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The Number 800

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Meaning of Numbers: The Number 800

The possible meaning of the number 800 in the Bible is derived from Jesus’ earliest physical ancestors and from his titles.

The Hebrew word ebed, Strong's Concordance #H5650, occurs exactly 800 times in the Hebrew version of the Old Testament. It is the only original language word to be written this many times in either the Old or New Testaments. The word means a bondman or slave, and it is commonly translated as "servant" in the King James. It is first used twice in a single verse as part of Noah's curse on Canaan.

And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son (a reference to Canaan, verse 18, the youngest son of his son Ham) had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant (ebed) of servants (ebed) shall he be unto his brethren (Genesis 9:24 - 25, KJV).

Appearances of Number Eight Hundred

The first six generations of humans have something unique in common in regard to 800 and Jesus' physical lineage.

Although the Bible doesn't state how old Adam was when he produced Cain and Abel, it does state he was 130 when Seth came into the world (Genesis 5:3). Seth was Adam and Eve's third male child, a son whom Eve considered God gave her to replace Abel (4:25). Adam lived another 800 years after Seth, producing many more children (5:4 - 5).

Seth was 105 when he produced his firstborn son Enos and lived another 807 after this event (Genesis 5:6 - 8). Enos was 90 when his first son Cainan entered the world, and afterwards lived another 815 years (verses 9 - 11). Cainan was 70 when Mahalealel was born, after which he lived another 840 years (verses 12 - 14). Mahalealel produced Jared when he was 65, living an additional 830 years after his birth (verses 15 - 17). Jared was 162 when he produced Enoch, after which he lived another 800 years (verses 18 - 20).

The first six generations were blessed with incredibly long lives after they produced the most important male in the family through which Jesus' physical lineage would be traced (see Luke 3:37 - 38).

Jesus and the Number 800

The Greek word kurios, Strong's #G2962, is commonly translated as "Lord" in the King James translation. Kurios, which is a term of respect toward someone in supreme or ultimate authority, is recorded 728 times in the New Testament's original language. It is frequently used as a reference to Jesus Christ.

The Greek letters of kurios are kappa, upsilon, rho, iota, omicron and sigma. If we add up the numeric representation of each letter, 20 + 400 + 100 + 10 + 70 + 200, we get 800.

The letter omega (Ω) is the last letter of the classical Greek alphabet. When the Greeks used letters to represent numerical values it symbolized 800 (The Universal History of Numbers, pages 219 - 220). When Jesus stated he was the Alpha and Omega, or the first and the last, he was also stating he was 1 and 800.

"I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA, the Beginning and the Ending" says the Lord, "Who is, and Who was, and Who is to come - the Almighty" (Revelation 1:8, HBFV, see also verse 11, 21:6 and 22:13).

More Info on Biblical Meaning of 800

The number 800 in the Hebrew alphabet is represented by its 26th letter called the Final Pe. The letter Pe, if found at the end of a word, is changed slightly to become the Final Pe. In the Greek alphabet 800 is represent by the letter Omega.

Jashobeam, also referred to as Adino the Eznite in the King James (1Chronicles 11:11, 2Samuel 23:8), was the captain of King David's elite fighting group known as the Mighty Men. He was the fiercest of David's warriors as he was able to kill 800 men, by himself, at one time!

These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-Basshebeth the Tachmonite, chief of the three; he was called Adino the Eznite because of the eight hundred he killed at one time (2Samuel 23:8, HBFV).

800 is equal to 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 (or 2 to the fifth power) x 5 x 5 (or 5 squared). Both 2 and 5 are primes. This number is also equal to the sum of four consecutive primes (193 + 197 + 199 + 211).

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