Who is the True Messiah? |
A 61-Letter-Long Code Offers a
Spectrum of Highly Improbable Features
Arguably, real Bible codes, if they exist, should have relatively short skips, since only a few copying errors in Hebrew manuscripts could easily sabotage codes with longer skips. So, what do we say when we find a 61-letter-long code with a skip of -56,650 letters that circumnavigates the entire Tanakh 2.8 times? Such a code must be a coincidence . . . unless there are virtually no errors in the entire Koren version of the Tanakh that is part of the Keys of the Bible program. And yet, this amazing code shows all the earmarks of an intentional message. Its language is clear and quite relevant to the topic, and the majority of the verses where its letters appear include contexts pertinent to the topic of the Messiah. These characteristics are so improbable that chance should be written off as a rational explanation.
Consider first a translation of the code itself:
This code strongly suggests Jesus as the Messiah, given that this Messiah:
- Has risen (i.e., was resurrected?)
- Is characterized as having plenty of fire.
- Would rise during a time When (it appeared that) the Lord was wandering (i.e., God's absence)
- Was praised by many.
- Was without a friend at the time of his crucifixion.
- Is believed by Christians to be equal to the Father.
- Was struck like a lamb being sacrificed.
- Was believed to be "the Lamb of God" by John the Baptist.
That's seven identifiers in one code. Quite impressive. Yet that is only the beginning. We will introduce the letters grouped by the context of the passages they are in. The letter number will appear below the letter. Letters three through 11 are the original search phrase, and the boxes they are in are shaded tan. Letters that are blue are wrapped letters.
Characteristics of the Messiah
Characteristics of the Messiah: Comments
Letters one and two spell out , has risen, and both letters land in verses that describe one of the characteristics of the Messiah, His commitment to restore and His love of Israel.
The first letter of the code lands in Jeremiah 33:11. Verses 10-11 talk about the desolation of Jerusalem, and the reinstatement of joy, gladness, and the return of the captives to the land.
The second letter lands in Isaiah 60:21. The last verse in Isaiah 59 says, "The Redeemer will come to Zion . . . " (Verse 20a, NKJV), and chapter 60 talks about the future glory of Zion.
Two verses away from the second letter is Is. 61:1-3.
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,
Because the LORD has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified. (NKJV)
In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus reads Isaiah 61:1-2 in the synagogue. In Luke 4:28-30, the people were filled with anger and were going to catch Him and throw Him over a cliff, but He passed through the crowd unseen.
In two of the Gospels, it is noted that Jesus told the disciples to tell John the Baptist about all they had seen Jesus do.
Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them." —Matthew 11:4-5 (NKJV)
And again in Luke:
And Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them." —Luke 7:22 (NKJV)
These verses indicate that Jesus was the fulfillment of Isaiah 61:1-2. Asking the disciples to tell John the Baptist the facts of His ministry to the ill, brokenhearted, and poor was tantamount to saying that He was the Messiah.
Letter 20 is an ayin, , that is part of the Hebrew word in this code, which is translated as when he was wandering. The verse it lands in is Joel 2:29, where God speaks through Joel about the outpouring of His Spirit upon men and women.
This passage heralds the promise of Jesus that His Father will send the Spirit.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. —John 14:26 (NKJV)
And we find a reference to the Scripture in Isaiah in Peter's address during Pentecost:
And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy. —Acts 2:17-18 (NKJV)
The next letter (37) is a bet, , and lands in Daniel 6:10, where Daniel knows that a decree has been set forth that charges him to bow down to an idol. He simply returns to his room, kneels down, and prays. Daniel is demonstrating a characteristic of the Messiah: complete devotion to the will of God.
All four Gospels tell of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, knowing He will be turned over to be beaten and crucified, we find Him kneeling down and committing himself to the will of God (Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22, John 18).
Letter 44 is a shin, , and lands in Jeremiah 6:14. This same Scripture is repeated in Jeremiah 8:11. In the New Testament, we find Jesus saying, "Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to 'set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law' " —Matthew 10:34-35 (NKJV)
The next letter (50) is a heh, , and lands in Joshua 5:13. When faced with the Commander of the Army of the Lord, Joshua is admonished to remove his shoes, because he is standing on holy ground. This appearance of the Commander is called a Christophany. Wikipedia defines a Christophany as,
. . . an alleged appearance of the preincarnate Christ in the Old Testament, or after his ascension. (A Christophany is thus a special case of a theophany.) The appearance is an "alleged" one because Jews do not typically agree with such a Christian interpretation of Jewish scriptures.
Another Christophany is found in the next instance, where letter 50, a vav, , touches down in Daniel 10:6. This vision of the glorious man brings to mind John's vision of the risen Christ,
His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; —Revelation 1:14-15 (NKJV)
Descendant of David, and David, a Type of the Messiah
Descendant of David, and David, a Type of the Messiah: Comments
Eleven of the 61 letters (or 18%) in this code land in verses that have to do with David. David's life foreshadows the life of Christ. Though there are more, three of the parallels are that David was born in Bethlehem, was a shepherd (i.e., Jesus, the Good Shepherd), and David was betrayed by a trusted counselor, Achitophel, during the time of Absalom's revolt (Psalm 41:9; 55:12-14).
In particular, Psalm 41:9, provides a vivid, direct parallel to Judas's betrayal of Christ (Matthew 26:14-25, Mark 14:10-21, Luke 22:1-23, John 13:18).
Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted,
Who ate my bread,
Has lifted up his heel against me. (NKJV)
Types of the Messiah
Types of the Messiah: Comments
Just as with Christophanies, there are many types of the Messiah in the Old Testament. A type is a foreshadow of the antetype, which follows. So Joseph, Nehemiah, Moses, and Samson are all types of the Messiah.
After being sold into slavery by his brothers, Joseph, at the age of 30, was made ruler over Egypt. God had given Joseph wisdom and insight regarding a coming famine, so that when it came, he had prepared in advance and had stores of corn. Ultimately, he was the instrument through which his family was saved from starvation during the famine. He is considered a type of Messiah because of his tremendous compassion, love, and life-saving action toward his brothers who betrayed him.
Nehemiah wept over the desolation of Jerusalem, and then rebuilt it. Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt (i.e., led the people from slavery to freedom, as Jesus liberates us from sin to restore the relationship with God.). Samson was a judge. Betrayed by Delilah, blinded, and enslaved, he ultimately gave his life for Israel by bringing down the Philistine temple. These three men foreshadow the life of the Messiah.
Genealogy of Jesus
Genealogy of Jesus: Comments
Abraham, Jacob, Solomon, Asa, and Jehoshaphat are all listed in Matthew 1:1-17 in the genealogy of Jesus through his mother Mary. Shem is listed in Luke 3:23-38 as an ancestor of Joseph, Mary's husband.
Life and Characteristics of Jesus
The comments for this section are contained within the table and will not be presented in a separate section after the table.
A Possible Reference to the Existence of Bible Codes
A Possible Reference to the Existence of Bible Codes: Comments
Letter 11 is part of the word spelling his truth. The fact that it lands in the passage above describing the tablets, which held the very handwriting of God, is quite compelling. Is this a possible reference to Bible codes? We find this question most thought-provoking.
The passages below did not fall into any readily apparent categories, though we will comment on several of them after the table.
Nondescript Codes: Comments
A case could be made for the context of letters eight and nine to fall into the Type of Messiah category, since Moses is speaking in the first and is referred to in the second. Letter 30's context speaks of Naphtali, which is the region Jesus lived in for a time (Matthew 4:12-16), and letter 31's context speaks of the high priest. Jesus is referred to as the High Priest in Hebrews 4:14 and 6:20.
Skeptics would argue that a certain number of letters would naturally fall in passages related to the topic of the code, just because of the number of letters and span of text. This begs the question, "Is the number unusual?" To answer this question, you would have to categorize the entire Bible by topic to see what percentage relates to each topic. This means that there are subjective elements to this exercise, and the reader will have to judge this for himself/herself.
However, a 61-letter-long code with a skip of -56,650 letters that circumnavigates the entire Tanakh 2.8 times largely eliminates the notion that such a code could be a coincidence. Its language is clear and quite relevant to the topic, and about 75% of the verses where its letters appear include contexts pertinent to the topic of the Messiah and parallels to the life of Jesus. These characteristics are so improbable that chance should be severely discounted as a rational explanation.
Scripture quotations marked "NIV" are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.
Scripture quotations marked "NKJVTM" are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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