Peter in Isaiah 53
and Psalm 22
In doing further research on the clusters in Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22, BCD discovered a dozen lengthy codes about Peter. Many of these 12 codes seem to describe numerous aspects of Peter's life. Listed here are several phrases from the codes and their possible relationship to Peter's life.
- Rome, strike the sect of Peter's heart (The persecution of Christians by Rome during Peter's lifetime)
- With the Lord's standing Peter will motivate the doubter (Peter's speech at Pentecost)
- The exalted Peter has dreamt and probed (Peter's trance as described in Acts 10)
- Peter, if you are somebody, who are they? (Peter being questioned after Jesus was taken away to be crucified)
- Peter is finished and fatigued. The hand is dead. He labored for the exalted one. (Peter's life of service to the Lord and his martyrdom)
The remainder of the article lists all 12 codes and some possible interpretations.
Nathan Jacobi, Ph.D., parsed and translated the codes in this article.
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I will alert the exalted one who is the Lord,
or perhaps the Lord has wandered.
The exalted Peter has dreamt and probed.
In Acts 10, Peter went up to the roof to pray and fell into a trance and had a vision where three times a sheet was being lowered from heaven full of all sorts of animals, and a voice told Peter to kill and eat them, but Peter said each time that they were not clean and he could not eat them. By this, God was calling Peter to preach the Good News to the Gentiles. The exalted Peter has dreamt and probed may be referring to that episode.
Peter – and he pierced in them a memorial,
they are with him.
This code may be referring to the disciples' lives and their deaths as a memorial. Disparate men were called to follow Jesus. Their lives were forever altered. They are remembered around the world for their faith in, and in Judas's case—betrayal of, Christ.
Or it could be referring to Peter preaching the Word of God and the effect the Word has on the heart of the one who is attentive to it:
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.—Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)
The law he gave is awesome,
and Peter will be realized.
The law he gave is awesome brings to mind Jesus stating that he did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it.
Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.—Matthew 5:17 (NASB)
Peter will be realized may refer to Matthew 16:18
I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. (NASB)
Rome, strike the sect of Peter’s heart!
According to Wikipedia, Peter was born circa 1 BC and died circa AD 67 in Rome by crucifixion. Just one year earlier the Jews revolted again Roman rule, and Jerusalem was besieged by Rome for four years. By circa AD 70, most of the population was killed or removed from Jerusalem and the temple was destroyed.
In addition, the Roman Emperor Nero, also persecuted Christians.
He is also infamously known as the Emperor who "fiddled while Rome burned", although this is now considered an inaccurate rumor, and as an early persecutor of Christians. He was known for having captured Christians burned in his garden at night for a source of light. (Nero, Wikipedia)
Inside him he indeed has valuables of yours.
With the Lord's standing Peter will motivate the doubter.
Peter, after all his emotional highs and lows, spoke on Pentecost so profoundly that thousands believed and were baptized. With the Lord's standing Peter will motivate the doubter may be referring to that speech and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the crowd. (Acts 2:14-41)
Where but who was echo to the plant?
Where is the vapor in which you appeared, Peter?
This code might be saying that the Holy Spirit working through Peter was like an echo of Jesus. Where is the vapor in which you appeared, Peter? may refer to the power of the Holy Spirit upon Peter.
Where will he be?
They rejoiced and desired their king Peter.
They caused Rome to burn without the gift I commanded.
They are my internal intestines.
After the great fire of Rome (AD 64), Nero laid the blame for the fire on the Christians, through some believe he may have set the fire to make room for a palatial complex:
It is uncertain who or what actually caused the fire — whether accident or arson. Suetonius and Cassius Dio favor Nero as the arsonist, so he could build a palatial complex. . . .
According to Tacitus, the population searched for a scapegoat and rumors held Nero responsible. To deflect blame, Nero targeted Christians. He ordered Christians to be thrown to dogs, while others were crucified and burned. (Nero: Great Fire of Rome, Wikipedia)
This code may also refer to the Jews rising up against Rome, and Rome attacking Jerusalem and destroying the temple and the city in AD 66. (Early Centers of Christianity, Wikipedia)
Peter, if you are somebody, who are they?
This code reminds us of Peter being questioned about whether he was one of the disciples, and in response, he disowns Jesus:
Having arrested Him [Jesus], they led Him and brought Him into the high priest's house. But Peter followed at a distance. Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, "This man was also with Him."
But he denied Him, saying, "Woman, I do not know Him."
And after a little while another saw him and said, "You also are of them."
But Peter said, "Man, I am not!"
Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, "Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean."
But Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you are saying!"
Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times."—Luke 22:54-61 (NKJV)
We will either vanquish his arrogance, Lord,
or be like Peter and the humble one coming to protest.
We imagine this code might be a conversation among the disciples and Jesus about Judas. Judas was in charge of the money for the disciples, and perhaps they saw arrogance in Judas's behavior that concerned them prior to his ultimate treachery.
You have eradicated defeat
if the Lord is with me, Peter.
This code may be describing Jesus' ultimate defeat over death and sin.
You searched for him, Peter, dormant at his light.
The phrase, dormant at his light, brings to mind the Parable of the Ten Virgins. The virgins were preparing to meet the bridegroom. Five carried lamps and oil, and five carried only lamps. The bridegroom was delayed, and they all grew drowsy and fell asleep. When they awoke, the five with only their lamps had run out of oil, and when they had gone to buy oil, they missed the bridegroom's return and were refused entrance to the wedding banquet. (Matthew 25:1-13)
Jesus was describing the life of the believer in preparation for heaven, which is to be diligent in our faith in, service to, and walk with the Lord, and to be full of the Holy Spirit and not apathetic, careless or hypocritical.
To read more about this parable, visit BibleGateway.com.
Peter is finished and fatigued.
The hand is dead. He labored for the exalted one.
Peter served the Lord faithfully and was crucified for his faith in Rome at the approximate age of 66.
According to New Testament accounts, he was one of Twelve Apostles, chosen by Jesus from his first disciples. He was a fisherman assigned a leadership role by Jesus and was with Jesus during events witnessed by only a few Apostles, such as the Transfiguration. Upon his death, he is said to have been martyred by Emperor Nero and crucified upside down on an inverted cross, as he saw himself unworthy to be crucified the same way like [sic] Jesus Christ. (Saint Peter, Wikipedia)
To read other articles on these clusters, see our Major Clusters page for links to previous articles.
Scripture quotations marked (NASB) taken from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright ©1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. (www.Lockman.org)
Scripture quotations marked "NKJV"TM are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright ©1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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