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[History] > 4th Century - Dalet - 4th Commandment

Spoke 4

Numbers, Ezekiel, Galatians

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

The Fourth Commandment

Persecution Ends, the Church Rests

The Decalogue was written by the very "Finger of God." Its supernatural alphanumeric structure has been documented in The Holographic Decalog and related articles. The Ten Commandments govern vast structures in both Scripture and History, as seen with particular clarity in the correlation between the Fourth Century and the Fourth Commandment. It was in the Fourth Century that Constantine saw a Cross of Light and the word "In this sign conquer" after which he converted to Christiantity and legalized it.

The Day of the Sun

Though there is some evidence that Sunday Worship had been practiced since the First Century as the "Lord's Day" in honour of the Resurrection, it was not until the Fourth Century that Sunday became a legal holiday by the Edict of Constantine This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window in 321 AD. It is also significant that God gave Sabbath was as a Sign, as it is written in Ezekiel (Spoke 4, Cycle 2):

Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.

This then links to the Fourth Day, where we find the first occurrence of the word "sign" as the first of four temporal reasons for the creation of the Sun, Moon, and Stars:

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:

The relation between the idea of a Sign or Mark and the Number 4 is extremely profound. It runs through everything from Genesis 4, to Galatians on Spoke 4, to Circumcision in Romans 4, and even in the course of History with the Sign of the Cross given to convert Constantine. We have therefore a multithreaded integration of the Fourth Day of Creation (when the Sun was made for a Sign), the Fourth Commandment (Sabbath Rest which was given for a Sign) and the Fourth Century when Constantine was given the Sign of a Cross of Light and later made Sunday a legal holiday, mandating the cessation of labours and selling.

Church Buildings

Constantine's pronouncemnt of freedom of worship for all in the 'Edict' of Milan (313) was soon reflected in the buildings used for Christian worship. The Emperor himself built a new church in Rome which symbolized the dawn of a new era. This Church of St. John Lateran was a basilica, and in all the main centres of the Empire this style of church seems rapidly to have replaced the house-church."

Eerdmans' Handbook to the History of Christianity, pg. 150

Rectangular buildings, foursquare structures, and the Temple of God are significant elements on Spoke 4 of the Bible Wheel.

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