In the movie ‘The Postman’ starring Kevin Costner we watch the struggle between good and evil centered around a post apocalyptic militia the “Holnists” and their established “Rules of Eight”. I could go into great details of why this plot is established, but I would rather watch the light bulb over your head pop on when you see it for yourself!
EIGHT: sh’moneh in Hebrew, from the root shah’meyn “to make fat” or “to cover with fat” which means to super-abound. The first of a new series: there are seven days in a week; the 8th day is the beginning of a new series of days. It is the number of salvation, resurrection, and new birth/regeneration.
Eight is the first cubic number (2 x 2 x 2). This is significant because the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle and in the Jerusalem Temple was the same height, length and breadth–a perfect cube [1 Kings 6:20].
Eight is the number of our salvation and the Second Coming. It is the day Christ arose from the dead [Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-8; John 20:1-10].
Eight (okto in Greek) days after the resurrection (in the literal Greek translation) Jesus appeared to his disciples a second time; this time with Thomas [John 20:26].
Eight people were saved in the ark during the Great Flood including Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives [Genesis 7:13].
The feasts of Passover (Nisan 14th) and Unleavened Bread (Nisan 15th -21st ) lasts 8 days and marks the beginning of the Liturgical year [Leviticus 23:5-8], while the Feast of Tabernacles lasts 8 days and marks the end of the Liturgical year.
On the 8th day of an Israelite male child’s birth, he enters the Sinai Covenant by the ritual of circumcision [Genesis 17:10-12; Exodus 22:29-30; Leviticus 12:3].
On the eighth day of creation Ha’adam was created and the set apart people of YHWH were established.
SEVEN AND EIGHT: together these numbers form a remarkable connection. As we have noted seven, according to its etymology, means that which is spiritually complete, while eight denotes that which is superabundant.
God’s holy covenant name is expressed in Hebrew by the four consonants YHWH which have a value of 10, 5, 6, and 5. We will cover the number 10 next time but suffice to say it means Perfection of divine order. So, some of the values we get from the name of YHWH…
(10×5) + (6×5) = 80 = Perfect order of divine salvation
Adding 10+6+5=21 (or 3 sevens) +5 = substansial perfect grace
or 10+5+6+5=26 double portion of perfect order for man or a perfect order of grace double portioned for man
Subtracting … (10-5) + (6-5) = 6 or Divine Order ie. YHWH minus grace plus man minus grace leaves man all alone!
Division (10 / 10) (6/1) = 6.. trying to share divine order equally with man leave him all alone!
Any way you look at it ….this adds up to YHWH loving us perfectly and completely. The ‘rules of eight’ applied long before movies were ever created.