In This Month’s Issue:|
Briefing Short news items of interest to Bible code followers.
Briefing Short news items of interest to Bible code followers.
Letter to the Editor Two recent e-mails point up the diverse thinking on divining future events with Bible codes.
The Armageddon Codes Lengthy ELSs involving the potent word for a great last times war appear crossing through several key clusters. This report describes the ones discovered to date.
Just the FAQs Every once in a while, we address the questions of readers with our opinions on code research topics. In this issue, we take a look at how probability works in the analysis of Bible codes, whether we should regard Bible codes as truth, and other topics.
Grant Jeffrey UpdatingPioneer Bible code author Grant Jeffrey is updating his book The Signature of God for re-publication later this year. First published in 1996, the book introduced codes to the English-speaking world. With coverage of 911 codes and a response to critics, the new version should be out prior to the first anniversary of the attacks on the U.S. The Toronto-based author-evangelist is also working on a new book, Unveiling the Mysteries of the Bible, for publication in late 2002.
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Bible Code Digest on TVPAX-TV's most popular series, Encounters with the Unexplained, will include an interview with Bible Code Digest director Ed Sherman on its Friday, June 14 program. The cable channel program airs at 9 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. PDT).
True Confessions?Real life seems to be confirming some of the lengthy ELSs we discovered involving captured al Qaeda leader Abu Zubaidah, who has told interrogators that the White House was among the terrorists’ 911 targets.
Apparently United Flight 93, which crashed in a Pennsylvania field when its hijackers were foiled by heroic passengers, was supposed to target the nation’s first building. Zubaidah ELSs include the very apropos 27-letter code, Carry the Mountain. Zubaidah will Tell Something of Value as a Gift as the Monument of the Sect is Finished, which crosses both Ezekiel 37 and 40 clusters. Only a very small number of "need to know" people are privy to what Zubaidah has been telling his interrogators. It may be years before the general public finds out, so that makes these ELSs even more interesting.
Another is the longest ELS ever discovered, the 61-letter There is Quarrel in His Speeches. A Living Brother Uttered Words to Them and to Me. And Zubaidah Turned to His Sea, Without Then Lying for a Whole Week. Oh, the Mountain of Her Interior Will Bear a Testimonial to Her Name. Other Zubaidah codes appear in the Ezekiel 37 cluster and also in our Top 20 Longest Codes report.
Scripture SearchIf you come across a verse or passage of the Bible that you believe might hint at the possible existence of Bible codes, let us know. For example, part of Psalm 139 (“All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be”) seems to hint that there may be more to the Word of God than what can be read in the surface text. Our plan is to eventually add a page to our site about the most intriguing literal Bible verses suggesting that codes may exist.
Researcher’s ViewpointOur colleague Nathan Jacobi recently shared some of his views on code research with a group of fellow researchers, and we thought you might enjoy reading them:
Perhaps I should conclude with a comment on my observation of Bible code research during the last three years. As the terms become longer, some intrinsic ambiguities and uncertainties seem to manifest themselves, no matter what we do and how thorough we try to be. From my perspective as an agnostic Jew I feel very comfortable with this situation. Unlike Moshe, for example, I fail to see any Absolute Truth coming from either Bible or any Bible code results. We all have our personal truths, while Truth may or may not exist.
The inherent ambiguities in Bible code results remind me of classical ambiguities of messages from the Oracle at Delphi or the Egyptian Sphynx. On one hand, these ambiguities are quite unsettling, but, on the other hand, they are perfectly natural, especially if some Bible codes are divinely designed. It has not yet been decided whether God plays or does not play dice with the universe. With God being omnipotent, while the rest of us are weak, imperfect, and ignorant, what prevents Him from teasing us whenever He pleases?
Besides, ambiguity in meaning is intrinsic to any form of human communication. This is aggravated in Bible code research due to the fact that we have no vowels, no punctuation, and the language itself is often not familiar enough to Bible code scholars. As an example consider the 22-letter, 7-word Yeshua code of Isaiah 53. A logical comma can be inserted either before or after the name Yeshua. This results in distinctly different interpretations, namely, either
Gushing from above, my name Yeshua is mighty ...
Gushing from above Yeshua is my mighty name ...
Both interpretations are grammatically and linguistically equally valid, and except for personal preference or priority there is no way of objectively determining which might be better. The ambiguity is inherent, and can be removed only by an arbitrary decision.
Letters To the Editor|
We received a couple of contrasting e-mails this month that accurately reflect the disparity of thinking about using Bible codes to foretell the future:
I'd like to know the winner of the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis fight on June 8, 2002 -- the winner, what round and the exact time. Let me know the results and I will believe (Bible codes are real) if the prediction comes true.
A couple times you've mentioned the Biblical prohibition against divination as possibly applying the Bible codes. Doesn't the point of the prohibition relate to the SOURCE of the supernatural knowledge -- whether from God or not?
1 Chronicles 10:13-14 suggests that it does relate to the source:
1 Chronicles 10:13 So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the Lord, because of the word of the Lord which he did not keep; and also because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry of it.
1 Chronicles 10:14 and did not inquire of the Lord. Therefore He killed him and turned the kingdom to David the son of Jesse. (New American Standard Bible, emphasis mine)
All through the Bible from Genesis 3:15 on, God often foretells future events -- often with great detail. The sin of divination comes in when someone inquires about the future (or any other subject for that matter) from another source of supernatural wisdom and knowledge. (I believe that the Bible teaches that there is only one other source of supernatural knowledge besides God, namely Satan.) So if the source of the Bible Codes is God, the prohibition against divination doesn't apply. And frankly, if the source of the Bible Codes isn't God, then the prohibition applies completely against all inquiry, not just as relates to the future. (I personally don't see how the source of the Bible codes could be from any source but God.)
Terre Haute, IN
(Ed Note: More about divination, plus how not all codes can be assumed to be the words of God, in the FAQs section of this issue.)
A new page with the Hebrew alef-bet and English spellings of its letters has been added to the site.