The Number 48
In the King James Bible the word "milk" is used 48 total times.
The tribe of Levi, because they were dedicated to serving God, did not receive an inheritance of farmable land in Canaan (Num. 18:20, Deuteronomy 18:1 - 2). The Eternal, using the tithes and offerings Israelites gave, was to be their primary means of support. They did receive, however, 48 cities in which they could live, six of which were to be designated as cities of refuge (Num. 35:7, Joshua 20, 21:41).
The book of Jonah is the tenth shortest KJV book with only 4 chapters, 48 verses and 1,321 words. Ezekiel is the third largest book with 48 chapters, 1,273 verses and 39,407 words.
The Number 55
King Manasseh of Judah, at 55 years (2Kings 21:1, 2Chronicles 33:1), was the longest reigning monarch of either the Kingdom of Judah or Israel. He first co-ruled with his father, the righteous Hezekiah, from 696 to 686 B.C. He then became sole king from 686 until his death in 642.
Manasseh's reign of 55 years marked one of the most evil and violent periods in the history of God's people. The king indulged in various forms of evil, such as rebuilding the pagan altars torn down by his father (2Kings 21:3). This rebuilding even included erecting idolatrous altars within the confines of Jerusalem's temple (verses 4 - 5)! He also willingly burned one of his sons alive as a sacrifice to a pagan deity (verses 6).
Manasseh was so bloody that the Bible states, "(he) shed very much innocent blood until he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another" (2Kings 21:16).
The Number 65
Mahalealel, the great, great grandson of Adam, and Enoch, representing the seventh generation of patriarchs, were both 65 years old when they had their first son (Genesis 5:15, 21).
Sixty-five (65) is also associated with the Israelite tribe of Ephraim. This relationship is due to Isaiah the prophet’s words that stated, "Within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken . . ." (Isaiah 7:8).
The Number 390
In Scripture, the number 390 symbolizes a separated and punished Israel (Ezekiel 4:5). This is because Ezekiel was commanded to lay on his left side 390 days to represent the sins of the people and the length of their punishment in years (Ezekiel 4:1 - 5).
The Biblical Meaning of 888
As Joseph ponders whether to divorce his new but pregnant wife Mary, an angel appears in his dreams to alleviate his concerns. This messenger from God also 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 (see our article on numerology), add up to 888.
Surprisingly, other English Biblical 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.