Isaiah 53 Cluster:
Top 10 by Length

It's easy to get absorbed with examining the individual codes and forget to look at the big picture. Over the last 12 years, the Isaiah 53 cluster has continued to explode. We present all the lengthy codes together into a single article. We have excluded single word finds, and are only looking at ELSs that are two or more words in length.

While there are codes about Armageddon and Babylon, the majority of the codes center around Jesus. The 10 longest codes were found by searching for the following Jesus-related terms:

Original Search Terms
  1. Who Is the Messiah?
  2. Judas
  3. Son of a Virgin
  4. His Spirit on a Tree
  5. Jesus Reigns
  6. Have Hemmed Me In
  7. Angel of the Lord
  8. Resurrection of Jesus
  9. Peter
  10. Jesus Is My Name

Presented in the tables are 201 codes ranging from 3 to 75 (Hebrew) letters in length. More than half, 131 out of the 201, are 8 letters or longer.

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

Messiah or Suffering (sin-bearing) Servant?

Isaiah 53 describes the messiah as a suffering servant. (Isaiah 52:13-53:12). Christians believe this to be a prophecy regarding Jesus' life.

In Matthew Henry's commentary, he notes that
  • Verses 1-3 describe the servant's sufferings
  • Verses 4-9 describe the servant's humiliation and exaltation
  • Verses 10-12 describe the blessings to mankind from the servant's death

Regarding verse five, in John Wesley's explanatory notes, he explains how this verse describes how Christ voluntarily took upon himself the guilt and punishment for sin, and how by His suffering, we have an avenue for reconciliation with God.

    [5] But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

    Wounded — Which word comprehends all his pains and punishments.

    For our iniquities — For the guilt of their sins, which he had voluntarily taken upon himself, and for the expiation [the means by which atonement or reparation is made] of their sins, which was hereby purchased.

    The chastisement — Those punishments by which our peace, our reconciliation to God, was to be purchased, were laid upon him by God's justice with his own consent.

    Healed — By his sufferings we are saved from our sins.

The following chart compares some of the verses from Isaiah 53 with verses in the New Testament about Jesus.

Ten Longest Isaiah 53 Cluster Codes

1. Who Is the Messiah?

To date, the longest Isaiah 53 cluster code started with the search term: Who is the messiah? At 75 letters long, this code may have an angel's point of view:
    Prepare a Bible [Tanakh] and an introduction. Allow the cloudy verbiage inside her; the heart is with you, she who is with who the messiah is, as if there is a chain inside him. Move forward, Lord, and talk with an opposing convert, whose trouble is like a vain rebellion.

An opposing convert may be Judas, and a vain rebellion may refer to Judas' betrayal of Jesus. It was an empty rebellion, because ultimately Christ laid down his life.
    Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11, NIV 1984)

2. Judas

Found in 2003, the second longest is 73 letters long. It was found by searching for the term Judas. This code may be referring Judas' betrayal of Jesus, and Jesus sending out the disciples to teach and to do works of healing.
    If the friend of evil will thirst for the end of my innocence, his home is an urn. Let Judas/Judah have his day. To me the elevated one. They fasted. Where are you? Its content will be written from my mouth. Father, indeed you will raise the dead over there.

"The message in the code seems to be very appropriate to the character Judas (or Judah) as he is presented in the Gospels," said Ed Sherman, President of The Isaac Newton Bible Research Society. "Coherent codes that are 30 or more letters long are highly unlikely to be the product of chance."

3. Son of a Virgin

The third longest code (64 letters), began with the search term: son of a virgin. It has a somewhat mysterious point of view, but does seem to refer to Jesus and his life.
    You tried the softness of the Son of a virgin. For who is talking, and carrying his voice with the parents of his name? And thus they were, and we will see them as one who was circumcised, and fell asleep, and woke up, and the hand in him was a straw, becoming a blister.

4. His Spirit on a Tree

The fourth longest code is 59 letters long, and began with the search term: His Spirit on a tree. This code may be speaking of someone witnessing the crucifixion of Christ.
    And sparks of the night, or commotion, were caused by Mother's prize to a breathing, smelling live being, whose Spirit is on a tree. My mouth drooped. The appropriate was behind the frivolous, with your orphan not among them.

5. Jesus Reigns

The jaw froze: the frozen jaw or throat could be associated with a feeling of awe associated with Jesus' crucifixion, burial or resurrection. Is it to flatter God?: Some of the prophets point out that God does not want to be flattered. Flattery or empty prayer are meaningless. He will set there for oblivion the wave that accompanied Micah: Micah 5:1-5 promises a ruler from Bethlehem, who will stand and shepherd his flock. This passage is commonly viewed as prophetic of Jesus' life. This code is 55 letters long, and began with the search term: Jesus reigns.
    The jaw froze. God, where is Jesus the king? Is it to flatter God? He will set there for oblivion the wave that accompanied Micah, and the ruler of thunder and the mountain will move for you.

6. Have Hemmed Me In

This 54-letter code may give us a glimpse into Peter's thoughts after he denied knowing Christ three times. They have beaten my poor fellow, have hemmed me in might be Peter's thoughts regarding Jesus being beaten, and Peter remembering His proclamation that Peter would deny Him three times. This code could be describing Peter feeling "hemmed in" by the crowd and their accusations. The remainder of the code is mysterious.
    I will destroy the Father's fruitful land. Where is the weed that caused crying in your palate? They have beaten my poor fellow, have hemmed me in, and please approach to describe her. Has he appeared late? Be joyous!

7. Angel of the Lord

This 46-letter-long code may be describing the dilemma of those who were looking for the messiah (a conquering king), but were confused by Jesus' behavior and teachings, and His death and resurrection.
    Will the line you described therefore warn the core of the page? The gift of Jesus, angel of God, is a dilemma, causing me to move in a state of confusion.

8. Resurrection of Jesus (1)

This enthusiastic code has a somewhat mysterious ending, however, the phrase the sign is a thick root may refer to Isaiah 53:2, which states, "He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground." This code is 43 letters long.
    Resurrection of Jesus and the dew (i.e., freshness) of flowing expression, we recited Hallelujah for ourselves, or the sign is a thick root, my pocket and a peak.

9. Peter

Another 43-letter-long code began with the search term Peter.
    Where will he be? They rejoiced and desired their king Peter. They caused Rome to burn without the gift I commanded. They are my internal intestines.

After the great fire of Rome (AD 64), Nero laid the blame for the fire on the Christians, though some believe he may have set the fire to make room for a palatial complex:
    It is uncertain who or what actually caused the fire — whether accident or arson. Suetonius and Cassius Dio favor Nero as the arsonist, so he could build a palatial complex. . . .

    According to Tacitus, the population searched for a scapegoat and rumors held Nero responsible. To deflect blame, Nero targeted Christians. He ordered Christians to be thrown to dogs, while others were crucified and burned. (Nero: Great Fire of Rome, Wikipedia)

This code may also refer to the Jews rising up against Rome, and Rome attacking Jerusalem and destroying the temple and the city in AD 66. (Early Centers of Christianity, Wikipedia)

10. Jesus Is My Name

It began as a 22-letter finding:
    Gushing from above, My Mighty Name Arose upon Jesus, and the clouds rejoiced.

This ELS reads like poetry taken from the Psalms. It can naturally be translated as we have shown it above, or as, "Gushing from above, Yeshua was my mighty name, and the clouds rejoiced." Obviously, the former translation is more acceptable from a Jewish perspective, whereas the latter is more acceptable from a Christian viewpoint. Either way, the entire ELS is grammatically acceptable Biblical Hebrew (as contrasted with contemporary Hebrew).

The prophets spoke of God often as "the fountain of living waters." Jesus linked Himself to this aspect of God when He told the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water . . . whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst again." (John 4:10,13)

In John 7:38, Jesus is quoted as saying, "Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." By this he meant the Holy Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive."

In Ezekiel 43:1-2, the prophet tells of his encounter with someone he describes as "the glory of the God of Israel." Ezekiel states that the sound of this person's voice was "like the roar of rushing waters." John had a similar vision of "someone like a son of man" that he described in Revelation 1:14-15: "His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters." The context makes it clear that this person was Jesus.

The word for "gushing" () is translated as "to run about, bustle, be lively" or "to be hungry or thirsty." It becomes gushing when used to refer to the action of water, in which case it is also translated as "rushing" and "overflowing."

Clouds have long been a symbol of the presence of God (c.f., Psalm 18:9-12, 68:4; 104:3 and 148:8). In Exodus 13:21-22, the Lord guided the children of Israel by a pillar of cloud in the day.

In Daniel 7:13-14, the prophet tells of a vision of a messianic figure: "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed."

Luke 21:27 echoes this imagery: "At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory."

The Controversy

One debate over Bible codes has to do with the text being used to search for codes. The Hebrew Old Testament (Tanakh) used in Keys to the Bible (Keys) and Bible Codes 2000 (BC2000) is the latest version from the Koren researchers in Jerusalem. It varies 14 letters from the text in the printed version of The Jerusalem Bible. CodeFinder uses the text from the printed version of The Jerusalem Bible.

In our research, we primarily use Keys and BC2000. However, we specifically researched the Gushing code in CodeFinder, which we had originally found using BC2000. The code passes through Isaiah 53 where one of the letter differences is located. Using CodeFinder, the code grew to 40 letters long:
    Gushing from above, Jesus is my mighty name, and my clouds rejoiced. Where? At the mountain, said Levi. Their light came. God is in it.

While the language of this code is no doubt subject to variations in interpretation, the number of direct parallels between this code and the Gospel accounts of the Transfiguration of Jesus is quite remarkable. Apart from the Gospel accounts of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the passages describing the transfiguration of Jesus before Peter, James and John rank among the most difficult ones for non-Christians to accept. The account in Matthew 17:1-9 follows [emphases added]:
    After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters — one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!" When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. "Get up," he said. "Don't be afraid." When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, "Don't tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead."

To read more about it, see New 40-Letter Code Dramatically Links Isaiah 53 with Gospel Accounts of the Transfiguration of Christ.

To read more articles on the Isaiah 53 cluster, visit out BCD's Major Clusters page. In addition, some of the Isaiah 53 code discoveries are discussed in Bible Code Bombshell.

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