In This Month’s Issue:
Briefing Short news items of interest to Bible code followers.
Editorial: Giving Bible Codes a Bad Name The internet has plenty of pitfalls when it comes to Bible codes. But there are ways that you can guard against the proclamations of misguided or fraudulent “experts.” Here are some tips on what to watch for.
Book Review: The Signature of God Author Grant Jeffrey has updated his best-selling book with more about recent code finds, much more on the history of the codes and other fascinating chapters that validate the authenticity of the Bible.
One Year Later On the eve of the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, we take a look at the codes we have found on the event and its aftermath, and suggest some possibilities about what they may be saying.
David Mosaic Rises Like a Colossus in I Samuel Beneath the surface text where David is first mentioned in the Bible, a strange and wonderful phenomenon has been found, an immense mosaic that far exceeds the expected occurrences of David’s name there.
What About the Assassination Codes in Moby Dick?
Some of the dust thrown into the air by Bible code skeptics is still confusing people who are new to the phenomenon, but who are put off by these seemingly authoritative claims. Subscriber Toby Gearhart pointed out that one example is the report by Australian college instructor Brendan McKay alleging the discovery of several assassination codes in Moby Dick. The skeptic produced them in response to a five-year-old challenge by author Michael Drosnin.
To the untrained eye these examples are impressive, and even though he did meet Drosnin’s challenge, they are actually little more than coincidental. None of them come close to the best finds in Michael Drosnin’s book, The Bible Code. We applied our rating system to the Moby Dick assassination codes and found that they are underwhelming. Two of them rated a score of 2, nine rated 1 and the rest rated 0. Drosnin's best finds have scores of 11 an 12. In a word, McKay's examples don't come close to Drosnin's in improbability.
The assassination code ratings have been added to a report on our new rating system, originally presented in the July issue.
Researching the war codes in Ezekiel 40 recently, we turned up an amazing meeting of three intriguing ELSs in one verse, Ezekiel 40:47. The three were discovered almost simultaneously by Hebrew expert Nathan Jacobi, and they seem to read together. Here they are:
War is not Harmony
See Why in the War
To Escape War, We Will Convert to Judaism
Two of the codes, War is not Harmony and To Escape War, we Will Convert to Judaism are within 16 letters of crossing, while the third, See Why in the War is 27 letters away from War is not Harmony.
The verse context is baffling. It reads:
Then he measured the court: It was square—a hundred cubits long and a hundred cubits wide. And the altar was in front of the temple.
“The court” refers to the inner court of the Temple, but if there is a direct connection between this court and war we are not aware of it.In a broader sense, even the very thought of building a new Temple on the Temple Mount of old Jerusalem is anathema to Muslims, because of the Dome of the Rock mosque. Any move to build such a Temple would most likely bring about a full-scale war in Israel.Keshev, an organization founded after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, lobbies against extremism in Israel and has posted a report on the web concerning the possible rebuilding of the Temple. It begins, “The Temple Mount is like a smoldering volcano that is bubbling and threatening to erupt—a threat that is liable to endanger Israel’s existence.” Also posted on the site is a diagram showing that the first move by Temple advocates as “destroy the mosques.” A download of the report is available at the Keshev web site.
Israeli law protects the most orthodox citizens from service in the armed forces, so To Escape War, We Will Convert to Judaism may be referring to that.
The Signature of God
In 1996, outside of the small world of mathematics and statistics, most people had never heard of Bible codes. The first book into print mentioning the concept was published that year--Grant Jeffrey’s best-selling The Signature of God. Michael Drosnin’s book The Bible Code, was published a few months later, and because it was issued by a major publisher, Simon and Schuster, received a lot more notice from the media and spent quite a bit of time on the New York Times best seller list.
Actually, Bible codes were only a part of Jeffrey’s book, which also looked at other interesting proofs of the Bible’s accuracy, such as archaeology and prophecy fulfillment. Now the Canadian author has updated and enlarged the original book with revisions to reflect the most recent developments in these areas, including Bible codes.
In fact, the new The Signature of God (Frontier Research Publications, Ltd., Toronto, 2002) dramatically increases the Bible code section, more than tripling the number of pages devoted to the subject. Jeffrey covers the most recent research and also adds several pages on the fascinating history of the phenomenon.
Bible Code Digest and its work on the September 11 codes is mentioned prominently in the updated book, although it stops short of covering our longer codes. And even though there is a separate chapter on the Isaiah 53 codes and respected researcher Yacov Rambsel’s pioneering work on them, there is no mention of our work in increasing the cluster to its current 1,400 plus ELSs.
One of the most interesting aspects of the book was Jeffrey’s bottom line conclusion on the Bible codes phenomenon. “The Bible codes proclaim one message to humanity and have only one purpose,” he writes. “They provide compelling evidence to our generation that the Bible is truly the inspired Word of God.”
Editorial: Giving Bible Codes a Bad NameThere is no shortage of “experts” on the internet who are willing to use Bible codes to fulfill their ambitions, whatever they may be. Unfortunately, there are also way too many people who are willing to believe these pronouncements and pass them on to everyone on their e-mail list.|
Ninety-nine percent of these codes are worthless. Not only are they full of misspellings, which invalidates them from the start, but most of them can be found by chance in not only the Bible, but any book. In fact, they are the kind of codes that the skeptics are talking about in their arguments that “you can find any code you want in the Bible.” And they’re right.
Here’s a typical (but mythical) example of an “array” they might present:
It shows codes actually found in Genesis 1. These codes, they will tell you, say that Elvis is alive. Since Elvis and Life appear at the same skip, and life appears twice, they are even more powerful. Plus, the first letter of Elvis begins at letter number 666, giving new meaning to his status as an American idol.
Actually, since Elvis and Memphis are not spelled correctly, they don’t say much at all -- except, perhaps, that a hound dog is alive. All of the terms in this matrix are short and show up literally thousands of times in the Bible, hundreds of times together in matrices. Even if Elvis and Memphis were spelled correctly, as it now stands this “cluster” would score a zero in our rating system, which counts only those with at least one seven-letter word.
And yet there are people out there who are using equally ridiculous “findings” to claim that the sky is falling. Or that Jimmy Hoffa is buried someplace or another. When code skeptics talk about researchers “finding whatever they want to find,” this is exactly what they are talking about.
This sort of “research” gives any serious work in Bible codes a black eye. As far as whether to file it under "what’s hot" or "what’s not" in Bible codes, these are definitely in the “what’s not” category.
A page with the Hebrew alef-bet and English spellings of its letters has been added to the site.