This past weekend at Grace Church, I spoke on the "big plan" of God throughout Scriptures. In doing so, I found a quote from David Nelson's chapter on "The Story of Mission: The Grand Biblical Narrative," in Bruce Ashford's Theology and Practice of Mission.

"In order to build a biblical-theological framework for understanding God's mission, the church's mission, and the church's mission to the nations, one must first understand the unified biblical narrative, including its four major plot movements--creation, fall, redemption, and restoration."



In the Roman Catholic Church, there are two classes of orders known as friars, or mendicant orders: the four "great orders" and the so-called "lesser orders".

Major Orders[edit]

The four great orders were mentioned by the Second Council of Lyons (1274), and are:


The Carmelites, founded c. 1155.[3] They are also known as the "White Friars" because of the white cloak which covers their brown habit. They received papal approval from Honorius III in 1226 and later by Innocent IV in 1247. The Carmelites were founded as a purely contemplative order, but became mendicants in 1245. There are two types of Carmelites, those of the Ancient Observance (O.Carm.) and those of the Discalced Carmelites (O.C.D.), founded by St. Teresa of Avila in the 16th century.


Conventual Franciscans in their variant grey habits

The Franciscans, founded in 1209. They are also known as the "Friars Minor". The Franciscans were founded by St. Francis of Assisi and received oral papal approval by Innocent III in 1209 and formal papal confirmation by Honorius III in 1223. Today the Friars Minor is composed of three branches: the Order of Friars Minor (Brown Franciscans), Order of Friars Minor Capuchin (Brown Friars with long pointed hoods) and the Order of Friars Minor Conventual wearing grey or black habits.

The Dominicans, founded c. 1216. They are also known as the "Friar Preachers", or the "Black Friars", from the black mantle ("cappa") worn over their white habit. The Dominicans were founded by St. Dominic and received papal approval from Honorius III in 1216 as the "Ordo Praedicatorum" under the Rule of St. Augustine. They became a mendicant order in 1221.

The Augustinians, founded in 1244 (the "Little Union") and enlarged in 1256 (the "Grand Union"). They are also known as the "Hermits of St. Augustine", or the "Austin Friars". Their rule is based on the writings of Augustine of Hippo. The Augustinians were assembled from various groups of hermits as a mendicant order by Pope Innocent IV in 1244 (Little Union). Additional groups were added by Alexander IV in 1256 (Grand Union).


By the late 14th century, the Carmelites were becoming increasingly interested in their origins; the lack of a distinctive named founder (by contrast with the Dominicans and Franciscans) may have been a factor in the development of numerous legends surrounding Carmelite origins. One particularly influential book was the Institution of the First Monks, the first part of a four-part work from the late fourteenth century. It was almost certainly composed by Philip Ribot, Catalan Carmelite provincial, though Ribot passed off his work as a collection of earlier writings that he edited, claiming that the Institution itself was written by John XLIV, supposedly a patriarch of Jerusalem, who purportedly wrote the text in Greek in 412. The Institution tells of the founding of the Carmelite order by the prophet Elijah and gives a fanciful history of the order in the pre- and early Christian era.[19] It was hugely influential, and has been described as the "chief book of spiritual reading in the Carmelite order" until the seventeenth century.[20]


The crusades were the result of the Pope wanting to get back the holy land with Jerusalem and its surrounding biblically historic cities. They had been taken over by the Muslims in their conquest, and now they were wanted back by the Christians. There were four major Crusades, and countless other smaller ones. The first crusade was the only one that could really be called a success, and all the others got slowly worse. The fourth crusade was a complete and total flop of a failure. The crusaders even sacked Christian cities!


There were also things like the Children's crusade, a very sad event. Since their families were off fighting crusades, they decided to join the fun. There were two groups, a French one and a German one. The French one very sadly ran into some slave traders, Hugo Ferreus and William Porcus, and were tricked into getting on their ship. The traders said they would transport across the Mediterranean sea for free for the sake of God, but they had other plans, and the children were sold into slavery. The German group traveled until they had lost thirteen thousand, and were later blocked by the bishop in Brindisi.


The Crusades


The Crusades were great military expeditions undertaken by the Christian nations of Europe for the purpose of rescuing the holy places of Palestine from the hands of the Mohammedans. They were eight in number, the first four being sometimes called the Principal Crusades, and the remaining four the Minor Crusades. In addition there was a Children's Crusade. There were several other expeditions which were insignificant in numbers or results.

There are four rosary mysteries (Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, Luminous)


This historical epic is extant in four fragments[i 15] and concerns the conflict between Adad-nārārī and his Babylonian contemporary Nazi-Maruttash, with whom he clashes and ultimately vanquishes in battle. The surviving pieces do not allow for a detailed narrative to be reconstructed. They do, however, suggest a sequence of events, where Adad-nārārī harks back to the setbacks faced by his father, “the seed of the men has disappeared forever,” his petitioning of the god Šamaš, “O Šamaš you are the true judge,” in preparation for his denouement with “the unjust Kassite king,” and so on.


It was during 1971 that the four artists began working together more, adding vocals to the others' recordings. Fältskog, Andersson and Ulvaeus toured together in May, while Lyngstad toured on her own. Frequent recording sessions brought the foursome closer together during the summer.[21]








CRUCIFIED (red letters on yellow)

The Hebrew word for "crucified" (tsadi-lamed-vav-beth) is found twice in the matrix. First, it appears at an ELS of -229, beginning in Psalm 22:21 and ending in Psalm 21:11. The second occurrence is at an ELS of -58, beginning in Psalm 22:30 and ending in Psalm 22:25. Yeshua was crucified on a cross outside the city of Jerusalem.

CROSS (white letters on red)

The Hebrew word for "cross" or "crucifix" (tsadi-lamed-beth) is found in the matrix several times. It is highlighted above at an ELS -4 (Psalm 22:25), twice at an ELS of -44 (both beginning in Psalm 22:9 and ending in Psalm 22:6), and at an ELS of -135 (beginning in Psalm 22:9 and ending in Psalm 21:14). Yeshua was crucified on a cross (Matt. 27:31-32; Mark 15:20-21; Luke 23:26; John 19:16-17).

NISAN (white letters on green)

The Hebrew month of "Nisan" (nun-yod-samek-nun) is found in the matrix twice, at an ELS of 54 (beginning in Psalm 22:12 and ending in Psalm 22:17) and at an ELS of 5 (Psalm 22:25). The yod in the first occurrence of "Nisan" is shared with "Zion." Yeshua was crucified on Nisan 14.

PESACH (PASSOVER) (black letters on orange)

The Hebrew word for "Pesach" or "Passover" (pey-samek-cheth) is found in the matrix at an ELS of -44, beginning in Psalm 22:14 and ending in Psalm 22:11. Yeshua was crucified at the same time the Passover lambs were being slain at the Temple in preparation for the Passover observance.

ZION (white letters on gold)

The Hebrew word for "Zion" (tsadi-yod-vav-nun) is found in the matrix at an ELS of -36, beginning in Psalm 22:15 and ending in Psalm 22:11. Zion is another name for Jerusalem, the city where Yeshua was crucified.


Above are only a few of the more than 1,400 ELSs (equidistant letter sequences) that make up the most meaningful known cluster of Bible codes discovered to date . . . all in or crossing through Isaiah 52-53. They are pictured on a matrix 20 letters wide, which reflects the skip of the focal code. In other words, the text of this small portion of Isaiah begins at the top right and continues in lines of 20 letters down to the last letter at the bottom left.




Also it says "let him be crucified" and "his cross"/Quadrant\ Quadrant


The English reads: “And YHWH called Moses, and spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting, saying:” The Hebrew reads:

Veyikra el mosheh veidaber YHWH elaiv m’ohel mo’ed le’mor. The Hebrew reads from right to left:

Starting from the very first yod (Y) which is the second letter of the verse, and spaced out at intervals of eight, is the sacred Name of YHWH (Yahweh - the Eternal One). The number of letters between each of the four letters (shown above) is 7. So we have this lovely fabric -


Knowing that “777” is the Seal of God, I say, that fabric design is a treasure.


I pointed out in Prophetic Alert #122, the total numerical value of the four letters of Y’SHUA is 386. Now Yacov Rambsel has discovered in the Torah, the Name Y’shua spelt out at 386-letter intervals - TWELVE TIMES.

In Leviticus 22:14, not only is Y’shua spelt out at 386-letter intervals, but adjacent to the Name, two more words are also spelt out at 386-letter intervals - truth and wisdom.

In two places at least, the combined Name - YHWH-Y’SHUA has been discovered.

In Genesis 49:18, where the text is, “I have waited for Your Salvation,” the combined Name is spelt out at 180-letter intervals. (The word for ‘Your salvation’ here is Yeshua-takh).

In Exodus 15:27 we have Y’SHUA-YHWH spelt out at 235-letter intervals. In Psalm 22:13, at 26-letter intervals is the phrase, “Y’shua cut in pieces.”

In Exodus 38:24 where it speaks of thirty shekels, the coded phrase is, “Y’shua cut off.”

In Zechariah 11:12 about the thirty pieces of silver, both the Name Y’shua and the word Pesach (Passover) are encoded.

In Daniel 9:26 where it says “Messiah shall be cut off,” the Name Y’shua is again spelt out.

In Leviticus 4:3 it speaks of the ANOINTED priest, and a sin offering. The encoded words are “Behold, behold Y’shua.”

In Psalm 20:5, “We sing for joy over Your victory and in the Name of our God we will set up our banners.” The encoded message is b’Y’shua veha’av. “In Y’shua and the Father.”

Here’s another to grip your mind:

In the Book of Ruth, as we have already mentioned, Y’SHUA is encoded from ch. 1:1, at 5-letter intervals. And then from the AYIN, the last letter in the Name, Y’SHUA is again encoded at 77 letter intervals -

Y 77 SH 77 U 77 A. 

And from the same Ayin in the Name, spelt out at 15-letter intervals is - OSHIAH, “He will save.” Then in Ruth 1:8, at 12-letter intervals, is - MELEK Y’SHUA - “King Y’shua.”

Now go back to Genesis 37:28, where it speaks of Joseph being sold for 20 pieces. (Joseph is a type of Y’shua, who was also sold - but for 30 pieces.) From this verse we have Y’SHUA encoded at intervals of 49 letters (7 x 7), reading right to left.

A 49 U 49 SH 49 Y 


The first word of the bible Barasheit means pictographically "The son of God will be destroyed by his own effort on the cross"


And in the same area of Zechariah, we also have encoded, JESSE, LEAH, THE PROPHET, the STONE, the RAM, MY TREE (cross), and THE MANNA — All encoded at 77-letters intervals.


Jesus, the light of the word, impaled upon the cross/pole,

using the 5 coins as an outline His body.


Jesus, the light of the word, impaled upon the cross/pole, using the 5 coins as an outline His body.


This hallowed picture is highly symbolic: The words of this bible code (as it forms this picture), of itself, tells us what the picture means! The 5 coins, (i.e., mene, mene, tekel, double-peres), are depicted here as being impaled upon the cross; and this cross is understood to be a menorah stripped of its branches. (The menorah [lamp] in the temple was patterned and shaped after the likeness of a lush almond tree, Ex. 25:31-40.)


Thus, the 5 coins are understood to be the silhouette (outline) of Jesus impaled upon the cross/pole! And we know already from the rest of the bible code that the 'coins' symbolize Christ as Redeemer, the One who pays the dept for man's sins by 'being numbered and weighed in the balances, broken' for us.



What the coins on the cross say:


The height of the cross is the same in letters as the value of the coins are that run along it---91 letters/shekels!


All seven "coins" visable at once. The coins are to be read horizontally and vertically.The picture in the bible codes are discovered by what they say.The vertical pole is at an ELS of 15 letter-skips, and as said, the top of both the tall banner-pole and the menorah tree (cross) both reach to the very first letter of the "m" in the first word of "mene, mene, tekel, etc., that was written upon the wall.


This 15-letter ELS (shown at right), therefore, fits snugly with the 15 letters used to spell, "mene, mene, tekel, and uparsin," (see 3 coins above left, and compare).


As said, this main vertical beam with the phrase: "The garment/measure of the menorah," prompts us to pay attention to its measurement.


What is its measurement?


What is the height of this cross (menorah-tree)?



The length of this phrase in letters measures the same number as the total value of the three coins---30 + 1 + 60 = 91 letters inclusive! The Hebrew letter 'he' that is centered at the crossbeams is overlapped in the bible code by several different methods, emphasizing that the letters are to be read as 60 letters from the foot of the cross till the cross-beam (i.e., the value of a mina; ELS of 15 x 4 skips), plus the one letter for the crossbeam itself, (therefore numbered inclusively, i.e., the value of one shekel), and the 30 remaining letters from the beam to the top of the vertical pole, (i.e., the value of a peres; ELS of 15 x 2 skips). (For more on the bible numbers in this code, click here.)




To part 5 of 5 parts---All the circles/coins in all of the pictures have at least one of the coins 'labeled' for what type of coin it is. Two pictures have all of them so labeled! This is of no small importance!


How does it speak of the cross?


This word "banner/pole" is the same word for the "pole" that Moses lifted up the snake on in the wilderness (Num. 21:8), that whosoever should look upon it might be healed of their snake bite. Note that the word for 'banner-pole' may also mean 'miracle.' Thus, the miraculous sign of the nail prints that were shown to Thomas (because of the cross/pole) is in parallel to the words, "O' great tree." Jesus was nailed to a pole/tree, and rose from the dead with the nail marks still in his hand as an wonder and sign---especially a sign for the disciple Thomas, (Jn. 20:25). (See the acrostic.)


Recall the opening words of the (full) bible code:


"Amen! Amen! And the banner (cross) that heals them! Our oracle is a banner (cross) that brings healing!"


Jesus said: "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up," (Jn. 3:14). Thus, the pole applies to both Babylon and Jesus at the same time.



The "siege" speaks of both Babylon and Christ:


Again, one cannot possibly understand this bible code unless one realizes that the besiegement of Babylon in 539 BC, which was by the hand of God, was also a portrait of the besiegement of the Son of God upon the cross. The One who puts others to death is also the one who Himself was put to death on the cross. This interpretation is in harmony with the rest of the bible. (Please read Ezekiel 4, as an example.)


Bible codes matrix in "Belshazzar" painting by Rembrandt---1635.The very word at the center of the bible code means, "to go around," or "to besiege, or "to strike down." All three connotations are evident in the bible code; because, at the very time this writing was upon the wall, the Persians were 'besieging' the Babylonians, and that very same night, king Belshazzar was 'struck down' dead.


Furthermore, the three middle letters (of the two matrixes) must be read 'around in a circle' seven times in order for this bible prophecy code to be unraveled. (That is, at normal one-letter intervals). Thus, just as this middle word "we-are-besieged," (written upon the palace wall), was encircled by the rest of the letters, even so was Babylon encircled at that very moment. (For now, we assume that the above [AD 1635] picture by Rembrandt [as influenced by Rabbinic tradition] was the actual layout of the words on the wall. It matters little, however, how it was actually laid out then. The point is that, now, the format of these letters within a bible-code matrix must be arrayed like this.)


But why is the middle word "we-are-besieged!" encircled seven times?


The city, Jericho, fell to Joshua at the start of the conquest of the Promised Land. She became the prototype of all great cities that will eventually fall before the King of kings, Yeshua (Jesus). It, too, was besieged seven times before her walls fell down: Jericho was "tightly shut up;" the 12 tribes of Israel encircled her seven times, each under their perspective banners. And so it is here with this bible code: There are 12 letters marching seven times around this one middle word that means, "to go around"! (Cf., Josh. 6. For more about the astonishing numeric patterns here, including the numbers 390 and 430 of Ezekiel's besiegement [Ezk. 4], click here.)


We explore pairing the key word Hitler with the key word Swastika. The long form for Swastika is צלב הקרס. The short form is just צלב. Only the short form had a statistically significant table. With the expected number of ELSs set to 250, the probability that a text from the ELS random placement text population would produce a table as compact as the table produced by the Torah text is 11.5/1,000.

tripariva and tetrapativa three v four TRI V TETRA AND MARIA THE PROPHETESS DILLEMA BETWEEN THREE AND FOUR (fourth transcendent)



Sun and moon supply the seeds that are planted in the earth (= Mercurius), and presumably the four other planets form the trunk of the tree:


The four that are to be united into one refer to the tetrasomia of Greek alchemy, where, corresponding to the planets, they stand for lead, tin, iron, and copper. Hence in his process of henosis (unification or synthesis), as Michael Maier correctly understood it, what Greverus had in mind was not the three basic Paracelsan substances but the ancient tetrasomia, which at the end of his treatise he compares with the “union of persons in the Holy Trinity” CW13 ¶ 357



For him the triad of sun, moon, and Mercurius was the starting point, the initial material as it were, in so far as it signified the seed of the tree and the earth in which it was sown. This is the so-called coniunctio triptativa. But here he is concerned with the coniunctio tetraptiva, whereby the four are joined in the “union of persons.” This is a characteristic example of the dilemma of three and four, which plays a great role in alchemy as the well-known axiom of Maria Prophetissa CW13 ¶ 357

mercurius quadratus

In his four-fold nature, Mercurius quadratus, represents the lapis with the four elements. These elements correspond with the cardinal directions. They could also be seen as the four Jungian functions: intuition, thinking, feeling, and sensation. Mercurius forms the mid-point of the cosmic quaternity and represents the quinta essentia, the unification of the four elements.

three plus one hades
"The underworld, a sort of Hades, is divided into four hollow places which serve as abodes for the spirits of the dead until the Last Judgment. Three of these hollow places are dark, but one is birth and contains a 'fountain of water.' This is the abode of the righteous. With statements of this type we enter into a definitely psychological realm, namely that of Mandala symbolism to which also belong the ratios 1:3 and 3:4. The quadripartite Hades of Enoch corresponds to a chthonic quaternity, which presumably stands in everlasting contrast to a pneumatic or heavenly one. The former corresponds in alchemy to the quaternio of the elements, the latter to a fourfold, or total, aspect of the deity, as for instance Barbelo, Kolorbas, Mercurius quadratus, and the four-faced gods all indicate." (Jung, 1958, paras 671-672)

the fourth blessing is seen as different

Birkat hamazon is made up of four blessings. The first three blessings are regarded as required by scriptural law:


The food: A blessing of thanks for the food was traditionally composed by Moses (Berakhot 48b) in gratitude for the manna which the Jews ate in the wilderness during the Exodus from Egypt.

The land: A blessing of thanks for the Land of Israel, is attributed to Joshua after he led the Jewish people into Israel.

Jerusalem: Concerns Jerusalem, is ascribed to David, who established it as the capital of Israel and Solomon, who built the Temple in Jerusalem. ---Amen---

God's goodness: A blessing of thanks for God's goodness, written by Rabban Gamliel in Yavneh. The obligation to recite this blessing is regarded as a rabbinic obligation.

the fourth blessing different

Grace After Meals consists of four primary blessings -- the first composed by Moses when the manna came down from heaven in the desert, the second by Joshua when the Children of Israel ate from the first harvest after entering the Holy Land, and the third by Kings David and Solomon, and the fourth by the Sages in mishnaic times.

dont be within four amot of feces
Reciting Birkat Hamazon in the Presence of Feces or Urine
It’s forbidden to say any Bracha or Torah within 4 amot of feces. However, after the fact, if one said Birkat HaMazon one should say Birkat HaMazon again, but if one said Birkat Mazon within 4 amot of urine one doesn’t go back to make Birkat Hamazon. [33]


The Bible also mentions scarlet thread or scarlet yarn as part of the tabernacle’s curtains (Exodus 26:1) and the high priest’s ephod (Exodus 28:6), along with threads of gold, blue, and purple. Scripture does not comment on the significance of those colors in the curtains or ephod, but some commentators surmise that the gold, blue, and purple foreshadow Christ’s glory, heavenly origin, and kingly position, while the scarlet thread represents Christ’s atoning work on the cross through the shedding of His blood.


This runestone consists of a short-twig runic inscription on an old Irish stone cross. The inscriptions A, B and C date from the Viking Age, while D is later. A and B were made by the same scribe, C and D were made by a second and a third one, while a fourth scribe made E, F and G.


Br Olsen;205A (Maughold (III), MM 133)[edit]

This fragment of a stone cross was found in Ballagilley. It is now located at the church Maughold. It is dated to the Viking Age but only four runes remain of the inscription.

ALEPH TAV TAV IS CROSS 50 seconds first line of Bible. In the middle is the aleph tav also the sixth word has the aleph tav imbedded in it



In order to understand the meaning of whole/part in Wilber's model, it is fundamental to distinguish four kinds of entities: individual holons, social holons, artifacts and heaps. According to Wilber, for each oneof these entities the part/whole relationship means something different, and the hierarchy of progressivetranscendence and inclusion means something different—and has a different correlation with physicalsize.Wilber has stated these ideas in several places (

Sex, Ecolog y and Spirituality


Integral Psychology

, for example), but he hasn't organized them in a single text. Wilber's fullest discussion of heaps,artifacts and holons occurred in the dialogues leading to this essay (and in the Shambala interviewcited above). My goal in this note is to articulate his ideas and derive some of their implications.

the Book of Revelation ends in a grand finale with the vision of the NEW JERUSALEM

a grand mandala vision - a complex quaternity


...and is therefore a representation of perfection and wholeness hence the quaternity, which expresses itself in the city as a quadrangle, in paradise as the four rivers... While the circle signifies the roundness of heaven and the all- embracing nature of the “pneumatic” deity, the square refers to the earth. Heaven is masculine, but the earth is feminine.

Therefore God has his throne in heaven, while Wisdom has hers on earth, as she says in Ecclesiasticus: “Likewise in the beloved city he gave me rest, and in Jerusalem was my power.”

The city is SOPHIA, who was with God before time began, and at the end of time will be reunited with God through the sacred marriage. As a feminine being she coincides with the earth...

Answer to Job par. 727


Augustine argued that there are four states, which are derived from the Scripture, that correspond to the four states of man in relation to sin: (a) able to sin, able not to sin (posse peccare, posse non peccare); (b) not able not to sin (non posse non peccare); (c) able not to sin (posse non peccare); and (d) unable to sin (non posse peccare). The first state corresponds to the state of man in innocency, before the Fall; the second the state of the natural man after the Fall; the third the state of the regenerate man; and the fourth the glorified man.




When, sunk in the darkest depths of ignorance, man lives according to the flesh undisturbed by any struggle of reason or conscience, this is his first state. Afterwards, when through the law has come the knowledge of sin, and the Spirit of God has not yet interposed His aid, man, striving to live according to the law, is thwarted in his efforts and falls into conscious sin, and so, being overcome of sin, becomes its slave ("for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage"(4)); and thus the effect produced by the knowledge of the commandment is this, that sin worketh in man all manner of concupiscence, and he is involved in the additional guilt of willful transgression, and that is fulfilled which is written: "The, law entered that the Offense might abound."(5) This is man's second state. But if God has regard to him, and inspires him with faith in God's help, and the Spirit of God begins to work in him, then the mightier power of love strives against the power of the flesh; and although there is still in the man's own nature a power that fights against him (for his disease is not completely cured), yet he lives the life of the just by faith, and lives in righteousness so far as he does not yield to evil lust, but conquers it by the love of holiness. This is the third state of a man of good hope; and he who by steadfast piety advances in this course, shall attain at last to peace, that peace which, after this life is over, shall be perfected in the repose of the spirit, and finally in the resurrection of the body. Of these four different stages the first is before the law, the second is under the law, the third is under grace, and the fourth is in full and perfect peace. Thus, too, has the history of God's people been ordered according to His pleasure who disposeth all things in number, and measure, and weight.(6) For the church existed at first before the law; then under the law, which was given by Moses; then under grace, which was first made manifest in the coming of the Mediator. Not, indeed, that this grace was absent previously, but, in harmony with the arrangements of the time, it was veiled and hidden. For none, even of the just men of old, could find salvation apart from the faith of Christ; nor unless He had been known to them could their ministry have been used to convey prophecies concerning Him to us, some more plain, and some more obscure.


The hostia or sacramental bread, known as prosphorá or a πρόσφορον (prósphoron, "offering") may be made out of only four ingredients: fine (white) wheat flour, pure water, yeast, and salt. Sometimes holy water will be either sprinkled into the dough or on the kneading trough at the beginning of the process.


Prosphoro is made from only four ingredients, wheat flour (white), yeast, salt, and water.[1] Salt was not used in early times[when?] and is still not used in the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem.




“David… divided them also into courses: and when he had separated the priests from them, he found of these priests twenty-four courses, sixteen of the house of Eleazar, and eight of that of Ithamar; and he ordained that one course should minister to God eight days, from sabbath to sabbath. And thus were the courses distributed by lot, in the presence of David, and Zadok and Abiathar the high priests, and of all the rulers; and that course which came up first was written down as the first, and accordingly the second, and so on to the twenty-fourth; and this partition hath remained to this day. He also made twenty-four parts of the tribe of Levi; and when they cast lots, they came up in the same manner for their courses of eight days.” (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book 7, Chapter 14:7. Cf. Josephus, The life of Flavius Josephus, paragraph #1. Cf. also Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: 2 Kings 11:4-12; 1 Chr 24:1-19.)


1 Chronicles 9:24

In four quarters were the porters, toward the east, west, north, and south.


1 Chronicles 9:26

For these Levites, the four chief porters, were in their set office, and were over the chambers and treasuries of the house of God.


There are normally four icons attached to the mitre (often of Christ, the Theotokos, John the Baptist and the Cross), which the bishop may kiss before he puts it on. Eastern mitres are usually gold, but other liturgical colours may be used


Textiles can be made from many materials. These materials come from four main sources: animal (wool, silk), plant (cotton, flax, jute), mineral (asbestos, glass fibre), and synthetic (nylon, polyester, acrylic). In the past, all textiles were made from natural fibres, including plant, animal, and mineral sources. In the 20th century, these were supplemented by artificial fibres made from petroleum.


At the foot of Mt Sinai, Moses intercedes for Israel four times. I want to look Moses’ prayers today, because they have a story to tell about the importance and the power of prayer, to encourage you to never give up praying for people.


Moses’ Fourth Prayer

That leads directly to Moses’ fourth intercession, what I think is his greatest prayer.

“Moses said, “Please show me your glory.”” Exodus 33:18


The Systeme of the World: in Four Dialogues is the original 1661 English translation, by Thomas Salusbury, of Galileo Galilei's DIALOGO sopra i due MASSI SISTEMI DEL MONDO (1632). Galileo's publication is more generally recognized under the title of Stilman Drake's English translation, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, published in 1953. A revised and annotated edition of the Salusbury translation was also introduced in 1953 by Giorgio de Santillana under the title Dialogue on the Great World Systems.

The Greek Orthodox Church generally considers Psalm 151 to be part of the Book of Psalms and accepts the "books of the Maccabees" as four in number, but generally places 4 Maccabees in an appendix, along with the Prayer of Manasseh.[21] There are differences from Western usage in the naming of some books (see, for instance, Esdras#Differences in names). Greek Orthodox generally consider the Septuagint to be divinely inspired no less than the Hebrew text of the Old Testament books.


The apocalyptic fourth book of Ezra (also called the second book of Esdras) was written c.AD 100, probably in Hebrew-Aramaic. It was one of the most important sources for Jewish theology at the end of the 1st century. In this book, Ezra has a seven part prophetic revelation, converses with an angel of God three times and has four visions. Ezra, thirty years into the Babylonian Exile (4 Ezra 3:1 / 2 Esdras 1:1), recounts the siege of Jerusalem and the destruction of Solomon's Temple.[5] This would place these revelations in the year 557 BCE, a full century before the date given in the canonical Ezra. The central theological themes are "the question of theodicy, God's justness in the face of the triumph of the heathens over the pious, the course of world history in terms of the teaching of the four kingdoms,[13] the function of the law, the eschatological judgment, the appearance on Earth of the heavenly Jerusalem, the Messianic Period, at the end of which the Messiah will die,[14] the end of this world and the coming of the next, and the Last Judgment."[5] Ezra restores the law that was destroyed with the burning of the Temple in Jerusalem. He dictates 24 books for the public (i.e. the Hebrew Bible) and another 70 for the wise alone (70 unnamed revelatory works).[15] At the end, he is taken up to heaven like Enoch and Elijah.[5] Ezra is seen as a new Moses in this book.[5]


Orthodox Jews traditionally pray three times a day, and on holidays a fourth prayer is added. Prayers are typically recited throughout the day upon waking, and before and after eating a meal. Although most prayers can be recited in solidarity, communal prayer is often preferred. In many reform temples, musical accompaniment such as organs and choirs are used. Further, a fifth prayer service, Ne'ilah ("closing"), is recited only on Yom Kippur.[30]


Here some years afterwards, according to Acts 21:8–9, where he is described as "the evangelist" (a term found again in the New Testament only in Ephesians {{Bible verse-n ||Ephesians|4:11|KJV}}; 2 Timothy Template:Bible verse-n), he entertained Paul the Apostle and his companion on their way to Jerusalem; at that time "he had four daughters which did prophesy".[1]


Isaiah 7:17 follows with a further prophecy that at some unspecified future date God will call up Assyria against Judah: "The Lord will cause to come upon you and your people and your ancestral house such days as have not been seen since Ephraim broke away from Judah—the king of Assyria" (verse 7:17). Verses 18–25 describe the desolation that will result: "In that day a man will save alive a young cow and two sheep…in that day every place where there used to be a thousand vines…will be turned over to thorns and briars" (verses 21–23).[3] Isaiah 8:1–15 continues the previous chapter: the prophet tells of the birth of another child, his own son named Maher-shalal-hash-baz (a third symbolic name), then predicts that after Ephraim and Syria are destroyed the Assyrians will come like a river in flood to "cover the breadth of your land, Immanuel" (Isaiah 8:8).[4]


A fourth, even longer, prophetic "name", is found in Isaiah 9:6 with "Pele-joez-el-gibbor-abi-ad-sar-shalom". This is generally translated fully in English Bible versions such as "his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace" (KJV).


The name "Hosea", meaning "salvation", or "He saves", or "He helps", seems to have been not uncommon, being derived from the auspicious verb from which we have the frequently recurring word "salvation". It may be a contraction of a larger form of which the divine name (YHWH) or its abbreviation formed a part, so as to signify "YHWH helps". According to the Bible Numbers 13:8, 13:16 that was the original name of Joshua, son of Nun, until Moses gave him the longer, theophoric name Yehoshua, "YHWH is salvation".[2]


The Greek empire of the East was overthrown by Rome, and prompted a new interpretation of Daniel. The fourth and last empire was declared to be Roman by the Apocalypse of Baruch chapters 36–40 and 4 Ezra 10:60–12:35. Again, these two books were not considered inspired Scripture by the Jews, and thus were not authoritative on matters of prophecy. In addition, earlier in Daniel chapter 7 and also in chapter 2, the fourth and final world empire is considered to be Rome since Babylon, Medo-Persia (Achaemenid Empire), Greece, and Rome were world empires which all clearly arrived in succession. Thus, it might be interpreted[by whom?] that Daniel was saying that Rome would be the last world power before the kingdom of God.

Tischendorf[6] used four manuscripts for his edition: A,[8] the heavily Christian-interpolated B,[9] manuscript C, and manuscript D,[10] which has probably the best text. During the 20th century many other manuscripts have been found, of which E1[11] and E2, which are similar to the Armenian version, merit special mention.


The Genesis Apocryphon, originally called the Apocalypse of Lamech and labeled 1QapGen, is one of the original seven Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in Cave 1 near Qumran, a city in the Northwest corner of the Dead Sea. Composed in Aramaic, this document consists of four sheets of leather, and is the least well preserved document of the original seven.[1] The document records a pseudepigraphal conversation between the biblical figure Lamech, son of Methuselah, and his son, Noah, as well as first and third person narratives associated with Abraham. It is thought to possibly serve as an example of an expanded and rewritten biblical story. A range of compositional dates for the work have been suggested from the 3rd century BCE to 1st century CE.[2] Palaeography and Carbon-14 Dating were used to identify the age of the documents.[3]


Along with the Isaiah Scroll, the commentary on Habakkuk, and the Manual of Discipline, this document was sold by the Bedouin who discovered it to Mar Athanasius Yeshue Samuel, the superior at the St. Mark's Monastery in Jerusalem.[4] The four scrolls were transferred from Jerusalem to Syria and to Lebanon under certain political conditions in the area. There were plans made to transfer the scrolls to the United States but permission was later retracted because it was insisted that a high price could be asked for the scrolls if they remained unrolled and unraveled.[4] The four scrolls were then announced for sale in the Wall Street Journal for $250,000 and were purchased by Israel on February 13, 1955.[4] The Genesis Apocryphon joined the Isaiah Scrolls, War Scroll and the Thanksgiving Psalms, which had been purchased from Bedouins by Eleazar Sukenik of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.[4] The seven main scrolls found in Cave 1 at Qumran, though found in Palestinian territory at the time, came to be housed in the Shrine of the Book in West Jerusalem.


The Genesis Apocryphon was the most damaged out of the first four scrolls found in Cave 1 making the publication history difficult, lengthy yet interesting. The scrolls is dated palaeographical to 25 BCE through 50 BC but has not been subjected to radiocarbon dating.[10] Due to its fragile condition the Genesis Apocryphon was the last to be identified. The extent of the damage included missing fragments, faded lettering, and patches of ink that had leaked through the parchment, requiring infrared imaging technology to render some passages legible.[6] In April 1949 New Jersey, the scroll was partially unrolled for the scroll to be identified by John C. Trever.[5] The portion read was identified as the previously lost "Book of Lamech". June 1, 1954, due to the growing controversy over the Scrolls Samuel Marr placed the famous Wall Street Journal ad to sell the four Dead Sea Scrolls.[5] The State of Israel bought the four scrolls and brought them to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to be translated. In time, (1955), eight small fragments were excavated from Cave 1 believed to be a part of the fourth scroll. J. T. Milik edited the fragments and published them under the name Apocalypse de Lamech[10] based on Trever’s previous identification; the fragments were given the publication number 20. All other texts related were added to this number 1Q20.


The text has a strong dependence on 2 Esdras, an earlier Apocalypse, and portrays God as answering the prayer of Ezra to have courage by sending him seven angels to show him heaven. In the Latin Vision of Esdras, Ezra walks down three floors or 72 steps and is shown hell. When arriving in hell, a soul approaches Esdras and says your coming here has granted us some respite. From there he is taken to the fourth underworld where the sinners are shown hanging by their eyelashes.The righteous he sees in heaven are portrayed as passing through a vast scene of flames, and fire-breathing lions, unharmed. The wicked are also seen to be in heaven, but are quickly ripped apart by vicious dogs, and burnt in the fire. Ezra is told by a nearby angel that the crimes of the wicked were that "they denied the Lord, and sinned with women on the Lord’s Day".

THE FOURTH TRANSCENDENT,_Meshach,_and_Abednego

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were three Hebrew men thrown into a fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, when they refused to bow down to the king's image according to chapter 3 of the Book of Daniel. The three were preserved from harm and the king saw four men walking in the flames, "the form of the fourth is like the Son of God".[1][2]


2012: The Foy Vance song "Into The Fire (Melrose EP)" refers to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and "seeing the fourth man in the fire."

2014: The Jen Larson song, "Fourth Man in the Fire" from the bluegrass album, Burning House featuring Andy Statman and Noam Pikelny.

FOUR CAVES The interest in the scrolls with the hope of money from their sale initiated a long area-wide search by the Ta'amireh to find more such scrolls, the first result of which was the discovery of four caves in Wadi Murabba'at about 15 kilometers south of Qumran in 1951


Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah, and Leah felt hated. God opened Leah's womb and she gave birth to four sons rapidly: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah


[2] Alternatively, as Gordon Wenham has suggested, this latter could be an alternative etymology for Reuben, since the word יאהבני (“he will love me”) has three out of the four consonants of the name. See Gordon J. Wenham, Genesis 16-50 (Word Bible Commentary; Thomas Nelson, 1994), 243.

This Jacob guy must have been some kind of sexual athlete to keep up with their demands. The end result was that in about thirteen years of marriage, Jacob had 11 sons and a daughter from four different mothers (the twelth son, Benjamin came much later). Leah had six sons and one daughter, Rachel had one son, Bilhah had two sons, and Zilpah had two sons. Can you imagine the rivalry, the schemes, the lobbying from twelve children divided up between four different mothers and all lived in the same tent?



According to Genesis 46, verse 24, Naphtali had four sons named Jahziel, Guni, Jezer, and Shillem. When Jacob, also known as Israel, pronounced a blessing over each of his sons before he died this was what he said about Naphtali: “Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns.” (Genesis 49:21)


According to Genesis 46:24, Naphtali had four sons: Jahzeel, Guni, Jezer, and Shillem. The name of his wife/wives are not given. He and his family migrated to Egypt,[2] with the rest of the clan, where they remained until the Exodus.

According to the Rabbis, Lot had four daughters, two of whom were married, and two betrothed. The two married daughters and their husbands, along with the two future bridegrooms, remained in Sodom and perished, leaving Lot with only two daughters after the destruction of the city (Gen. Rabbah 50:9; Pirkei de-Rabbi Eliezer, ed. Higger chap. 25).

Just to answer the bit about Lot's 4 daughters. The bible does not specifically say that Lot had 4 daughters,but we can infer from the scriptures that he had at least 4 daughters. Here we go. Genesis 19:14 states that Lot went to his sons-in-law that had married his daughters . So we can infer that he had at least two married daughters. Then in Genesis 19:8 he had two unmarried daughters. Based on this, we know for sure that Lot had at least 4 daughters.


Lot's daughters are four women, two unnamed people in the Book of Genesis, and two others, including Paltith, in the Book of Jasher.[1] Only two daughters are mentioned in Genesis 19, while Lot and his family are in Sodom. Two angels arrive in Sodom, and Lot shows them hospitality. However, the men of the city gather around Lot's house and demand that he give them the two guests so they could rape them. In response, Lot offers the mob his two daughters instead, noting that they are virgins (verse 19:8). The mob refuses Lot's offer, but the angels strike them with blindness, and then warn Lot to leave the city before it is destroyed.




As usual, when people “run to the Greek,” they run into problems. They point out that “malefactor” in the “original Greek” is kakourgos while “thief” is lestes. Then, they argue that this change in nouns must indicate two individuals who were malefactors and two other individuals who were thieves. These four people—not two—were crucified with Jesus Christ. Consequently, it is said that there were five crosses on Calvary’s mount (instead of the traditional three). Is this a sound conclusion? (No!)


A number of commentators and the rabbinic tradition posit that Lot had four daughters, two married who died with the rest of Sodom and two who where virgins and later impregnated themselves with their father’s seed.


“The term used to refer to the sons-in-law, hatan, can also be translated ‘future sons-in-law’ or ‘bridegroom.’ It is best to conclude that the narrator wants the reader to assume that these men are the betrothed of Lot’s virgin daughters since no other wives are indicated” (Jeansonne, p.38).


Whether or not Lot had two or four daughters the angels urged Lot to leave Sodom as soon as possible. His daughters’ grooms/husbands scoffed at Lot which indicates that he had little respect within his household or the community. After much hemming and hawing on Lot’s part, the family finally escapes Sodom leaving behind Lot’s future sons-in-law. Overall, “Lot is portrayed as an insincere, self-centered individual who is disrespectful to God’s angels, exploits his daughters’ welfare, and is a procrastinating dweller in a sinful city… Clearly he is not portrayed sympathetically” (Jeansonne, pp.39-40).


Lot had encamped on the green Jordan plain among the cities of the plain and initially pitched his tent toward Sodom. About eight years[5] before he moved there, the kings of the five cities had become vassal states of an eastern alliance of four kingdoms under the leadership of Chedorlaomer king of Elam, whom they served for twelve years, but "the thirteenth year they rebelled." (Genesis 14:1–4) The following year the four armies with Chedorlaomer returned and at the Battle of the Vale of Siddim, the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fell in defeat.[v.5–10] Chedorlaomer spoiled the cities and took captives as he departed, including Lot, who by then "dwelt" in Sodom.[v.11,12]


When Abram heard what had happened to his "brother" Lot, he armed a rescue force of three hundred and eighteen of his trained servants and pursued and caught up to the armies of the four kings in the area of Dan.[v.13,14] He divided his forces and attacked at night from more than one direction, and the kings fled northeast. The pursuit continued and the "slaughter of Chedorlaomer", and the other kings was completed at Hobah north of Damascus. Abram brought back "his brother Lot" and all the people and their goods. (v.15–24)

May 2016 - Netherlands, Odoorn. Amazing video footage showing strange strange cross-shaped UFO passing over house in Netherlands during daytime.

Bell built tetrahedral cells with 10-inch spruce rods, with two sides of each pyramidal polygon covered in crimson silk, weighing about an ounce in total.

Creating compound assemblies of these pyramid-shaped cells, with shared joints and spars, allowed Bell to scale up his designs without increasing the weight-to-surface area ratio.

Bell’s largest tetrahedral design, the “Cygnet,” was composed of 3,393 cells. It successfully flew and carried a human passenger when towed behind a steamship, but was destroyed on landing.

But it's the two old peasant women who grab me at the soul level: what a fine Goddess Trinity the dreamer plus these two makes, with her husband, perhaps, as the fourth member of a '3+1' feminine quaternity. The old women remind me of roaming 'bag women', one form of the Madwoman archetype. As Hillman discusses, she is a key ingredient in the restoration of Dionysian creative madness to a collective consciousness which has for too long been dominated by Apollonian detachment, order and reason. Not surprisingly, then, this tramping about by decorum-despising, unruly feminine figures annoys the church 'owners' - the stiffly senex-dominated patriarchs.


In 1949 Jung and Kerényi theorized that groups of three goddesses found in Greece become quaternities only by association with a male god. They give the example of Diana only becoming three (Daughter, Wife, Mother) through her relationship to Zeus, the male deity. They go on to state that different cultures and groups associate different numbers and cosmological bodies with gender.[64] "The threefold division [of the year] is inextricably bound up with the primitive form of the goddess Demeter, who was also Hecate, and Hecate could claim to be mistress of the three realms. In addition, her relations to the moon, the corn, and the realm of the dead are three fundamental traits in her nature. The goddess's sacred number is the special number of the underworld: '3' dominates the chthonic cults of antiquity."[65]



7 And they listened to my admonition, and spoke to the four ranks in heaven, and lo! As I stood with those two men four trumpets trumpeted together with great voice, and the Grigori broke into song with one voice, and their voice went up before the Lord pitifully and affectingly.


1 Those men took me, and led me up on to the fourth heaven, and showed me all the successive goings, and all the rays of the light of sun and moon.


2 And I measure their goings, and compared their light, and saw that the sun’s light is greater than the moon’s.


3 Its circle and the wheels on which it goes always, like the wind going past with very marvellous speed, and day and night it has no rest.


4 Its passage and return (are accompanied by) four great stars, (and) each star has under it a thousand stars, to the right of the sun’s wheel, (and by) four to the left, each having under it a thousand stars, altogether eight thousand, issuing with the sun continually.


2 And I saw six gates open, each gate having sixty-one stadia and A quarter of one stadium, and I measured (them) truly, and understood their size (to be) so much, through which the sun goes forth, and goes to the west, and is made even, and rises throughout all the months, and turns back again from the six gates according to the succession of the seasons; thus (the period) of the whole year is finished after the returns of the four seasons.



Chapter 14, XIV

1 And again those men led me away to the western parts, and showed me six great gates open corresponding to the eastern gates, opposite to where the sun sets, according to the number of the days three hundred and sixty-five and A quarter.


2 Thus again it goes down to the western gates, (and) draws away its light, the greatness of its brightness, under the earth; for since the crown of its shining is in heaven with the Lord, and guarded by four hundred angels, while the sun goes round on wheel under the earth, and stands seven great hours in night, and spends half (its course) under the earth, when it comes to the eastern approach in the eighth hour of the night, it brings its lights, and the crown of shining, and the sun flames forth more than fire.


13 And I appointed him a name, from the four component parts, from east, from west, from south, from north, and I appointed for him four special stars, and I called his name Adam, and showed him the two ways, the light and the darkness, and I told him: