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Summary: The number EIGHT always means a NEW BEGINNING a NEW ORDER OF THINGS. As the number SEVEN means completion, EIGHT signifies a new beginning; so 8 stands for the NEW in contrast to the old.


Today Lord be willing we'll bring a few thoughts to do with the number (8).

Before we begin let me say that I obtained much of this information from reading behind Brother Ed Vallowe and others.

It's my hope and prayer that as folks listen and read these great truths that they will be drawn closer to God and that their faith will increase as they realize that only The All Knowing God to do such a thing, that man simple could have never put all these facts together as we have them here in the meaning of Bible numbers.

* Before we get into the number EIGHT I want you to listen to this wonderful truth.

Christ was crucified on the 14th day of the first month,"Nissan" (7 + 7, or double completeness) which was also the 4th day of the week. "Wednesday".

He was in the tomb exactly 3 days and 3 nights. (RESURRECTION) He was resurrected toward the end of the next weekly Sabbath, "Saturday" the 17th (the number of victory).

The 17th was also the 8th day when counted inclusively from the 10th day, the day of His selection. Thus, the whole of these numbers shows Jesus' PERFECT (seven) sacrifice and His total COMPLETE VICTORY (SEVENTEEN) over death.

"EIGHT" IS FOUND 193 times in our KJ Bible.

The number EIGHT always means a NEW BEGINNING a NEW ORDER OF THINGS. As the number SEVEN means completion, EIGHT signifies a new beginning; so 8 stands for the NEW in contrast to the old.

The EIGHTH day is really the first day of a new week. --- the EIGHTH note of the musical scale, which is the same as the first, as I mentioned last time as we were talking about the number SEVEN, there are seven notes in the musical scale, all other sounds are only different pitches to these seven, so the eighth is simple a variation of one of the seven major notes.

There were EIGHT writers of the New Testament, who wrote of Jesus' life, death and resurrection.

The Scriptures were written by 40 different individuals; 40 is 5 (grace) times 8 (a new beginning). By the grace of God mankind has the opportunity for a new beginning

EIGHT is the number for the NEW BIRTH or the NEW CREATION.

FOUR is the number for the first creation and EIGHT is the number for a NEW CREATION.

There were EIGHT persons carried over from beyond the flood in the ark.

I Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

With those EIGHT the world was populated ANEW. This is a figure of a new beginning or a new order.


There are eight individual resurrections (other than the Lord Jesus, and the saints that arose when He was resurrected.

~Elijah: ONE

1 Kings 17:17-22--the son of a widow that lived in Zarephath

~ Elisha: TWO

2 Kings 4:30-37-- Son of the Shunammite woman.

2 Kings 13:21-- when a dead man was cast into the sepulcher of Elisha:

~ Jesus: THREE

John 11:38-44- - Lazarus raised after 4 days.

Luke 7:11-17- -- Widow's son raised during funeral.

Matt. 8:28-43 -- Jairus daughter.

~Paul: ONE

Acts 20:7-12 --Eutychus fell from the window.

~Peter: ONE

Acts 9:36-42-- Raised Dorcas---Of coarse it was God working through these men that done the raising.

There were many that were raised from the dead when Jesus arose; this is not pertaining to the number eight.

* Listen as I read us that account.

Matt. 27:50-53 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints (not all) which slept arose, 53And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

Graves, or sepulchers, were most commonly made among the Jews in solid rocks, or in caves of rocks. And so the quake caused the rocks to move opening the graves.

It is probable that these were people who had recently died, because they appear to have been known in Jerusalem. Had the ancient saints arose they would not have been known by the people in the city.

This happening is found only here in Matthew. Those who arose were part of that great company who went to Paradise now above, (3rd heaven-2nd cor.12:1-4) when Christ led captivity captive at His ascension (Eph. 4:8--10).

God caused this earthquake purposely, because the graves were opened by it, and "many bodies of the saints which slept arose"--just certain ones.

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