08/08/08 Is there any significance?

by Richard Long

David Carson from Intercessors for Canada wrote this important correction in the lead up to the Olympics.  He’s written more about how Christians fall into a flawed numerology, but we will save that for another blog.  Here’s what he has to say about 08/08/08…


“The Olympic Games opened in Beijing at 8 minutes past 8:00 pm on August 8th, 2008. This is very deliberate so as to act at the most propitious and lucky time to assure success. The number 8 is considered a lucky number in Asian culture because it sounds like the word “prosper” or “wealth”. China is striving mightily to be the leader in gold medals at the games and build up their national pride and unity, and avoid loss of face. Curious that the message of the Gospel concerns a peasant who was executed but rose from the dead and calls us into his Kingdom to do his will free from all the elemental spirits of the Universe. We do not need luck anymore. Pray for a move of God in China.

A global day of prayer for China has been set aside for August 8th, the day the Olympics open in Beijing. The church in China needs our prayers, please see www.808chinablessing.org.


I continue to be amazed at the number of leaders in North America that still propagate the teaching that 2008 is a year of new beginnings! This is always true in Christ who makes all things new, but certainly not because the year ends in an 8. As I shared in the IFC December 2007 notes, this teaching has its source in Hebrew Numerology not prophetic insight. Another apostolic leader has suggested that the 490 years from Daniel 9:24 when added onto an assumed start of the reformation, 1517 AD, brings us to 2007 which makes 2008 the start of a new age in the purposes of God. This seems very similar to a recent declaration that the ‘Third Wave’ has started this year with the ‘Florida Outpouring’. As we search the scriptures the climatic events that could occur seem to be: apostasy, the man of lawlessness revealed, false signs and wonders, increased deception and delusion, and then the glorious personal return of Jesus Christ. ( 2 Thess 2:1-12) Are we eagerly expecting Him?

Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36″

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