Mathematical Codes Found in The Bible; Part 1
The following is a brief look at Chuck Misslers book "The Creation Beyond Space and Time". The numerical structure of the Bible has been studied closely, being the subject of numerous volumes in the past. But none are more provocative then the works of Dr. Ivan Panin.
Ivan Panin was born in Russia on December 12,1855. Having participated in plots against the Czar at an early age, he was exiled and, after spending some years studying in Germany, he came to the United States and entered Harvard University. After graduation in 1882, he converted from agnosticism to Christianity.
In 1890 he discovered some phenomenal mathematical designs underlying both the greek text of the New Testament and the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. He was to devote 50 years of his life painstakingly exploring the numerical structure of the scriptures, generating over 43,000 detailed, hand-penned pages of analysis.
The Heptadic Structure
The recurrence of the number seven-or an exact multiple of seven- is found throughout the Bible and is widely recognized. The Sabbath on the seventh day, the seven years of plenty, and the seven years of famine in Egypt, the seven priests and seven trumpets marching around Jericho, The Sabbath year of the Land are well-known examples.
Also, Solomon's building the Temple for seven years, Naaman's washing in the river seven times, and the seven churches, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven bowls, seven stars, and so on in the Book of Revelation, all show the consistent use of the number seven.
But it turns out to be much more below the surface. Ivan Panin noted the amazing numerical properties of the Biblical text - both the Greek of the New Testament and the Hebrew of the Old Testament.. These are not only intriguing to discover they also demonstrate an intricacy of design which testifies to a supernatural origin!
If we look at the first 17 verses of the New Testament
(The Gospel of Matthew) which deals with a single principal
subject: the genealogy of Jesus Christ, It contains 72 Greek
vocabulary words in these initial 17 versus(*note;The verse
divisions are man's allocation for convenience, added in the
thirteenth-century A.D.). We find the following Heptadic (7)
structure throughout these original Greek versus.
Just to understand how unique these properties are try to
design a genealogy-even from fiction that meets the
There are even more features in the numerical structure of the words themselves. As you may know, both the Hebrew and Greek use the letters of the alphabet for numerical values. Therefore, any specific word in either Hebrew or Greek- has a numerical value of its own by adding up the values of the letters in that particular word. The study of the numerical values of words is called gametria.
The 72 vocabulary words add up to a gametrical value of
42,364, or 7 x 6,052.
It becomes immediately obvious that hidden below the surface are aspects of design that cannot be accidental or just coincidence.
There are words in the passage just described that occur nowhere else in the New Testament. They occur 42 times (7 x 6) and have 126 letters (7 x 18). How was this organized?
Even if matthew contrived this characteristic into his Gospel, how could he have known that these specific words-whose sole characteristic is that they are found nowhere else in the New Testament-were not going to be used by the other writers? Unless we assume the absurd hypothesis that he had an agreement with them, he must have had the rest of the New Testament before him when he wrote his book. The Gospel of Matthew, then, must have been written last
It so happens the Gospel of Mark exhibits the same phenomenon. It can be demonstrated that it would have had to be written "last." The same phenomenon is found in Luke, John, Peter, Jude, and Paul. Each would have had to write after the other in order to contrive the vocabulary frequencies! You can demonstrate that each of the New Testament books had to have been "written last."
There is no human explanation for this incredible and precise structure. It has all been supernaturally designed. We simply gasp, sit back, and behold the skillful handiwork of the God who keeps his promises.
By the way, the crucifixion of Jesus took place at Golgotha, elevation = 777 meters above sea level. What a coincidence.
- Mark Eastman, M.D. and Chuck Missler, "The Creator Beyond Space and Time", Copyright 1996 The Word For Today. p. 115, 118-122
-R. McCormack, "The Heptadic Structure of Scripture", Marshall Bothers Ltd., London, 1923: E.W. Bullinger, "Numbers of the Scriptures": F.W. Grant, The Numerical Bible (7 Vols.): Brown, Ordo Saeculoreium, et al.
-Ivan Panin (various works), Bible Numerics, P.O. Box 206, Waubaushene, Ontario, L0K-2C0.
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