to sow, plant, invest, buy, found, establish.  The tree that is planted will grow and prosper.  It will become strong and healthy.  There will be success and growth.  However, not all investments will be wise or sound.  Some will have flaws.  Foundations may be built on sand (Matt 7:25-26).  And pillars can fall resulting in loss or spoils.  

The year 2019 for the federal judiciary and scales, will see a strong, prosperous, federal government.  It will be a time to sell, to reap and make a profit.  However, it will also be a time of justice and judgment.  Those who profited illegally will be brought to justice.  It will also be a time of testing.  God will judge.  Those who sowed to the wind will reap the whirlwind (Hos 8:7).  It may be a bad year for tornadoes in Minnesota.  Big profits will lead to big losses.  Shoddy workmanship will fail.

The year 2020 for war, a generation, and the external gates of the nation, will be a time of war, a time to fight and to die.  There may be blessing or cursing in going to war (Deut 28:6, 19).  The wars may include trade wars.  It will be a time of exodus.  Those who traveled or immigrated to get rich may be destroyed (Jas 4:13, 14). 
It may be the year of the electric car.  Since there are 20 years in a generation, the doubling of the 20 in the year 2020 emphasizes the generation, such as a very important generation in history (Matt 23:35, 36; 24:32, 33-34). 


The year 2018 means a pillar in the temple, which is the reward for maximum historical impact of a winner believer in the Church (Rev 3:12).  The course of history will change because the winner obeyed God and won the victory over Satan by executing the unique Spiritual life of human history.  This is already happening in the historical uptrend in the US which has turned around the Four Generation Curse.  The policies being implemented by President Trump are evidence of Divine intervention in the midst of the corruption that is in the world.  The winner believer is fighting a spiritual battle in an unseen conflict and will likely be unknown to others.  However, God will remember the historical impact of the winner forever.

The meaning of a pillar in the temple is derived from the two bronze pillars 18 cubits high outside Solomon's Temple.  They marked the entrance to the Temple and symbolized the way of Eternal Life and fellowship with God.  The right pillar marked the spiritual boundary and the left pillar the temporal boundary that separated the Divine Dynasphere from the Cosmic System.  In the Church Age the pillars also symbolize the functions of the Church Age Believer as a king (royal ambassador) and a priest.

The three parts of the pillars outside Solomon's Temple also symbolize a human body standing erect.
  1. Capital - head
  2. Pillar proper - torso and legs
  3. Base - feet.
Pillars are support structures of a building.  Church Age Believers are being built up into a spiritual building (the Church) (1 Pet 2:5).  The spiritual strength of the Church is parlayed into the strength of the nation under the salt of the earth principle (Isa 1:19; Matt 5:13).  Fallen pillars are symbolic of destruction of the building.  The believer must use the armor of God to fight in Spiritual Warfare against the enemy, win the victory, and remain standing in the Divine Dynasphere.


1.  Larry Wood.  Doctrinal Definitions, "Pillars," Dec. 15, 2017.
2.  Larry Wood.  Colors in Scripture, "National Blessing, National Cursing," Nov. 11, 2014.
3.  Larry Wood.  "Dealing with Demons in Grace," Sept. 11, 2016.
4.  Larry Wood.  "Sin:  The Universal Threat with Deadly Consequences," Nov. 7, 2015.
5.  Larry Wood. 
Doctrinal Definitions, "Standing," June 1, 2017.

Released January 1, 2018 - Revised Jan. 2, 2018

Author:  Larry Wood