Remarkable Psalm 22
In December 2004, we published our findings on the Psalm 22 Cluster. This remarkable cluster dwarfs the Hanukah cluster presented by Professor Barry Simon in The Case Against the Codes. We recently decided to revisit that cluster.
We are often asked about the significance of Bible codes—surely a few random one- or two-word finds is not all that meaningful. This is true. But what if you find 192 codes, with half of them eight to 20-plus letters long (i.e., too long to be by chance), which all pass through a single chapter of text.
Here is a summation of the findings from the previous Psalm 22 article.
And what if you re-examine 32 of the shorter codes and find that, in addition to the previous findings, 15 of them produce ELSs of significant length. Combined with our previous findings, you have a cluster of codes where 111 out of 192, or 58% of the codes, are longer than eight letters. The Hanukah cluster did not have a single code of eight or more letters.
Psalm 22 carries great significance for Christians, as it opens with words that are found on Jesus' lips during his crucifixion (Mark 15:34 and Matthew 27:46), and several other passages are alluded to or quoted during Jesus' passion (Matthew 27:35, 43 and John 19:24).
We began with a cluster of 32 one- and two-word Hebrew search terms, and we re-ran the searches with the intention of looking for extensions. Nathan Jacobi, Ph.D., reviewed all 32 and found that 15 of them did indeed have extensions.
Of the 15, we'd like to highlight two of the codes before we present the complete findings. We found the language of these two codes a remarkable echo of New Testament Scripture.
Sowing the Word
Number 17 was found by searching for extensions to blood of God. This search term does not make sense unless God exists in some physical form, such as described in John 1:1 and 1:14.
The final code talked about sowing God's Words.
They will sow God's words, worthy of God's blood.
Immediately, two passages of Scripture come to mind. The first passage is the Parable of the Sower, found in Mark 4.
The sower sows the word. —Mark 4:14 (NKJV)
The second is found in Galatians 6. The passage encourages generosity and perseverance in doing good and says that whatever a man sows, he reaps.
Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. —Galatians 6:6-10 (NKJV, emphasis ours)
In addition, the Scripture in Revelation 12:11 emphasizes overcoming "him" ("the Devil" as noted in verse 9, also called "the accuser" in verse 10) with the "blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony."
Here is the full information on this particular code:
A Female Donkey from Jerusalem
Immediately upon review of the 22nd code, which was found using the search term Jerusalem, we were struck by the mention of a female donkey from Jerusalem. Matthew 21 describes the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem before the crucifixion. He rode on a female donkey.
Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them." —Matthew 21:1-4 (NKJV, emphasis ours)
This passage is related to a passage in Zechariah found in the Old Testament.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey. —Zechariah 9:9 (NKJV, emphasis ours)
Here is the full information on this code:
The Complete Findings
As we did in the Is Jesus the Messiah? article from the March/April 2007 Digest, we present the Hebrew extensions that Jacobi found, together with his English translation of these extensions and his notes on translations of many individual Hebrew words in those ELSs. Below each extended code, we have also presented a passage from the New Testament* whose content is similar to that of the codes Jacobi found, and any additional comments on the code or passage of Scripture that we had. We present one plausible interpretation of each code. In many cases, it may well be true that other interpretations might also be plausible.
*In one case, we have also referred to an Old Testament passage.
Note: Wrapped text is when the letters wrap back through the text. For example, an ELS might stop at the end of the Old Testament. If we look at the continuation of the skip starting at the beginning of the text, we call that wrapped text. In the tables, blue letters denote wrapped text.
Psalm 22 Tables
Comments for Code #2: Alternate translations of the code are:
- The King of Kings was from a living son.
- The King of Kings came from a living son.
A Living Son: Jesus is called the Son of the Living God in numerous places in the New Testament. If He is the Son of the Living God, it would follow that He is the Living Son.
But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." —John 6:68-69 (NKJV, emphasis ours)
Comments for Code #3: The Lion of Judah is referred to in two Old Testament Scriptures:
Judah is a lion's whelp;
From the prey, my son, you have gone up.
He bows down, he lies down as a lion;
And as a lion, who shall rouse him? —Genesis 49:9 (NKJV)
"For I will be like a lion to Ephraim,
And like a young lion to the house of Judah.
I, even I, will tear them and go away;
I will take them away, and no one shall rescue.
I will return again to My place
Till they acknowledge their offense.
Then they will seek My face;
In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me." —Hosea 5:14-15 (NKJV)
Comments for Code #4: This code brings to mind the woman who knew if she only touched the edge of Jesus' garment, she would be made well:
So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples. And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, "If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well." —Matthew 9:19-21 (NKJV)
It was an amazing gift to eradicate the cause of twelve year's suffering. What could the edge of the gift refer to? Perhaps it was the challenges that the Pharisees launched against Jesus because his fame (verse 26) was spreading due to such acts. One of the challenges is described a few verses later in Matthew 9:34.
But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons."
For additional Scriptures on the Messiah, visit Bible Gateway.
Comments for Code #6: The first part of this code brings to mind Judas, who betrayed Jesus and then committed suicide. The latter part could allude to Jesus dying and rising from the dead, as the sacrificial lamb overcoming death and sin.
Comments for Code #13: This is a curious code. We have noted the Scriptures above, which speak of Jesus as the Good Shepherd and describe his eyes like a flame of fire. Perhaps the fire mentioned in the code is the Holy Spirit, or perhaps it means He lives by the fire of His desire to do God's will.
Comments for Code #15: A mysterious code: it begs the question, who is "him"? One possible answer could be the rich young ruler (Luke 18:18-23). Perhaps if Jesus had returned to him, he might have changed his mind, and decided to sell all he had and given it to the poor.
The comments for the blood of God code appear at the beginning of this article.
Comments for Code #18: The End of Days is always a controversial topic. Visit our End Times page to find links to articles on that topic.
Comments for Code #20: For the Christian, the following Scripture in Isaiah paints a vivid picture of Jesus as the guilt offering.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities. —Isaiah 53:10-11 (NKJV)
The comments for the Jerusalem code appear at the beginning of this article.
Comments for Code #23: This code is a declaration of Jesus as our banner causing us to rejoice. It brings to mind the following passage:
Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying:
"'Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!'
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, "Teacher, rebuke Your disciples."
But He answered and said to them, "I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out." —Luke 19:37-40 (NKJV)
Comments for Code #25: This code seems to imply that Christ's suffering will be a shared experience. The following Scriptures discuss believers knowing and partaking in Christ's suffering.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. —2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NKJV)
. . . that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death . . .—Philippians 3:10 (NKJV)
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. —1 Peter 4:12-13 (NKJV)
Comments for Code #26: The death of Christ was necessary in order for the resurrection to take place. Christ had to die to overcome death through his resurrection. The second half of this code paints a picture of Christ's followers mourning his death upon the cross. It's not hard to imagine many of them heading to the beaches along the Sea of Galilee where they had spent time with Him. Picture them staring out across the water He had walked upon and weeping over His death.
Comments for Code #28: To read more on the multitude of Gog, see Ezekiel 38 and Ezekiel 39, focusing especially on Ezekiel 39:4, where it is prophesied that birds of prey will devour the corpses of Gog's soldiers. To read about the Kings of the North and South, see Daniel 11.
Comments for Code #32: This code paints a picture of Jesus asking His Heavenly Father to explain to the mountain(s) that he will be crucified and raised from the dead, so that the very earth does not cry out in praise. A paraphrase of this code might be: Heavenly Father, explain to the mountain that I will be crucified and will rise from the dead. My resurrection will be seen by those who watch for me.
Remaining Codes Examined
Taken individually, the above codes may seem mysterious or ambiguous. Taken as a group, this cluster (in conjunction with our previous finds passing through Psalm 22) is a formidable argument for the validity of codes. Out of the 192 Psalm 22 codes, more than half of them are eight or more letters long (i.e., too long to be by chance). The skeptics have never come anywhere near this benchmark. Furthermore, the language in these codes often echoes the language of the Bible.
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