More Unusual Features of the Isaiah 53 Cluster

Compelling Evidence of the Intentional Embedding of Numerous
Visual Crosses Formed By the ELSs of a Single Word


Occasionally two different ELSs of the same word cross one another, forming a "visual cross." The ELS with the shortest skip forms the horizontal beam of the cross, while the ELS with the longer skip forms the vertical beam, when the crossword array has the same skip between rows as the longer ELS does. When that happens we get something that looks like this:

The above cross is an actual example from Isaiah 53. The horizontal beam of the cross is made up by an ELS of the Hebrew word, , Alef-Sheen-Mem, with a skip of +1, while the vertical beam is made up of another ELS of the same word, with a skip of -48.

Visual crosses are most vivid and natural when the center of the cross is the middle letter of the ELS, the horizontal ELS has a skip of 5 or less, and the vertical ELS has a relatively short skip, such as 100 or less. Unless otherwise noted, all of the visual crosses described in this section satisfy these constraints.

The number of visual crosses within Isaiah 52-53 like the one illustrated above (that are formed by ELSs of ) is so far in excess of what one would expect by chance that coincidence is not a reasonable explanation. The following diagram accurately portrays the dramatic difference between the kind of random occurrence one would expect if these visual crosses were due to chance and the actual number and pattern of these visual crosses that appears in Isaiah 52:11-53:12.

Pattern Expected By Chance Actual Pattern That Appears

While 3.64 visual crosses formed by this word are expected by chance, 21 actually appear in the passage.

As if the sheer number of these visual crosses weren't convincing enough evidence of intentional embedding, the manner in which many of these visual crosses lie right on top of one another also provides compelling evidence of intentional placement. The middle letter of the ELS (Sheen) appears 42 times within Isaiah 52:11-53:12. One would expect that if the 21 visual crosses formed by occurrences of this ELS were randomly placed, most of them would be stand alone crosses, with a few instances where two of the crosses would share the same center letter and perhaps one instance where three of the crosses would lie right on top of one another. Instead, what we find is:

  • One instance where five of the 21 visual crosses are stacked right on top of one another. (Denoted by C in the above illustration).

  • An instance where three crosses are stacked right on top of one another (D). while another two crosses are stacked up on another center letter that is only five letters away.

  • An instance where two crosses are stacked, while another cross is only 6 letters away (B).

  • An instance where the vertical cross consists of two ELSs with the same skip that are linked together, that are encompassed by two crosses that are stacked on top of one another (E).

  • Two more instances where two crosses are stacked on top of one another (F and G).


Because of this extremely unusual and unexpected bunching of the 21 crosses into only seven groupings, only 1 of the 21 visual crosses is a simple, stand alone cross (A). This dramatically contrasts with what one would expect from random placement (where about 13 of the crosses should be stand alones).

How can you have five visual crosses stacked right on top of one another? For each of these crosses, the horizontal beam is the same. It is the ELS with a skip of one. For the first cross, the vertical beam is the ELS with a skip of 20. For the second, it is the same ELS with a skip of 70. For the third, 78; the fourth, 90; and the fifth, 98. The odds against five or more crosses being stacked on top of one another within the given text are 1 in 415.

Finally, the case for these crosses being real codes is further strengthened by the fact that the Hebrew word that forms these crosses is probably the most appropriate summary of the literal content of Isaiah 52-53 that one could imagine. Intriguingly, means "guilt offering" while it also means "prophecy" when spelled backwards. In fact, the prophet Isaiah used it 10 times to introduce specific prophecies concerning different nations or places. Now what is Isaiah 53 about? It is a prophecy about a future guilt offering. How much more succinct a summary could we find of Isaiah 52:11-53:12? The word appears literally in Isaiah 53:10, which reads, "Yet it was the Lord's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering…"

No, this discovery wasn't the result of a scientific experiment, just as the unearthing of the first skeletal remains of a Tyrannosaurus Rex wasn't. Nevertheless, the latter was a scientific event of great importance. In the same manner, scientists should be open to considering this type of evidence-because it goes far beyond skimpy anecdotes and reveals an extensiveness and complexity of design that defies chance as an explanation.

An occasional visual cross should be expected to appear in any text for any short word composed of three common Hebrew letters. On the other hand, finding 21 within a span of only 906 letters is obviously quite unexpected. To check our intuition, we calculated how many such visual crosses would be expected to appear by chance. We got 3.64. The odds of something appearing 21 times that is only expected to occur by chance 3.64 times are 1 in 3,206,600,000.

Bible code critics are quick to cite "variations in the short range order of letters" within different segments of text as a possible explanation of some code phenomenon. Could this be at work here? The literal word does appear once as a literal word in the passage. Were there any phrases or word sequences that appeared frequently in the passage that contained the ELS-so that it would naturally show up more often than expected? We checked all of the phrases where the ELS appeared (with a skip of 5 or less) and there was only one that was repeated once ("with the wicked" in Isaiah 53:9 and 53:12). Now suppose we exclude the crosses associated with the literal appearance of the word and the repeat appearance of the phrase "with the wicked" which contained the prophecy/guilt offering ELS with a skip of 3. Then we are still left with 17 visual crosses when we only expect 3.64. The odds against that are still 1 in 3,919,000. We are looking at direct evidence of intentional embedding of many of these visual crosses.

As a reasonableness test of how unusual this large number of visual crosses was, we completed similar searches in two other passages known to have a significant cluster of ELSs about Jesus Christ. We searched Proverbs 14-18 and only found one visual cross meeting the above definition. We searched Psalm 21-23 and did not find any visual crosses. This further suggested that the 21 visual crosses in Isaiah 52-53 were highly unusual.

As we examined these visual crosses further, additional evidence of intentional embedding surfaced. Let's look first at the F grouping of crosses. As noted above, appears literally in Isaiah 53:10. This literal appearance turned out to be the horizontal beam of two visual crosses (with skips of -48 and -85 as the vertical beams) that each look like the following in a typical code display:

What ELSs were close to the center letter of the above overlapping crosses? ELSs for Prince, Glorify, Mary and Miracle were one letter away. ELSs for His Signature (Image), Martyr, Afflicted and Remorse were 2 letters away, and so forth. We have summarized this information in the following table and included additional ELSs that were also quite close.

We also looked for other evidence of intentional placement of some of these visual crosses. The center of the E grouping of crosses exactly coincides with a central letter of the 22-letter long ELS that is the most improbable code in the Isaiah 53 cluster.

The vertical column of the above cross is formed by two occurrences of the ELS with a skip of 9. One progresses down the page, while the other progresses up the page, where they both share a common ending letter(). The cross bar is formed by the guilt offering ELS with a skip of 3. The center of this cross is the letter . This is the same letter that is the first letter of the Hebrew word for "is my name" in the "Yeshua is my name" ELS that is part of the 22 letter long ELS, "Gushing from above…" - the focal code. In other words, this cross is located right at the very center of the entire Isaiah 53 cluster.

What else is close to this center letter of the above cross? This letter coincides with an ELS for servant with a skip of -1. A letter of "The Evil Roman City" ELS is only one letter away. This ELS is the third most improbable one in the entire cluster. A letter of the Dreadful Day for Mary ELS is also one letter away. A letter of each of the following ELSs is only two letters away: True Messiah, Prince and Counselor. And so forth. The following table discloses how many pertinent ELSs come so close to the center of this visual cross.

The above list of ELSs that are within 14 letters of the center of the above cross is truly remarkable-in large part because many of these ELSs are among the most improbable in the whole cluster.

The above visual cross has been inverted. It has been generally accepted that Bible codes can appear either in a forward or backward direction relative to the surface text. We show it above from the perspective of a backward direction of the literal text.

There is another visual cross that overlays the above one, sharing the same central letter. This guilt offering ELS has a horizontal beam formed by the ELS with a skip of 9, while the vertical beam is formed by another ELS with a skip of 51.

There are two more visual crosses that are centered in the same verse as the above crosses. The first one has a horizontal beam formed by an ELS with a skip of 5 and a vertical beam formed by another ELS with a skip of 55. It is overlaid by another visual cross centered on the same letter and has a vertical beam formed by an ELS with a skip of 84.

The next cluster of visual crosses (the C grouping) appears early in the Isaiah 52-53 passage.

What is extremely unusual about this visual cross is that its center is also the center of four additional visual crosses-with skips of 70, 78, 90 and 98. In other words, five of the 20 visual crosses in Isaiah 52-53 share the same common central letter.

The next chart shows which ELSs are close to the center of this highly improbable intersection of five crosses.

The next set of visual crosses (the G grouping) appears near the end of Isaiah 53. The center of this cross is only 5 letters away from the last letter of the 22-letter focal code of the entire cluster.

Other ELSs that are close to the center of this cross are:

The center letter of the above cross is also the center letter of another visual cross with the same horizontal beam and a vertical beam formed by an ELS with a skip of 60.

The next set of visual crosses (the D grouping) consists of two crosses that share a common letter (). The cross on the left is formed by prophecy/guilt offering ELSs with skips of 3 and 24. The cross on the right is formed by prophecy/guilt offering ELSs with skips of 2 and 22.

What is close to the center of the cross on the left?

The center of this first cross is also the center of another one where the vertical beam is an ELS with a skip of 55.

The center of the cross on the right is close to the following ELSs.

The center of the second cross above is also the center of two additional crosses-where the vertical beams are ELSs with skips of 92 and 98. Taken all together the above diagram shows the center of a total of five visual crosses.

Let's now look at the two clusters of crosses that form the B grouping. The first cluster consists of four more visual crosses that lie right on top of one another. The cross shown in red below is of the same type as all the previously described ones, and is formed by ELSs with skips of 4 and 14. Another type has a horizontal beam consisting of the green letters as an ELS with a skip of 4. The vertical beam consists of the red letters of the first cross and two additional letters , that mean "rejoice." Together these form a cross on its side that includes the blue and red vertical letters and the horizontal green letters.

You will note that the central letter of the red cross is boxed and the type is in black. This is to note that it is the same as the boxed, black letter in the next diagram.

The red cross in the above diagram is different than the red cross in the previous diagram, although it shares a common central letter. The red cross in the previous diagram had a skip of 14 between the rows while the red cross in the diagram immediately above has a skip of 61. Right next to this red cross is another cross with a vertical ELS with a skip of 61. Unlike the red cross, where the shorter ELS has a skip of 4, for the blue cross, the shorter ELS has a skip of 3.

What is close to the center letter of the cross on the right?

Finally, we are left with only one visual cross that is truly ordinary (the A grouping). It is formed by a horizontal beam consisting of an ELS with a skip of 3 and a vertical beam made up of an ELS with a skip of 84.

What is close to the center of this cross?

Our review of all seven groupings of crosses, the manner in which many of them stack up on top of one another or are very close to one another, and the relevant ELSs that are very close to the center of each grouping again confronts us with extensive evidence that there is no way all of this could just be happenstance.

Judas Sub-Cluster

Making the findings in Isaiah 52-53 even more unusual and compelling is the existence of tightly organized webs of ELSs that focus on various sub-plots in the life of Jesus. The Judas cluster is a prime example. Included in this very tight cluster are ELSs for "Judas," "zealot," "thirty (pieces of)," "silver," "shekels," "field of blood", "money" (mammon), "execute," "potter's field," "deceived," "darkness," "whipping," "Caesar" and "enemy."

If we were only able to say that we had found all of these ELSs in the entire Hebrew Bible, you would yawn- and you should. If we could only say that we had found all of these ELSs in just one book of the Bible, you should still yawn, but not quite as deeply. However, when we say that all of these discoveries cross a tiny span of only 18 letters of text in the 13th and 14th verses of Isaiah 52, you should be astonished. Finding that many thematically related ELSs in one small space is almost certainly not coincidental.



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  • Comparing Clusters First of all, how does the Hanukah cluster compare to a truly significant example such as the Isaiah 53 cluster? And what do they look like when shown as matrices?

  • Comparing ELSs Just take a look at the huge number of ELSs in the Isaiah 53 cluster compared with the seven valid Hanukah ELSs.

  • Odds See the truly astonishing odds that codes from both sources would appear where they do by chance.

  • Compactness How close are these codes to each other? We compared the remarkable compactness of the Isaiah 53 cluster with the War and Peace cluster.

  • In Hebrew We also did a very illuminating side-by-side comparison between the Hebrew spellings of words in each cluster.

  • Curiosities There are some other very unusual aspects of the Isaiah 53 cluster, including mind-boggling word patterns far more intricate and extensive than the Hanukah codes.

  • Meanings We've also shown explanations of the Isaiah 53 terms in the cluster.

  • Anticipating Skeptics And finally, we've tried to anticipate how the skeptics might respond to this report.













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