Bible Prophecy in the News
The Meaning of the Number: 8
August 01 – The Nearness of God
August 02 – A God That Knows His Creation
August 03 – First Recorded Words of Jesus
August 04 – Tying the Hangman’s Knot
August 05 – Wives, Submit Yourselves
August 06 – Why Does the Bible Command a Man to Love His Wife?
August 07 – Silence in the Face Evil
August 08 – 3 Smooth Stones
August 09 – And While He Was Still Speaking…
August 10 – How Then Shall We Live?
August 11 – The First Mention of Hope in the Bible
August 12 – The Dark Night of My Pain
August 13 – And it Came to Pass
August 14 – Imprisoned Music
August 15 – Serving 2 Masters
August 16 – On Redemption
August 17 – You Will Be Hearing of Wars and Rumors of Wars
August 18 – For by Thy Sorceries Were All Nations Deceived
August 19 – Can a Drunkard Enter the Kingdom of Heaven?
August 20 – Seeing Thy Children’s Children
August 21 – This Worlds Present System
August 22 – Who Has Beautiful Hands?
August 23 – Though Your Sin Be as Scarlet
VIRGO (The Virgin. A woman bearing a branch in her right hand and an ear of corn in her left). The Promised Seed of the woman.
Aug. 23–Sept. 22
1. COMA (The Desired. The woman and child). The Desired of all nations.
2. CENTAURUS (The Centaur with two natures, holding a spear piercing a victim). The despised sin offering.
3. BOOTES (a man walking bearing a branch called ARCTURUS, meaning the same). He cometh.
August 24 – Burdens in Life
August 25 – A Peace that Passes All Understanding
August 26 – A Speck of Dust
August 27 – Borrowed Axe Heads
August 28 – Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out – King Saul Slain by the Amalakites
August 29 – When Evil Runs Unchallenged
August 30 – The 11+ Dimensions of God
August 31 – And Knowledge Shall Increase
The Meaning of the Number: 8
The number 8 is considered a number of new beginning in the Bible.
There were 8 people saved in the ark during the Great Flood including Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives (Genesis 7:13).
The 8th day of the month is a the beginning of a new week.
David, God's anointed, is the 8th son of Jesse (1 Samuel 16:10-13).
The dimensions of the Temple are based on the number 8 (1 Kings 7:10).
The prophet Elijah performed 8 miracles (1 Kings 17 - 2 Kings 13).
David was the 8th son of Jesse, while Solomon was the eighth son of David.
The gematria of Jesus in Greek, Iesous, is 888 (I = 10, e= 8, s=200, o=70, u=400, s=200). All the names for Jesus are multiples of 8.
Scientists have identified eighty-eight constellations.
8 Men - Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, James, Peter, Jude and Paul - were chosen by God to enable us have the New Testament in written form. The Lord Jesus presented 8 beatitudes in His sermon on the mountain to new believers destined for God's kingdom.
“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?” – Isaiah 40:12
Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) the famed 17th century astronomer, once told a group of his friends, “I can take my telescope and look millions of miles into space, but I can lay it aside and go into my room, shut the door, get down on my knees in earnest prayer, and see more of heaven and get closer to God, than I can assisted by all the telescopes and material agencies on earth.”
I was again reminded of the nearness of God through the birth of my new daughter. There are times when I am only eighteen inches away from her three-month-old perceptions, yet she has no idea that I am so close to her. I sit and watch with amazement this beauty that God has given me and quietly wonder to myself, is God this close to me right now, just outside of my perception, looking at me the way I am looking at my daughter? I wonder what life will bring her. Will she marry and have her own children? What will be God’s plan for her life? Then, I privately wonder to myself, how long will I be in her life?
In the midst of these thoughts, I catch myself wondering what kind of questions does He ask Himself, as my Father, about me when He is this close to me? Is He thinking about the blessings that He has lain before me this day, wondering if I will catch every nuance that He has planned along with it? Or, is He praying that I will endure that trial I am in right now, and watch expectantly for His answer in the wing? Maybe He just gazes at me, as I do my little girl, in wonder and delight.
Scientists tell us that we can now measure our universe in eleven different dimensions. If man can define eleven, this must mean that God operates in at least twelve dimensions. Can God be nearer to me in one of these other dimensions, than I can be to my baby daughter when I hold her tight and rock her to sleep in my arms? These are interesting questions.
The Bible says,“Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest” – Joshua 1:9. The Bible is full of stories where God has intervened into the lives of individual men and women at times when they felt He was no where to be found. How close is God to you right now? Take a moment now to ponder this question. He may be closer to you this very second than your very next breath.
<>–THE RICHNESS OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE—-<>
Helen Keller suffered an illness at eighteen months which left her completely blind and deaf. For five years she was isolated completely from the world and alone in darkness. Then with the help of Anne Sullivan, Helen fought back against her handicap. When asked about her having to suffer with a life of blindness said,
“The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were not dark valleys to traverse.”
“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.”
– Psalm 30:11-12 (2
“He telleth the the numbers of the stars; He calleth the stars by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding is infinite” – Psalm 147:4,5
Astronomer’s today tell us that there may be more than 200 billion universes. That is quite a staggering number isn’t it? If you were to count to 100 for each minute, of each hour, of each day, for 19 years, you will have counted to one billion. There is a star, actually a “super giant” star, called Anteres. Think about this, Anteres is 390 times the size of the sun. That is 1.25 million times the size of our earth.
If you were to take a hollow rubber ball and let it represent Anteres, and then slice this rubber ball in half, you could put inside it: Venus, Mercury, Mars, and the Earth. All could fit inside Anteres and continue their orbits around the sun, which you could also put inside the rubber ball. As these planets would continue in their orbits around the sun, they would never touch the inside of the rubber ball. Anteres can be seen in the constellation Scorpio, low on the summer horizon. Anteres is just one of the many stars that God calls by name.
There are some stars that are 2000 times the size of the sun in our universe. The stars are innumerable, each one unique, each one with a divine purpose, just like you are in His sight. We can never reach them in this life, but in our glorified bodies, we shall have endless time to explore the infinite heavens that God has created.
Heed the advice of Amos 5:8, “Seek Him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the faces of the earth: The Lord is His Name.”
God’s plan for the Christian in this generation is summed in Daniel 12:3, “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”
<>–HOW BIG IS YOUR GOD?–<>
“People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars…. and they pass by themselves without wondering.”
– St. Augustine
“A God that is well defined, is not a very Big God”
– French proverb
“If your vision doesn’t scare you, then both your vision and your God are too small.”
– Brother Andrew
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How Can I Be Saved?
You’ve probably seen John 3:16 posted somewhere on a sign, written on a freeway overpass, at a concert, at a sporting event, or even read to you as a little child. This verse is a simple one. There are 20 monosyllables (single words) in the verse. The Gospel is meant to be simple for everyone!
Be sure of your Salvation. Right now, and pray this simple prayer with a sincere heart...
“Lord, forgive me for my sins. I confess that I am a sinner. Come into my heart and make me the person you created me to be. I receive your gift of pardon through Jesus dying for me on the cross to save me. – Amen”
It was once determined in a court of law that a pardon is only a pardon when it is accepted. There is a true story about a man that refused his pardon. A judge ruled that a pardon is only a pardon when it is accepted. When you prayed that prayer and accepted God’s pardon for your sins, you became a new creation in Christ.
The Bible teaches that you are saved by faith through Jesus. Grow in the Grace that was just given to you, seek God in His word (The Bible) and go out tell somebody!