In This Month's Issue:
Briefing Short news items of interest to Bible code followers.
Correspondence Feedback from our members and readers.
Summary of Opinions There are a great many views on Bible codes by the researchers in the field, depending on a variety of factors. In this analysis we attempt to sort out the field and the views, but not without controversy, as comments from the researchers involved make clear.
Iraq and al Qaeda Ties Verified by 911 Commission|
The embattled commission investigating the 911 terror attacks has been forced to reveal that a senior Iraqi security officer was a prominent member of al Qaeda. This corroborates our findings in the Bible codes made soon after the attacks showing involvement of Iraq and Saddam Hussein in the events.
Documents captured in Iraq “indicate that there is at least one officer of Saddam’s Fedayeen, a lieutenant colonel, was a very prominent member of al Qaeda,” according to an official who appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press.
The officer, Ahmed Hikmat Shakir, is suspected of having attended a planning meeting for the September 11 attacks in January 2000, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Also attending the meeting were two of the hijackers, Khalid al Midhar and Nawaf al Hamzi, and other senior al-Qaida leaders.
As columnist Willian Safire pointed out in his New York Times column on June 21, an earlier announcement by the commission casting doubt on the connection between Iraq and al Qaeda, was the result of a lack of oversight by the members of the commission. Click here to see UPI coverage of the story.
There God will Raise Everything to the Lion, God's Witness Being Matthew
This code found in Isaiah 53 is very interesting. I get the feeling that it may relate to the resurrection of Christ. Matthew 28:1 written in both the aramaic and the Coin Greek states:
"Now late on Sabbath as it was getting dusk toward the first day of the week came Mary the Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre."
This emphatically puts the resurrection of Christ on the Sabbath and not on the first day of the week (Sunday). Mark, Luke and John place the women arriving at the tomb early on the first day of the week. Mark 16:9 is the only place in the gospels that states Christ rose early on the first day of the week. This is entirely speculative and the meaning would change entirely if the coma was relocated to the end of the word 'risen'.
Jesus is known as the Lion of Judah and was raised up to God at the resurrection. It is the belief that Christ sacrificed his life for our sins and rose from the dead that gives Him the authority to raise all unto Him at the end of time.
My point is that Matthew differs from the other three gospels and the irony is that most Christians don't keep God's 4th commandment any more because of the misconception that Christ rose early on the first day of the week.
P.S. I don't mean to sound controversial and everyone is entitled to their own views.
Quotation from Correspondence in the June issue:
”….we should hardly be surprised that an ELS from a Judaic viewpoint would be so scathing of a movie which so vividly portrays the centrality of Christ.”
The codes in the May issue article are only critical of Mel Gibson. The codes do not negate “The Passion.” They only negate his version as is confirmed in the next lowest skip term for Mel Gibson: a year an innocent person will complain to G-d, "Mel Gibson's point of view is terrible.”
They do not indicate anything negative about Christianity or Jesus. The codes at the very least confirm Mel Gibson’s interview on television by Diane Sawyer on ABC NEWS Primetime. He is quoted as being at one point at "the height of spiritual bankruptcy." In addition, it is on record that Gibson belongs to a group that opposes the current Vatican’s position that the Jews are not responsible for Jesus’ death. His belief is reflected in the movie that emphasizes the Jewish presence and minimizes the Romans’ responsibility. In the Bible G-d narrates the flaws of everyone! Moses is condemned not to enter the promised land as a punishment. Is Mel Gibson any better than the rest? Is his vision of “The Passion” the only true vision? Every one of us is in the codes where everything is exposed!
Quotation from Correspondence in the June issue:
(It is) “. . . Mel Gibson from an Orthodox Judaic perspective. (References to "the nation" and "God is one" would tend to reinforce this view.)”
Throughout the Bible we are warned against worshiping gods that we create. The reference to one G-d in the article is to our only one Father in heaven – as recited in the Lord’s Prayer. In the past human beings worshipped graven images. Many today worship money, fame, power, etc. The reference to the NATION has many meanings. It can refer to the Jewish people who have been falsely accused for generations for being responsible for Jesus’ death. It can also be seen as the view of the American people who are aware of the Vatican position today.
1. I do not draw conclusions in the article; I just summarized it as is found in the reference above. It is impossible with relatively so few letters and only five terms to select or dictate 17 true statements and 23 statements that potentially condemn Gibson. One obvious pro-Christianity term states that: “A story about man of G-D and his mother!”
2. I was taught that ALL righteous human beings will go to heaven. All it takes is to follow the seven laws that G-d gave Noah and his sons (Similar to the Ten Commandments). Many Jews and non-Jews alike are having difficulties to keep those seven laws. Christians have been labeled “saints of the world” by Jews.
Moshe Aharon Shak
A few comments on Moshe’s letter: In Gibson’s interview with Diane Sawyer and in other interviews he described his former life as spiritually bankrupt before becoming a Christian. Also, in the past it is not only the Vatican that charged Jews with responsibility for killing Jesus. The New Testament accounts of His death clearly describe the actions of the Jews. For instance, the Gospel of John clearly states that the Jewish high priest, Caiaphas, led a plot to have Christ killed (11:47-53). But all of sinful humanity is equally responsible for His death, not just the Jews.
The “Mel Gibson’s Point of View is TERRIBLE” Code
So reads a code recently found by code researcher Moshe Shak. The question is, does the Hebrew word for "terrible" (Nun-Resh-Alef or Nun-Vav-Resh-Alef) mean "terrible" as we use it today or does it mean "terrible" (awesome) as it is frequently used in the Bible? There is a sharp contrast between the two. For example, Psalm 47:2 reads, “For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.” Other places where Nun-Resh-Alef appears in the Old Testament are Gen. 28:17, Ex. 15:11, Ex. 34:10, Judges 13:6, Ps. 66:3,5, Ps. 68:36, Ps. 76:8,13, Ps. 96:4, Job 37:22, Zeph. 2:11 and Mal. 1:14.
So the real question is, “Is Mel Gibson’s point of view terrible, or awesome?” The first problem is that "Mel Gibson's point of view" may not even refer to his controversial movie. Perhaps it only refers to his general beliefs as a Catholic or a Christian. Perhaps it refers to his views before he experienced a religious conversion. The second problem is that the content of the code itself is that a certain person has a particular opinion about Gibson's point of view. So it appears we are dealing with an opinion rather than a final determination of truth. Moshe argues quite reasonably that “terrible” is the best translation because the person complaining to God is described as being “wholesome/innocent/learned.” In any case, this controversial code is fascinating in the sense that it potentially has such radically different interpretations.