Bible Code Digest — July/August 2005|
In This Issue:
- Briefing Short items of interest to Bible code followers.
- Correspondence Feedback from our readers.
- The Disengagement from Gaza — A Volcano? Moshe Aharon Shak's findings on the topic making headlines today.
- Miraculous Fishing at Moses Lake A whopping great fish story based on analogies between fishing and searching for Bible codes.
- Want Loads of Fish? Drain the Lake! BCD examines skeptic Dave Thomas's highly unscientific comparison of one of his clusters with BCD's clusters.
- A Minnow is No Match for a Marlin Just like fish, short codes should be thrown back in the lake.
Born James Arthur Rambsel in Massillon, Texas, on June 11, 1930, Yacov Rambsel, author, Bible code researcher, and Messianic minister, passed away on July 10, 2005.
To read his full obituary visit the Mission Parks website.
Rambsel was the author of YESHUA, The Name of Jesus Revealed in the Old Testament and several other books. He was one of the pioneers in the research of equidistant letter sequences (ELSs), and he was the Messianic minister of a small fellowship in San Antonio, Texas.
Rambsel is survived by a large extended family including his wife, daughter, son and daughter-in-law, two sisters, a brother, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
In lieu of sending flowers, donations may be made to:
Messianic Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 27213
San Antonio, Texas 78227
As we have received e-mails about Rambsel's passing, they have all described him as a gentle man who loved the scriptures and loved God. Roy Reinhold writes, "Yacov Rambsel and I both spoke at a prophecy conference in Houston one time, and I found him to be an enthusiastic teacher and a genuinely nice person."
Barbara Di Gilio of Mayim Hayim Ministries writes, Rambsel "was a very kind and gentle man, one who was in love with the Scriptures. His Bible code work will live on, and just as he told me over the phone, he prayed his work would one day turn the heads of his Jewish people to find Yeshua in the Scriptures like he did."
Syrett to Interview Ed Sherman Live|
This Friday, August 26, 2005, Richard Syrett, of the Richard Syrett Show on 640 Toronto radio, will be interviewing BCD's Director Ed Sherman live at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
The Richard Syrett Show explores a variety of supernatural topics. The interview will last one hour and include a segment for listeners to call in. The program can also be heard via the 640 Toronto website.
I am very disheartened by the duality in your ground rules for Bible code acceptance. On the one hand you say this, and on the other hand you accept that.
For example: Moshe Aharon Shak has one set of rules, and your criteria is another.
I don't think that Sir Isaac Newton would be very pleased with this duality of criteria of acceptance for Codes, and I truly know that Jesus the Author is not well-pleased.
With all due respect,
Dear Fred Denton:
You have correctly noted that Moshe Aharon Shak and BCD have different guidelines we follow in qualifying code findings for presentation. This does not mean that one of us is right and the other is wrong. The purpose of guidelines is to substantially reduce the probability that the findings we present are due to chance. So there are many possible sets of guidelines that could accomplish that. What BCD and Shak want to avoid is presenting Drosnin-type examples that are so trivial that they could easily be found in the Jerusalem phone book. We believe that both Shak's and our criteria accomplish that, albeit in different ways.
Could you confirm the following: I have a matrix with a combined R+factor of 36.216. Does this figure translate to a 1 in 6,036,000 chance?
Alister (John) Lowe, Th.D., Ph.D.,
Loganholme, Queensland, Australia
Dear Dr. Lowe:
All that R-factors do is encourage researchers to keep looking until they come up with findings that are extensive enough that they may be worth publishing.
Unfortunately, it would not be correct to translate any given R-factor into a probability, unless we knew how many things you had searched for and not found anything. Suppose you were to say, "What is the probability that I should find 10 heads when flipping a given coin?" This question has no answer unless you can also tell us how many times you had flipped the coin to get that many heads.
I very much disagee with selling a book by [Rick] Warren who is a poor theologian and merely proof texts his own opinion using many different translations, thereby, using whichever one that fits his approach to a works-based religion. I thought you more objective than that. He lists over 160 steps to becoming a world-class Christian based on Works.
Dr. M.E. Hanson
Dear Dr. M.E. Hanson:
Thank you very much for your expression of concern about what we include on our web site.
I just finished leading a small group study of The Purpose Driven Life, which ran for three and a half months. While I can see how a few Christians might read Warren's book and get carried away with it by becoming "works based," I feel that would be a rare occurrence. One could also do that with Oswald Chambers "My Utmost for His Highest."
After just finishing our study of Warren's book, and hearing your concerns, I still want to carry it on our web site. Most Christians today seem to wander through life, rather than truly seeking the direction(s) God desires for them. I think it is good that Warren's book keeps challenging the lukewarm Christians of our day to become passionate and directed in living out their faith.
Why are you selling [Michael Drosnin's] book when you have written on this web site that most of its content is not statistically significant and therefore irrelevant!! Could it be for mere MONEY?
Dr. M.E. Hanson
Dear Dr. M.E. Hanson:
If we ran a site on Republican politics and refused to carry any books about, or written by, George Bush, we would do our audience a disservice. We have made Drosnin's books available as a public service, with caveats, because he has had such a pervasive influence on the whole field of Bible codes. Like it or not, and we don't like it, people interested in Bible codes need to know about Drosnin.
Regarding money, we can assure you that if we were doing it for the sake of money, we would have quit a long time ago. Running an active web site is quite expensive, and contributions and sales only cover a fraction of our expenses.
To: Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily
Subject: Bible Code Bombshell
Dear Mr. Farah,
As a Jew I enjoy your WND immensely, and it is on my daily "must read" list. I also appreciate your tremendous support of Israel.
I want to caution you about the Bible Codes. I am Orthodox, believe fervently in God, but I look askance at the codes. No less a mathematical genius than the Orthodox IBM professor of mathematics and theoretical physics at CalTech, Barry Simon, has disproved them conclusively. See Barry Simon on Torah Codes.
He has also obtained the signatures of 55 math profs who believe as he does, including other Orthodox Jews. Here is [a link to] their statement and their identities: Mathematicians' Statement on the Bible Codes
There is an ongoing controversy about the encoding of Jesus based on a prior book by a Yacov Rambsel (a Messianic Pastor). Regardless of one's view on this, the Barry Simon position applies equally to Jewish and Christian interpretations, so it is not based on religious conflict.
Keep up the good work.
Peace and blessing,
From: Ed Sherman
To: Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily
Subject: Re: Bible Code Bombshell
A response to Len Mansky's e-mail:
Bible codes should be approached with caution, because they have been misunderstood and misused, more often than not. The main thing that distinguishes good from bad is the intended purpose sought from codes. If it is one of predicting the future or extracting "new truths" from the Bible, it is bad. If it is one of evaluating code findings as potential evidence that God authored the Bible, then it is potentially good. Like many important things in life, whether they are good or inappropriate depends on their intended usage. This is true of money, sex, and power, just to mention a few.
Should we dismiss Bible codes because Barry Simon and 55 math professors signed a petition stating their rejection of Bible codes? Some background would help. Orthodox Jews are deeply split between those who practice mystical Judaism, often focused on Kabbalah, and those who strongly reject it. Many who are into Kabbalah try to use Bible codes for the inappropriate purposes cited in the previous paragraph. This is wrong and it is unfounded. What Barry Simon evidently did in putting the petition together was to draft the document and then circulate it to Jewish math professors around the world. Most of them who were anti-Kabbalah gladly signed. There is little evidence that more than a handful of these Jewish math professors extensively examined the matter personally.
Dr. Simon's Mathematicians' Statement is surprisingly unscientific in its treatment of the matter. I discuss this at length in How the Mathematicians' Statement is Mistaken.
Are there Orthodox Jews who are distinguished professors who support the potential validity of Bible codes? Consider three: Robert Martin Haralick, Ph.D., Eliyahu Rips, Ph.D., and Jeffrey Satinover, M.D.
And there are a number of others.
Another problem with the Mathematicians' Statement is that it is quite dated (circa 1997) and doesn't deal with much of the research that has since taken place by Dr. Haralick and many others who belong to the International Torah Code Society, as well as by our research team, and as presented on the BibleCodeDigest.com website. A critical distinctive between our research and the writings of Michael Drosnin is that he sees isolated, short words in the code as being significant, whereas, we and Dr. Simon's following do not. The length of codes has a critical and dramatic effect on how improbable codes are to be due to chance. So we began searching for phrases and sentences in codes and were overwhelmed by what we found.
After six years of research, I believe that the only valid purpose of Bible codes is to serve as compelling evidence that the Old Testament was authored by God. I doubt that Len Mansky would find that to be an unworthy purpose.
Subject: One certain matrix and today's news!
Here's the matrix from Ezekiel 37: "The Farmer of Rome Came. Bin Laden is Dead. The Deep Throat Burned Everything."
In case you're wondering, I think this matrix deals with events in the year 2005. Ratzinger, the new Pope that came in this year, grew up a farmer. I checked his biography.
Today, Deep Throat revealed himself, and as we know, it was Deep Throat's information to the Washington Post that "burned everything" of the Nixon Presidency.
The only thing left is the death of Bin Laden.