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The Meaning of  the  Year 2022 - Cursing

Valley of Cursing
The Meaning of the Year 2022 - Cursing
The Valley of Cursing
Cursing of Satan
Cursing of the Four Horses of the Apocalypse
Conclusion

The Meaning of the Year 2022 - Cursing

January 1, 2022 (Day 1):  The meaning of the year 2022 is cursing.  The types of cursing are too numerous to count.  God curses; Satan curses, and man curses.  There is a Doctrine of Curses.  The soothsayers will have no difficulty giving dire warning of doom this year.  One of my recent New Year's resolutions was to give up soothsaying.  So, I will resist the opportunity, but the words of Audie Murphy, "To Hell and Back," come to mind.

In general cursing is the opposite of blessing.  Blessing and cursing are in the hands of the Lord.  A love relationship with God is blessing, and opposition to God cursing.  Blessing is the production of Good, and cursing is the production of evil, or opposition to God.  The ultimate blessing is heaven, and the ultimate cursing is hell.

Blessing is Happiness, and cursing is suffering.  Those who seek a happy new year this year will be disappointed.  Only fools hope for a year of cursing and suffering.  However, soothsayers thrive on the unhappiness, fear, and superstition of others.

God created man for love and happiness, but He placed him in perfect environment, like Heaven on Earth.  Yet, even in the best of times man chose to listen to the devil and oppose God.  The result was that man was thrown out of perfect environment into the cursing of slavery in the devil's world.  God cursed man because man was in league with the devil in opposition to God.  Man became the enemy of God.  Making war with God is not smart.

In his state of cursing, Adam did not even love his wife even though she was beautiful and brilliant and the perfect match for him.  Bone of his bones became a thorn in his side.  Even the environment went crazy.  The pet serpent hissed, and the animals went wild and attacked.  The plants withered, and the fruit dried up.  The demons hated Adam, and the angels of God shunned him.  Satan took over the world and became Adam's slave master.  The blessing of God turned to cursing, and cursing from God can take many forms.  When Adam realized what had happened, he repented and accepted the Redemption Solution, but he still had to live in the devil's world with cursing and suffering that led to a cold, dark grave.

The Valley of Cursing

The number 22 symbolizes the valley of cursing (ref. illustration).  From the historical perspective the number 65 is going down, and 21 is Providential Preventative Suffering on the slope going into the valley.  The bottom of the valley is a place of cursing, destruction, and death.  Using a military analogy, David called it "the valley of the shadow of death" (Ps 23:4).

Going up the slope on the other side of the valley is the number 23 for an historical uptrend.  This is the road of blessing.  Going up the slope is the military analogy of taking the high ground (Phil 3:14).  The valley is a death trap but the high ground is a place of victory.

Before going into the Promised Land Joshua divided the tribes into two groups per the previous command of the Lord to Moses (Deut 11:26-30; 27:11-13; Josh 8:33).  One group stood on Mt. Gerizim to illustrate blessing, and the other group stood on Mt. Ebal to illustrate cursing.  Now, the right hand usually illustrates blessing, and the vantage point is usually facing East or North.  In this case facing East puts Mt. Gerizim on the right and Mt. Ebal on the left.

However, the main point is that this was a significant occasion for which the people had prepared for 40 years.  Success required conquering the Promised Land, and success could only come from the Grace of God.  With God's blessing Israel would conquer the land, and with God's cursing Israel would fall on the field of battle just as it had fallen in the wilderness.  To obey God meant success, but to disobey God meant defeat and death.

Similarly, going to Spiritual Maturity requires choosing to obey God while dying in the wilderness results from not obeying God.  The number 22 symbolizes the cursing that results from disobedience.

Cursing of Satan

Historical downtrends are going down into the valley of cursing, and historical uptrends are coming out of the valley.  The Tribulation will be a time of going down into the valley of cursing, and the Millennium will be a time of blessing on the high ground of Jerusalem.  At the end of the Tribulation all the armies of the world will be gathered together in the Valley of Jezreel at Armageddon to destroy Israel.  Then the Lord will remember His promise and return and destroy all the enemies of Israel with His Spirit weapon (Rev 1:16; 19:15).

With the destruction of the enemies of Israel and the enemies of God, Satan and his demons will have no one left to rule.  They will be seized and imprisoned for a thousand years (Rev 20:2).  The arrest and incarceration of Satan and his demons is cursing per the meaning of 22.

So, cursing happens to demons as well as people.  The cursing comes from God, not from angels or people.  The Lord will destroy the works of the devil (1 Jn 3:8).  In 2020 and 2021 the COVID-19 pestilence was sent to destroy Satan's kingdom just as will happen in the Tribulation.  The year 2022 will be the cursing of destruction in the valley.  It is going down to destruction.  Satan and his demons will go down to destruction, but they will not be completely destroyed because the Rapture and the Tribulation have not yet occurred.

When the devil loses and he realizes his time is short, he will become desperate and turn on his subjects, the people of his kingdom, believers and unbelievers.  The mystery of lawlessness that was hidden before will be revealed (2 Thess 2:7).  Man's solutions for living in harmony in a civilized world will be useless against the power of the devil.  Institutions of the civilized world will be seized by Satan in a power grab to destroy his enemies, which includes anyone in his way.

Cursing of the Four Horses of the Apocalypse

Cursing in the destruction of a nation (Fifth Cycle of Discipline) is a crisis of doom.  It comes after God has rejected the nation.  Therefore, destruction is inevitable.  However, not everyone suffers the same fate.  It is similar today with the COVID-19 pestilence.  There is fallout that affects economics, education, mental and physical health, and threats to peace and stability.  Cursing is going down into destruction.  It is like being devoured by a wild animal or captured and killed by an enemy (Jer 15:3).

National destruction is symbolized by the Four Horses of the Apocalypse.  The same analogy was applied to the four types of cursing during the fall of the nation of Judah in 586 BC.
Jeremiah 15:2
And when they ask you, "Where shall we go?" you shall say to them, "Thus says the LORD:
"Those destined for death (pestilence), to death;
And those destined for the sword, to the sword;
And those destined for famine, to famine;
And those destined for captivity, to captivity."

What are the options in the face of the fall of the nation?  The Lord had already decreed the fall and destined everyone to his corresponding cursing.  It was going to happen.  What could be done in the crisis?  The answer corresponds to the Four Horses of the Apocalypse.
  1. Death Pale Horse death (pestilence)
  2. Sword White Horse Conquest of the Evil King, Antichrist
  3. Famine Black Horse economic failure, depression
  4. Captivity - Red Horse suffering of the Prostitute of Babylon or people, capture of criminals or soldiers
Today, in the midst of the COVID-19 pestilence (the Pale Horse) some are infected and dying.  Russia is making military threats.  People are facing economic hardship (the Black Horse), and others are suffering along with the Prostitute of Babylon because of criminality.   Not everyone is sick, but everyone has received cursing.        

Conclusion

Blessing and cursing are in the hands of the Lord.  He gives life and provides blessing or cursing.  Rejection of the life that God created for us causes conflict with God and leads to cursing.  Any form of resistance or opposition to God leads to cursing.

Satan is the great example of a creature who rejected the life that God created for him.  Satan is full of cursing, and those who listen to him share his fate.  They are miserable, frustrated, and going down to destruction and death.

Rejection of God and the life that He has given us inevitably leads to cursing.  For those who obey Him, God blesses and promotes.  Those who disobey God are doomed to a life of cursing and Divine Punishment.  It's bad enough to live under the curse of Satan as the ruler of the world, but to have cursing from God also is something not even a fool would choose.  No one can fight God and win.

Before going into the Promised Land Joshua stood the people on two mountains to illustrate the blessing and the curse.  The only way to reach Spiritual Maturity and be blessed is to obey God.  Disobedience leads to cursing.  No one gets to maturity without learning to recognize the blessing and the curse.

Historical downtrends are symbolized by going down into the valley of cursing and destruction.  People and nations go down to cursing when they disobey God.  In contrast, historical uptrends are symbolized by coming out of the valley and advancing up the hill to the high ground.

This will be a year of cursing.  Pestilence will continue, and the fallout from it will cause more cursing.  The Four Horses of the Apocalypse will continue to spread suffering throughout the world.  These curses foreshadow the final destruction of Satan's kingdom in the Tribulation.  Cursing cannot be turned to blessing until enough of the slavery to the  devil's world is broken away.     

References

1.  Larry Wood, "National Blessing Colors," Colors in Scripture, Nov. 1, 2014.
2.  Larry Wood, "National Cursing Colors,"
Colors in Scripture, Nov. 1, 2014.
3.  Larry Wood, "Curses," Aug. 21, 2017.

Released January 1, 2022

Author:  Larry Wood