147-Letter-Long Mel Gibson ELS Discovered
Four Other Long ELSs Also Tightly Interwoven Within It

(This is an updated version of an article that appeared in the May 2004 Digest.)


Professor McKay earned his stripes as a code critic in 1997 when he shot down Drosnin with his counter-example cluster of "codes" from a Hebrew translation of Tolstoy's War and Peace. Since then he has been comparatively silent as code researchers have presented a series of far more extensive and complex examples of clusters.

Where are McKay's new counter-examples? Could it have something to do with the fact that you really can't find such things in War and Peace or other non-Biblical texts? And could it be that McKay knows that you can't, so there is no point in searching for extensive, complex counter-examples?

Perhaps a more convenient strategy for the skeptic at this point is to raise questions about the quality of the Hebrew in long codes. While there is some validity to this concern, we believe it is basically a smoke screen. We have yet to see Brendan cite his credentials as a Hebrew expert.

Now the bar for Brendan has been raised a number of hefty notches. Moshe Shak has discovered a 147-letter-long ELS, approximately twice as long as the longest one discovered by BCD researchers (73 letters). Furthermore, Moshe discovered another ELS 110-letters-long, nested within the original code, but reading in the opposite direction. And, he also found a 44-letter-long ELS at double the skip of the original code, and a 44 letter (as well as a 27 letter) ELS at triple the skip. Each of these long ELSs are entirely contained within the original ELS.

While code researchers may quibble about the possible meanings of these new codes and their very controversial content, there is one message from these new findings that is unmistakeable: the capabilities of the real author of the Tanakh far exceed those of human beings.

Often the language in codes is figurative and symbolic, leaving open the possibility of interpreting their meaning in different ways. Quite naturally, Moshe has considered their possible meanings from an orthodox Jewish perspective. We invite our readers to exercise their own judgment in considering Moshe’s interpretations as well as reasonable alternatives to the meanings of his translations into English. For example, where a translation is presented that portrays Mel Gibson unfavorably, is the context one of who he is today, or of who he was during the days of his personal crisis many years ago—which he acknowledged in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer. As another example, while parts of some of these codes may refer to The Passion, is it not possible that some of them may refer to some of Gibson’s other movies? Or that they might even not refer to Mel Gibson at all?

Moshe's belief is that codes only tell truth. Our position is that codes express a viewpoint, which could be that of God, Jews, Christians or even terrorists. The problem is that codes don't include quotation marks and they don't provide clear identification of who is speaking. See questions 5-7 of our 20 Questions article for more information. to consider both his position and ours in light of Moshe's code findings.

Copyright @ April 2004 by Moshe Aharon Shak

"In times of trouble through the pride of the wicked the poor is hotly pursued."

The Jewish people are in trouble due to anti-Semitism. They are being hotly pursed in numerous places around the world. Since the screening of "The Passion of the Christ," terror acts have taken place in Toronto and Montreal, where I live. Mass destruction of tombstones and a school is an escalation of terror. Does the above quotation have anything to do with the movie "The Passion of the Christ?" Who wrote that quotation? The connection is found in this article.

I have found two extremely long ELSs, one forward and one backward, in a single string of letters that begin in Isaiah and extend through to 2 Chronicles, the last book in the Tanach, or Hebrew Bible.

My search for a Mel Gibson ELS began with an ELS discovered by Roy Reinhold. Roy and other competent Bible code researchers take the code he discovered, with its skip of 3,806, as a compliment to Mel Gibson. They may not consider Gibson perfect, but believe that the code paints him in a favorable light. Half a picture is worse than no picture. (At one time I misinterpreted a semi-developed matrix because I did not see two letters! Only after more work was done, did I notice my mistake.)

Here is the ELS discovered by Roy Reinhold:

    Behold, please, you will cut off/strike off 60; a colleague comes, Mel Gibson is a Bach of the people. And the curse of a mocker opens/unseals the heap of ruins; it will complete the line. And their anger, behold, of a people with Bach, he will take away. Drink.
Only G-d can truly judge each and every one of us. However, I believe that the codes do not paint Gibson in a favorable light.

The Main Term

Is it conceivable that one can select 147 letters at a given Equidistant Letter Skip (ELS) other than 1 and get a message such as shown below? (Note that the words in the parentheses are not part of the message but that I understand to be there):

Remarkable as it may appear, such a message exists in the Bible as outlined below. It starts at Isaiah 62:5 (For as a young man espouseth a virgin, so shall thy sons espouse thee; and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.) and ends at 2 Chronicles 7:9.

1. Skip=3,806 – Main skip 147 letters

    The ones that made me, the mob, was blackened by me (one hundred are his Gods). The one who fixed outside1Give (tell) it right! Please cut off 60! 2 Comes3 an honest, a whole hearted4 person to Gibson: "Guilty one! 5 Are the Nation6 and G-d a joke? Does a heap of ruins a place to permanently place water? No!" (That is) His line! It is their Anger! The story of creation7 the guilty one will negate (refuse to accept)! He placed permanently, and he insulted from a record8. Ah, you are in a heap of ruins. It is a beautiful hotel that is a heap of ruins (that is Kosher). Hashem: "Mel is rotten." It has to be said9 G-d is one10. My God! Hashem is the one that kills11. He killed; or, another interpretation12: "because Hashem is G-d."

    1 The main action of sufferings of Jesus in "The Passion" is staged in the open.
    2 According to Jewish law, 1 part of 60 does not contaminate the bulk. The implication here is that the whole is contaminated (all 60 parts).
    3 The root of the word is Aramaic root form of meaning "to come" (Isaiah 21:12, Ezra 5:3, Ezra 5:16). Mel Gibson comes across "The Passion," in Aramaic.
    4 Job 1:1: "There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was whole-hearted and upright, and one that feared God, and shunned evil." Bottom line: a "saint" is complaining, or a least a righteous person.
    5 It is used as an acronym as found in the dictionary for (the owner of guilt – or the one that owes).
    6 the nation refers to the Jewish nation as it is THE nation in the Bible.
    7 the acronym is found in the dictionary to indicate the story of creation
    8 from the movie that set a record.
    9 acronym (in the dictionary) for the two word yesh lomar.
    10 "One has to say that G-d is one." This is an obligation of the Jew, to say that three times a day, all year long.
    11 The LORD killeth, and maketh alive (1 Samuel 2:6)
    12 (Perush Acher) as found in the dictionary.


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