In numbers, 284, or “two-hundred and eighty-four”, is a natural number, between 283 and 285; its significance is that it is higher value of the first "amicable number" pair (284, 220), which connects to the fact that it is the gematria equivalent of the Greek word: Θεός (Theos), i.e. Dios (Spanish), or "god" in English. The lower value of the amicable pair, namely "220" translates or renders, via gematria equivalents, into the works: messiah, Christ, or chosen one.
Theos | God | Shining one
The gematria for Theos, Θεός (Greek), Dios (Spanish), or "god", is the number 284, as shown below:
Mathematically, the number “284” is significant in that, with the number “220”, the form the smallest pair (220, 284) of so-called “amicable numbers”, i.e. friendly numbers, the pairs of which, in ancient times, thought to represent mutual friendship, perfect harmony, and “love” (Grime, 2011).
Thus pairs of lovers would inscribe 220 and 284 on talismans, with which one person would ware one, and the other would be worn by the person’s lover; such as shown below (left), or cut fruit, such as an apple, into 220/284 ratio, and given one to each lover, and when consumed they would complete each other, or something along these lines:
220 | Chosen one | Christ | Messiah
The significance of the number "220", as the presumed lover, friend, or mathematical counterpart of "god" (284), such as Hesiod (c.750BC) would likely have known, when he wrote Theogony, remains to be discerned? Certainly, the Egyptians, were keen to the meaning of this number, being that the Greeks learned all their math from the Egyptians. It is known that Pythagoras (c.520BC), according to Iamblichus (300AD), knew about the 220 and 284 amicable number pair.
In 1953, Paul Case, in his The True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order, discerned that the numerical value of "chosen one", employed throughout the Old Testament, is numerically equivalent to 220:
He describes this as follows:
- “The number 220, the value of R. C. (and of C. R., which is the next set of initials used in the story), is the first of those numbers called ‘amicable’ or ‘friendly’ by the Pythagoreans. This would be known to the erudite of Europe who had studied such works as the writings of Nichomachus, lamblichus, and Boetius. Amicable numbers are those in which the aliquot parts or submultiples of the first add to a second number that, in turn, has aliquot parts or submultiples whose sum is the first number. The first pair of amicable numbers is 220 and 284. The aliquot parts of 220 are 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 11, 20, 22, 44, 55, and 110. The sum of these numbers is 284. The aliquot parts of 284 are 1, 2, 4, 71, and 192. The sum of these is 220. Now in Greek Gematria, 284 is the number of agathos (good), hagios (sacred, holy), and theos (god). Really, the three words are simply different ways of saying the same thing. Thus, that to which 220 is amicable, or friendly, is god himself. And since the parts of 284 add up to 220 and the parts of 220 add up to 284, we have here a numeral symbol of just what is implied in the union of the hypotenuse with the vertical line of the Pythagorean triangle, and by the coalescence of the words ‘father’ and ‘son’ in the Hebrew for ‘stone’.”
- — Paul Case (1953), The True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order (pg. v) 
- “Again, 220 is the number of the Hebrew word BChIR (בָּחִיר.), bawkheer, meaning ‘chosen, elect’, applied throughout the Old Testament to Israel and transferred by Gnostic Christianity to the spiritual Israel, who receive the sacred inheritance not according to the flesh but according to something higher. The elect, throughout the New Testament, are the saints, the sacred ones, who are the few selected from the many who are called.”
- — Paul Case (1953), The True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order (pg. v) 
Similarly, Kar (כר), the Hebrew word for Lamb, the symbol of Christ, also is numerically equivalent to 220:
In the Bible, Old Testament, it is said that Jacob gave Esau a gift of 220 goats.
Related to this, another theory, suggested by Frank Colijn (2008), is the first initials of the name Jeshua (284) Messiach (220), which is the Hebrew equivalent of Jesus Christ, contain the number pair 284 and 220, as follows, meaning that 220 is code for Messiah, Chosen one, or the "Christ", and that 284 is "god" (or Jesus) depending on interpretation:
Moreover, the used of amicable number pairs, according to Colijn, is a way mathematically code the various names of the different gods in the Old Testament. The numerical equivalent of the god Yahweh Elohim, himself a syncretism of the gods Yahweh + Elohim, e.g. is “112”, which is a number that as nine divisors: 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 14, 16, 28, 56. The number “56” is the “9th” and last of these divisors, and product of 9 and 56 is “504”, which is the sum of the smallest amicable number pair (220 + 284). Other numerical patterns like this can be found if one digs around in the ordering of the Hebrew words and letters in the Old Testament. It remains to be determine, however, as to how much of this number pattern finding is what called "reading into" things patterns that are not there, or put there by someone intentionally, but rather are after the fact derived mathematical coincidences?
Ramanujan | Ideal friends
In 1919, Ramanujan, while studying mathematics at Oxford, was asked why he didn’t have any friends, he replied, in supposedly a parroting of what Pythagoras said about his friend, that he expected his friends to be “like numbers 220 and 284” (Ѻ), the perfect friendship (or love union), which is hard to find.
BC/AD → BE/AE
In 3100BC, at the founding of the 1st dynasty of Egypt, the central motif behind this formation, or unification of Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt, was the tale of the battle between Horus and Set, the outcome of which deciding who would be the "chosen one" to rule over all of Egypt, following the death of their father Osiris.
- “Horus is the Kamite prototype of the chosen one .”
Accordingly, throughout the period of the Egyptian dynasty, from 3100BC to 100AD, the "god" and "chosen one", i.e. the amicable number (284, 220) pairing motif, operated to the effect that there was one "supreme god" and the pharaoh was the "chosen" one or the Christ, generally speaking. While there doesn't seem to be an actual extant Hieroglyphic-to-English translation that connects Horus to the number "220", we do know that beginning in about 800BC, all of the Greeks began to travel to Egypt to learn their mathematics, science, philosophy, and religio-mythology. In c.550BC, e.g. we know that Pythagoras studied at the great college of Heliopolis, the central city of the Horus vs Set chosen one mythos. Accordingly, we find Pythagoras referring to his friend as an amicable number:
- “My friend is my other ‘I’, like 220 and 284.”
- — Pythagoras (c.520BC), Publication 
With the rise of Judaism and Christianity, the "chosen" one began to take the form of a person.
As there is no date origin to this mathematical model, there is, accordingly, no basis for the BC/AD dating system. Hence, the use of the new BE/AE dating system. Said another way, as there was no "real" 220, there was no time period "before 220" or "after 220".
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