Excerpt of Article in the April Issue of Bible Code Digest|
Astonishing New Crucifixion Cluster Discovered in Psalm 22
By David Bauscher|
I am looking at a matrix from Psalms 22 that simply astounds me. It is centered on the term, “Yeshua Meshiach (Jesus Christ),” and the search text is Psalms 20 through Psalms 24.
I decided to search these five psalms for terms describing the crucifixion of Jesus, since Christian theology teaches that Psalms 22 is a prophecy of that event. It is also the place the above-mentioned, eight-letter central ELS can be found at its minimum skip of -45 for the entire Old Testament, where it occurs a total of 41 times. Psalms 21-24 are considered by Christian and some Jewish scholars to be Messianic psalms. I included chapter 20 for a bit more space. I will be referring to the R Factor of some of these terms as I describe them during the course of the article.
“My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?”
The Jesus Messiah ELS starts in 22:12 at the 24th letter and runs back to verse 1, letter 14, a passage which describes the cry of Christ from the cross starting with, “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” This is a striking coincidence, if it can be called that. Every verse in which each letter is found, except verse 1, which introduces the psalm (in most Christian versions, verse 1 is the Hebrew verse 2), is part of The Messiah's prayer.
Just eight letters away from the central term is the closest letter of the ELS, “Blood of God,” which is to the right of “Yeshua Meshiach” and runs from 21:6 to 24:5 with a skip of +274. Four of its seven letters are found in Psalm 22:1,10,19 and verse 27. Verse 10 speaks of His being taken from the womb and verse 19 of His garments being parted by onlookers. The second to last letter is in Ps. 23:4, which reads “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.” From His conception in the womb to His death, the blood of His circumcision, the blood of His execution (“they pierced my hands and my feet”) verse 16, the blood running through His veins was the “Blood of God.”
Every verse in which these letters are found refers to the Messiah
The last letter of this term, “Blood of God,” is in Ps. 24:5 -- “He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of His salvation.” Every verse in which these letters are found refers to the Messiah, according to Christian scholars. These words do not seem to be accidents of chance. All of this seems to provide running commentary on the nature of Christ and His death and reward of salvation to Himself and to mankind.
Fourteen letters above the central term and directly under “Zion” at a skip of -2 is the term “crucified” which appears in 20:5. Next to it is the term “Lord Christ,” or “Yahweh Messiah” with a skip of +1. It is a term I entered as an original search term and not something I read into the matrix after the fact. It also is a term one would not find in the surface text of the Old Testament. Codefinder reads the R factor of this term over the search text as 5.48. It results from a different reading of the surface text in Ps. 20:7, “The Lord saves His anointed.” The verb “saves” comes before the proper nouns, “Lord” and “anointed.” “Lord” is Yahweh and the phrase can be translated, “Jehovah Messiah” or “Lord Christ.” I accept this term as a valid code with its R factor of 6.40.
Looking again at this unusual matrix, I find two phrases of six letters at the bottom, each forming a diagonal line of 45 degrees, one inclined up to the left and the other to the right. They are opposite each other and separated by only two letters between them, thus forming a hill. The two phrases are “My God, Why?” and “Mt. Moriah.” Moriah is where Abraham offered Isaac to God and where God revealed himself and provided a ram instead to sacrifice. Abraham named the place “Jehovah-Jireh,” or, “The Lord will provide.” (“. . . as it is said unto this day, in the mount of the Lord it will be seen.” -- Genesis 22:14).
“God shall provide Himself a Lamb for a burnt offering.”
The temple of Solomon was later built on this hill. Nearby, just outside the gate of the city, was Mt. Calvary, where Jesus was crucified. Moriah was primarily a geographical area (“the land of Moriah”) according to Genesis 22:2. This Psalm 22 matrix includes the term “Moriah” (lit.,”The Moriah”). It would certainly include the Temple mount and Calvary as well as Mt. Zion on the South side of Jerusalem. According to Christian theologians, Abraham saw that day of sacrifice on this very hill and spoke of the Christ: “God shall provide Himself a Lamb for a burnt offering.” (Genesis 22:8)
In the spiritual sense of the Christian faith, the atonement of The Messiah was the fulfillment of the Jewish Day of Atonement. That was when the High Priest offered a lamb without blemish for the sins of Israel and took the blood into the holy of holies of the temple and poured it upon the mercy seat of the ark of the covenant. That temple was on the pinnacle of Mt. Moriah. The Gospel of Matthew recounts that three hours after Jesus cried out,”Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani,” the very words found in Psalms 22:1 (verse 2 in the Hebrew Bible), He bowed His head and gave up His Spirit. Then at the temple, the massive, 18-inch thick curtain of the temple separating the holy place from the inner sanctum holy of holies was torn in half from the top to bottom and there was an earthquake and the rocks split on the mount and surrounding area. Christian theologians believe that this symbolized the beginning of direct access to God through the Messiah in His role as High Priest.
Running through “Moriah” in the matrix is the Aramaic word “Eloi” (My God), which Jesus uttered in His native Aramaic tongue. It has a skip of -1 and occurs twice more at skips of -1 and +3. At the base of the mount formed of these two terms is found four Hebrew letters for “The King.” Within the search text of Psalms 20-24 these latter terms have some small statistical significance, though I would think their arrangement and configurations have significance which is very difficult, if not presently impossible to measure.
If you look carefully at the top of the hill just above the top letters on each side, you can see the first and last letters of the tetragrammaton for YAHWEH, or Jehovah. The word is perfectly centered on the pinnacle of the mount in the surface text at a skip of +1 in Psalms 23:6: “And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
The phenomenon of Bible codes can be scientifically analyzed, but much of it seems to lend itself to the aesthetic mind and to the spiritual nature. These, more so than the calculator and computer, bear witness to a Spirit behind the letter, which I believe must be Divine.
I leave off with the final statistics of this small matrix, including the last mentioned terms in the tally within Psalms 20 through Psalms 24, as well as all other significant terms, some of which I have not discussed. The probability of all the terms in the matrix occurring as found is 1 in 1,513,561,248,436,000,000,000,000,000,000,
000,000.This is on the order of 1 in 1.5 trillion trillion trillions !
Then I ask with the Psalmist, at the base of the hill of sacrifice, who is “the King,” this king from whom issues the cry “Eloi,” and “My God, why?” And the answer comes with the verse in which “The King” ELS is found: “Who is this King of glory?' 'The LORD of hosts; He is the King of glory.' Selah (Psalms 24:10).
[Editorial Comment: The odds quoted above are those of the exact set of ELSs showing up by chance. It is the practice of BCD to adjust the odds to be those of finding a cluster similar to the one Bauscher found -- by reflecting the effects of wiggle room. An interesting sub-ELS is the term “Messianic,” which uses the same letters as the central ELS (Yeshua Messiah or Jesus Christ), plus a yod. Another interesting possibility is the extension of the term “Lord Christ,” which reads “For the Lord Christ Saves,” but because it uses the 16 letters of the literal text can’t be accepted as a code. A complete version of this article, along with the matrix, can be found on the author’s web site at www.go.to/davebauscher.]
The full article by Bauscher can be found in the April, 2001 issue of Bible Code Digest.
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