From the time of Adam and Eve to the time of the birth of Jesus it was 4,000 years. Each candle represents 1,000 years of the human race waiting in darkness.
What was 4,000 years of human darkness like?
Basically, we were even more stupid than we are now! Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Goths slaughtered each other despite attempts by the Philosophers to sensitize and humanize our animal nature.
What about Carbon Dating?
Get over it! There are two creation stories in Genesis. In the first creation life, animals, humans and trees evolved. Later, at around 6,000 years ago, God decides to add his handmade work to the mix - Adam and Eve. Why not? He's God and He can do what He wants. This is especially confusing to Evangelicals and Scientists!
The first prophecy of Jesus - the Messiah occurs after the fall in the Garden of Eden. That's Advent! Waiting 4,000 years for Jesus, Emanuel, "God is With Us" to be born and light up the world.
What is this light?
It's Jesus! Once the Light had come, He has continually burned and the darkness of evil has never overcome Him. Can't say that for Amazon.com. The wife just divorced Jeff and took him for 3 billion dollars. Human institutions rarely escape upheavals, takeovers, splits or survive time - and that's in dog years. Jesus has - consistently His light has reigned in hearts for 2,000 years since His birth. He is a Divine institution that shall never pass away.
Bro. Gary Joseph
Servants of the Father of Mercy
"Bringing Our Homeless Home"
Photo, Servants of the Father of Mercy Chapel
Second Sunday of Advent