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Meaning of 2004 - Weakness

The Year 2004

January 1 (Day 1, Unity):   The meaning of 2004 is weakness.  The number, 4, stands for the weakness of Earth in relation to the Ruler of Creation in Heaven and the weakness of man in need of Salvation and God's Grace.  The four seasons and the rule of the Sun, Moon, and stars represent the weakness of Earth in dependence upon the Lord of Creation (Genesis 1:17-18).  The number, 4, represents the weakness of earthly (material) creation under the authority of the Heavens. There is, however, strength when the authority of God is added to the weakness of Earth, just as the four fingers of the hand are weak and the addition of the thumb gives strength.  The four pillars in the Gate of the Tabernacle represent the weakness of man in need of Salvation (Exodus 27:16; 38:19).  New believers who have not grown Spiritually and are without the Edification Complex of the Soul are weak (1 Corinthians 8:7-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:14).  Suffering and fasting may also cause weakness

Whereas, the members of the Godhead were related to the meanings of the last three years, 2001 (Love of the Father), 2002 (Divine Division of the Son), and 2003 (the Justice of God the Holy Spirit), the year, 2004, represents the weakness of man in total dependence upon God.  After the Judgment of the Holy Spirit in 2003, people will be weak in 2004.

Relationship of Earth to Heaven

On Day 4 of re-creation, God set the heavens in the proper relationship to Planet Earth. This included the Sun, Moon, Solar System, the stars, and all other heavenly bodies.  The Universe was synchronized for the creation of man for the Appeal Trial of Satan.
Genesis 1:14-16
14 Then God commanded, "Lights come into being in the firmament of the heavens to separate the day from the night.  They were for signs, for seasons, for days and years; 15 They were for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the Earth; therefore, it was so. 16 And God made two great lights:  the greater light for the rule of the day, and the lesser light for the rule of the night; He made the stars also.
Thus, the number four represents the relationship of the Earth to the Heavens. This relationship is defined as a set of clocks to measure increments of time, seasons, and history.  The two great lights, the Sun and the Moon, established clocks for mankind to measure days, months, years.  Relationships to the ages of history were measured by the movement of planets and by the constellations.1  The four winds and the four seasons represent the weakness of Planet Earth in dependence upon the control of the Lord of Creation.2   Four months are required for crops to grow until the harvest (John 4:35).  This illustrates the weakness of the Earth in dependence upon the God of Heaven.
Genesis 1:17-19
17 God placed them in the firmament of the heavens to shine upon the Earth, 18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness.  And God observed that it was Good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning, the fourth day.
The Light represented God, and the darkness represented Satan in his appeal trial in the Angelic Conflict.  Through the lights in the sky, mankind is able to reach God consciousness and desire the gospel in order to receive Salvation.  The design of Creation demands a Creator.

Relationship of Angels to Heaven

Four living creatures before the Throne of God represent the weakness of angels in relation to the Creator.  Each of the living creatures have four faces (Revelation 4:6-8).  Similarly, the 4 angels who propel the Lord's spaceship, have 4 faces and 4 wings (Ezekiel 1:4-28; 10:1-22) (ref. Control Room in Heaven).

Relationship of Believers to God

Man's relation to God is described by the four dimensions of the Space-Time Coordinate System with its X, Y, Z and Time Axes.  The three dimensions, X, Y, and Z, are characteristic of the Earth, and Time is determined by the Earth's relationship to the lights in the heavens (Genesis 1:14-19).  The Christian's Edification Complex of the Soul, which represents his relationship with God, may also be described in four dimensions (Ephesians 3:17-19).

Weakness of Man at Salvation

TabernacleIn order to demonstrate the weakness of mankind in need of Salvation, the Lord ordered that the Tabernacle be built with a gate of four posts covered with cloth of four colors as the only entrance (Exodus 27:16; 38:18-19).  The gate represented Jesus Christ, the only way of Salvation (John 14:6).  Those who entered the gate and went to the Brazen Altar, the symbol of Salvation, were weak in a state of total depravity.  They came through the gate at God consciousness and received the Gospel in Common Grace at the Brazen Altar.  After seeing the animal sacrifice that represented the future work of the Savior, Jesus Christ, in payment for the sins of the world, God, the Holy Spirit made the Gospel clear.  Those who used their volition to believe in the future Savior, Jesus Christ, received Efficacious Grace for Salvation.  Believers were spiritually regenerated and received Eternal Life, which they could never lose (John 10:28).

All of the work of Salvation was accomplished by grace.  It was all God's free gift.  Man, in his weakness, simply made the decision to believe in the future Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, and that was the moment of his Eternal Salvation.  Thus, the number, 4, stands for man's weakness in need of Salvation (1 Corinthians 9:22).

Weakness in the Four Generation Curse

As a part of the Abrahamic Covenant, Israel would be enslaved in Egypt for 400 years in round numbers (Genesis 15:13).  Israel actually spent 430 years in Egypt, where 43 is for fulfillment (Exodus 12:40-41).  The time Israel spent in Egypt was further described as four generations (Genesis 15:16).  In those days a generation was 100 years.  Today, it is approximately 20 years.

The Four Generation Curse (also ref. Marriage Grace) is explained in the Decalogue, The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:5).  According to the Four Generation Curse, after four successive generations reject grace, the nation will be destroyed under the Fifth Cycle of Discipline.  According to animal types, the fourth generation in Marriage Culture is symbolized by the mule.  The mule type is not only without an understanding of Bible Doctrine and grace, but is also anti-authority.

Do not be like the horse or mule, which are without understanding.
With bit and bridle his mouth is to be controlled;
Otherwise it will not come near you. (Psalm 32:9)

Weakness of the Fourth Cycle of Discipline

The Fourth Cycle of Discipline includes invasion by a foreign army, pestilence, and economic recession (Leviticus 26:23-26). Under the weakness of the Fourth Cycle of Discipline the pastors are apostate, national leaders are stupid, animals suffer, the land languishes, and there is a breakdown of Marriage Culture.  The Prostitute of Babylon destroys Marriage Culture.  The Northern Kingdom of Israel under the Fourth Cycle of Discipline is described by Hosea (Hosea 4:1-6).  And the Southern Kingdom of Judah under the Fourth Cycle is described by Jeremiah (Jeremiah 3:1-10; 15:1-3).  Jeremiah prophesied 4 dooms that would occur in the Fifth Cycle of Discipline.  And being scattered to the four winds represents weakness of those who are cast out under the Fifth Cycle of Discipline (Jeremiah 49:36).

Weakness of the Fourth Cycle of Personal Punishment

Weakness and sickness are associated with Intensified Punishment of the Fourth Cycle of Personal PunishmentIntensified punishment will make a person weak or sick (1 Corinthians 11:30).  Punishment may be related to health, failures, disasters, and other circumstances of life.

Weakness of the Fourth Cycle of Personal Blessing

Weakness and suffering are associated with the Fourth Cycle of Personal Blessing (Matthew 5:4, 10; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10).  Testing may make a person weak, but it also makes the person a candidate for the grace of God.  The testing may include undeserved suffering, which is an opportunity for undeserved blessing.  After entering the Promised Land, Israel was forbidden for the first four years to eat the fruit of the trees that were planted (Leviticus 19:23-25).  In the fourth year the fruit was to be set aside as holy to the Lord.  Thus, the sanctification of first fruits of the 4th year represented the weakness of man in dependence upon the Lord.  In the 5th year, which represents grace, the people could eat the fruit.

The Weakness of Israel Facing Esau

Esau symbolized the original terrorist enemy of Israel.  When Jacob chiseled Esau out of his birthright, Esau sought to kill him and Jacob fled for his life.  Years later, when Jacob returned home with his wives and flocks, he was weak and in danger of being destroyed by his brother Esau, who was waiting for him with 400 men (Genesis 32:6).  Jacob prayed for help in the crisis, and the angel of the Lord came to answer him.  Jacob wrestled with Him and the Lord struck him in the hip so hard that it injured his sciatic nerve and left him cripple and hobbling.  Jacob's name was changed to Israel.  His fear of Esau was overcome with the use of the Problem Solving Device, Occupation with Christ, but he was so weak in his leg that he hobbled.   Israel met Esau, who was with his 400 men, and was not harmed (Genesis 33:1-4).

Weakness of Christ on the Cross

The Lord Jesus Christ was weak during His crucifixion.  Christians, who are positionally in union with Christ, are also weak from human viewpoint (2 Corinthians 13:4).  Beginner Christians are weak (1 Corinthians 8:7-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:14).  Even mature Christians in suffering may be weak (1 Corinthians 4:9-10).

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The four horsemen of the apocalypse are angels sent to judge the world in the Great Tribulation (Revelation 6:2-8).  Consequently, the world will be weak and helpless under the power of the four horsemen.  Similarly, four horses patrol the earth to execute divine Judgment (Zechariah 1:8-11), and 4 horns represent the weakness of defeated Israel under the powers of invading armies (Zechariah 1:18-21).  Four chariots pulled by horses represent the weakness of those judged on the earth from the Supreme Court of Heaven.  The judgments will be in the four directions of the compass, or the four winds (Zechariah 6:1-8).

Little Finger

Weakness is represented by the little finger, which is the fourth and the weakest finger (1 Kings 12:10).  It represents the hidden person of the soul and the events of childhood, which is the weak part of life.  The four fingers of the hand are weak without the thumb, and the four toes are weak without the big toe.  A person without thumbs cannot use a sword, and a person without big toes cannot flee (Judges 1:6-7).  Four fingers without the thumb represent weakness in service, and four toes without the big toe represent weakness in walking, which represents the strategic and tactical advance.

Logistical Grace Testing Causes Weakness

Although God provides food, clothing, and shelter through Logistical Grace, He may reduce or temporarily withhold them in testing (1 Corinthians 4:11).  The congregation of Israel faced the no-water test after leaving Egypt (Exodus 15:22; 17:1; Numbers 20:2).  Extensive fasting causes a person to be physically weak (Psalm 109:24).

Failure to Rebound

Failure to Rebound before communion can cause weakness (1 Corinthians 11:30).

Four Winds and Four Corners

The four winds, which correspond to the jet streams, represent the four directions of the compass.  A square or rectangle with four corners is weak compared to a triangle (Job 1:19).   Four corners represent the boundaries of a rectangle, or plane.  The analogy of the four corners of the earth means the furthest extremities of the earth.  The four winds and four corners are often used to describe the same result on the Earth.  Weather angels on the four corners of the Earth control the four winds (Revelation 7:1).  The 4 winds stir up the Mediterranean Sea from which comes 4 beasts, which represent evil dictators (Daniel 7:1-8).

The Diaspora will be dispersed in weakness in all directions just as the four winds blow in four directions (Zechariah 2:6).  The Diaspora will return in weakness at the Second Advent from the four corners of the earth and the four winds (Isaiah 11:12; Mark 13:27).  The army that destroyed Elam came from the four winds and scattered it to the four winds (Jeremiah 49:36).

Walking on All Fours

Insects and animals that walk on all fours (Leviticus 11:20-21, 27, 42) are weak compared to man.  These animals lack the brain power to walk upright.  Babies crawl before they can walk because it takes time for their brains to develop the capacity to walk upright.

The Divine Solution for Weakness

The Spiritual Life of the Christian in the Church Age will include weakness from the beginner stage through Spiritual Maturity and beyond.  At every stage of Spiritual growth, the Ten Problem Solving Devices are available to solve the problem of weakness. Those who are weak are candidates for the Grace of God (1 Corinthians 1:27; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

Conclusion

The year, 2004, represents weakness.  The number, 4, represents the weakness of the Earth and material creation in dependence upon the Creator just as the four fingers are weak without the thumb, which provides strength.  All of creation, both material and immaterial, is weak in dependence upon the Creator.  The number, 4, applies to the weakness of mankind and angels in dependence upon God.  The unbeliever is weak without Salvation, and the Christian will be weak after Salvation.  At every stage of Spiritual Growth, the Ten Problem Solving Devices are available to solve the problem of weakness.  Weakness is an opportunity for the Grace of God.

Passing the test of weakness with the divine solution will parlay the suffering of the year, 2004, into divine blessing and eternal reward.  Just as every person begins as a child and every one has a little finger as a reminder of weakness, the realization of weakness is indicative of objective reality in relation to God.  God, in His Sovereign Design, has a monopoly on Happiness, freedom, and strength.  The Christian is not designed to be Spiritually weak, but human weakness must be overcome with Spiritual strength.  The erection of the Edification Complex of the Soul will make the Christian strong to overcome the weakness of the flesh.

To avoid confusion, some things must be understood about what the number, 4, is not.  The number, 4, which represents weakness in relation to God, is not formed by combination, factoring, addition, or subtraction.  It is like a prime number that is defined by the Bible.  For example, 3 oranges and 1 apple do not equate to four.  And 3 pieces of fruit in one bowl and one piece of fruit in another bowl do not equate to four.  Such cases of 3 and 1 are often a sign of human good.  Human good is a false weakness.  It is a display of man's works in opposition to divine Grace.  Nor do 2 apples in one bowl and 2 apples in another bowl equate to four.  If God had wanted to say, "Four," He would have put the 4 apples in one bowl.

Similarly, the true meaning of the number, 4, may depend upon the relationship to the origin.  The fourth hierarchical level is usually more prestigious and powerful than the lower three.  However, those who achieve the 4th level may be statistically fewer (weaker) than those who populate the lower levels.  The one who comes in fourth in a race may be weaker, but if the first three were going to destruction, the first may be the weakest and the last may be the strongest.  The first may be last and the last first.  Four strands are stronger than two, but they may also be weaker in terms of being less flexible and more expensive.

Practically, the number, 4, does not stand out, since weakness is more common than strength.  It is not a high-profile number.  It is a number that is so common that it may be taken for granted.  The year, 2004, will be a time of weakness after the severe Judgment of the year, 2003.  The Church was severely Judged in 2003.  The economy was Judged.  The military and security forces of the nation were Judged.  Even with the victory in Iraq, strength has been depleted.  The year, 2004, will be a time of weakness after suffering.  And in the weakness, it will be an opportunity for God to demonstrate His strength.  Those who survived the Judgments of 2003 in Grace, will be uniquely qualified to survive the weakness of 2004.

For those who have been called to live in this period of human history, it is a rare opportunity to utilize Bible Doctrine.  The single digit numbers will come true each year.  Each year bears special significance in the Spiritual Life and in Spiritual Warfare.

  1. 2001 - the unity of God
  2. 2002 - divine division
  3. 2003 - the Justice of the Holy Spirit
  4. 2004 - weakness
  5. 2005 - grace or a giant
  6. 2006 - man
  7. 2007 - categorical punishment
  8. 2008 - new birth
  9. 2009 - Plagues of Egypt
  10. 2010 - Laws of Establishment
This sequence means that God is evangelizing the world and testing believers in the Spiritual Life.  The issue is not worldly success or prosperity.  It is response to the Love of God.  Those who defy God will be judged, and those who obey him will be tested and promoted on the battlefield.

In 2001, the color for unity was white.  In 2002, the color for God's separation was orange.  In 2003, the color for the Justice of God the Holy Spirit was violet.  In 2004, the color for weakness in capacity for life will be yellow.  In 2005, the color for Grace will be white/yellow.

References

1.  Larry Wood.  "The Ages," February 2001. http://www.Biblenews1.com/creation/ages1.html
2.  Larry Wood.  "Control Room in Heaven,"  September 1997.  http://www.Biblenews1.com/creation/control1.htm

Author:  Larry Wood