Meaning of Numbers: The Number 420
The possible meaning of the number 420 is derived from the occurrence of certain original language words and from Scriptural history.
The English word "flesh" appears 420 times, in 369 verses, in the King James Bible. It appears the most in the book of Leviticus (59 times) followed by Genesis (28) then the book of Romans (26). Its first two uses in God's word are linked to the creation of Eve from Adam's rib.
And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof . . . And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man (Genesis 2:21, 23, KJV).
Appearances of Number Four Hundred Twenty
Hebrew entry 420 in Strong's Concordance is eldaah, a word that means the "God of knowledge." It is used in both Genesis 25:4 and 1Chronicles 1:33. Eldaah was a son of Midian, a man who was one of the six sons the patriarch Abraham produced through his second wife Keturah.
Greek entry 420 in Strong's is the word anexikakos. The word, used only once in the Greek version of the New Testament, is found in 2Timothy 2:24 and means "enduring ill."
Now it is obligatory that a servant of the Lord not be argumentative, but gentle toward all, competent to teach, forbearing (anexikakos) . . . (2Timothy 2:24, HBFV).
Pergamos (Pergamon), the third of Revelation's famous seven churches (Revelation 2:12 - 17), was first populated by Greek colonists. Sometime before 420 B.C. the city began to produce its own coinage. God commended the Christian church in the city for being faithful in spite of it being located in a major center of pagan worship.
I know your works and where you dwell, where the throne of Satan is; but you are holding fast My name, and did not deny My faith . . . (Revelation 2:13, HBFV).
The English word "soul" is recorded 420 times in 396 King James Bible Old Testament verses. It is written the most in the Psalms (132 times) followed by Proverbs (38) and then Leviticus (32). The majority of the time the KJV derives the word from the Hebrew nephesh (Strong's Concordance #H5315).
Nephesh references a breathing lifeform which can be an animal or human. The word can also refer to the mind, or a person's desires, emotions, passions or appetites. Adam became a nephesh when God gave him the gift of life.
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (nephesh, Genesis 2:7, KJV).
Gold, Riches and the Number 420
One of the manifold ways King Solomon arguably became the richest person to ever live was through partnerships. King Hiram (Huram in the KJV) of Tyre was a friend and admirer of Solomon's father King David (2Samuel 5:11, 1Kings 5:1). After Solomon became king, he partnered with Hiram to acquire gold, precious gemstones (1Kings 10:11), unique trees and other valuable items from around the known world.
And King Solomon made a navy of ships in Ezion Geber . . . And Hiram sent with the navy his servants, shipmen who had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon. And they came to Ophir, and brought gold from there, four hundred and twenty (420) talents, and brought it to King Solomon (1Kings 9:26 - 28, HBFV).
A talent of gold weighed roughly 75 U.S. pounds (34.3 kilograms). This is equivalent to 1,094 troy ounces (the weight used to price gold). 420 talents (2Chronicles 8:18 says it was 450) is equal to 459,480 troy ounces. If we assume a conservative gold price of $1,800 per ounce, the ships employed by Solomon and Hiram brought back a little more than $827 million dollars of the precious metal!
More Info on Biblical Meaning of 420
420 is the product of 3 x 4 x 5 x 7. Only 3, 5 and 7 are prime numbers.
420 is the sum of four consecutive primes 101 + 103 + 107 + 109.
420 can also be arrived at by adding the first twenty even positive integers starting at two and ending with forty inclusively (2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + 10 + 12 + 14 + 16 + 18 + 20 + 22 + 24 + 26 + 28 + 30 + 32 + 34 + 36 + 38 + 40).
420 is sometimes used as a shorthand code for illicit behavior (for example, the use of cannabis or pot). Some religions, such as Rasta, use this substance as part of their worship.
According to Number in Scripture by E.W. Bullinger, the Gematria of the word "desolate," found in Daniel 9:27, is 420.
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate . . . (Daniel 9:27, KJV).