|Bible Code Digest—May/June 2005 Continued
I recently bought the book Bible Code Bombshell, and I have skimmed through it. Some of what I have read, I find confusing, so could you please answer the following questions:
- I have looked at some of the Isaiah 53 Clusters and Ezekiel 37 Clusters and find [that] some of them, particularly the ones pertaining to Saddam Hussein, really don't make much sense. Are you sure some of these are genuine? The sentence may begin well, but if it doesn't make a complete sentence as we know it, noun, verb and subject, are you just slinging in the ELS just for the sake of things?
- In a page I read yesterday, the author of Bible Code [Bombshell] was saying that the codes as yet do not prove that Jesus is the Messiah or the only Messiah (as in there may be many more). Is this true?
- If you believe there is evidence that Jesus is the only Messiah can you please provide a link or an attachment to that specific code so that I can forward it to my brother who believes that Jesus Christ is just the "Suffering Servant" and is not the Messiah, as he has not fulfilled all the prophecies by gathering all the Jews to the mountain and punished all those who he made rule them as he has promised in Jeremiah, Joel, [and] Isaiah, etc.
Dear Pauline Robinson:
We cannot be sure that any single code is genuine, either in whole or in part, as there are many uncertainties about every code. For more on this, read the answer to question #6 in 20 Questions.
On the other hand, we don't think we should conclude that a particular code isn't genuine solely on the basis of whether its content is clear or mysterious. There are many verses and parts of the Bible that are quite mysterious, but that does not make them invalid. We are only starting to scratch the surface in our exploration of Bible codes, so we should be careful not to jump to conclusions, either as total skeptic or total believer.
Because of uncertainties inherent in any code finding [again read the answer to question #6 in 20 Questions], codes cannot be used to conclusively prove any specific point, including whether Jesus is the Messiah or the only Messiah. All we can do at this point is observe that there is far more evidently encoded material in the Bible than can be explained by chance, indicating that the author had the foreknowledge and intelligence of God.
Nevertheless, it is true there are many Bible codes in key prophetic passages that speak of Jesus as the Messiah, such as the following ones:
- In Proverbs 15, we found the code "Yeshua Ha Mashiach" ("Jesus the messiah"), along with over 100 other codes about Jesus.
- In Psalm 22, we found the code, "You will cry out for the blood of the messiah," that reads like a description of a scene from the film The Passion of the Christ. And we found the code, "And only messiah: Dwell in those words that he taught on high as our prince." This code seems to be descriptive of Jesus, the "Prince of Peace." We also found the code "Only messiah."
- In Isaiah 53, we found the code, "Give them a Jewish messiah who will become a priest," that is reminiscent of Hebrews 4:14-5:10. And we found the code, "True messiah" but not the code "False messiah."
At this point, we cannot determine whether these codes are merely expressions of a Christian point of view or are statements of truth. As I said before, we are only beginning to study and discover the content of initial code findings.
The following are e-mails that we received in response to the tsunami article in the March/April 2005 Digest.
"The Great Wave at Kanagawa" woodcut by Hokusai.
This scripture came to my mind when I read your tsunami Bible codes today:
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6, KJV [See also Mark 9:42 and Luke 17:2]
Guess, that is EXACTLY what happened! I hope the Tsunami disaster stopped the child slavery . . . especially the child sex slavery.
Redondo Beach, CA
Just over reading the blocks of meanings [of the] Hebrew words, the 23rd line block and lines 20-22. We are the water, from the sea we are, they are sea, and we are sea. We are 96.4 or 96.5 percent water. Actually all living things are mostly water. If we all lose weight, the water table rises a hair. Imagine 6.1 billion people averaging 134 lbs equals 804,000,000,000.00 lbs of H2O not counting animals. Besides the oceans, there are many underground rivers, streams, and as we can remember from creation [in] Genesis, the waters rose from the ground to water the plants.
New Bedford, MA
I'd be curious to see if the tsunami was referred to in Psalm 83. The text clearly shows that nations surrounding Israel/God's people are conspiring to destroy God's people, and [it] lists the ancient names of many of the Muslim nations surrounding Israel. With Indonesia always being noted as being the world's most populous Muslim nation, it would not be surprising that the wrath of God would include them as well.
Why would you portray the tsunami as some kind of divine punishment for the existence of prostitution in South Asia? The idea that the God, the Creator, would drown a child as punishment for the existence of a sex trade is repugnant. I suggest you take a step back and have a long look at yourself. You have let your fascination with Bible codes get the better of your human decency.
We can understand your concern about our humanity in all this, but would you have us hold back findings in the codes because they do not concur with a particular view of God?
If you genuinely believe that God would not punish a people for sin, we would ask you to consider this: the Old Testament is full of examples of God's wrath and punishment. The most comprehensive example is the Flood (Genesis 6-9). Is your reaction as strong about this act of punishment by God as it is to the possibility that the tsunami was a punishment? There were certainly many innocent babies and young children killed in the Flood, while Noah's family was spared.
If you are a student of the New Testament, Revelation 6:7-8 and Revelation 9:15-19 vividly describe God's wrath to come.
We are devoted to publishing statistically significant findings in the codes. We are not going to contort the findings to fit a given view of God, but rather, we must let them stand on their own. All our readers are welcome to draw their own conclusions about the codes.
It is easy to fall into the trap of criticizing God based only on events that occur on earth, even though that is only a tiny fraction of all of reality. That is why following the tsunami article in the March/April 2005 Digest, we published an article about Old Testament scriptures that point to an afterlife.
One scripture that we discuss in that article says when the righteous perish, they are taken away to be spared from evil:
The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. (Isaiah 57:1-2, emphasis ours)
Consider the possibility that if the tsunami was a punishment for sin, it was also an act of compassion by God upon the innocent.
Ultimately, we believe God is sovereign over life and death. Therefore, in contemplating the horrific loss of life due to the tsunami, we all ought to pray, with fear and trembling, for God's mercy on our country and on ourselves.