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The Number 430

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Meaning of Numbers: The Number 430

The rich meaning of the number 430 comes from God's promises to Abraham and his deliverance of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage.

In Genesis 15 God, talking directly to Abraham, says, "I am the Lord that brought you out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give you this land to inherit it." Abraham's response is "Lord God, by what shall I know that I shall inherit it?" (Genesis 15:7 - 8, HBFV throughout).

After God had Abraham perform various sacrifices he made a covenant with him. The next day the Lord stated that although his descendants would be afflicted in a foreign land for 400 years he would deliver them.

And He (God) said to Abram, "You must surely know that your seed shall be sojourners in a land that is not theirs, (and shall serve them and they shall afflict them) four hundred years.

"And also I will judge that nation whom they shall serve. And afterward they shall come out with great substance . . . But in the fourth generation they shall come here again, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full." (Genesis 15:13 - 14, 16, HBFV).

The Israelites left Egypt in 1445 B.C. Going back 430 years from this date gives us 1875, the year this covenant was made. The actual count of 400 years however, referred to in Genesis 15:13, starts in 1845 B.C. with the confirmation of the covenant to Abraham's seed through Isaac (Genesis 22).

The children of Israel, 430 years to the day after God made his promise to Abraham, left Egypt a free nation on Nisan 15. This special day, which took place after the Passover when the firstborn were spared, is known as "a night to be much observed."

Now the sojourning of the children of Israel in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years (430), it was even on that very same day, all the armies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt. It is a night to be much observed to the Lord for bringing them out from the land of Egypt. (Exodus 12:40 - 41).

The Apostle Paul confirmed God's perfect 430 year fulfillment of his Genesis 15 prophecy when he wrote the following.

Now to Abraham and to his Seed were the promises spoken . . . Now this I say, that the covenant ratified beforehand by God to Christ cannot be annulled by the law, which was given four hundred and thirty years (430) later, so as to make the promise of no effect (Galatians 3:16 - 17).

Interestingly, one more pivotal event in the Bible happened on the exact day as Abraham's covenant and the Israelites leaving slavery. It was at the start of Nisan 15, at sunset, that in 30 A.D. Jesus dead body was placed in the tomb of a rich man (The Christian Passover by F. Coulter, chapter 21). This began Christ's three full days and nights in the heart of the earth, in fulfillment of a prophecy he himself offered.

For just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, in like manner the Son of man shall be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights (Matthew 12:40, HBFV).

Appearances of Number Four Hundred Thirty

The prophet Ezekiel was commanded by God to first lay on left side for 390 days then on his right side for 40 days for a total number of 430. This represented the 390 years the Kingdom of Israel would suffer for their sins and the forty years of correction the Kingdom of Judah would endure for their disobedience.

And you, son of man, take a tile to yourself, and lay it before you, and portray on it the city Jerusalem. And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mound against it. Also set the camp against it, and set battering rams against it all around.

For I have laid on you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days. So you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. And when you have fulfilled them, lie again on your right side, and you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days; a day for a year; a day for a year, I have set it upon you (Ezekiel 4:1 - 2, 5 - 6, HBFV).

Nehemiah was a cup-bearer to a Persian king. Aware of the difficulties his fellow Jews were experiencing in rebuilding Jerusalem's temple, he pleaded with the king to be sent to Judah (Nehemiah 1:1 - 2:8). His request was granted and he was ultimately made the governor of Judea. His book, which delineates his efforts to aid the rebuilding of Jerusalem and its temple, was written around 430 B.C.

The Hebrew word shalosh, Strong's Concordance #H7969, is recorded 430 times in 381 Hebrew Old Testament verses. It is written the most in 1Chronicles (40 times) followed by the book of Numbers (37) and then Exodus (35). The word, in the King James, is usually translated as "three" or "third." It can also mean "thirteen" if it is coupled with another word.

And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three (shalosh) measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth (Genesis 18:6, KJV).

So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three (shalosh) days' journey (Jonah 3:3, KJV).

Holiness and Number 430

The English word "holy" is recorded 430 times in 375 King James Bible verses in the Old Testament. It is found the most in Leviticus (94) followed by Isaiah (56) then Exodus (55). Scripture defines holy as something or someone that is separated and dedicated to serving or fulfilling God's will. It can also refer to a sacred place or thing that God designates for his own reasons.

And he (God) said (to Moses), Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground (Exodus 3:5, KJV).

And Aaron shall make an atonement upon the horns of it (the altar) once in a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonements: once in the year shall he make atonement upon it throughout your generations: it is most holy unto the Lord (Exodus 30:10, KJV).

More Info on Biblical Meaning of 430

430 is the product of 2 x 5 x 43. 2, 5 and 43 are primes.

Eber, born in 2246 B.C., is the fourteenth generation of man listed in Scripture (Genesis 11:14 - 17). It is his name that was used to derive the reference "Hebrew" to describe his descendants. Its first Scriptural usage is in Genesis 14 where Abram (later Abraham) is called "the Hebrew."

And there came one who had escaped. And he told Abram the Hebrew, for he lived in the plains of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner. And these had a covenant with Abram (Genesis 14:13, HBFV).

After having his first son, Peleg, at the age of thirty-four, he produces several more sons and daughters during his remaining 430 years of life.

Peleg is noteworthy, "for in his days the earth was divided . . ." (Genesis 10:25, HBFV). This is likely a reference to the flooding of the world's land bridges that made travel between continents possible.

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