The number eight in the Bible signifies Resurrection and Regeneration. It is the number of a new beginning. Eight is 7 plus 1 and since it comes just after seven, which itself signifies an end to something, so eight is also associated with the beginning of a new era or that of a new order. In the bible one can find many examples which bring forth and which associate the number eight with a new beginning.
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One such example is of Noah. When the whole earth was covered in floods, it was Noah the eighth person who stepped out and took the responsibility of starting a new era of life, to commence new order of things. The resurrection of Christ is also one fine example of this. The resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate new beginning. It is said in The Bible that Jesus rose on the first day of the next week from the day he was crucified. Thus again it was Eighth day which was chosen by God. The eighth day marked the beginning of new life form. Thus we can see that the number eight in the Bible signifies resurrection and new beginning. Not only this, there have been eight different resurrections in the Bible. Out of which three can be seen in the Old Testament, Three can be seen in the Gospels and the remaining two can be read in the Acts 9 and 40. There were eight miracles of Elijah as told in the bible. And God made eight covenants with Abraham.
According to the Bible, Eight has a special meaning for God, as He chose the eighth day to mark the beginning of the new week. Everything that has a new beginning in the Bible has the number eight associated with it. Eight is the personal number of Jesus. When we add together the letter values of the name Jesus in the Greek we get 888. Jesus was called The Christ, the numeric value of this title is 1480 (185 x 8). He was Saviour which has the value 1408 (2 x 8 x 88). Jesus is also Lord which again, is a multiple of eight being 800 (100 x 8). Messiah has the numeric value 656 (82 x8). Jesus also called himself the Son of man. The term occurs 88 times and is valued at 2960 (370 x 8). Jesus said “I am the truth”: the numeric value of “the truth” is 64 (8 x 8). The last book in the Bible is the Revelation of Jesus Christ which has exactly 888 Greek words. All the Dominical names of Jesus Christ are marked by eight as a multiple if the laws of Gematria are applied to them. It can be seen as follows: Christ, 1480 (8×185), Lord, 800 (8×100), Our Lord, 1768 (8×221), Saviour, 1408 (82x 32), Emmanuel, 25600, (83×50), Messiah, 656 (8×82), Son, 880 (8×110).
The number 8 has been traditionally been associated with the entrance into the Covenant of God by the historic Christian Church, which has followed the bible blindly. This kind of understanding can come from God Himself who had commanded Circumcision – the Sign of the Covenant – to be performed on the Eighth Day. Thus once again, the number eight has exemplified the beginning of a new era in the bible. Following are the Lord’s covenants with Abraham: (were eight in number; seven before Isaac was offered up, and the eighth when he had been received “in a figure” from the dead).
Gen 12:1-3, sovereignty.
Gen 12:7, the seed.
Gen 13:14-17, Divine assurance, rising and walking on resurrection ground.
Gen 15:13-21, the limits of the land; the 400 years; the 4th generation.
Gen 17:1-22, invincible grace.
Gen 18:9-15, human failure and imperfection.
Gen 21:12, Spiritual blessing headed up in the seed.
Gen 22:15-18, resurrection blessing.
In the Bible there is a mention of a feast. The Feast of Tabenacles. This feast is said to have lasted for eight days. The number eight associated with this feast can show us that this feast was to celebrate a new beginning. The number 888 is the ultimate symbol of the lord himself as mentioned in the Bible. The resurrection of Jesus Christ on the eighth day along with the mention of eight people who were saved in the Noah’s Ark are a sign of the concept of revivification, restoration and a revival of a new era and order that is associated with the number eight. Apart from this, eight is used in the bible in other places also which don’t really have a link with a new beginning like the eight songs in the Old Testament, the Eight Miracles Of Elisha and the Seth lines of names, the sum of which is 3168, which again is a multiple of eight.