Hidden Codes, Numerology and the Bible
A number of friends have written me about hidden codes and numerology in the Bible. The scripture that continually comes to my mind is--Deuteronomy 30:11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, IT IS NOT HIDDEN FROM THEE, neither is it far off.
We can see evidence for the scriptures in a number of ways including prophesy which separates the Bible from all other books and the fact that it tells you about yourself no matter what your culture, etc.
Some scoffer ran some numerology on books like "Moby Dick" and found "miraculous" coincidences in them too. The inspiration of the Bible is not found in hidden codes, the inspiration is plain to see...not hidden.
[UPDATE: This page originally included an email forward that I received. People using the hidden code came up with blasphemy and the email included some of the statements. For this reason, I have deleted most of it. The following is part of it--
Does the Bible Code Bear the Signature of God?
Ed Christian Ph.D.
Department of English
Kutztown, PA 19530
Perspective Digest, 5/3 (2000):52-56
A "great earthquake" is forecast for either 2000 or 2006! In 2012 the earth will face annihilation by "comet," but it will be a false alarm! In 2113 a "great terror" will leave the world desolate! In "the end of days" an "atomic holocaust" will be narrowly averted! That's what Michael Drosnin says the Bible reveals.
Did God place a secret code in the Old Testament? Did He know humans would someday invent the computer and discover this code? That's what some people think. Is that how God works? In his 1997 bestseller The Bible Code (New York: Simon & Schuster), Drosnin claims that this code reveals the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and Saddam Hussein's attack on Israel (both the date and the kind of weapons). By letting the computer adjust the number of letters in each line of text, then treating the result as a giant word search puzzle, using what are known as "equidistant letter sequences," the author finds that the Bible reveals the future. (In some of these sequences, the letters are equidistant, but separated by over 13,000 other letters...
The Bible Code is a modern day equivalent of "them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter" and who are forbidden to God's people. We don't need a secret code when we have God's clear word: "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them" (Is 8:19-20). The Bible Code fails the test.
God's word is PLAIN. We may not understand every single verse, but there is a enough that we DO understand to keep us busy for a lifetime. Work on what you DO KNOW. Stop sinning and START learning what it means to live a holy, righteous life. Stop fornicating. Stop watching unlawful hellivision and movies. Start helping the fatherless and the widow. Start submtting to your husband and loving your wife. Start giving God the praise. This is PLAIN, not hidden.
God bless you as you read the Holy Scriptures just as they are written in the Authorized Version, the King James Bible conformable to the 1611 edition.
for Jesus' sake,
...they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD. And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
Ezekiel 2:4, 6
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