God On The Net
ASTRONOMY PHOTOS AND EVANGELISM COMBINED
Everyone is very skeptical when they first hear about the Bible Codes. I was, and so was every one of the leading researchers.
Every Christian's initial attitude is:
YOUR UNSUPPORTED OPINION AS TO WHETHER BIBLE CODES ARE REAL IS COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT. MINE TOO. EITHER THERE IS RELIABLE EVIDENCE THAT BIBLE CODES ARE REAL OR THERE ISN'T -- THAT IS WHAT MATTERS!
If you are Christian, think of what you already believe: The God that created everything took on a human body, lived among men, and let Himself be whipped and crucified by the Romans until His human body died. ON THE THIRD DAY HE AROSE FROM THE DEAD, IN A RECREATED, PHYSICAL, RESURRECTED BODY. He appeared to hundreds over the next 40 days and then ascended into Heaven. He will come back and judge every person who has ever lived. Why did He let Himself be beaten and killed? He took the punishment for sinners -- people who hate Him. He did this because He loves us and doesn't want to have to punish anyone! Anyone who believes He did this and who sincerely repents of their sins and then earnestly tries to follow God's commandments, will be credited with the sin punishment that Jesus endured and will receive eternal life. (See Major Christian Doctrines and the Apostles' Creed.)
Would God put hidden codes that only the final generation before His return could find? The skeptical generation, the only one with computers? Isaiah 55:8, NIV "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.
In reading about the Bible Codes, as with everything on this site, I simply ask that you keep an open mind and check out the evidence for yourself. However, unlike the rest of this site, this page has very little information, from a field that, until about 1995, was researched by only about 10 people worldwide, all non-Christians. This page presents about a "thimbleful" of ice and tells you it really did come from an iceberg!
The next time you are in a major bookstore or a Christian bookstore, check out the books by Grant Jeffrey or Yacov Rambsel. You don't even have to buy one -- just flip through one. Their books show the Hebrew text, the spelling of the words in Hebrew, etc. Unlike English, Hebrew is fairly phonetic. If you really want to know for yourself, you can look at the Hebrew alphabet (listed in their books) and sound out the words, and then look at the Hebrew text and count off the letters. I particularly recommend Grant Jeffrey's book cited below for this. It has the letters marked. (I haven't put examples on the site because there are no standard Hebrew fonts that display the same on every browser.)
BIBLE CODES CAN NOT BE USED TO TELL THE FUTURE!
BIBLE CODES DO NOT CONTAIN NEW TEACHINGS!
CHRISTIAN BELIEFS ARE NOT BASED ON THE BIBLE CODES!
Suppose that research ultimately proves there are no "codes" in the Bible. Christian beliefs are based on eyewitness testimony, fulfilled prophecy, investigations and other evidence, not on the Bible Codes. Although the Bible Codes agree with and support the historical teachings of Christianity, not one Christian doctrine or teaching was developed on the basis of Bible Codes.
In late 1999, Trinity Broadcasting Network released a movie titled The Omega Code starring Michael York, Casper Van Dien, Michael Ironside and Catherine Oxenberg. This is a work of fiction that tracks biblical end-time prophecy to a moderate degree.
The main goal of the movie's producers and distributors was to make it clear to the Hollywood film industry that "Christians" are a demographic group for consumer marketing purposes and that if Hollywood produces Christian-theme and Christian-value films there will be a market for such products. (Webmaster's personal comment: I don't recommend the movie. Unless you are well-versed in end-time prophecy large sections will make no sense at all.)
No researchers have reported finding series of phrases about end-time events, as depicted in the movie. The examples given in the beginning about the Princess Diana codes and similar keyword groups are true. However, the various 'Omega Code' phrases are pure fiction, solely for dramatic purposes. The movie's producers have never claimed otherwise.
Thanks to the advent of modern computers, Biblical scholars
have finally been able to find irrefutable proof that the Bible
is directly inspired by God -- not
just in a general way, but each individual
letter of each word. This proof consists of thousands of
words hidden in codes.
These hidden words generally are encoded as Equidistant Letter
Sequence (ELS) codes. For instance, take the first sentence of the preceding
paragraph and count every fifth letter, and see what we get:
Many books have been written on this phenomenon since about 1995. They are available at most major bookstores.
It is important to realize that serious researchers do not
consider just two or three possibly related words to be a 'Code'. Numerous
Code examples have been found with 40-70 related terms!
Journalist Michael Drosnan is unanimously credited as the
person who brought Bible Codes research to the attention of the general public
in his bestselling book The Bible Codes. However, all serious researchers
agree that Drosnan's book has serious flaws. Drosnan did not discover the
phenomenon; He is not a Bible scholar, he is not familiar with computer programming
or statistical analysis and he is not well-versed in Hebrew -- He learned Hebrew
solely for the purpose of learning about the Bible Codes. In a number
of instances he simply mistranslated Hebrew words. No serious researcher
bases any claims about Bible Codes on Drosnan's book. Several major Bible
Codes researchers have issued public statements declaring Drosnan's work faulty
in both its methodology and some of its conclusions. Several of those
statements are available on the Internet.
It is important to realize that finding and verifying Bible Codes isn't a computer trick -- the sets of codes described below are detailed in Jeffrey, Grant R. The Handwriting of God. Toronto, Ontario: Frontier Research Publications, Inc. 1997. The codes in Isaiah were discovered manually, by Bible codes researcher and author Yacov Rambsel. All Bible codes can be confirmed manually by anyone who has an English-Hebrew Interlinear Bible.
Jeffrey's book includes the Hebrew text for Isaiah, with dozens of examples.
SERVANT' PASSAGE OF ISAIAH 52:13-53:12
John 19:25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother [Mary], his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
Matthew 10:2-4  These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;  Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;  Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
Any detective and any lawyer will tell you that it's the details
that reveal whether someone really knows what happened.
One of the major proofs that the Bible is indeed the word of God is prophecy. Bible Codes are pretty much limited to prophecies -- no new moral principles, parables, etc. have been discovered in the Bible Codes. Hence, it seems fairly obvious that we can use Bible Codes to predict the future.
However, this is one instance where something that seems obviously true is actually false. Unlike prophetic passages in the Bible, Bible Codes can not be used to make long-term predictions, for several reasons:
Point 5 is particularly important. In many instances,
the same letter may be part of several different Bible Code words. In
other words, the exact same yod could be the first letter of Yeshua
(Jesus) coded at 10-letter intervals, the first letter of Yochanan
(John), coded at 60-letter intervals, the third letter of Miryam
(Mary) spelled backwards (i.e., left to right) at 200-letter intervals,
the first letter of Yisrael (Israel) spelled backwards at 15-letter
intervals, and the first letter of Yahweh (Jehovah) spelled backward
at 270-letter intervals. Yeshua might have four words related
to it but not related to Yisrael, and Yisrael might
have three words related to it but not to Yeshua. Since
the other coded words are all in the same vicinity, how could you tell decades
or centuries beforehand which coded words were related to Yeshua,
which were related to Yisrael, which to Miryam,
Sometimes, the Bible Codes can be used to get some information about events shortly before they occur, but near-term predictions can also be made by natural means such as analyzing historical trends, polls, etc.
In late 1998-early 1999 several writers stated on various television shows that they were preparing books about codes found in the Greek New Testament. However, as of August 2001, no such books have appeared.
Grant Jeffrey has published a book in which he claims to have found a few Greek codes. However, in an e-mail to me, Roy A. Reinhold, code researcher and webmaster of a major Bible Codes site, has indicated that the few "codes" Jeffrey claims are not "statistically significant". Furthermore, after extensive efforts with no success, Reinhold and several other researchers have stopped looking for codes in the Greek New Testament and are looking for codes in the ancient Aramaic New Testament texts. Aramaic is a Semitic language related to Hebrew and Arabic and was the language Jesus and his disciples spoke. A number of scholars believe that the New Testament was written in Aramaic and translated into Greek. If found, the presence of Codes in the Aramaic would prove this.
However, it is important to understand that even in the Old Testament there are other types of codes in addition to ELS codes. However, this area has not been well-researched, and most people interested in Bible Codes limit their research to ELS codes. It is entirely possible that something other than ELS codes will be found in the New Testament. After all, significant amounts of research have only been going on for five years.
To those who insist on "King James Only" (and others) ... sorry ... to date, Bible Codes have only been found in the original language texts.
There are no Bible Codes in the Apocrypha! Until the mid-1500's, neither Jews, nor Protestants, nor Roman Catholics considered any of the Apocrypha to be divinely inspired. In the mid-1500's, the Catholic Church added the Apocrypha to the Catholic canon in an effort to find 'scriptural' arguments against Protestant teachings.
The books of Tobit and the Maccabees have been checked. They
contain no codes.
I am not aware of any research specifically on the Arabic version of the Koran. However, since the Moslem Koran directly contradicts the Jewish and Christian Bibles on numerous fundamental doctrines, it is fairly clear they can't both be divinely inspired. See The Falsity of Islam and the Moslem/Muslim Koran.
I am not aware of any research
on the Book of Mormon. However, regarding the Book
of Mormon, there are numerous problems, e.g.: (a) it contradicts the
Bible. See The Falsity of Mormonism and the Book
of Mormon. (b) Joseph Smith Jr. claimed the Book of Mormon
is a summary and adaptation of materials he translated
which were written on ancient gold plates in a language called "Reformed
Egyptian" (which Egyptologists have never heard of!).
Codes have only been found in the Hebrew
Old Testament and, some claim, the Greek New Testament. Studies
have been done with a Hebrew translation of "Crime and Punishment"
and with other Hebrew-language religious literature from the Old Testament period.
Only the Hebrew OT and (possibly) the Greek NT work!
As Jeffrey describes at page 119-120 in his Handwriting
book (op. cit.), at a January 1997 conference at Tyndale Theological Seminary
in Dallas, Texas, in response to a question, Jeffrey had his computer search
for the Hebrew word for "equidistant". He found the Hebrew phrase
"equidistant letter sequence" (shalav a'ot) encoded
in the Hebrew text in each book Genesis through Deuteronomy.
2 Timothy 3:16-17  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Peter 1:20-21  Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation.  For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
It is critical that no one underestimate the importance of the Bible Codes -- GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT SIGNED THE BIBLE -- EACH AND EVERY LETTER OF IT. THE BIBLE CODES ARE THE SIGNATURE OF GOD!
Bible Codes researcher Yacov Rambsel found encoded the term
me'chatimo, Hebrew for "His
(c) 1998, 2001 by Rick Reinckens