Numbers, Ezekiel, Galatians
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven
to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for
days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light
upon the earth: and it was so.
The Fourth Day
The Fourth Day
The Fourth Day of Creation concerns the Marking of Time. God gives four reasons for the creation of
the Sun, Moon, and Stars. This is the basis of the profound KeyLink between Numbers and Ezekiel based
on the phrase Each Day for a Year, which also plays a
crucial role in the integration of Matthew 4 with the Book of Numbers.
The word "sign" (Aut, S# H0226) first appears on the Fourth Day of Creation.
It next appears in Genesis 4 when God placed a mark on Cain to save him from death after his murder of Abel.
The Sign also manifests
with great clarity in Ezekiel (Spoke 4, Cycle 2) where it is used to mark those saved from
Death (cf. Fourth Seal). The form of the Cross and its
integration with the Fourth Spoke is discussed in such articles as
The Cross in the Wilderness and
The Four Directions.
The Sign of the Cross
The Sign of the Cross played
role in Fourth Century Church History. In the year 312 AD,
claimed to see a "cross of light, with the inscription 'in hoc signo vince'" which means
"in this sign, conquer" (cf. New Advent article
The Labarum ). Some
historians have cast doubt on this story, suggesting it is mere legend, and
many Christians have cast doubt on the validity of Constantines conversion, citing later behaviour that
was inconsistent with Christianity. While I have no knowledge of whether the conversion was valid or not, I
can assert with great confidence that the integration of this event with the structure of Scripture
is such that it must be recognized as the Work of God. The Sign of the Cross led Constantine to become
the first Christian Emperor who then ended persecution, giving rest to
the Church (Fourth Commandment).