The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 888
The profound meaning of the number 888 is directly linked to the manifestation of God in the flesh to save mankind of its sins. As Joseph ponders whether to divorce his new but pregnant wife Mary, an angel appears in his dreams to alleviate his concerns. This messenger informs him that his wife, ". . . shall give birth to a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus" (Matthew 1:21).
Jesus' name, in the original Greek language from which the New Testament was written, is spelled Ι (Iota), η (Eta), σ (Sigma), ο (Omicron), υ (Upsilon) and σ (Sigma) or Ιησουσ (Strong's Concordance #G2424). Their numeric equivalents of 10, 8, 200, 70, 400 and 200 add up to 888.
Surprisingly, other 888 related Bible names used for Jesus also have a factor of eight within them when we add the numeric equivalents of the Greek letters. These include Christ (1480 or 8 times 185), Lord (800 or 8 times 100), Messiah (656 or 8 times 82) and others.
Appearances of multiple number eights
Three eights, or 888, can also be found representing the mighty prophetic power of God through his prophets. We find this repetition of eights in the ministry of Elijah, who represented the Old Testament prophets (see Matthew 17:3, Luke 9:30), coupled with his successor Elisha.
Number 888 and Elijah / Elisha
The first 8 of 888 is the number of major miracles performed by Elijah. The first is, "Elijah the Tishbite . . . said to (King) Ahab, "As the Lord God of Israel lives, before Whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except according to my word." (1Kings 17:1).
The second miracle is, "And Elijah said to her (a widow), "Do not fear, go. Do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it . . . For thus says the Lord God of Israel, 'The pitcher of meal shall not be emptied, nor shall the jar of oil fail until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.'" (2Kings 17:13 - 14).
The third is, "And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried to the Lord, and said, 'O Lord my God, please let this child’s life come to him again.' And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah . . ." (1Kings 17:21 - 22).
The fourth miracle is, "Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their heart back again." Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the burnt sacrifice . . ." (2Kings 18:37 - 38). The fifth is, "And Elijah said to Ahab (during a drought), 'Go up, eat and drink because of the sound of plenty of rain.'" (2Kings 18:41).
The sixth is, "And Elijah answered and said to the commander of fifty, 'If I am a man of God, then let fire come down from the heavens and burn up you and your fifty.' And there came down fire from the heavens and burned up him and his fifty" (2Kings 1:10). The seventh is like the sixth, "Man of God! So says the king, 'Come down quickly.' . . . And Elijah answered and said to him 'If I am a man of God, let fire come down from the heavens and burn up you and your fifty.' And the fire of God came down (a second time) from the heavens . . ." (2Kings 1:11 - 12).
The eighth and last miracle is, "And Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the waters (of the Jordan River). And they were divided to the one side and to the other side, so that both of them (Elijah and Elisha) crossed over on dry ground." (2Kings 2:8).
Elisha, before Elijah was taken away in a chariot of fire, asked to receive a double portion of the same spirit that was in his mentor. His request was granted as he witnessed Elijah being whisked away (2Kings 2:9 - 15). Below is the 8 + 8, or double the miraculous events of Elijah, performed by or through Elisha to complete 888.
The second number 8 of 888 was Elisha dividing the Jordan (2Kings 2:14), healing bitter waters (verse 21), having two she-bears punish those who mocked him (verses 23 - 24) and providing water for three kings (3:16 - 17). He also miraculously produced oil that was sold to pay a debt (4:1 - 7), raised a widow's son from the dead (verses 32 - 37), healed a pot of deadly food (verses 38 - 41) and fed 100 men (verses 42 - 44).
Last eight of Biblical meaning of 888
The third and final 8 of 888 was Elisha miraculously healing Naaman of leprosy (2Kings 5:1 - 19), causing his servant to have leprosy after he pursued forbidden money (verses 20 - 27), causing a heavy iron axe head to float (6:1 - 7) and causing another of his servants to see spiritual horses and chariots around a mountain (verses 15 - 17).
Elisha then made the Syrian army blind (2Kings 6:18), then restored their sight shortly thereafter (verse 20), then foretold Samaria's famine would end (chapter 7). Lastly, after his death, Elisha's bones caused a man's corpse to come back to life (13:20 - 21). This makes for 888.