Summary of "Bible Codes:
A Sign of the End Times?"



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Is the discovery of substantive Bible codes a telling sign that we are living in the End Times? Most people intrigued by Bible codes seek predictions of the future. And the more detailed the prediction, the better. But what if the Encoder simply intended that Bible codes would only provide a general prediction that we are living in the end times?

After years of research, we are of the opinion that individual Bible codes are only prophetic fragments, which are insufficient in detail to form the basis for a reliable prediction. Further, many codes present a point of view, which may either be that of a truthful source or of an untruthful source. And we haven't been able to find a way to tell which is the case for any individual code.

Yet there is a tremendous amount of evidence that the phenomenon itself is real. The extent of encoding is far beyond what can be explained by chance.

This combination of observations points to the notion that Bible codes, while individually unreliable, offer a clear sign that we are living in the End Times. A good case can be made for this from the literal text of the Bible itself.

Recently, I have been reading Sir Isaac Newton's book, Observations Upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John.1 On page 250 he states,
    " . . . the prophecies of Daniel and John should not be understood till the time of the end: but that some should prophesy out of it in an afflicted and mournful state for a long time, and that but darkly, so as to convert but few. But in the very end, the Prophecy should be so far interpreted so as to convince many. Then saith Daniel, many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."

The last sentence, after "Then saith Daniel," is a direct quote from the last half of Daniel 12:4. The entire verse reads, "But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase."

Later verse 9 states, "And he said, 'Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.' " So "the book" is to be sealed "until the time of the end" and when the book is opened, it will be "the time of the end." Could Bible codes be those words?


Footnote

1Newton, Sir Isaac. 1991. Observations Upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John. Cave Junction, Oregon.: Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine.


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