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Eells and these other Latter-Day Heretics have also majored in 'Bible Codes' or 'Secret Encoding' in the Bible. But that there are any secret languages encrypted into the Bible is clearly contrary to the statements found therein that any person (Deut 8v3; Psalm 1v1-2) and even a 'young man' (Psalm 119v9) or a 'child' (2 Timothy 3v15) can understand the Scriptures. The Biblical message is that every Christian is responsible before God to know and understand the Bible for himself. It is therefore utterly contrary both to common sense and Scripture to imagine that someone has been given any kind of secret interpretation for the rest of us to believe and follow. This is how cults start and Eells is a one of many deceivers leading people astray through false interpretations based on dreams, visions, and codes.
We had the Y2K panic with instructions to store food - and hide it from the police of the New World Order who would take it away. They even ordered - 'Get out - flee from the USA!' Orthodox Christians are concerned because even a man they once respected, David Wilkerson, seems to have caught the same 'spirit' of prophecy - the major difference being that his teachings are still very orthodox. But we are all subject to the same Scriptural tests of Deuteronomy 18, Jeremiah 28, 1 Corinthians 14, and Matthew 7 etc. and the 'Bible Codes' deception is no exception.
Misinformation and fanaticism being offered by some ministries could eventually provide government 'justification' to shut down 'Christians' or at least to censor the content of messages from pulpits, books, radio and TV, etc. Persuading followers to flee the country and even change their citizenship are some of the calls heard in recent years!
One of the deceptions offered on audio tapes through 'The Prophecy Club' was Secret Hiding Place by Tom Van Asperen which contained this statement:
' ... the Code Language says there is no rapture....'
Paul's assurance that 'the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord' (1 Thess 4v13-18) was apparently lost in this 'code'?!
We had the claim of a 'secret message' encoded in the Torah at certain letter sequences, which was impossible to discover until modern computers were developed. This leads to obvious and complete debunking. 'Orthodox' rabbis quickly 'discovered' that, by changing the spacing between the letters (leaving the letters in same order) in the last phrase in Genesis 15v17, 'a burning lamp passed between those pieces' becomes 'decreed God into Rabin evil fire fire.' This was considered remarkable by some because Genesis 15v7-21 records the covenant God made with Abram giving the promised land to him and to his seed, specifically identifying its boundaries, assassinated Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin had repeatedly defied this covenant, stating that he would not abide by its 'geography' but would continue to barter that land for 'peace,'and this passage was being read in synagogues around the world on the very day that Rabin was shot twice ('fire fire') by an assassin.
The original work that gained world attention was done by mathematical statisticians Doron Witztum, Eliyahu Rips and Yoav Rosenberg of the Jerusalem College of Technology and the Hebrew University, and was first published in the eminent Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (1988). The original study involved 300 pairs of related words such as 'rain' and 'umbrella,' 'hammer' and 'anvil,' etc. Every pair was found in close proximity a number of times and the study concluded that other randomly chosen pairs would also be found in the same way. Was this just an incredible mathematical pattern that happened by chance in any large sample, such as the Bible, or secular works, e.g., The Encyclopaedia Britannica? Witztum, et al, decided to chose the names of the 34 most prominent Jewish men from the ninth to nineteenth centuries and discovered that these names were in the Masoretic Text as well, in close proximity to the date of each one's birth or death. Some people jumped to the conclusion that this must be supernatural because there was no possible way that any human author, writing the Torah in about 1600 B.C., could have known about such data, let alone have encoded it. The researchers added the names of the 32 next most prominent Jewish leaders and again the computer found them, together with their dates of birth and/or death. The results were published in the Statistical Science (1994) journal, whose editor wrote:
'Our referees were baffled: their prior beliefs made them think the Book of Genesis could not possibly contain meaningful references to modern day individuals, yet when the authors carried out additional analyses and checks the effect persisted. The paper is thus offered to Statistical Science readers as a challenging puzzle.'
The statistical results were verified by other mathematicians and scientists from Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins, and the Hebrew University. Other Hebrew texts such as Tolstoy's War and Peace were tested and no such patterns were apparently uncovered. Even other versions of the Bible produced no results - only the Masoretic Hebrew Text. There seemed to be no rational explanation.
Interest was stimulated by a number of best-selling books and articles appearing in major periodicals which claimed that hidden messages occurred in the first five books of the Bible. Did God design for information in Genesis through Deuteronomy so that encoded words, hidden for more than three millennia, would be discovered by a code which could only be deciphered through the technology of computers. It was originally claimed that these results would be irrefutable scientific proof of God's hand in the Bible. Using a skip code, commonly referred to as equidistant letter-sequencing (ELS), which requires the separation of the searched-for letters of the key word or words by an equal number of letters the search scans the continuous Hebrew letters from Genesis 1v1 through Deuteronomy. Various ELS codes were assigned until the key word was found. For example, in searching for a specific word, every fifth letter throughout the text is examined to find the letter of the word in the correct spelling sequence. If that skip sequence of every fifth letter fails to discover all the necessary letters of the key word, other equal letter-spacing searches are tried. Code sequences run from single digits to numbers in the thousands.
The name of the assassinated Israeli prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, was claimed to have been found in the Book of Deuteronomy by using a separation of 4,772 letters between each consonant. The Hebrew text used has no vowels, therefore they must be supplied arbitrarily by the researcher. So the computer has selected the Hebrew letter for 'Y,' followed by 4,772 consonant letters before the selection of the next key Hebrew letter for 't,' which is followed by another 4,772 consonants ending at the next key letter, and so on until all the consonants (y,t,z,h,k,r,b,n) of the name are selected. Those eight consonants are spread over 22 chapters of Deuteronomy and, by adding the necessary vowels to complete the word being sought, they arrived at the name Yitzhak Rabin.
In some ways this is reminiscent of another system used by translators who take the thoroughly Biblical tetragrammaton, the four letters that occur Scripturally, first in Exodus 3v14:
14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
Taking the four letters, YHWH, that are commonly translated into 'I AM THAT I AM' (KJV), or 'I AM WHO I AM' (NIV), translators have added vowels to arrive at YaHWeH - or Anglicised the consonants to JHVH to obtain the popular, but massively invented Name of God: JeHoVaH.
Now, although the method comes up with a way of pronouncing the tetragrammaton, whereas before we can only make fairly unintelligible noises (Uwuh or Juvuh?!), this manipulation of the facts has been utilized by the WBTS of Jehovah's Witnesses into something of a cause célèbre. Their claim is that they have returned the 'True Name' of God the Father into the text of the Bible! To unmask this pretension consider the excellent material regarding the use of 'Jehovah' provided by Reachout Trust - and partially reproduced on this page.
In a nutshell, the facts show that absolutely ANY vowels are equally relevant where the tetragrammaton is concerned, i.e., we could equally call The Great 'I Am':
Yahweh, Yihwoh, Yuhwah, Yehwih, Yohwuh, etc., or
Jahaveh, Jihevoh, Juhivah, *Jehovih, Johuvuh, etc. - or, even, Jehovah!
*As a side issue, it would be interesting to hear the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Jehovah's Witnesses' explanation for not choosing 'Jehovih' which was revealed to Dr. John Ballou Newbrough, a New York dentist (born in June 5, 1828) as the 'Creator's' name. Newbrough had, through spiritualism, turned to 'automatic writing' (demonic controlled writing!). Early one morning in 1870, he claimed to be awakened by a striking vision. His room was flooded with 'pillars of soft light' and there were 'great numbers of beautiful spirits and angels.' One of them asked him, 'Do you want to perform a mission for Jehovih?' ('Oahspe' - a popular book among New Age and psychic enthusiasts even today - spells the Divine Name 'Jehovih' rather than 'Jehovah'). Newbrough was to produce a book, through automatic writing, which would supposedly inaugurate a new era of mankind called the 'Kosmon era,' the 'seventh age,' which was to be characterized by non-violence and in which wars would cease voluntarily. As even the deceived of Newbrough's time now know, this is another un-Scriptural deception!
Now - it must surely have also crossed other minds - when you know the word or result you are looking for you can find it using the Bible Code but, as with the case of the consonants (y,t,z,h,k,r,b,n) found (in 22 chapters!) of Deuteronomy, the necessary vowels to complete the word being sought can make you arrive at the name Yitzhak Rabin. But, just as with YHWH, if you don't know the vowels you are looking for you won't come up with a true and relevant word! If the researcher had not been looking for Rabin would he have found him? If Yitzhak Rabin is a common name that has been around for hundreds of years then, obviously, he could have been found in past centuries if the computer software had been around to carry out this work. But have there ever been famous or significant Rabin's in the past - and would they have been found 'cold'? It seems the answer is a clear 'No'! And if there have not been any other Rabin's of note why would you even be looking for one of them? The method becomes as irrelevant and random, in real terms, as the claims that Nostradamus' writings contain significant details ('prophecies'!), such as Hilter (a river) which adherents claim is a prophecy about one Adolf Hitler. Obviously, until Adolf came along and committed his vile crimes against God and His Creation, no one was even looking for the name (Hilter or Hitler!) so it was an absolute insignificance!
In the same way, if you are looking for your birth date, wedding date, manner in which you cut your index finger off, etc., you might find it using the 'Bible code' - but only because you know what you are looking for! And why should the marriage date of David Eells, Fred the Fishmonger, or anyone else, even a genuine 'servant of God,' be important enough for God to note it in His Word? It isn't important, or significant at all, when you only 'find' it when you select an incident or event to seek. Facts and logic quickly destroy the emotional basis of many deceptions. Surely, if you really had such a source of knowledge of the most trivial fact, you would look for the identity of the Anti-christ and all of his consorts so you could warn the world and then no one would be deceived in these End-Times! You can imagine the excuses Eells, et al, would come up for their failure to be able to do this - if you've been playing the Scriptural logic game up to now!
Continuing with the logic that demolishes this whole 'code' thesis we turn back to the significance of the tetragrammaton in the Bible. If God has really packed His Word with insignificant details of the lives of such as Eells - then it is surely reasonable to believe that He must have incorporated His True Name somewhere in His Word, via this amazing 'code.' However, as we have discussed, this Name can only be found via the 'code' if it is already known. And, out of reverence for this Name, Israel had 'lost' this knowledge many centuries ago. The 'Bible Code' is clearly bunkum, QED!
Michael Drosnin, a journalist, popularized the 'code' and made many sensational claims concerning its predictive qualities, in a Simon & Schuster book titled The Bible Code (1997). Predictably, numerous Christian authors enthusiastically embraced the 'code' to support basic faith in Christ and in the Bible as God's Word - as if His work had been insufficient before this 'great' discovery was made. The fact that Yeshua Shemi ('Yeshua is My Name') was found encoded in Isaiah 53 and Dam Yeshua ('the blood of Yeshua') appeared in Leviticus was then hailed by some evangelicals as the greatest discovery and most convincing proof ever revealed.
However, researchers subsequently demonstrated that, using the same methodology, 'the blood of Mohammed' and even 'the blood of [David] Koresh' are also to be found in Leviticus and many additional times throughout the Torah (Mohammed is found 2,328 times, Krishna 104 times, and Koresh 2,729 times in the Torah, using skip sequences up to 1,000 letters). Buddha was found in Genesis and Lenin and 'Rev. Moon' in Daniel. Furthermore, the 'code' then began to be used by some rabbis to prove that Jesus was a false Messiah: Yeshua and Mechashif (sorcerer) and Nabi Shekr (false prophet) are found in the Torah with identical skip sequences and even overlapping!
If these facts were not enough to cause serious doubts among even the most gullible and ardent supporter, growing numbers of mathematicians, statisticians and scientists disputed the validity of the 'code' and, in turn, Eliyahu Rips denounced Drosnin's book. Shlomo Sternberg, member of the National Academy of Science and holder of the George Putnam Chair in Pure and Applied Mathematics at Harvard University, also called Drosnin's book 'complete nonsense.' Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professor of Old Testament, Daniel Block, accused Drosnin of turning the Bible into another 'Delphic Oracle...ambiguous, able to tell you anything you are looking for.' Ronald S. Hendel, with a Ph.D. from Harvard (Hebrew Book Review editor for Bible Review), called Drosnin's book 'a journalistic hoax.' Physicist David E. Thomas applied the Bible-code technique to Genesis (in the King James Version) and found 5,812 encoded 'UFOs' with dozens of the references in close proximity to the hidden word 'Roswell.'
Since the initial excitement over 'The Bible Code,' applications of the skip-code sequence to secular books produced results of significance equal to that of the Torah code research. For example, the Hebrew translation of the secular novel, War and Peace, produced more than fifty 'Chanukah-related words encoded in the text.' The ELS method was also used in an effort to show that the claimed 'revelation' of the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin was not supernaturally encrypted in a 'Bible Code' and subsequently revealed 'thirteen 'predicted' assassinations of public figures, several of them prime ministers or presidents or their equivalents' in the novel Moby Dick:
ref. http://cs.anu.edu.au/~bdm/dilugim/moby.html - at this site we read that Drosnin made this challenge:
'When my critics find a message about the assassination of a prime minister encrypted in Moby Dick, I'll believe them.' (Newsweek, Jun 9, 1997)
These 'critics' comment: 'Note that English with the vowels included is far less flexible than Hebrew when it comes to making letters into words. Nevertheless, without further ado, we present our answer to Mr Drosnin's challenge. ... [and] A note to the credulous ... It has come to my attention that some people have taken this page as claiming that Moby Dick really predicted the assassinations of famous people. Please be assured that none of these patterns happened by other than pure random chance. ... No laws of probability are violated here, or even stretched a little. That is also true of Drosnin's book, which is the whole point of this page. Once you learn Drosnin's rules (none) and the method (a bit of messy programming) you can find things like this anywhere. The reason it looks amazing is that the number of possible things to look for, and the number of places to look, is much greater than you imagine.'
Also see the links included on this page to 'Back to the Torah Codes page' and 'Back to the Mathematical Miracles page' [ref. Copyright Brendan McKay (1997)]
So the mounting evidence quickly indicated that the 'Bible Code' method can be applied to any sufficiently long document to produce any sought-after message, as noted in the last sentences (above):
'Once you learn Drosnin's rules (none) and the method (a bit of messy programming) you can find things like this anywhere. The reason it looks amazing is that the number of possible things to look for, and the number of places to look, is much greater than you imagine.'
Obviously, something that can prove anything, really proves nothing and, since the Bible clearly states that: 'God is not the author of confusion' (1 Corinthians 14v33), we can be sure that discarding this pseudo-scientific research is the correct conclusion to be drawn.
The Word of God, as found in the Bible alone, is 'sharper than any two-edged sword' (Hebrews 4v12) and sufficient in itself (2 Timothy 3v16-17). The Bible prophecies concerning Israel and her Messiah provide irrefutable proof that the Bible is God's Word, that Israel is His people and land, and that Jesus is the Saviour. Further proofs are unnecessary but have been extensively supplied ny many apologists for the Christian faith, such as Josh McDowell in Evidence That Demands A Verdict (Thomas Nelson, 1999). All true believers also have the witness of the indwelling Holy Spirit, for we have come to know God personally through our Lord Jesus Christ and need nothing further.
Contrary to the complexity of the Bible codes, God hides His truth 'from the wise and prudent' and reveals it 'unto babes' (Luke 10v21). There are undoubtedly some complicated issues in interpretation, and linguistic skills in the Biblical languages are important (again, reference the appalling mistakes - many a deliberate result of doctrinal bias - perpetrated by the 'translators' of the WBTS of Jehovah's Witnesses) but, to ensure that no one setting themselves up as an 'expert' in these matters would go unchallenged, rules of hermeneutics and exegesis must be widely recognised and agreed on. In the matter of 'Bible Codes' it would be out of character for God to provide a 'proof' so complicated that even experts in mathematics, statistics, computers, and cryptography, are in disagreement with other equally qualified experts. There is no hint in the Bible of any hidden codes and The Word declares that His truth is revealed only by the Holy Spirit and to His sheep, not to non-believing mathematicians etc. The fact that these codes have revealed many other connections and patterns between 'famous' names and events, some that have occurred and others supposedly 'prophesied' - even in large volumes of secular materials - proves the method is not from the God of the Bible.
The Bible code also smacks of elitism of the kind claimed by Mormon 'prophets,' the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of Jehovah's Witnesses, or the magisterium of bishops, cardinals and the pope (for Roman Catholics). Since only this elite group can apparently interpret the Bible and the 'code' leaves the average person at the mercy of these self-appointed experts. Even if the 'code' could be proven, and the experts were all in agreement, it would offer 'evidence' which the Bible says would be meaningless for we are told that the most spectacular truth one could ask for - someone returning from the dead to tell what hell is like - would not be convincing to those who would not heed what God has spoken in His Word (Luke 16v27-31). The same applies to any other evidence, to varying degrees, and the much less spectacular and totally flawed Bible code is therefore worthless. Those who have embraced the method, such as Eells, clearly prove they need sound doctrine, solid teaching from God's Word, a return to the Bible, and not 'The Bible Code.' Many are now following Eells' example and wasting time and energy chasing 'hidden codes' to the neglect of solid Biblical teaching. We pray that the Lord will renew in all of our hearts a love for His Word, the diligence to study it, wisdom to rightly divide it, and the passion to live it and communicate to others the truth which sets us free (John 8v31-32). We can be certain that all of the examples we have of living by God's Word (Deuteronomy 8v2-3; Matthew 4v4), of meditating upon it (Psalm 1v1-3), of heeding it and being cleansed thereby (Psalm 119v9), refer to the text of the Word and not to any hidden 'code.' When Paul wrote: 'And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up' (Acts 20v32), we know what 'Word' he meant and all believers are commended to do the same.>>> 'Bible Code - Part II'
We can read the 'Bible Codes' version of Eells et al, and their opinion of Drosnin, at:
cf. PDF file at www.unleavenedbreadministries.org/SG.pdf
Here, in an article headed:
God's Sovereignty in Creating the Scriptures
Knowing this first that no prophecy of scripture is of private interpretation. For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Pet.1v20,21).
There is no mistaking the fact that the Bible claims God as its author. It seems fantastic that God could give perfect thoughts to imperfect men and make sure that what they write is perfectly inspired. (2 Tim.3v16) Every scripture inspired of God (Greek: 'is God breathed') [is] also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction, which is in righteousness. He was so perfectly sovereign in this that it was said that He used men's mouths. (Lk.1v70) As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets that have been from of old. (Jer.1v9)…The Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. The prophets themselves also claimed this by prefacing their words with 'Thus saith the Lord.'
Jesus not only said that His words were from God but that they also would judge us and that they are eternal life. (Jn.12v48) He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my sayings, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I spake, the same shall judge him in the last day. (49) For I spake not from myself; but the Father that sent me, he hath given me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. (50) And I know that his commandment is life eternal: the things therefore which I speak, even as the Father hath said unto me, so I speak. Jesus passed on this inspiration to those whom He sent. (Mt.10v40) He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. New Testament teachers and prophets like Paul claimed this inspiration. (1 Cor.14v37) If any man thinketh himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him take knowledge of the things which I write unto you, that they are the commandment of the Lord.
Can the divine inspiration of Scriptures be proven? In this book, I will relate to you a few miracles that have happened to me, which have no reasonable explanation other than the supernatural power of a living, loving God, Who reacts to our faith in the Scriptures. The most impressive miracle to me is what happened to me when a friend challenged me to read the Scriptures. I was not at all convinced that God wrote them and I was, I thought, fairly happy living in sin. I enjoyed my dope, alcohol, hobbies, and generally pleasing myself with no desire to serve God or to be holy. However I had a curiosity about the supernatural fulfilment of prophecies thousands of years old that were attributed to the Bible. So never having had an interest in reading, I started to read. At the time, I really did not know what was happening to me. This was the first time I really could not put a book down. I found myself neglecting everything I held dear in the world, reading almost every spare moment. Before long, I really wanted to know the One who wrote this book, and I knew Him to be God.
About this time, I noticed that my stash of dope had been sitting in the cabinet untouched and my almost finished Kawasaki Z-1 show chopper got no attention. This was not the old me. My ski boat, racecar, school bus camper, and gun collection all fared the same. I eventually sold or gave them away. I knew that God's hand was upon me to reveal Himself to me. When we put the Word in us, we put God in us. He is the Word (John 1v1). I desired to obey what I was reading. When the Word said to be baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit, I did. Sin was running off me like water off a duck's back. When my new TV got in the way, I got rid of it. I respected the Word more than men or religion for its power to deliver and bless.
Can the divine inspiration of Scripture be proven scientifically? Science is observable and demonstrable. My testimony is just that to those who knew me and to myself but for further skeptics, I will share another miracle. Ivan Panin was forced to leave Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution and come to the United States. He became a Harvard Scholar, professor, and mathematician, who once tutored Albert Einstein. His training, devotion to Christ and the Scriptures well-equipped him for his future work. Here he found his life's work in scientifically proving the divine inspiration of Scriptures. For fifty years, Dr. Panin devoted twelve to eighteen hours a day to this work. The basis for his revelation, which he called numerics, was the ancient Hebrew Old Testament and Greek New Testament Scriptures. The Hebrews and Greeks used their letters also for their numbers. In other words, the whole Bible was actually written in numbers also. What Dr. Panin discovered is that when he used the numbers, the 66 books of the Bible showed a pattern of numbers and divisibility that no other writing had. He diligently researched other Hebrew and Greek writings and found no pattern. This included the apocryphal books added in the Catholic and other early Protestant Bibles, including the original King James Version before its many revisions.
I have read Dr. Panin's works for many years and am totally impressed. Below is a small sample of his volumes of work from a pamphlet titled Astounding New Discoveries. The number seven is by far the most common number used in the surface text of the Bible, used in Revelation alone more than fifty times, but it is also common beneath the surface of the whole Bible.
GENESIS CHAPTER ONE, VERSE ONE
'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.'
The number of Hebrew words in this verse is exactly seven.
The number of letters in the seven words is exactly twenty-eight, or four sevens.
The first three of these seven Hebrew words contain the subject and predicate of the sentence. These three words are translated-'In the beginning God created.' The number of letters in these first three Hebrew words is exactly fourteen, or two sevens. The last four of these seven words contain the object of the sentence. These four words are translated-'the heavens and the earth.' The number of letters in these last four Hebrew words is fourteen, or two sevens.
These last four Hebrew words consist of two objects. The first is 'the heavens,' and the second is 'and the earth.' The number of letters in the first object is exactly seven. The number of letters in the second object is seven.
The three leading words in this verse of seven words are God-the subject -and heavens and earth-the objects. The number of letters in these three Hebrew words is exactly fourteen, or two sevens. The number of letters in the other four words of the verse is fourteen, or two sevens.
The shortest word is in the middle. The number of letters in this word and the word to its left is exactly seven.
The number of letters in the middle word and the word to its right is exactly seven.
These are only a few examples of the many amazing numeric facts, which have been discovered in the structure of this first verse of only seven Hebrew words. Literally dozens of other phenomenal numeric features strangely underlie the structure of this verse. (Many additional features are given in the complete, 167-page edition of Astounding New Discoveries © 1941, by Karl Sabiers, a student of Panin. Some later versions were edited or even plagiarized to prove poor manuscripts.)
Thus, according to the law of chances, for twenty-four features to occur in a passage accidentally, there is only one chance in 191,581,231,380,566,414,401-only one chance in one-hundred-ninety-one quintillion, five-hundred-eighty-one quadrillion, two-hundred-thirty-one trillion, three-hundred-eighty-billion, five-hundred sixty-six million, four-hundred-fourteen-thousand, four-hundred-one. (The nomenclature herein used is the American, not the British.)
Many brief Bible passages have as many as seventy or one hundred or more amazing numeric features in the very structure of their text. If there is only one chance in quintillions that twenty-four features could occur together accidentally, what would the chance be for seventy features to occur together accidentally?
When there is only one chance in thousands for something to happen accidentally, it is already considered highly improbable that it will occur at all. When there is only one chance in hundreds of thousands, it is considered practically impossible. But here there is one chance in not only millions, but billions, and trillions, and quadrillions, and quintillions, that merely twenty-four features could occur together in a passage accidentally.
If that is not enough to convince any sane man, there are patterns of eight, eleven, thirteen, seventeen, nineteen, twenty-three, thirty-seven, forty-three, etc., on top of the sevens throughout the Word. Larger patterns connect book to book, Old Testament to New Testament and show the correct order of the books. What all this proves is that one divine, brilliant mind wrote the Bible rather than thirty-three simple men, with relatively no schooling, who lived in different countries over a span of 1,600 years. If men wrote the Bible, they would have all had to live at the same time and place and all been mathematical geniuses. Then they would have each had to write their book last with the knowledge of the numeric pattern in all the other books. Men have tried to write a simple numeric text with very few features and failed miserably.
The Hebrews had extremely stringent rules for the scribes to follow in copying the ancient manuscripts. God did this through them in order to preserve this pattern of perfection in the Scriptures that we might have the 'God-breathed' Word of God. If a Greek or Hebrew letter is added, removed, or changed, the pattern breaks in that text.
The main problem today in publishing Bibles is deciding which manuscript to use. It makes common sense to use only ancient manuscripts, which were close to the original with less likelihood of human mistake. Using a copy of a copy of a copy, etc. makes no sense, and yet, because of prejudices or lack of availability of ancient manuscripts, some have published Bibles from these. Needless to say, the ancient manuscripts proved to be much more numeric. What God has done through numerics is to give us a method by which we can find out which manuscript is right and where each one is right or wrong. Numerics has made searching multiple translations obsolete. It also makes it possible to find out which translation is the most accurate. In comparing the Bibles up through the early 1900's, Dr. Panin rated the Revised Version, which was slightly revised for Americans and called the American Standard Version, as 'head and shoulders above its competitors.' Before discovering Dr. Panin's work I came to this conclusion from Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words and comparing manuscripts. I want to point out in almost any Bible you pick up, you will find the needed knowledge of salvation and holiness. Some may want to start with easy reader versions until they gain a little knowledge, but for the finer points in teaching, accuracy is important. Toward this end, Dr. Panin worked diligently. Two outstanding results of his work are the numerically correct Numeric English New Testament and the Numeric Greek New Testament. In my own research, I consider them the most accurate available.
There are words or word groups or verses that when added up have values that tend to connect things theologically and sometimes show up in the surface text. Some have called this Bible science 'theomatics.' This is also the name of the first book on the subject by Jerry Lucas and Del Washburn. Here are a few examples of their calculation discoveries with my notes, which prove God's sovereign design in Scriptures.
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