Yeshua Codes
in Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22

Twenty Extended ELSs About Yeshua Found in Top Two Prophetic Passages


Isaiah 53 consists of 12 verses that describe the Suffering or Sin-bearing Servant. Those 12 verses are controversial because Jewish tradition says that they refer to Israel, and Christians believe they refer to Jesus.

Psalm 22 is 31 verses long and deals with the suffering of someone being crucified. It precedes Psalm 23, which begins with "The Lord is my shepherd . . . "

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Over the years, we have done a great deal of searches for codes in these passages of Scripture, but we never searched specifically for Yeshua (Jesus). We remedy that situation in this article. The results, 20 lengthy codes, ranging from 10 to 35 letters long, predominantly speak of various aspects of Jesus' life.

This collection of 20 extended codes is quite remarkable in several respects.

First, unlike what would be expected if these codes were coincidental, many of them are quite lengthy. (If they were random, nearly all of the extended codes would consist only of short extensions.) One code is 35 letters long. Seven of them are 20 or more letters long. And 16 of the 20 codes are 15 or more letters long.

Second, it wasn't hard to come up with plausible interpretations for what each code might refer to. (That we have offered a plausible interpretation does not, of course, diminish the possibility of other plausible interpretations from other points of view.)

Third, the content of these codes zeroes in on many well-known details in the Gospel accounts, covering a wide range of topics. Consider these possible references:

Isaiah 53
I.1 — Jesus' disciples doubted Him.
I.3 — Jesus motivated people to be soft-hearted (rather than stiff-necked) toward God.
I.5 — The Father dressed Jesus' wound.
I.8 — Jesus is a thorn to some people. God is strong.
I.9 — People reacted to the defeat of Jesus.
I.11 — A possible poetic reference to purification of the heart by baptism.
I.12 — A resurrected Jesus understands others who have been resurrected.
I.16 — Jesus offered forgiveness to those who are poor.
I.19 — Jesus' body was prepared for burial.
I.20 — Houses (of worship) would be built where Jesus was spelled out.

Psalm 22

P.1 — Some people around Jesus slumbered.
P.2 — Jesus was crucified instead of a ram being sacrificed, as an offering for the atonement of sin.
P.4 — Jesus was anointed with oil.
P.8 — God delegated all judgment to Jesus.
P.10 — Longing for Jesus has been a preparation for many before meeting the Lord.
P.11 — Jesus was poor.
P. 12 — Jesus had a grandfather (consider the genealogies in Matthew and Luke).
P.18 — "Jesus is ripe for the living."
P.19 — Many foreigners (Gentiles) are proud of Jesus.
P.20 — Jesus is a root (e.g., of David).

Fourth, there is very little in this collection of codes that is evident nonsense. If these codes were random, there would certainly be a healthy portion of nonsense in their content. Even the reference in P.8 to "the teacher of parrots," which would ordinarily be seen as nonsense, could make sense as a reference to St. Francis of Assisi, who purportedly preached to the birds, as illustrated in a famous painting by Giotto.

Nathan Jacobi, Ph.D., parsed and translated the codes.

Isaiah 53

We conducted 20 searches in Isaiah 53. They resulted in 10 lengthy codes, a 50% return rate.

Yeshua (I.1)
Where, Lord, has the light moved?
Is it here that Yeshua (Jesus) weakened?

There were many times that the disciples doubted Jesus. This code expresses such doubt, but gives no clue as to specifics. When Jesus told them He would be crucified, they were in disbelief, thinking He had lost his vision as the Messiah and had weakened.

Yeshua (I.3)
I will shake the soft-hearted
that Yeshua (Jesus) has moved.

Scripture often refers to people being stiff-necked, stubborn, or to those whose conscience has been seared or calloused over. This code refers to the soft-hearted. We might deduce that this refers to those who have a conscience, and are meek and teachable. Psalm 37:11 says, "But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity." (NIV), and this is echoed in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:5, "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." (NIV)

Yeshua (I.5)
But the Lord is for us the miracle of his death,
and the Father has dressed Yeshua's (Jesus') wound.

The miracle of his death and crucifixion is Jesus overcoming sin and death, and the result is the gift of salvation for the believer. This code paints a touching picture of God dressing Jesus' wound.

Yeshua (I.8)
Yeshua (Jesus) is a thorn,
and the Lord, my force, is so strong.

This code seems to be from a Jewish perspective. Yeshua (Jesus) is a thorn reminds us of the following passage in Scripture:
    Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1:22-24, NIV)

We also wonder if it might be an allusion to the crown of thorns that was put on Jesus' head by soldiers before they led Him away to be crucified. (See Matthew 27:27-31.)

The Lord, my force, is so strong brings to mind Proverbs 18:10, "The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe." (NKJV)

Yeshua (I.9)
Where will you react to the defeat of Yeshua (Jesus)?
Woe, for she stuck my word in their daughter,
and her blood has registered.

This is the longest code at 35 letters.

On the road to Emmaus, Cleopas says to a stranger:
    "Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?"

    And He [Jesus] said to them, "What things?"

    So they said to Him, "The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see."

    Then He [Jesus] said to them, "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?" And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. Luke 24:18b-27, NKJV, emphasis ours)

The disciples hoped that Jesus would be a King and liberate them from the powerful Roman government. Though Pontius Pilate found no grounds for the treasonous accusations against Jesus (Luke 23:22, NIV), the soldiers mocked him by placing an inscription over Him, which read "This is the King of the Jews" in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew. (Luke 23:38, NIV) The disciples believed that the crucifixion was a profound defeat. While Jesus did not liberate them from the Romans, as they had hoped, His death and resurrection defeated death and sin.

Yeshua (I.11)
The stain of sea waves purifies the heart,
and the noble Lord has answered them.

The stain of sea waves purifies the heart may be a poetic reference to purification of the heart by baptism, or the entire code might refer to Jesus' baptism. In Matthew 3:13-16, Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist. This is the first act of His ministry. Baptism continues to this day as a public symbol of being buried and resurrected with Christ.

Note: Yeshua does not appear in the final code. For the code to be extended, the letters that made up Yeshua had to be split up.

Yeshua (I.12)
Yeshua (Jesus) will understand
the dead who rose from the fire.

The dead who rose from the fire, may refer to Christian martyrs who were burned at the stake. This code would only seem to make sense if it is referring to a resurrected Jesus who was able to relate to other people who had been resurrected.

Yeshua (I.16)
Father, forgive them being poor.
It is time rendering a piece of advice, Yeshua (Jesus).

This code may refer to Jesus forgiving and blessing the poor:
    Looking at his disciples, he said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God." (Luke 6:20, NIV)

Yeshua (I.19)
Where have they prepared Yeshua (Jesus) the Lord?

Prior to Jesus' death and resurrection, Mary had anointed Jesus' feet with a fragrant and costly oil and had wiped His feet with her hair. Judas reprimands the act as wasteful, but Jesus says to leave her alone. It was done as preparation for his burial.
    Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

    But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, "Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.

    But Jesus said, "Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.” (John 12:1-8, NKJV)

Yeshua (I.20)
The house where Yeshua (Jesus) will be spelt.

The word spelt in this sentence is the past tense of the word spell. So it means, "The house where Jesus' name will be spelled out." House can mean a personal home, or it can also mean a house of worship or church. This code may refer to places of worship where Jesus' name will be spelled out.

Psalm 22

We conducted 20 searches in Psalm 22. This group of searches also resulted in 10 lengthy codes, a 50% return rate.

Yeshua (P.1)
We have slumbered, Yeshua (Jesus),
because of me the glowing ember is alive.

The disciples slumbered in the Garden of Gethsemane. See Matthew 26:36-45 and Mark 14:32-41.

Slumbered and alive in this code may be referring to the idea of slumbering spiritually versus being alive in the Holy Spirit. The Parable of the Ten Virgins describes this:
    At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

    At midnight the cry rang out: "Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!"

    Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, "Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out."

    "No," they replied, "there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves."

    But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

    Later the others also came. "Lord, Lord," they said, "open the door for us!"

    But he replied, "Truly I tell you, I don’t know you."

    Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. (Matthew 25:1-13, NIV, emphasis ours)

Yeshua (P.2)
They hung (crucified) you,
Yeshua (Jesus), for the ram.

This code is very direct in its language. It describes Jesus' crucifixion as a substitute for the ram, which is the offering for atonement.

In Scripture, a ram is often used as a sacrifice, and is a symbol of Christ. There are numerous instances of rams used as sacrifices in the Old Testament (Tanakh)

In Exodus 25:5a), a symbol of Christ's shed blood.

Instructions were given for Aaron and his sons to be consecrated for their priestly duties in Exodus 29 and Leviticus 8. Part of the ceremony involved the sacrifice of two rams.

In Leviticus 19:21, a ram was designated as a guilt offering, and in Numbers 5:8 the ram is brought for atonement to be made.

Yeshua (P.4)
Let not the edge of the gift cause a dispute,
Yeshua (Jesus) my anointed.

This code may also refer to Jesus being anointed with oil prior to his death, and Judas selfishly questioning the act of using the costly perfume for this act. [See Yeshua (I.19) above.]

Yeshua (P.8)
This is the mother of this deceased,
the teacher of parrots,
for Yeshua (Jesus) has saturated
the exhausted father.

The teacher of parrots may be a reference to St. Francis of Assisi, a catholic friar, who was known for leaving behind a wealthy lifestyle and living a life of poverty, and for his love of animals and nature. On his feast day, October 4th, it is a custom for Roman Catholic and Anglican churches to hold ceremonies for blessing animals.

The end of this code, Yeshua has saturated the exhausted Father, could make sense from a Christian perspective. John 5:22 states, "For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all the judgment to the Son." (NASB) The exhaustion cited in the code could be God's total delegation of all judging.

Yeshua (P.10)
What was he discussing?
Long for Yeshua (Jesus)
and please meet the Lord.

One can easily imagine that this code could be part of a conversation between people in a crowd where Jesus is teaching. Longing for Jesus had been a preparation for many before meeting the Lord.

Yeshua (P.11)
Indeed, stranger, Yeshua (Jesus) is poor,
and my revenge is pure.

That Jesus was poor is supported by the Gospels. For example, Matthew 8:20, Jesus says, "The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head." (NASB)

As with the previous code, one can imagine this code could also be part of a dialogue, but in this case, between conspirators leading up to Jesus' betrayal and crucifixion.

Yeshua (P.12)
Lord, mother,
where is Yeshua's (Jesus') grandfather?

Where is Jesus' grandfather? may be referring to the genealogies of Jesus found in Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38.

The remaining codes were found in an expanded search area: Psalm 21:1-24:1, where one or more letters still land Psalm 22.

Yeshua (P.18)
Yeshua (Jesus) is ripe for the living.

The use of the word ripe in this code brings to mind the use of wine, symbolic of Jesus' blood, during communion, or it might refer to the Fruit of the Spirit: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23, NASB)

Yeshua (P.19)
The head and heart of a foreigner
is proud of Yeshua (Jesus).

Foreigner may refer to Gentiles. Many foreigners are proud of Jesus. In Acts 10, Peter has a vision, which leads to him understand he is to bring the Gospel to the Gentiles. In verse 34, he says, "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right." The chapter ends with Peter saying the Gentiles have received the Holy Spirit and can be baptized in Jesus' name.

Yeshua (P.20)
For her and to him is the totality
of the root of Yeshua (Jesus).

The word root is found throughout Scripture, and it is rich in imagery.

Isaiah 11 describes the branch or offspring of the root of Jesse, who will reign in righteousness and peace. This chapter contains the well-known verse, "The wolf will live with the lamb . . . " (Isaiah 11:6a, NIV), a description of the peace and harmony of His reign.

Psalm 1:1-3, described the blessed man who is rooted like a tree in God's Word:
    Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. (NIV)

The Parable of the Sower describes the different types of soil that seeds get planted in. Jesus explains that the types of soil are the response of the hearer to the Word of God. Matthew 13:23 states, "But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown." This is the one who hears the word and it yields fruit in their life. (See Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20, and Luke 8:1-15.)

Romans 11:11-36, explains that Gentiles that are believers are not to "be wise in your own opinion" (verse 25), but to realize that they are merely branches grafted onto the root. Israel is the root.

In Revelation 5, the Lion of Judah, the Root of David is able to open the scroll and its seven seals:
    Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?" But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals." (Revelation 5:1-5, NIV)

And in the final chapter of Revelation, Jesus speaks to John and refers to himself as the Root and Offspring of David:
    "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." (Revelation 22:16, NIV)

Lastly, here is a link to a brief Bible study on called Roots, Branches and Trees in the Bible.

Concluding Remarks

We set out to do a group of searches for Yeshua (Jesus) in Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22, passages that describe the Suffering Servant and the suffering of someone being crucified. The results, 20 lengthy codes, ranging from 10 to 35 letters long, describe many aspects of Jesus' life.

These codes are of consequence because the return rate was 50% (20 lengthy codes out of 40 searches), the length of the codes is statistically significant (greater than eight letters long), and the content of the codes is consistent with the teachings in Scripture about Jesus.

Scripture References

Scripture quotations marked "NKJV"TM are taken from the New King James Version?. Copyright ©1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked "NIV" are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION?. NIV? Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked (NASB) taken from the New American Standard Bible?, Copyright ©1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. (

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