The Bible is by no means a straightforward book written by well meaning observers.
It is read by most people as a series of stories and descriptions, but embedded in
the text are all kinds of different hidden meanings, which the casual reader would
never notice. They are there for a number of reasons. Firstly as we examine these
codes, we will see that they are from a supernatural source and could not have been
devised by any human, as they require knowledge not available to us. Some of the
encoding is so complex that even with our sophisticated computer technology we would
find it impossible to reproduce. Clearly as the codes reference the future, the author
would have to be a person outside of our space and time. Secondly, they can only
be found by a person searching diligently, which in doing so will cause them to better
engage with the Author. Thirdly, some of the encodings ensure that transcription
errors are eradicated during copying.
At one level there is the overall plan of salvation, which was revealed little by
little over centuries and certainly does not become clear until the New Testament.
It took a man of the intellect and spiritual discernment of Paul the Apostle to grasp
the deeper significance and record his thoughts in letters to churches, which have
been miraculously preserved for posterity. Indeed the very existence of The Universal
Church is hidden in the Jewish Old Testament and its existence was not revealed until
Jesus spelled it out to Peter. (Acts 10)
But much of the Hebrew and Greek text is complex with underlying messages and codes.
‘It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the honour of kings is to search
out a matter’ (Proverbs 25:2).
There is a level of encoding in the Torah and much of the Old Testament, which has
really only come to light with the advent of computers, commonly known as the Bible
Code. It was discovered, in relatively recent history, by Isaac Newton, a rabbi called
Eli Rips and others, although it was probably known about in part by early Jewish
writers. The encoding is clearly supernatural, because no human could possibly have
devised it. It involves counting through equal numbers of characters to spell out
a word or phrase, which can be represented in the form of an acrostic. This is known
as equidistant letter sequencing or ELS.
Newton noticed in Genesis counting from the first and skipping 50 letters spelled
out TVRH, which is the Hebrew spelling of the Torah, and spent much of his life trying
to find other encodings. The same encoding is also found in Exodus. In Numbers and
Deuteronomy the encoding is there but in reverse, spelling HRVT. It is not in Leviticus,
but in the place it would be expected to be found are the letters YHVH, which is
the name of God as revealed to Moses. So the five books of the Torah point to God.
The advent of the computer has enabled us to easily and quickly search for all kinds
of hidden information1.
Some other examples: in Genesis 2:9, the Hebrew text for ‘And out of the ground made
the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food;
the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good
and evil’ contains a large number of the names of trees encoded as ELS. There is
still a lot of controversy over the Bible Code with people trying to show it works
with other texts, like War and Peace, but without much success.
There have been many claims made about the future being predicted in the Bible Codes,
also involving names of modern day events and individuals crossed by information
about them like their birth dates, death dates, manner of death and so on. Perhaps
one of the most famous claims is the name ‘Yitsak Rabin’ crossed with the words ‘Assassin
that will assassinate’ sent to the then Israeli prime minister in 1994. Rabin was
assassinated in 19952. Care has to be taken in that many of the claims about predicting
dates of future world wars have come and gone without the anticipated holocaust.
However, as we have discussed, whilst events are predicted in the Bible, dates are
generally not given since times can be affected by other events. To some extent it
comes back to faith: you will try to prove what you want to believe.
Both Hebrew and Greek letters have a numerical value. There are many examples of
use of the numerical values that authenticate text, rather like the use of check
digits in computer data storage. A common occurrence in the Bible is the adding up
the numerical values of people’s names, which are often divisible by 7. Seven, in
the scriptures is the number of perfection or completeness. Dr Ivan Panin, a Russian
mathematical genius, around 1890 discovered highly complex numerical patterns in
both the Hebrew and Greek texts and spent a lifetime investigating them. For example,
there are 21 Old Testament writers whose names appear in the Bible (3 x 7). The numeric
value of their names is divisible by seven. Of these 21, seven are named in the New
Testament: Moses, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Hosea and Joel. The numeric value
of their names is 1554 (222 x 7). David's name is found 1134 times (162 x 7).
Even the first verse of the Torah in Hebrew, ‘In the beginning God created the Heavens
and the Earth’ contains a host of ‘seven’ examples. To mention a few:
The number of Hebrew words = 7
The number of letters equals 28 (7x4 = 28)
The first 3 words translated "In the beginning God created" have 14 letters (7x2
The last four Hebrew words "the heavens and the earth" have 14 letters (7x2 = 14)
The three key words: God, heaven and earth have 14 letters (7x2 = 14)
The shortest word in the verse is the middle word with 7 letters
The numeric value of the first, middle and last letters is 133 (7x19 = 133)
The numeric value of first and last letters of all seven words is 1393 (7x199 = 1393)
And there are many more examples of 7’s in that short passage.
Thousands of such occurrences can be found and volumes have been written on this
kind of phenomena. Investigations into these numerical structures show that the Bible
is much more than a straightforward ancient story. They have resulted in the conversion
of atheistic mathematicians into Bible believing Christians. Mathematicians have
been challenged, even using computers, to reproduce this kind of algorithm in any
language and have failed3.
There are other forms of hidden codes, such as the names of kings and places encoded,
possibly to maintain secrecy. Techniques like transpositions of letters and shifting
letters to the left or right are used. You can see how someone like Newton became
almost obsessed with searching and wrote far more about the Bible than any of his
renowned scientific discoveries.
Yet another form of secret message is found in the parables of Jesus. To understand
the message requires some knowledge of the culture, but even this was usually inadequate,
as most of his hearers did not get it. Jesus said to the disciples, ‘Unto you it
is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables;
that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand’ (Luke 8:10).
So the hearers were not even supposed to know the hidden meaning, which is a strange
paradox. God said of Israel ‘Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand
not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and
make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear
with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.’ (Isaiah
6:9-10) It would seem that Israel was prevented from understanding the message as
God had a greater purpose to fulfil which we are seeing unfold in our time, as we
shall discuss later.
Jesus spoke in parables as recorded in Matthew’s gospel, with the words ‘Who hath
ears to hear, let him hear.’ (Matthew 13:9) These words are reflected again in the
Revelation, in the words of Jesus, where between Revelation 2:7 and 3:22 ‘ He that
hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches’ is quoted 7 times.
This should give us a clue to a link. Careful study of the parables shows that they
are properly explained by Jesus, 60 years later as He appears to John in the Revelation.
There is a direct correspondence between the parables and the messages to the Churches.
There are many other examples where God speaks in riddles and veiled language that
is only understood by the diligent searcher. How amazing that some of those codes
could not be unveiled until the invention of the computer in our time, thousands
of years after they were written. This indicates the significance of the Bible to
We do not look to ELS, coding or numbers to prove anything or to add to our theological
understanding, but they do add another dimension of authenticity and show the supernatural
nature of this amazing Book. We know that scribes responsible for copying the Bible
text made sure that every letter was transcribed exactly and that a scroll containing
an error would be discarded. Coding, such as ELS and counting up of letters would
ensure the copies were exact. We shall refer to the Bible Code from time to time
in this book as, in spite of the controversy, there are some convincing examples.
Why God would go to such lengths to hide such coding is a mystery, although being
the person He is, in some higher dimension, such techniques would be very easy to
produce. As we get to understand these deep secrets, it creates a great respect for
It has been suggested that the Hebrew language was direct from God. When God gave
the commandments and the written instructions to Moses on tablets of stone on mount
Sinai, that may have been the origin of the written Hebrew language. It is even possible
that the language, the commandments and indeed the entire Torah may have existed
in the Heavenlies even before Creation and was actually the blueprint used by God
for Creation and given to Moses after the event. Certainly there is a uniqueness
about the Hebrew language and the Torah that is to be found in no other language
However, there is a greater power at work, who is called the Holy Spirit. He is a
powerful being, part of God himself who will enter the mind of a willing person and
give unique inspiration and revelation over and above the obvious. Research alone
is not enough. Revelation comes to people who are willing to offer their hearts and
minds as a sacrifice to God, who will allow the Holy Spirit to teach them and enable
and equip them to pass on this information to others. The Bible is indeed the Word
of God, but without the inspiration of the Holy Spirit it is still just a book.