There are now 8 billion people on the planet as of a few days ago.
"coincidence"; A sequence of events that although accidental seems to have been planned or arranged.
The number 8 represents a new beginning, meaning a new order or creation, and man's true 'born again' event when he is resurrected from the dead into eternal life.
MAN HAS ENTERED THE "FINAL SEVEN YEAR TRANSITION" FROM DEATH TO LIFE. "A change from one form, state, style, or place to another".
THIS IS THAT!
Eight is also an integral part of Jesus' sacrifice.
Like the Passover lamb, Jesus was selected as the Lamb to take away man's sins on Nisan 10 (April 1, 30 A.D. - John 12: 28 - 29). He was crucified on Nisan 14 (Wednesday, April 5 in 30 A.D.).
His resurrection occurred three complete days after he was buried, which was at the end of the weekly Sabbath day that fell on Nisan 17. Nisan 17 was day 8, counting inclusively, from the time Christ was selected as man's sacrificial Lamb. All this bears record of Yeshua, (Jesus'" perfect sacrifice and His complete victory over death.
Eight is the number of Jesus, whose name in the Greek adds up to 888.
Genesis 7:13 states, " On the very same day Noah and Noah's sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark. "
This number is confirmed by the Apostle Peter in the New Testament, who stated that only " eight souls " were saved from the Flood ( 1 Peter 3:20; see also 2 Peter 2:5 ).
Boys were to be circumcised on the 8th day. The number 8 symbolizes circumcision of the heart through Christ and the receiving of the Holy Spirit (Romans 2:28 - 29, Colossians 2:11 - 13).
Those in Christ are becoming a new creation, with godly character being created by the power of God's Spirit (2Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 2:10; 4:23 - 24).
After the 7 weeks of the spring harvest, the next day, the 50th day, is Pentecost.
This is "day eight" of the seventh week. This 8 and 50 day combination pictures the first resurrection when the saints will be raised from the dead and made immortal (1Corinthians 15:20 - 23, John 3:3 - 12, Revelation 20:4 - 6). After the 7 days of the Feast of Tabernacles there is an 8th day, called the Last Great Day.
Forty different people wrote the Scriptures.
Forty is the product of five (symbolizing grace) times 8 (symbolizing a new beginning). It is therefore only by God's grace and love that man will someday be given a chance for a new beginning, as promised in the Word of God.
Appearances of the number eight
The New Testament was penned by only eight men (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, James, Peter, Jude, Paul). Abdon (in the East) was a Judge of Israel who served 8 years (Judges 12:13 - 14).
The most joyous Feast period of the year is the eight day period of the Fall Feast of Tabernacles followed immediately afterward by the Last Great Day. Abraham, the father of the faithful, had 8 sons total. They were Ishmael, Isaac, Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah.
One method of timekeeping used in Israel was called a 'watch.' Watches were time periods in which guards were placed on duty. Although days were initially divided into 6 equal watch periods (Judges 7:19), by the time of the New Testament days were divided into 8 equal parts (Matthew 14:25, Mark 6:48).
First watch - Sunset to 9 p.m. Second watch - 9 p.m. to Midnight Third watch - Midnight to 3 a.m. Fourth watch - 3 a.m. to Sunrise.
Day Watches: First watch - Sunrise to 9 a.m. Second watch - 9 a.m. to Noon Third watch - Noon to 3 p.m. Fourth watch - 3 p.m. to Sunset.
Number 8 and the resurrection
Jesus showed himself alive 8 times after his resurrection from the dead. His first appearance alive was to Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9 - 11). He then showed himself to two disciples traveling to Emmaus (Luke 24).
Next, he appeared to all the disciples except Thomas (John 20:19 - 24) then a week later to all them when Thomas was present (John 20:26 - 29).
According to the apostle Paul, Christ also was seen by 500 believers at one time (1Corinthians 15:4 - 7). Jesus also met his disciples at the appointed place in Galilee (Matthew 28:16 - 17) and on Galilee's shores (John 21:1 - 24). His final meeting was on the Mount of Olives, where he gave his followers instructions before ascending to heaven (Acts 1).
More info on Biblical Meaning of 8
God saved eight people on the ark in order to have a new beginning for mankind after the flood. Since the symbolism of four in the Bible is derived from God's creation of everything, 8 (4 + 4) pictures the new creation after the flood.
As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all" (Luke 17:26-27).
"For yet SEVEN DAYS, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. Genesis 7:4. 5And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him".…
"But the dove found no place to rest her foot, and she returned to him in the ark, because the waters were still covering the surface of all the earth. So he reached out his hand and brought her back inside the ark. Noah waited SEVEN MORE DAYS and again sent out the dove from the ark. And behold, the dove returned to him in the evening with a freshly plucked olive leaf in her beak. So Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth".… Genesis 8:9-11.
Matthew 24:37-39 "For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, UNTIL THE DAY WHEN NOAH ENTERED THE ARK, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will with the Second Coming of Yeshua, MESSIAH".
So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days. Then on the SEVENTH DAY, they got up at dawn and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. That was the only day they circled the city SEVEN TIMES. 16After the SEVENTH time around, the priests blew the horns, and Joshua commanded the people, “Shout! For the LORD has given you the city!… Joshua 6:14-16.